External Funding Opportunities
External Funding Opportunities
Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
The PEER program is accepting research proposals in the following focus areas. PEER eligible countries are listed for each Focus Area; applicants should review eligible country criteria carefully.
Global are open to researchers from multiple USAID priority countries.
- Open Call for Proposals: All Research Fields
- U.S. Global Development Lab / Water Resource Management
- Climate Change Adaptation in the Maldive Islands
Regional and Priority Focus Area Calls
Regional calls are open to researchers from specific USAID regions or priority countries.
- Central and South Central Asia / Transboundary Water Research
- SERVIR Priority Countries / Environmental Management and Climate Change Resilience
- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Priority Countries / Urban Sanitation
Country-specific calls are only open to researchers in specific countries.
- Brazil / Biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon
- India / Forestry and Climate Change
- Indonesia / Multiple Sectors
- Kenya / Wildlife Conservation and Anti-trafficking
PEER funding will be awarded to projects related to the USAID and partner agency focus areas specified above. When writing pre-proposals, applicants should also consider how their proposed research and/or capacity building activities will contribute to USAID’s strategic priorities in development. Collaborative projects involving multiple developing countries that explore regional development issues are also encouraged. More can information on USAID’s strategic priorities can be found on the USAID website.
With a presence in over one hundred countries around the world, each USAID/Mission also has development objectives specific to country needs. Country-specific development objectives are reflected in Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) reports that are posted publicly on each USAID/Mission’s homepage. Each CDCS lays out high-level strategic priorities for each bilateral USAID Mission over a five-year time frame. We encourage PEER applicants to review CDCS and other documents specific to USAID Mission priorities and reflect how their proposed research may contribute to these high-level objectives. View USAID approved CDCS reports
Applicants are encouraged to view the directory of USAID Missions.
Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) Special Project Fund - The AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) aims to promote the development of research and educational exchange between AC21 members by financially supporting a variety of activities and research projects. Although research collaboration between AC21 members is important, this fund is not intended to support particular or individual research projects. For example, a symposium jointly held by three institutions, featuring speakers from these institutions, and open to all AC21 members, as well as to the general public, will serve our goal of internationalization and cooperation between members more effectively, compared to simple research projects conducted by one or two individuals per institution. Awards of up to $10,000 per project are available. Projects should include at least three AC21 member universities, from at least two different countries.
Download Full RFP and Application Form for the 2015 Cycle:
Application Period: November 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015 (Deadline for submission); All inquiries about this RFP and the proposal submission should be sent to David Dixon at email@example.com.
USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Funding Programs:
Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI): Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education.
US-China Collaborative Research in Environmental Sustainability: The U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in water and energy, urban sustainability, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.
National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Experiences for Students (IRES): The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering.
Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars: The competition for the 2014-2015 seminar is open and accepting applications. The seminars are designed for U.S. higher education administrators who are interested in spending an intensive two-week seminar in: India, Japan, Korea, Germany, or France.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship: This U.S. Department of Education program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
Australia Awards - Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships: The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that provides up to $272,500 AUD for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.
Global Innovation Initiative: The Global Innovation Initiative is a joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen global multilateral collaboration through grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.
Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC): The Catalyzing New International Collaborations program supports the participation of US-based researchers and students in activities intended to catalyze new international research collaborations.
Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program - The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) provide funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.
Resources available at NC State for identifying external funding sources include Community of Science, the federal funding opportunities resource Grants.gov, a variety of alert services available directly from sponsoring agencies, plus a science funding source, www.GrantsNet.org, and additional resources. For more information, go to Research Funding Opportunities listed by the Research Development Office.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. It offers opportunities for U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars in over 150 different countries.
Search for more international funding opportunities through resources compiled by UC Davis.