International Research Funding Opportunities

Initiatives in Natural Resources/Ecology

Federal Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) Many funding opportunities that involve international research and collaborations.

Developing Global Scientists and Engineers International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP). The IRES program component supports groups of US undergraduate or graduate students conducting research abroad in collaboration with foreign investigators.  The DDEP component supports the dissertation research abroad of one doctoral student in collaboration with a foreign investigator.

Young Explorers Grant (YEG) offers opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC) and the Conservation Trust (CT).

The Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) supports other targeted international research and education experiences for early-career scientists and engineers via the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students, the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows), the International Research Fellowship Program (for post-doctoral fellows or new faculty), and the International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops. Read more.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Multiple funding opportunities with a variety of deadlines.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Search for NASA research opportunities via this site. Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits research through announcements released to a wide range of science and technology disciplines; it uses a peer-review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response. Researchers help NASA achieve national research objectives by submitting research proposals and conducting awarded research.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has long recognized the US higher education community as a national asset and a valued partner in international development. The community fosters creative new approaches to development problems, which USAID works on throughout the developing world in support of US national interests. Most USAID business with the higher education community is conducted through competitive processes to ensure consistency with USAID development strategies, objectives, and quality while eliciting the best ideas. At the same time, the agency welcomes unsolicited concepts and proposals (that support USAID goals and objectives) with the recognition that funding for these is limited.

Higher Education for Development (HED) supports the worldwide development goals of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), primarily by coordinating the engagement of the higher education community to address development challenges.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government, is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

NGO Oppertunities

National Geographic Grants and Programs

Young Explorers Grant An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of its Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers. National Geographic is committed—as it has been for more than a century—to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers. Today, Young Explorers grants help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. The focus is on the disciplines National Geographic is known for, and also on emerging fields that matter most to understanding—and improving—the world we share.

Conservation Trust Program The Conservation Trust supports both efforts in the field and public-education campaigns that inform individuals about global issues, connect conservation issues to daily life, and enable people to take action.

Marine Conservation Biology Institutefunding currently suspended. In the face of increasing evidence that the world's oceans are in trouble, MCBI established the Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grant in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology. This grant is among the first in the world awarded specifically to help scientists document the composition and abundance of ocean life before humans altered marine ecosystems. This information is crucial for helping lawmakers, regulators, managers, and activists set appropriate targets for marine conservation efforts.

Foundation Opportunities

Michigan Tech Foundation Relations, Research Development and Director Jodi Lehman (906-487-3126,

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) Human activity is causing global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well-being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grant making endeavors to address these challenges by supporting environmental stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on environmental conservation and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity. Recognizing the global nature of many environmental problems, the Fund also promotes international cooperation in addressing these challenges.

Rufford Small Grants (RSGs) for nature conservation are aimed at small conservation programs and pilot projects. We offer five different grants.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

Orangutan Foundation has been administering a small grants program focusing on orangutan research for several years. Recognizing the importance of the 'bigger picture' the Foundation has more recently decided to encourage a broader portfolio of funded research by promoting and supporting research concerning all aspects of the forest ecosystem.

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