International funding opportunities

Funding links through this webpage bring users to the Pivot-RP page for each specific funding opportunity. You may have to log in to your Pivot-RP account to view the opportunities. There, additional in-depth details and a direct link to the sponsor’s website are available. Always check the sponsor’s website for the current external deadline date. You will need a Pivot-RP account to view these opportunities; please use your University of Waterloo credentials to set up and sign in to your Pivot-RP account. For detailed instructions to create your account, please refer to the Pivot-RP help page on the OR site. Visit the International SharePoint site to access resources on our programs (WatIAM required). 

If you plan to apply for funds, please contact Ibi Brown, cc'ing If you desire an application review and/or your project requires institutional sign-off, please be sure to submit your application no less than one week before the agency deadline. 

A completed Cover Sheet approved by the Chair/Director and Dean of the PI is required for each proposal.

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Ongoing Opportunities

External Ongoing Opportunities

Program Name Award Amount
USAID: Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

$200,000 - $5,000,000 USD

($260,000 - $6,500,000 CDN)

Dalian University of Technology (DUT): Visiting Professor Program

See agency website.

IC-IMPACTS: Innovative Technology Demonstration Initiative up to CAD $ 55,000
British Council: Cultural Protection Fund - Small Grants up to £100,000 
British Scoliosis Research Foundation (BSRF): Grants up to £15,000 - £200,000 depending on grant
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung | Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Carl Zeiss Humboldt research award €150,000 EUR 
Dementia Consortium: Funding £100,000 - £250,000 (£500,000 for exceptional cases)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR): Research Grants £350,000 - £1 million
German Research Foundation (DFG): Emmy Noether Programme see agency website
German Research Foundation (DFG): Initiation of International Collaboration up to €9,450
Henry Moore Foundation: Long-Term Research Grants up to £20,000
Iraqi Bench Fees Program up to $8000 per term
National Geographic: Research and Exploration Grant USD 15,000 – USD 20,000
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Grants Multiple awards with no hard limits. Typically range between €30,000-€300,000
Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF): Project Support Up to  €15,000
Russkiy Mir Foundation: Grants Projects See agency website
Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau (SACB): Bench Fees $5,000 for Master’s students, $10,000 for PhDs
Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT): Initiation Grants up to SEK 150,000
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD): International Grants USD 3,000 – USD 20,000
Temasek Foundation: Ecosperity up to SGD 3 million
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust: Research Grants usually £50,000 to £250,000
Wellcome Trust: Innovator Awards up to £750,000
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): Research Grants

£50,000 - £1,000,000

(86,127 CAD - 1,722,465 CAD)

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation: Grants See agency website. 
Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

£150,000 - £250,000

(426,378 CAD - 255,820 CAD)

The Waterloo Foundation: Sexual and Reproductive Health

£50,000 - £100,000

($88,816 - $177,633 CAD)

The Waterloo Foundation: Nutrition

£50,000 - £100,000

($88,816 - $177,633 CAD)

Fritz Thyssen Foundation: Support of Projects

€250,000 - € 300,000

$378,127 CAD - $453,753 CAD

Fritz Thyssen Foundation: Travel Grants See agency website. 
Houghton Trust: International Travel and Subsistence Grants See agency website. 
Swiss National Science Foundation: Project Funding

At least CHF 50,000

($65,697 CAD)

Arts and Humanities Research Council: Research Grants – Early Careers

£50,000 – £250,000

($87,022 CAD – $435,109 CAD)
Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS) Unspecified
Eva Crane Trust: Grants Funds dependent on individual projects.
Sasakawa Peace Foundation: Grants

¥2,000,000 – ¥10,000,000

($24,407 CAD – $122,035 CAD)  

Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research: Travel Grants See agency website.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS): Research Trust

£5,000 - £10,000                                            ($8,542 CAD - $17,086 CAD)

Union Chimique Belge (UCB): Grants Funds dependent on individual projects.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): Research Networking

Up to £45,000

($76,571 CAD)

Furniture History Society: Grants for Major Projects 

Up to £10,000

($17,024 CAD)

*per year for up to three years

Dutch Kidney Foundation: Kolff Visiting Senior Scientist Scholarships  

Funds dependent on individual projects.

Osteology Foundation: Researcher Grants

CHF 30,000 - CHF 100,000

($40,038 CAD - $133,460 CAD)

Embassy of Japan in Uganda: Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP)

Up to ¥10,000,000

($123,063 CAD)
Ramboll Foundation: Grants Funds dependent on individual projects.
Society of Swedish Culture in Finland: Grants


($57,392 CAD)

*per year

New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage: History Research Trust

Up to $12,000 NZD

($13,774 CAD)
Joint SPSSI-EASP International Conferences $7,000 CAD
Nuffield Foundation: Grants for Research, Development, and Analysis

£10,000 - £500,000                                       

($16,392 CAD - $819,585 CAD)

Barncancerfonden: Rare Childhood Cancer Diseases Funds dependant on individual projects. 
Barncancerfonden: Grants for Work Meetings and Symposia

Up to 50,000 SEK​​​​​​ ($6,909 CAD) for work meetings; up to 500,000 SEK ($69,090 CAD) for symposia 

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST): International Academic Seminars Funds dependent on seminars.
Bielefeld University: ZiF Research Groups

€250,000 or €500,000

($370,722 CAD or $741,444 CAD)

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange: Research Grants See agency website.
Alzheimer’s Research UK: Dementia Consortium Funding

£100,000 - £250,000

($160,611 CAD - $401,529 CAD)
Swiss National Science Foundation: Sinergia Grants

CHF 50,000 - CHF 3,200,000

($67,232 CAD - $4,302,841 CAD)

British Heart Foundation: Clinical Study Grants

Over £300,000

($481,448 CAD)
Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects

10,000 AUD - 100,000 AUD

($9,009 CAD - $90,093 CAD)

National Institute of Informatics (NII): International Internship Program

Up to ¥1,026,000

($12,678 CAD)

DAAD Canada: Research Stays

See agency website.

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research: CRACK IT SOLUTIONS

Up to £50,000

($80,615 CAD)

Global Innovation Fund (GIF): Call for Proposals

Up to $15,000,000 USD

($19,831,700 CAD)
Diabetes UK: Project Grants

Up to £500,000

($816,331 CAD)
Rising Tide Foundation: Grants

Funding dependent on individual projects.

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme: Documentation Grants

Up to £10,000

($16,834 CAD)

*for small grants;

up to £150,000

($252,512 CAD)

*for major documentation project grants

Christian Doppler Research Association: Research Laboratories

€140,000 - €750,000

($205,409 CAD - $1,100,404 CAD)

*per year
Parkinson’s UK: Research Involvement Awards Funds dependent on individual projects.
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS): Research In Groups Travel Costs
Nordic Culture Point: Culture and Art Programme

€7,000 - €100,000

($10,320 CAD - $147,432 CAD) 
Alzheimer’s Research UK

Up to £100,000

($174,596 CAD)
Brain Tumour Charity: Clinical Biomarkers

Up to £500,000

($857,940 CAD)
Brain Tumour Charity: Expanding Theories Awards

Up to £120,000

($205,906 CAD)
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT): Funding Funding dependent on individual projects.
Office of Astronomy for Development: Annual Call for Proposals


($159,629 CAD)
Medical Research Council: Applied Global Health Research Board Funds dependent on individual projects.

Economic and Social Research Council, GB: Research Grants

£350,000 - £1,000,000

($595,515 CAD - $1,701,470 CAD)

Nuffield Foundation: Research, Development, and Analysis Fund

£10,000 - £500,000

($17,159 CAD - $857,940 CAD)

RWTH Aachen University: Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP)

See agency website.

Laerdal Foundation: Grants

See agency website.

Visegrad Fund: Grants

See agency website.

Visegrad Fund: Visegrad+ Grants See agency website.
Royal Society, GB: International Exchanges

Up to £12,000

($20,537 CAD)

DFG: Priority Programs

See agency website.

Visiting Professor Program funded by Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts See agency website
UKRI: BBSRC Standard Research Grant £2,000,000 ($3,460,000 CDN)
University of Cambridge: Parke Davis Exchange Fellowship Covers salary and travel expenses
TUM: Global Visiting Professor Program Covers travel and accomodation expenses
National Institute for Health Research: Programme Development Grants £150,000 (260,000 CDN)
The European Space Agency (ESA): Novel space related research projects co-fund ESA co-funds up to 50% and up to €90,000 ($135,000 CDN)

NRC-MITACS-RWTH Globalink Research Award Program

Up to $18,000 CAD will be provided for six-month to one-year stays
Merck KGaA Germany: Biopharma Speed Grant


($44,000 CAD)

Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum (GCRFF): Multinational Clinical Trials  Varies
3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM20): International Guest Program Varies
Carlsberg Foundation: Grants

Up to DKK 100,000

($20,153 CAD)

Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD), Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC): Franz Werfel Grants

Funding varies based on project needs. 
International Astronomical Union (IAU): Symposium Grants Up to up to €20,000 ($30,027 CAD)
Addax & Oryx Foundation: Project Support Funding varies based on project needs. 
Jansen PrimeSteps Foundation: Grants Grants amount to an annual average of CHF 500,000 ($686,118 CAD).
Danish Arts Foundation: Visual Arts - International Research Programme Up to DKK 15,000 ($3,008 CAD)
Tres Cantos Open Lab Foundation: Project Funding Up to £53,565 ($92,959.60 CAD) per year for postdoctoral candidates; up to £62,110 ($107,789 CAD) per year for PhD-holders with over ten tears of postdoctoral experience.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Humboldt Research Fellowship

€2,670 ($3,933 CAD) per month for postdoctoral fellows. 

€3,170 ($4,669 CAD) per month for experienced researchers.

International Bone Research Association: Research Grants

Up to CHF 3,000

($4,028 CAD)

Stiftung Mercator: Project Grants Funding varies based on project needs. 
IC-IMPACTS: Call for Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects $25,000 CAD - $45,000 CAD
European Space Agecy: Direct Negotiation Call Successful applicants receive zero-equity funding worth up to 50 per cent per project for demonstration projects.
European Space Agency: Investigating the Biological Effects of Space Radiation

Up to €50,000

($72,572 CAD)

Grand Challenges Canada: OPTions Initiative  $250,000 CAD - $400,000 CAD
Finnish National Agency for Education: Scholarships

€375 - €1,500

($540 CAD - $2,159 CAD)

A-T Society: Grants Funding varies based on project needs. 
Erwin Riesch Foundation: Travel Grants Funding covers travel costs, plus a monthly stipend of €800 - €1,300 ($1,158 - $1,181)
Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation: Travel Grants Grants are awarded for visits of up to three months to cover the expenses for travel, lodging and course fees.
NSERC: Alliance International Grants
  • Catalyst grants: Up to $25,000 CAD (for one year)
  • Collaboration Grants: Up to $100,000 CAD (per year for up to three years)
NSERC: Alliance International Quantum Grants

Up to $25,000

*Ongoing until January 30, 2023

Goverment of India: Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) $8,000 USD - $12,000 USD
Government of India: Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Up to $35,000 USD
Fudan University: ICSCC Visiting Scholars Programme Grants cover travel costs, subsistence, and accommodation.
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: Species Conservation Grants Up to $25,000 USD
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC): Young Investigator Grants Up to $50,000 USD
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences: Visitor Programme Funding varies based on project needs. 
ARSEP Foundation: Travel Grants Up to €6,000
Jana Robeyst Trust Fund: Small Conservation Grants Up to €1,500
Volkswagen Foundation: Data Reuse - Additional Funding for the Preparation and Storage of Research Data (Open Science) Up to €100,000
Italian fund for Euro-BioImaging User Access Grants Up to €7,500 to cover travel, lodging expenses and access cost for researchers accessing nodes based in Italy.
French National Institute for Ocean Science: Short-term Scientific Cooperation Stays  Support includes insurance and social protection on French territory, as well as an allowance towards living expenses. Support towards travel may also be available.
Open Society Foundations: Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa Unspecified
European Charcot Community: Fellow Community Small Grant Fund Up to €20,000
United European Gastroenterology Federation: Horizon Europe Application Support Up to €10,000
Museums Foundation: Benevolent Association Unspecified
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO): Mail-In Proposals for Powder Diffraction on Echidna


Foundation for Education and Training on Tunnelling and Underground Space Use: Organizing Training Sessions Unspecified
Foundation for Hand Surgery: Fundamental Research Grants Unspecified
Diversitatis Foundation: Funding Unspecified
Bru Foundation: Education and Heritage Grants Unspecified
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI): RNA Vaccine Platform Technologies and Vaccine Library Development Against Emerging and Select Endemic Infectious Diseases - Focus Area 2 Unspecified
National Tourism Development Authority: Association Conference Financial Support Unspecified
Karl Zünd Foundation: Project Grants Unspecified
Imagination Lab Foundation: Grants

CHF 5,000 - CHF 30,000

($6,694 CAD - $40,162 CAD)

Cancer Society of New Zealand: Professional Development Grant Unspecified
German Research Foundation: Knowledge Transfer Program Unspecified
German Research Foundation: Feasibility Study Demonstation Site Unspecified
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS): Research in Groups Unspecified
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS): Research Workshops Unspecified
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS): Public Engagement Activities Unspecified
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS): Early Career Workshops Unspecified
European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO): Global Exchange Lecture Courses Grants Up to €38,000
European Space Agency: Navigation Innovation Support Programme €60,000 - €2,00,000
European Association of Civil Psychology: Joint International Conferences Grants Unspecified
Internatioal Fiscal Association: David R Tillinghast Research Programme - Organising Conferences Up to €25,000
Anne Frank Fonds (AFF): Project Grants Unspecified
CB Dennis British Beekeepers' Research Trust: Bee Science Research Grants Up to £30,000
Osteoarthritis Research Society International: Collaborative Scholarship Up to €6,500
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung: Conference Grants Unspecified
The Waterloo Foundation: Environment Fund - Marine Grants £50,000 - £100,000
Albert Heim Foundation: Cynological Research Projects Unspecified
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF): Publication Subsidies - American Region $5,000 USD - $10,000 USD

Mitacs Globalink Opportunities

Agency Deadline Program Name Award Amount
Ongoing  Mitacs Globalink Research Award $6,000 CAD
Ongoing Mitacs-Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI) $6,000 CAD
Ongoing Mitacs-SICI Globalink Research Award Program $6,000 CAD
Various New Opportunities Varies

Applicants are welcome from all Mitacs partners; however, preference will be given to applications for student mobility with Waterloo’s bilateral partnerships with the University of Bordeaux, University of Grenoble Alps, École Polytechnique, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and emerging partnership with INRIA. Furthermore, please review Canadian and international travel restrictions before submitting your application.

To apply for either of these calls, contact Amanda Green for the application documents; then, send your completed application form to Amatul Shafi, cc'ing, for Office of Research review and signature. For projects conducted outside of Canada, academic supervisors must submit the complete application package by email to Amanda Green.

Submission Process

Submission: Proposals must be submitted to the Office of Research one week prior to the agency deadline unless stated otherwise and be accompanied by a completed Cover Sheet signed by the PI, Department Chair or Research Centre Director and Faculty Dean or ADR (please refer to the Cover Sheet instructions for details). For all funding opportunities listed below, please contact Ibi Brown, cc'ing, unless otherwise noted.

Feedback: We encourage early submission to take advantage of our review service. We provide feedback to help polish applications for maximum impact focusing on:

  • Adherence to guidelines and policies
  • Budget and eligible expenses
  • Readability and impact
  • Selection criteria clearly and fully addressed

Resources for International funding



Webinars and Events

Horizon Europe and Canada

Horizon Europe & Canada 2024 (January 25th, 2024) Webinar Slide 

Horizon Europe & Canada 2024 (January 25th, 2024) Webinar Recording

Canada EU STI Opportunities (March 23rd, 2023) Webinar Recording

European Research Funding Information Session (October 17, 2023) slides and recordings

1 - John Paul Kleiner, Senior Manager, University Relations, DAAD Information Point Toronto, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service): Slides and Recording

2 - Luigi Scarpa de Masellis, Advisor, Trade and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to Canada: Slides and Recording

3 - Jackson Howard, Regional Coordinator, Euraxess North America or Derya Büyüktanir Karacan, Program Manager, EURAXESS North America: Slides and Recording

Session recording of UK-Canada collaboration webinar

Session Recordings of European Research and Innovation Days

Webinar recording of: How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe

EURAXESS North America: Webinar Recording of Horizon Europe Canada Lanuch

Presentation of the NSERC Alliance Quantum Funding Opportunities (slides with notes)

University of Waterloo and Bordeaux Partnership

The partnership between the University of Waterloo and the University of Bordeaux began in 2010 as a collaboration resulting from shared research interests in materials science and nanotechnology. Since then, this partnership has led to several joint initiatives, including workshops, a bio-based chemistry international undergraduate program, and a strategic framework agreement for international collaboration. Internal calls for research proposals supporting Waterloo and Bordeaux researchers with seed funding—most recently focused on artificial intelligence and health research—have resulted in several conferences and workshops, new innovations and technologies, joint publications, and other valuable outcomes. 

Learn more about the impacts of the ongoing partnership between Waterloo and Bordeaux at our joint website

Hiring Co-ops for International Research Projects

Interested in employing co-op students for your international projects? Contact Lisa ter Woort, Account Manager, International Co-op/International Mobility, Co-operative Education. Please also refer to the Supporting International Co-op Activities Text for helpful information. 

For any other questions related to international co-op, please reach out to Lisa ter Woort

Please note that UW co-op students will continue to work remotely from Canada during the COVID-19 crisis and are still willing to participate in international projects.  Researchers can contact for more information.