Funding Programs for All Countries

Non-exhaustive list.

International - All Countries

"Human Frontier Science Program" (HFSP) international program

The HFSP program supports international scientific collaborations.

The research grants are awarded to research projects involving close collaboration between independent teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines. Two types of grant funding are available:

  • Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first 5 years after obtaining an independent laboratory (and who have received their Ph.D. in the last 10 years)
  • Grants for teams of researchers at any stage of their careers

HFSP fellowships are intended to support postdoctoral researchers. Two types of fellowships are available:

  • Long-term fellowships (LTF): they are for reserved for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline wanting to broaden their expertise by proposing a new project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous work.
  • Cross-disciplinary fellowships (CDF): they are aimed at candidates holding a Ph.D. outside of the life sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, engineering or computer sciences), who have had limited exposure to biology during their previous training.

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Europe - All Countries

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (Horizon 2020)

Individual Fellowships (IF): Mobility and Training Program

The aim of this action is to support the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (postdoctoral irrespective of age) wanting to diversify their individual skills through training, and international and inter-sectoral mobility. Two types of fellowships are available:

  • Global Fellowships (IF-GF): for European or non-European researchers who have been based in Europe for at least 5 years, wanting to temporarily conduct their research in a third country (outside of the European Research Area). This outgoing phase must include a return phase to the European Research Area. Total duration: 2 or 3 years
  • European Fellowships (IF-EF): for researchers of any nationality wanting to work in Europe (non-EU researchers wanting to conduct their activity in Europe, or EU researchers wanting to work in another country). Duration: 1 or 2 years

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Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

This action is for organizations, such as research centers, universities or companies, that participate in short-term staff exchanges.

Proposals should include at least three partners, which can be universities, research institutions, or non-academic organizations. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to participate.


Partner organizations must be from three different countries. At least two of them must be from EU Member States or Associated Countries. Partners from other countries can also be included.

Staff taking part in the exchanges (1 month to 1 year) should be made available. This means that the partner organization will continue paying the salary of its seconded staff.

Maximum 4-year project

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European Research Council (ERC) funding - Horizon 2020

These grants are awarded to researchers of any nationality. However, the research must be conducted in one of the European countries (EU Member States or Associated Countries).

This program is intended to fund researchers for a maximum period of 5 years. It covers 100% of the total eligible direct research costs (recruitment of team members, missions, consumables, equipment, etc.) and 25% of the indirect costs. All the scientific and technological disciplines are covered. There are three types of ERC funding:

  • ERC Starting Grants, awarded to early-career researchers wanting to build their first research team. Researchers who completed their Ph.D. thesis 2 to 7 years previously.
  • ERC Consolidators Grants, for researchers wishing to consolidate their research team. For more experienced researchers who completed their Ph.D. thesis between 7 and 12 years ago.
  • ERC Advanced Grants, designed for experienced researchers conducting pioneering, frontier research projects (with a degree of risk), and who are recognized as leaders in their area of expertise.

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EMBO Long-term Fellowships

Postdoctoral funding awarded for a period of up to 2 years, enabling researchers to conduct a research project in laboratories belonging to one of the 27 Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), co-funded by the European Commission.

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European Union Erasmus Program

Designed for European students wanting to work in a third EU country, the Erasmus Mundus program also extends to non-EU citizens: the grants are awarded to help students earn a Master's Degree or Doctorate from joint degree programs and certain other multilateral partnerships.

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France - All Countries

Inserm-CNRS ATIP/Avenir Program

Funding for 3 to 5 years to enable young researchers to create and lead a team within an already existing Inserm or French National Center for Scientific Research (CRNS) affiliated structure. The teams formed will work to strengthen the research of the host unit by independently developing their own projects

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ANR

The French National Research Agency (ANR) has concluded bilateral agreements with counterpart agencies. Projects which come under this framework (International collaborative research projects - PRCI) are included in the Generic Call for Proposals but are subject to a specific submission deadline. They are subject to targeted themes. Outside of the bilateral agreements, a project may be submitted with one or more foreign teams from any country. These projects are subject to the generic call for proposals procedure.

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Forming European or International Scientific Networks (MRSEI)

Funding of up €30,000 for a 6-to-12-month period can be obtained to encourage the formation of a network in response to a targeted International or European call for proposals.

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Programs Co-funded by MENESR and MAEDI

Co-funded by the French Ministry for National Education Higher Education and Research (MENESR), The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and institutions from partner countries, these programs set up by Campus France (the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility) are designed to create networks around collaborations and to develop mobility and training for young researchers.

Programs supporting mobility

Research programs

City of Paris (cooperation with Ile-de-France) - "Emergence" Program

This program is the subject of an annual call for proposals designed to promote the creation and development of new research teams in the Paris region. Open to all disciplines, it is intended for researchers who completed their Ph.D. within the last ten years. Their research project must support the development of an existing young team (set up less than two years ago) or the creation of a new team.

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AXA Research Funds - Postdoctoral "Fellowships"

Projects in the health sector: aging, dependence, chronic diseases, well-being and prevention, public health and healthcare systems.

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