European funding sources, listed alphabetically


Alzheimer’s Research UK 
Support biomedical research in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (some calls open to researchers outside of the UK).

AXA Research fund
AXA's scientific philanthropy initiative is committed to supporting science, contributing to societal progress and encouraging researchers to share their work with the larger public. The AXA Research Fund supports projects in the areas of Health, Environment, New Tech and Socio-Economics.

Bayer Fellowship Program  
Bayer Foundation Fellowships are designed to enhance existing study programs (MSc, PhD, and medicine) by providing additional funding for international placements or research activities , That are complimentary to current or future scientific studies. Non ‐ Germany Based students must undertake fellowships within Germany.Germany Based students must undertake placements outside of Germany.

Biochemical Society   
The Biochemical Society Conference Proposals scheme allows scientists worldwide to apply for support for a wide range of events in the field of cellular and molecular life sciences. These include residential research conferences, workshops, independently organised conferences, single lectures and small events. At least one member of the organising committee should be a member of the Biochemical Society.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds  
Promotes basic research in biomedicine by providing the best young, up-and-coming scientists with comprehensive support during their PhD phase

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy  
Facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy - BSAC invites applications for project grants on an international/worldwide basis

Cancer Research UK  
Support clinical and pre-clinical research in the area of cancer (some calls open to researchers outside of the UK)

Canon Foundation Europe  
Canon Foundation supports Europeans travelling to Japan for research purposes, or Japanese nationals travelling to Europe for research purposes.

Champalimaud Fondation 
Offers the Vision Award, which is given alternately between contributions to overall vision research (even numbered years) and contributions to the alleviation of visual problems. Recipients of the award are productive laboratories/organisations or collaborative efforts

DGEAC (The EU Directorate-general for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture)
DG EAC is the executive branch of the European Union responsible for policy on education, culture, youth, languages, and sport. DG EAC also supports these issues through a variety of projects and programmes, notably Creative Europe and Erasmus+. The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

NOTE: For funding mechanisms aiming at ‘joint’ or ‘double degrees’, please be aware that you need to contact the International Relations Unit for endorsement of the application.


ECCO – The European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation  
ECCO is a non-profit association focusing on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which has established Fellowships, Grants and Travel Awards to encourage young physicians in their career and to promote innovative scientific research in IBD in Europe.

ECHO (DG for Humanitarian aid and civil protection)  
In addition to financing decisions linked to humanitarian aid, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) issues calls for tender for implementing specific activities.

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)  
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative brings volunteers from different countries together to work in humanitarian projects worldwide. Its objective is to contribute to strengthening the Union's capacity to provide needs-based humanitarian aid. The activities include training and deployment of EU Aid Volunteers and capacity building activities for humanitarian organisations. EACEA shares responsibility for the Erasmus+ programme with DG Education and Culture.

EIT Health 
KI is a partner of EIT Health (European Institute for Innovation & Technology) which is an EU-funded, pan-European consortium of top universities, leading healthcare companies and public and private research centers. The aim of EIT Health to improve the health of European citizens. To achieve this, activities undertaken are divided into three programme areas: Accelerator for business development, Campus for education and Innovation Projects to support new ideas.

ESPID (European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases) Training Course and Workshop Award  
The society provides funding to facilitate research meetings in the field of paediatric infectious diseases, as well as a range of fellowships, grants and awards for young researchers who are members.

European Academy of Neurology 
Short-term research training fellowships and research experience fellowships in the field of neurology.

European Aids Clinical Society  
The EACS medical exchange programme provides support for researchers carrying out periods of research at a host institution (4-12 months, or clinicians for periods of attachment to specialised HIV units.

European Association for Study of the Liver  
Offers research fellowships and physician-scientist fellowships in the field of hepatology. Support mobility of investigators within different European institutions, to actively promote scientific exchange among research units.

European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) 
EDCTP offers grants to support clinical trials, as well as networking and capacity building activities, in order to create a sustainable environment for conducting high-quality medical research in sub-Saharan Africa. The main EDCTP grant schemes are Integrated Projects, Senior Fellowships, Ethics, Member States Initiated projects and Networks of Excellence.

European Calcified Tissue Society  
Offer a range of grants and fellowships aimed at promoting excellence in research into the field of calcified tissues within Europe

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)  
COST is a European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe

European Federation of Immunological Sciences   
Offer short-term fellowships (max. 3 months) for purposes of scientific collaboration, advanced training or of learning techniques or methods not available in the applicant's current place of work. The main purpose of the fellowships is to build a strong network of immunological research within Europe. Also offer financial support for international meetings, workshops and schools hosted by EFIS Member National Societies.

European Food Safety Authority   
Awards grants or subsidies for projects and activities that contribute to EFSA’s mission

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes  
EFSD offers support in all areas of diabetes research through a wide range of joint initiatives and stand-alone initiatives. Funding is available throughout the year.

European Hematology Association 
Support clinical or non-clinical researchers in the field of blood disorders through fellowships and short-term collaboration awards, as well as project grants for young researchers.

European League against rheumatism  
Fund research in the field of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) that is in line with the mission, objectives and goals of EULAR

European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)  
EMBO provides awards and financial support for scientists at all stages of their careers that help to create an environment where researchers can achieve their best work. EMBO Fellowships support postdoctoral and pre-doctoral research experience in laboratories in Europe and around the world. EMBO Young Investigators awards support talented young group leaders in the first years of establishing independent research laboratories. The EMBO Women in Science Award highlights major contributions by female scientists to life sciences research. EMBO Courses & Workshops funds approximately 80 events every year. Funding is available to organize conferences, workshops, lecture courses, EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses, Global Exchange Lecture Courses and practical courses, as well as for keynote lectures.

European Neuromuscular Centre 
The European Neuromuscular Centre provides funding and support to facilitate workshops for experts in the field of neuromuscular conditions.

European Pain Federation - Grünenthal grants 
Support young scientists early in their career to carry out innovative clinical pain research in any member country of the European Pain Federation EFIC

European Respiratory Society   
Offers fellowships and grants to promote research and training in the field of respiratory medicine by fostering scientific mobility and collaboration between institutes, in addition to awards and prizes in the field of respiratory medicine.

European Society for Cognitive Psychology
Provides the Bertelson Award, which is granted every two years to an outstanding young scientist for making a significant contribution to European Cognitive Psychology

European Society for Immunodeficiencies   
Offers short-term fellowships for young physicians or scientists in training, interested in learning diagnostic/therapeutic procedures or lab techniques in the field of Primary Immunodeficiencies in a host laboratory.

European Society for Medical Oncology  
Supports young medical oncologists through a range of fellowships (research and clinical).

European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT)  
The ESOT provides funding to support basic, translational and clinical transplant research projects by young researchers or clinicians. Grants can support one-year projects carried out at a home or host institution.

European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology   
Supports basic endocrine science and clinical paediatric endocrinology through awards, fellowships and prizes.

European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition   
Awards, network project grants, and smaller grants for young researchers in the fields of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition research.

European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases  
Supports basic or clinical research that utilizes advanced techniques and methods to improve the health of children by prevention or management of infectious diseases through fellowships, travel awards and small grants. Mostly for young researchers/clinicians who are members of ESPID.

European Society for Paediatric Research  
Supports pediatric research through short-term, international research exchanges (<12 months) for investigators in the early phase of their career. Available for basic or clinical research projects in all fields related to paediatrics.

European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care  
Supports research in the field of anaesthesia (project grants and young investigator start-up grants)

European Society of Cardiology  
Supports clinical and non-clinical work in the field of cardiology, including several grants for young researchers.

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 
Supports young and excellent investigators to pursue groundbreaking research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases

European Society of Surgical Oncology 
Research fellowships for a period of 1-3 months to support young oncologists wishing to expand their research experience in surgical oncology


FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies)

FEBS provides a range of Fellowships to support a research visit to a laboratory in another FEBS country, including Short-Term and Summer Fellowships for early-career and student researchers. It also provides funds for early-career independent researchers for research equipment and consumables (FEBS Excellence Awards, FEBS Booster Fund). In addition, grants are available for meeting organization and travel to FEBS meetings, for example for ‘Advanced Courses’, which cover timely topics in the molecular life sciences, usually with an educational emphasis.

Federation of European Microbiological Societies
Supports European microbiological research by assisting early career scientists in pursuing research at a host laboratory.

Fondation Leducq  
An international charitable organization funding collaborative research in cardiovascular disease and stroke

Fondation L’Oréal 
The L’Oréal-UNESCO awards identify and support eminent women in science throughout the world.

Fondation Louis Bonduelle  
Supports research work in the area of nutrition, including grants for young researchers, and grants for research to help fight against child obesity.

FNRS (Fund for Scientific Research)  
Offers a range of prizes in biomedical sciences, some of which are available to researchers outside of Belgium.

Frick Foundation for ALS Research  
Supports basic biomedical research related to understanding the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Hertie Foundation
The Hertie Foundation awards the Eric Kandel young neuroscientists prize, which recognises the work of outstanding young scientists in the field of neuroscience and helps advance their careers as researchers.

Horizon Europe
Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation has a budget of over € 95 billion and runs from 2021 to 2027. It offers a wide variety of funding opportunities for research and innovation activities through calls for proposals set out in the Horizon Europe work programmes. Applications are submitted through the EU Funding and Tenders Portal.

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)  
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support, funding frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. HFSP Research Grants support scientists from different countries collaborating on focused innovative projects that are expected to open new fields of investigation. HFSP Postdoctoral fellowships enable talented early career scientists to extend their scientific repertoire in laboratories abroad. Former HFSP Fellows who return to their home country or move to a third HFSP member country can apply for a Career Development Award to support their transition to independence.

IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research 
The IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports scientific research, progress and education. The Foundation is strongly committed to backing young investigators and, to this end, offers fellowships to promote and facilitate the realisation of their postdoctoral traineeships. For 2016 the Foundation offers grants in the following areas (may change for future years): Dermatology, Endocrinology, Fertility, Orthopaedics-Rheumatology, Pain Management.

Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)  
IMI is Europe's largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. IMI supports collaborative research projects and builds networks of industrial and academic experts in order to boost pharmaceutical innovation in Europe.

Institut Pasteur 
Offers the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards, which honor scientists whose outstanding research in the life sciences is contributing to progress in global public health.

International Brain Research Organization 
IBRO provides a broad range of opportunities to support neuroscience around the world.

International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia     
Allocates funds to support basic and clinical research in paraplegia in Switzerland and around the world, including research grants and post-doctoral fellowships.

Funding for interregional cooperation across Europe

Joint Programming Initiative (JPI)    
Joint programming aims to bring a partnership approach and a common vision among EU countries. The aim is to pool national efforts and make better use of national research programmes.

In the health area, two Joint programming initiatives have been established and are supported by the European Commission. The Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Diseases Research (JPND) aims to address the challenge of neurodegenerative diseases through a common research strategy and the alignment of national programmes. The Joint Programme Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) is a global collaborative organisation and platform, engaging 29 nations to curb antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a One Health approach


Lady Tata Memorial Trust 
The Lady Tata Memorial Trust invites applications worldwide for International Awards to individuals to support research on leukaemia. Awards are available for studies of leukaemogenic agents, and the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology and genetic basis of leukaemia and related diseases. Awards are open to suitably qualified investigators of any nationality. Priority will be given to those intending to move to other centres with a view to establishing scientific collaboration between laboratories.

Lymph & Co 
Supports research focusing on understanding the origins of, and advancing treatment of, malignant lymphoma, malignant lymphoid neoplasia and related malignant blood diseases

Meningitis Research Foundation  
The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) Research Grants fund proposals dealing with prevention of all forms of meningitis and associated infections, improving treatment and outlook for patients, and improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis. Applications must fall within MRF's Research Investment Strategy.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association  
MND Association research programmes are designed to support research aimed at understanding the causes and mechanism of motor neurone disease, and facilitating therapeutic strategies. Applications can be submitted from researchers outside of the UK for some programmes (e.g. biomedical research projects), but must involve a significant aspect of collaboration with a UK institute.

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Awards the Heineken Prizes for scientists and scholars, which recognise and reward unique achievement in the fields of biochemistry and biophysics, medicine, environmental sciences, history and cognitive science.

Union for International Cancer Control
Provides Yamagiwa-Yoshida international study grants, which aim to advance cancer research through international collaboration - supporting cancer investigators from any country to carry out bilateral research projects abroad.

VolkswagenStiftung (The Volkswagen Foundation)   
The Volkswagen Foundation is dedicated to drawing attention towards new areas of research and stimulating investigations which transcend the existing borders between research and practice, different disciplinary cultures, or between German and international research – including areas which may well harbor potential risk. Topics are diverse. The Foundation also supports the Herrenhausen Conference series, and invites scholars and scientist of all disciplines to submit proposals for future conferences. Herrenhausen Conferences are dedicated to scientific issues that are characterized by high actuality, social relevance, and large potential for innovation.

World Cancer Research Fund International  
World Cancer Research Fund International’s Research Grant Programme funds research on the effects of diet, nutrition, body composition and physical activity on cancer prevention and survival.

Worldwide Cancer Research
Award grants to support fundamental or translational research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer - fund research into any type of cancer, anywhere in the world.

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