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.

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The List

Name Location of Headquarters
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation United States of America
Arab Council for the Social Sciences Lebanon
Australian Academy of Science Australia
Australian Research Council Australia
Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC) Brazil
Academia Mexicana de Ciencias Mexico
Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Bolivia (ANCB) Bolivia
Academia Româna Romania
Academy of Athens Greece
Academy of Finland Finland
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) Egypt
Academy of Social Sciences United Kingdom
African Academy of Sciences Kenya
Austrian Research Promotion Agency Austria
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Azerbaijan
British Academy United Kingdom
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canada
Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales Argentina
Consejo Mexicano de Ciencias Sociales Mexico
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa Senegal
Council of Finnish Academies Finland
Council of Lithuania Research Funding Lithuania
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Germany
Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Austria
Dutch Research Council Netherlands
Estonian Research Council Estonia
European Commission Belgium
European Research Council Belgium
Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg
Foundation Center United States of America
French National Research Agency France
Hassan II Academy for Science and Technology Morocco
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) South Africa
Humboldt Foundation Germany
Independent Research Fund Denmark Denmark
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) India
Indonesian Science Fund Indonesia
Innovationsfonden Denmark
International Foundation for Science Sweden
Irish Research Council Ireland
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities Israel
Israel Science Foundation Israel
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Saudi Arabia
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen Netherlands
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science Kuwait
Malaysia Innovation Foundation Malaysia
National Academy of Sciences Ukraine
National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Korea South Korea
National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research Chile
National Council for Scientific Research Lebanon
National Natural Science Foundation of China China
National Research Hungary
National Research Council Philippines
National Research Council of Canada Canada
National Research Foundation Singapore
National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa
National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
National Science Foundation United States of America
National Scientific and Technological Research Council (CONICET) Argentina
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Nepal
Nordforsk Norway
Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters Norway
Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) Philippines
Research and Grant Institute of Ghana Ghana
Research Council of Norway Norway
Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium (RASAB) Belgium
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Denmark
Royal Irish Academy Ireland
Royal Society United Kingdom
Royal Society of New Zealand New Zealand
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Sweden
Russian Academy of Sciences Russia
Science and Technology Development Fund Egypt
Science and Technology Facilities Council United Kingdom
Science Foundation Ireland Ireland
Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey Turkey
Singapore National Academy of Science Singapore
Slovak Academy of Sciences Slovakia
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Canada
Social Science Research Council United States of America
Society for the Promotion of Science Japan
State Secretariat for Research Spain
Swedish Research Council Sweden
Swiss Academy of Sciences Switzerland
Swiss National Science Foundation Switzerland
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology Tanzania
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation United States of America
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation United States of America
The Icelandic Centre for Research Iceland
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research United States of America
The Research Council Oman
The Research Foundation Belgium
Turkish Academy of Science (TÜBA) Turkey
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) Uganda
Universities New Zealand New Zealand
University of the South Pacific Fiji
Wellcome Trust United 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.