Information about current funding opportunities. This section contains calls published within the European Framework Programmes as well as other national, bilateral, multilateral public and private sector funding opportunities.
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The European Commission's Participant Portal hosts all Horizon 2020 calls

Further orientation is offered by the German NCP for International Cooperation in H2020, who have published a list of targeted calls with recommended participation of third countries in the work programme 2016-2017, including a categorisation for third country participation (encouraged, recommended, strongly recommended). 

To find specific funding opportunities related to Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus you can also:

Horizon 2020 – open calls by country:

Armenia Moldova
Azerbaijan Russia
Belarus Tajikistan
Georgia Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan Ukraine
Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan
open to all countries listed above open to at least some of the countries listed above

The 'incontact' database offers multiple selection criteria: by country/countries, topic(s), work programme(s) etc.
Customize your individual selection!

  • | Deadline: 27 June 2016

    Travel Grants - Researcher Links / Newton Fund - April 2016

    Researcher Links Travel Grants provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher's career opportunities. Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to visit a university or research institution in one of the partner countries (including Kazakhstan), and those residing in one of the partner countries (including Kazakhstan) can apply for funding to come to the UK.
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  • | Deadline: 30 June 2016

    EaP Connect Call for Proposals within the 'Enlighten Your Research' Programme

    Are you a researcher from one of the Eastern Partnership countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine? Is your research ready for an international challenge? Do you work in a team that is interested to take part in an international research project and get in touch with National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Europe? If so, the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project invites you to apply for an international programme for researchers titled ‘Enlighten Your Research’.
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  • | next deadline: 30 June 2016

    CLIENT II – International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovations

    Central Asia (including the Central Asian regions of Russia) is among the targeted partner regions of this funding measure within the Framework Programme 'Research for Sustainable Development (FONA3)' of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of funding under the 'CLIENT II'  programme is to support international partnerships in the areas of climate, environment and energy. BMBF will support German companies, research and other institutions; the foreign project partners must contribute their own financing for their project module or source the necessary funding in their country of origin.
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  • | Deadline: 1 July 2016

    Black Sea Horizon Grant Scheme to facilitate the participation of Black Sea countries in Brokerage Events

    This grant scheme financially supports the participation of local researchers from Black Sea countries in brokerage events related to Horizon2020 in the EU Member States or Associated Countries. Such events will allow researchers to network with EU consortia, to build-up partnerships for subsequent joint research activities and to make their institutions and/or their research networks better known.
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  • | Deadline: 14 July 2016

    German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Armenian State Committee of Science support R&D Cooperation Projects

    The Armenian State Committee of Science (SCS) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have announced a funding measure for research and development projects with at least one German and one Armenian partner. Eligible thematic fields include bio-technologies / life sciences, material sciences, optical technologies, information and communication technologies, as well as environment protection techologies and sustainability research. Project outlines have to be submitted until 14 July 2016.
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  • | Deadline: 28 September 2016

    IraSME Call open to Russian participation

    The 18th IraSME call is organised and funded by national & regional ministries & agencies participating in the IraSME network through their existing funding programmes. Therefore it is important for all candidate project partners to consult in an early stage with their respective agencies during the preparation of the proposal to secure compliance with the applicable national and regional criteria. Russia: Only small enterprises (< 100 employees) are eligible, research organisations only as subcontractors.
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  • | Deadline: 1 February 2017

    Joint Russian-Austrian initiative research projects competition of the Russian Foundation for Basic research (RFBR) and Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

    Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), in accordance with the Memorandum on Cooperation with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), announce a call for proposals for joint Russian-Austrian projects in basic research. The aim of the competition is to develop international cooperation and to grant financial support for initiative research projects being conducted by Russian and Austrian researchers.
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  • | Deadline: 1 March 2017

    Competition for Joint Russian and French Research Projects within the Framework of International Associated Laboratories (LIA) and International Joint Units (UMI)

    The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) in accordance with the Agreement on scientific cooperation with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) announced a call for proposals for joint Russian-French initiative projects in basic research, to be conducted by Russian and French scientists within the Framework of International Associated Laboratories (LIA) and International Joint Units (UMI).
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  • | Deadline: 20 March 2017

    IQ-CHem 6th International Ideas Award

    IQ-CHem is the first and the only Idea Award in the Russian Federation in gas processing and petrochemistry established by SIBUR Holding in 2010. Anoyone in the Russian Federation and abroad can participate in this award. Applications can also be submitted by groups of interested persons. The first five years of this award have resulted in over 1000 innovative ideas, and the prize has raised fourfold.
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  • | announced 7 June 2015 | for details visit website

    CRDF Global Emergency Fund for Ukraine’s Scientists and Innovators

    CRDF Global is a nonprofit organisation that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training and services. The new Emergency Fund, comprised of donations from individuals and corporations, will provide emergency support to those working in science, engineering, technology and innovation in Ukraine and will prioritise on emergency research support for scientists displaced by the war and young scientists at risk of leaving Ukraine, as well as micro grants to support ongoing mentorship, networking, and travel opportunities for technology innovation commercialisation.
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  • | Continuous – various deadlines

    SCOPES 2013-2016: Call for Joint Research Projects and Call for Institutional Partnerships

    The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are launching a new phase of the programme “SCOPES - Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland”. In the framework of SCOPES 2013–2016, there will be a first call for proposals for Joint Research Projects (= JRP, open from 20 March to 20 September 2013) and a second call for proposals for Institutional Partnerships (= IP, open from spring to autumn 2014).
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    Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme

    The Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is a five-year, £20 million joint programme launched in 2014 by the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Each side will provide equal funding. The programme forms part of the Newton Fund, a £375 million fund administered by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. Through the Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.
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    Funding initiative "Between Europe and the Orient - A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus"

    With this funding initiative the Volkswagen Foundation intends, on the one hand, to stimulate interest within Germany to engage in research on current developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus. On the other hand, it opens up possibilities for intensifying cooperation in research and higher education with academics in these countries.
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    Gerda Henkel Foundation: Central Asia Programme now integrated into the Foundation's regular grant programme

    From 2004 to 2013, the Gerda Henkel Foundation offered a programme to support outstanding scholars whose research is focused on Central Asia, mainly on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Northern Afghanistan, Southern Siberia, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Xinjiang. After 10 years of existence, the Special Programme Central Asia, after a last deadline in the end of June 2013, has been integrated into the Foundation's regular grant programme.  Applications from researchers from Central Asia or topics related to Central Asian history will now be considered within the Foundation's Research and PhD Grant Programme.
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    Promoting young researchers from South Caucasus countries in social sciences and humanities

    Starting in 2009, GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG, in conjunction with ACADEMIC SWISS CAUCASUS NET (ASCN), will be financing a multi-year programme to promote the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus with the aim of making a key contribution to the process of democratization. The emphasis of the programme is on the promotion of individuals. Young researchers working in the above fields will be supported and trained within the framework of European-standard research projects and other activities.
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    Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers

    Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 600 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed.
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