There’s no hiding the fact that scientific research costs money. There are a range of costs associated with even the most straightforward of research projects – lab space, equipment, and staff are all essential to almost every experiment, and each can come with a price.

The benefits of science being conducted are however enormous – it is difficult to think of a single aspect of modern life that hasn’t benefited from a background of scientific study at some point. So while scientific progress comes at a price, the overall benefits that a facilitation of research creates are often deemed to be worth it.

To help with the facilitation of research, various governmental bodies, NGOs, agencies and institutes have been set up to handle the dissemination of funds for research that is judged to ultimately offer a benefit to society. Below, we present a list of many of these found worldwide, which primarily offer funding for research in general, and also often for research carried out specifically within the associated country.

Organizations that specifically don’t provide funding for research that could involve a component of human behavior research (e.g. The Association of American Geographers) are excluded from the list below. Institutes and more general research funding bodies are also listed (in additional to governmental bodies), meaning that wherever you want to carry out research, you should be able to find an organization that matches well with your needs.

The next step, once you’ve found the grant and / or funding body that you’re after, is to write the funding application. We’ve put together a guide to help you with just that, which you can download for free.

grant writing pocket guide

The List

NameLocation of Headquarters
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationUnited States of America
Arab Council for the Social SciencesLebanon
Australian Academy of ScienceAustralia
Australian Research CouncilAustralia
Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC)Brazil
Academia Mexicana de CienciasMexico
Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Bolivia (ANCB)Bolivia
Academia RomânaRomania
Academy of AthensGreece
Academy of FinlandFinland
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)Egypt
Academy of Social SciencesUnited Kingdom
African Academy of SciencesKenya
Austrian Research Promotion AgencyAustria
Azerbaijan National Academy of SciencesAzerbaijan
British AcademyUnited Kingdom
Canadian Institutes of Health ResearchCanada
Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias SocialesArgentina
Consejo Mexicano de Ciencias SocialesMexico
Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheItaly
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in AfricaSenegal
Council of Finnish AcademiesFinland
Council of Lithuania Research FundingLithuania
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)Germany
Die Österreichische Akademie der WissenschaftenAustria
Dutch Research CouncilNetherlands
Estonian Research CouncilEstonia
European CommissionBelgium
European Research CouncilBelgium
Fonds National de la RechercheLuxembourg
Foundation CenterUnited States of America
French National Research AgencyFrance
Hassan II Academy for Science and TechnologyMorocco
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC)South Africa
Humboldt FoundationGermany
Independent Research Fund DenmarkDenmark
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)India
Indonesian Science FundIndonesia
InnovationsfondenDenmark
International Foundation for ScienceSweden
Irish Research CouncilIreland
Israel Academy of Sciences and HumanitiesIsrael
Israel Science FoundationIsrael
King Abdulaziz City for Science and TechnologySaudi Arabia
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van WetenschappenNetherlands
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of ScienceKuwait
Malaysia Innovation FoundationMalaysia
National Academy of SciencesUkraine
National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of KoreaSouth Korea
National Commission for Scientific and Technological ResearchChile
National Council for Scientific ResearchLebanon
National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaChina
National ResearchHungary
National Research CouncilPhilippines
National Research Council of CanadaCanada
National Research FoundationSingapore
National Research Foundation (NRF)South Africa
National Science Foundation of Sri LankaSri Lanka
National Science FoundationUnited States of America
National Scientific and Technological Research Council (CONICET)Argentina
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)Nepal
NordforskNorway
Norwegian Academy of Sciences and LettersNorway
Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC)Philippines
Research and Grant Institute of GhanaGhana
Research Council of NorwayNorway
Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium (RASAB)Belgium
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and LettersDenmark
Royal Irish AcademyIreland
Royal SocietyUnited Kingdom
Royal Society of New ZealandNew Zealand
Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesSweden
Russian Academy of SciencesRussia
Science and Technology Development FundEgypt
Science and Technology Facilities CouncilUnited Kingdom
Science Foundation IrelandIreland
Scientific and Technical Research Council of TurkeyTurkey
Singapore National Academy of ScienceSingapore
Slovak Academy of SciencesSlovakia
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)Canada
Social Science Research CouncilUnited States of America
Society for the Promotion of ScienceJapan
State Secretariat for ResearchSpain
Swedish Research CouncilSweden
Swiss Academy of SciencesSwitzerland
Swiss National Science FoundationSwitzerland
Tanzania Commission for Science and TechnologyTanzania
The David & Lucile Packard FoundationUnited States of America
The Harry Frank Guggenheim FoundationUnited States of America
The Icelandic Centre for ResearchIceland
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural ResearchUnited States of America
The Research CouncilOman
The Research FoundationBelgium
Turkish Academy of Science (TÜBA)Turkey
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)Uganda
Universities New ZealandNew Zealand
University of the South PacificFiji
Wellcome TrustUnited Kingdom

I hope you’ve found this comprehensive list of funding agencies and organizations helpful in securing your own research funding. If you’d like to learn more about how iMotions can help you, get in touch.