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Grants & Funding

WSU faculty, researchers and staff can find internationally focused funding opportunities through the links provided below or by contacting International Program’s research representatives.

WSU Funding

WSU International Research Travel Award

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research provide several International Research Travel Awards each year for WSU faculty. This award assists research faculty in building and strengthening international collaborative linkages. It also encourages scholars and researchers to pursue projects aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities.

IRTA Guidelines (pdf) IRTA FAQs (pdf)

Past Winners
2013: Cory Bolkan, Will Hamlin, Jean-Saben McEwen, Hubert Schwabl, Feng Zhao
2014: Andrew Duff, Ali Mehrizi-Sani, Tahira Probst, Haluk Resat, Steven Saunders, Viveka Vadyvaloo
2015: Kelly Brayton, Patrick Carter, Praveen Sekhar, Eva Szentirmai, Jennifer Zambriski
2016: David Gang, Joanna Kelley, Vilma Navarro-Daniels, Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Hanu Pappu, Elissa Schwartz, Steve Tomsovic


WSU Informer

The WSU Informer is published by WSU’s Office of Grant & Research Development. It provides single-click searches for international funding opportunities in various areas:

  • Agriculture, Plant, Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences
  • Arts, Humanities, Business, Society, and Education
  • Graduate Student Opportunities
  • Health, Behavioral, and Biomedical Sciences
  • International Grant Opportunities
  • Large Programmatic & Training Grants
  • Prestigious Awards for Faculty
  • Science, Math, and Engineering
  • Early Career
  • Equipment Grants
  • Grants for EU Colleagues

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Other Funding Agencies

U.S. Agency for International Development

Often referred to as USAID, this is the “lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.”

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USAID seeks to “tap the creativity, energy and innovative ideas of individuals and organizations around the world to discover new ways to tackle global challenges.” To achieve that goal, it actively seeks to work with researchers, scientists and innovators.

Its 6 Grand Challenges include:

  • Fighting Ebola
  • Securing Water for Food
  • Saving Lives at Birth
  • All Children Reading
  • Powering Agriculture
  • Making All Voices Count

National Science Foundation

NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) supports programs to expand and enhance leading-edge international research and education opportunities for US scientists and engineers, especially at the early career stage.

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Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement on Research (PEER)

PEER represents a joint effort between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and several U.S. government supported agencies. It is administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

In essence, PEER is a competitive grants program. It invites scientists in developing countries that are partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support “research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts.”

This program is designed to “leverage the investments other U.S. government supported agencies have made in scientific research and training, while supporting the initiatives of developing country scientists.”


Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

PIRE supports international activities extending across all NSF-supported disciplines, including:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Education and Human Resources
  • Engineering, Geosciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Polar Programs
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Fogarty International Center (FIC)

Fogarty International Center is part of the National Institute of Health and offers funding opportunities to advance global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators. Fogarty also offers resources for those seeking global health research funding across NIH, and from other organizations.

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United States Department of Agriculture

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. It invests in and supports initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.

NIFA has supported projects enhancing the impact of food,  agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. It collaborates with leading scientists, policymakers, experts and educators in organizations throughout the world to find innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global problems.

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U.S. Foundations Supporting International Research & Engagement

A few of the leading, active foundations supporting international research and engagement include:

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Australian Funding

The Australian government provides grants for international research collaborations through

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German Funding

The DAAD (national agency for international academic cooperation) offers various types of funding for faculty, administrators, students and staff of higher education institutions.

DAAD’s primary goal is to facilitate transatlantic mobility to Germany for US and Canadian scholars. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, considering the academic merit of the individual, the feasibility and quality of the proposal, and the impact of the applicant and application as a whole.

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