Funding Agency Opportunities

Here are some application tips:

  • Talk to the funding body to discuss the applicability of your research idea.
  • Read all the terms and conditions associated with any scheme carefully.
  • Prior to application, get your proposal reviewed by peers.
  • Read previous successful applications.
  • Become a reviewer for a funding agency.

The following is listed alphabetically by country (including non-European) in which the funding is based, however funding is not always limited to residents from that country. Multi-national institutions/societies are listed below the country-specific list. We give information that is likely to be relevant to EHBEA members. In each case, this is not necessarily a complete description of the funding body’s activities. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, and we welcome additions/corrections from EHBEA members.


  • Austrian Science Foundation (FWF)Austria’s central funding organisation for basic research, including standalone, priority and international research programs in addition to awards and prizes.
  • Bundesministerium fur Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMWF)The federal ministry of science and research website provides links to funding opportunities for study and research in Austria (e.g. ‘Sparkling Science’ funds research projects engaging young people in science projects).


  • Fyssen FoundationThe foundation, supporting research in French laboratories, aims to “encourage all forms of scientific inquiry into cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underlie animal and human behaviour; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development”. Postdoctoral study grants and research grants are offered in the areas of ethology-psychology, neurobiology, anthropology-ethnology, and human paleontology-archaeology.
  • Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueA government funded research organization carries out research through ten institutes including for biological sciences (INSB), and humanities and social sciences (INSHS). The centre supports interdisciplinary domains such as ‘life and its social implications’.


  • Alexander von Humboldt FoundationProvides research fellowships and research awards for non-Germans to work in Germany and for German citizens to work outside Germany. The primary criteria for selection is academic excellence.
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)Funding initiatives for scientific research include individual (e.g. promoting young researchers), coordinated and international research grants.
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)Funding projects, equipment and research staff in life sciences (including health, biomedicine and nutrition) and social sciences (including social-ecological and international cooperation).
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)Offer opportunities for doctoral studies, attending summer schools and job exchanges to work in Germany.
  • Max-Planck GesellschaftMaintains 80 institutes, research units, and working groups that are devoted to a wide range of especially promising research areas, including developmental and evolutionary biology/genetics, cognitive research, immunobiology and infection biology/medicine, and social and behavioural sciences.


  • Dan David FoundationThe Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. The award is given to an individual or institution from any nationality for contribution to their field.



  • Canon Foundation in EuropeThe foundation funds up to 15 fellowships to European and Japanese researchers who hold at least a masters degree and within 10 years of obtaining their PhD. The fellowships cover humanities, natural sciences and engineering, last from three months to one year, and require a period of research in Japan for European researchers, and visa versa.

The Netherlands

  • The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)Provides funding for research ‘programmes and projects’, individual’ scientists (including ‘innovational research incentives scheme’; and ‘Aspasia’ – increasing the number of women senior lecturers), and travel and accommodation grants (Rubicon, visitors travel grant). Theme areas include brain and cognition, cultural dynamics, dynamics of life courses and responsible innovation.
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)Funding includes scientific research, conference visits, periods of residence abroad and hosting conferences. The academy advocates international cooperation with other foreign funding bodies. Funded disciplines include biology, and behavioural and social sciences (sub-disciplines psychology and anthropology).


  • The Swedish Research CouncilFunding research projects, scientists and mobility in areas including natural sciences, medicine and health, and social sciences. Strategic research areas include cancer, diabetes, epidemiology, neurosciences and e-science. Centres include those focused on gender research


  • Swiss National Science FoundationSwiss funding agency for scientific research providing a variety of grant opportunities including international research cooperation.

United Kingdom


Provide a range of funding opportunities including studentships, fellowships, new investigator grants, responsive mode, specific calls and cross-council research. All the research councils are potential funders of projects relating to EHBEA interests.

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)Current ‘Emerging themes’ include ‘Science in Culture’, noting that ‘There is growing recognition of the interconnections between science and the arts and humanities, the potential for creativity and innovation that these connections can generate and the limits of using scientific approaches in isolation to tackle societal challenges which broader insights from across the research base can help to address.’
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)A UK research council, funding areas include animal systems, health and wellbeing (committee A). Research priorities include ageing research (longlife health and wellbeing), systems approach to biological research, living with environmental change and animal health. Policy priorities include economic and social impact, increased international collaboration and welfare of managed animals.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)A UK research council, strategic challenges include health and wellbeing; understanding individual behaviour; new technology innovation and skills; environment, energy and resilience; security, conflict and justice; social diversity and population dynamics. Priority areas ( 2009-2014) for understanding individual behaviour includes cross-disciplinary research on risky behaviour; complexities of behaviour; and interventions at societal, community, family, and individual levels.
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)A UK research council, priority areas include energy, health care, ageing, security, and living with environmental change. Research base programmes include cross-disciplinary interfaces, wherein current priority areas include complexity science; physics and life sciences; and engagement with the social sciences.
  • The Medical Research Council (MRC)A UK research council, research priorities include Genetics and disease, Life course perspective, Lifestyles affecting health, Environment and health. Strategic aims include improved health outcomes and international health.
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)A UK research council, science themes include sustainable use of natural resources; environment, pollution and human health; and technologies. Key environmental issues include biodiversity.

UK Charitable Trusts

  • British AcademyThe UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences offers a variety of funding schemes for research, visiting scholars, travel, conferences (UK and abroad) and fellowships. The academy seeks to foster and promote the full range of work that makes up the humanities and social sciences, including inter- and multi-disciplinary work.
  • British Medical Association (BMA)Fund medically related research grants.
  • Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowships TrustFor U.K. residents, these fellowships are designed to return scientists, engineers and technologists to careers after a break of two years or more.
  • The Galton InstituteThe Galton Institute exists to promote the public understanding of human heredity and to facilitate informed debate about the ethical issues raised by advances in reproductive technology. The institute offers up to �1000 towards funding a conference or workshop.
  • The Leverhulme TrustThe trust supports a wide range of research with special weight is placed on originality, significance, appropriate risk, and removal of barriers between traditional disciplines. Funding opportunities include international travel; postdoctoral research; research assistance on a project; research following retirement; research leave to pursue a project; and visits by foreign scholars to the UK. In addition to operating in the responsive mode, the trust releases research programme grant topics for each year (e.g. 2011: Intergenerational justice; resilience; science and politics).
  • Parkes FoundationThis foundation provides funds to help postgraduate students undertaking research in the interdisciplinary field of biosocial science, and organising workshops on related topics, and the publication of the proceedings. Each year, the foundation awards 6-8 small grants (about �600 each) to help Masters and PhD students conduct research.
  • The Royal SocietyA UK charitable trust, funding opportunities include early career fellowships catering for educationists, researchers requiring flexible working, research in Japanese institutions, non-UK citizens to work in the UK, and prestigious research fellowships. In addition, they offer senior academic fellowships; innovation schemes; research capacity and infrastructure schemes; and mobility grants.
  • The Wellcome TrustA UK charitable trust, Wellcome has a broad funding remit covering biomedical, technology transfer, international, public engagement, medical history and humanities and biomedical ethics. A strong focus includes investing in outstanding researchers. Highlighted challenges include health benefits of genetics and genomics; understanding the brain; combating infectious disease; development, ageing and chronic disease; connecting environment, nutrition and health.


  • AAASIn addition to producing the journal, Science, the AAAS provides a number of funding opportunities, including for women in science (, international cooperation (CAIP and international partnerships), and AAAS fellowships (US-citizenship required).
  • Fulbright Commission (US Government)The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsoring both American scholars to work abroad (outside USA) and foreign scholars to work in the USA.
  • The Gates FoundationThe foundation offers funding to institutes for research in the areas of global development, education and health. The majority of funding goes to US organizations.
  • The Guggenheim Foundation, USAThe foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance, including a focus on biology. They provide Research Grants for individual projects for 1 to 2 years. Non-USA applications allowed.
  • James McDonnell FoundationInvests in the acquisition of new knowledge and in the responsible application of knowledge for solving the real world problems, in research areas including understanding human cognition: JSMF Scholar Awards support research studying how neural systems are linked to and support cognitive functions and how cognitive systems are related to an organism’s (preferably human) observable behavior.
  • The Leakey FoundationThe Foundation offers research grants and fellowships to fund research related specifically to human origins, including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behaviour, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups.
  • National Institute of Health (NIH), USAThe institute’s mission is to extend healthy life and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. NIH funds grants, cooperative agreements and contracts that support the advancement of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), USAUSA principle science funding body. May accept foreign applications for funding � check eligibility associated with a particular call or scheme.
  • Templeton FoundationThe foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will, including projects using tools from anthropology, psychology, biological sciences, neuroscience, archaeology and paleontology.
  • The Wenner Grenn FoundationThis foundation supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins, development and variation and to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology. Funding is available for doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars, including non-US researchers. In addition, funding is available to run conferences and workshops.

Multi-national Institutions

  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)On 18/06/2010, the Executive Council of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) unanimously passed a resolution to make funds available for partial support of meetings where the goal is promote the study of behaviour from an evolutionary perspective in ways likely to be of special interest to our membership. Proposals from members in the range of $1,000 (US) to $3,000 (US) may be submitted on an ad hoc basis to President Randy Thornhill ( for distribution and consideration by the Executive Council. If you have questions regarding what sort of proposals and budget items are acceptable, please contact an Executive Council member for guidance.
  • 7th Framework ProgrammeThe programme has a number of different schemes: Cooperation: funding for collaboration between research institutes in ten specific theme areas. Ideas: investigator-driven, blue-sky frontier research. People: Marie Curie actions to invest in training and career development, typically requiring movement from one country to another. Capacities: collaborative projects mainly with industry.
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)Funding conferences, workshops, research networking programmes and EUROCORES (bottom-up proposals for the creation of new collaborative research programmes), in fields including humanities, social sciences, life, earth and environmental sciences.
  • European Cooperation in Sciences and Technology (COST)Supports networking of nationally funded research activities across at least five COST countries.
  • The European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP)The ESCoP Early Career Stimulus is a grant of �1000 aimed at supporting European graduate students for research, mobility or attending conferences/workshops. Preference given to students from Eastern European countries.
  • Human Frontier Science ProgramThe HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences. Scientific programs include research grants for collaboration between teams in different countries and fields; postdoctoral fellowships to work in a non-home country; and cross-disciplinary fellowships for training in biology.
  • NATO Science ProgrammeThe Science for Peace and Security Programme offers grants to scientists in NATO, Partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries to collaborate on priority research topics, which include NATO priorities and additional Partner country priorities. Priority areas include countering security threats including terrorism, human and societal dynamics, modeling sustainable consumption and infectious disease.