Welcome to Research Capacity Network's funding portal

Here we list major funders, and provide links directly to their open funding pages so that you can easily find different types of funding opportunities. If you can see a funder that we have missed, please let us know by emailing info@globalhealthtrials.org. The funders are listed in alphabetical order.

How to write a grant application describes briefly what you should consider. For further explanations you can watch the recordings of our Research Proposal Writing Workshop (available in English and Spanish).

Info on research administration and grant management.


International Funding Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Often known as 'Gates' or 'BMGF', the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation offers diverse funding opportunities for global health. 

Department for International Development (DfID): DfID is a UK organisation which provides international funding opportunities for diverse areas including climate, health, emergency response, and human development. 

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides grants in medical research and African health amongst other sectors.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR): The ESRC is a UK institution that provies funding for social science research, incluidng for international co-investigators. Grants offered between 350,000 and 1,000,000 GBP.  

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP): EDCTP is a public-private partnership between countries in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, and the EU. EDCTP aims to support collaborative research that accelerates the clinical development of new or improved interventions to prevent or treat HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and NTDs. EDCTP funds disease-specific research, but also provides opportunities for fellowships and capacity building initiatives. 

Fogarty International Centre: Part of the NIH, Fogarty provides funding aimed at international health research which includes international grants and fellowshps in biomedical and behavioural research. Fogarty also provide a very helpful list of non-NIH funders, which may be useful to some members. 

The Global FundThe Global fund, based in Switzerland, is a partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector, and people affected by the diseases funded. The Global Fund provides diverse funding opportunities in AIDS, TB and Malaria in low and middle income countries. A full database of funding oppotunities is available through the link below.

Grand Challenges: Grand Challenges is a collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and Grand Challenges Canada. It aims to foster innovation to solve key global health and development problems. 

GSK/Save the Children PartnershipGlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) is a British multinational pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's fourth-largest pharmaceutical company measured by 2009 prescription drug sales (after Pfizer, Novartis, and Sanofi and Save the Children). These two organizations recently partnered to sponsor a $1 million Challenge for programs to reduce child mortality.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): On the grants tab, the ICMR offers fellowships and assosciateships, as well as grants for international collaboration in various health areas. This brochure outlines the goals of ICMR programmes and the opportunities they provide.

Medical Research Council (MRC): The MRC has offices in the UK, Gambia and South Africa, and funds diverse research in global health, knowledge translation, population and systems medicine, neurosciences and mental health, molecular and cellular medicine, and infections and immunity. They also provide fellowships and studentships. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH): The NIH is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and offers numerous types of grants, ranging from specific research areas to capacity building. Many of them are US specific so do check the criteria, but there are plenty which offer funding for low and middle income countries. 

WHO-Tropical Disease Research (WHO-TDR)TDR funds specific research projects in diseases of poverty, which cover infectious diseases and the culture and environment that contribute to these problems. 

3ieInternational Initiative for Impact Evaluation that funds quality studies that will have a real policy impact, and Clinton Foundation, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

International Brain Research OrganizationIBRO is the global federation of neuroscience organizations established in 1961 that aims to promote and support neuroscience around the world through training, teaching, research, outreach and engagement activities. 

THE WORLD ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, works to support sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy.

SPINSPIN is web-based for access from anywhere, easy to use out-of-the-box, and can be customized to bring back precisely the results you want.  Perfect for both individual and administrative users, SPIN offers active searching, automated opportunity matching, and daily opportunity notifications. Login details are required to access the SPIN database.

UK International Development FundingThe websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies have been merged into GOV.UK. Here you can find many UK and international funding opportunities.

Fogarty International Center (NIH): Fogarty is dedicated to advancing the NIH mission by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

MacArthur Foundation: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is striving to make progress in global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria.

Wellcome Trust: Wellcome exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive and are a politically and financially independent foundation. They support researchers, take on big health challenges, campaign for better science, and help everyone get involved with science and health research. 

National Geographic: National Geographic are working to increase global understanding of our planet and create a community of change by advancing key insights about the world and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. They focus on projects involving 'Wildlife', the 'Human Journey' and the 'Changing Planet'.



Open Education DatabaseOpen Education Database is the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online. OEDb welcome learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new.

Euraxess: Euraxess promote researcher mobility and cooperation. They focus on two actions: To provide regular, tailored and reliable information and to organise networking and information events. The membership is free!

Philanthropy News Digest

The Global Fund: The Global Fund invests in smart, effective health programs to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The Data Explorer visualizes where our investments are and what they achieve by providing grant financial and results data at global, regional and country levels.


Brazilian funding agencies

Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP)

Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)

Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa (CONFAP)

Instituto Serrapilheira

Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Inovação Industrial (EMBRAPII)