Before applying for international funding researchers are advised to familiarise themselves with this useful information on internal UCT processes. In particular, please note that applications requiring institutional sign-off, institutional submission and/or an institutional letter of support must be submitted to the Research Contracts & Innovation Office (RC&I) five working days before the funder’s deadline. 

Belmont Forum collaborative research actions (CRAs)


The Belmont Forum is a high-level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. The National Research Foundation (NRF) (and South Africa) is a member. The goal of the Belmont Forum is to mobilise international resources and expertise in order to drive global environmental research for earth system sustainability.




Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to bring about the kinds of changes that will help people live healthier and more productive lives. Whether the challenge is low-yield crops in Africa or low graduation rates in Los Angeles, the Foundation aims to identify pressing problems that get too little attention.

Browse Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant opportunities.

Read more about how Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation makes investments.




Department for International Development (DfID) (UK)


DFID leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. They aim towards ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

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European Union (EU) funding


European Commission research & innovation


An online portal through which researchers can find and secure funding under a number of EU funding programmes including Horizon 2020.

Visit the European Commission funding portal.




European–South Africa Science and Technology Advancement Programme (ESASTAP)


The aim of this programme is to strengthen technology, research and innovation cooperation between Europe and South Africa.

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Subscribe to the ESASTAP mailing list




The European & Developing Countries in Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)


The EDCTP aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as other poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials.

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More about EDCTP grants



Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme thus far, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the laboratory to the market.



International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


The IDRC funds projects that aim to bring employment, food security, health, peace and prosperity to developing regions of the world.

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Make an unsolicited research proposal




Newton Fund


The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA). The fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Newton Fund partner countries

Read more about the UK's ODA

Read more about the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills




National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The NIH is one the largest funders of biomedical research in the world, investing tens of billions of dollars a year to enhance life and reduce illness and disability.

Find out more about the NIH

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Useful information for applying to NIH grant



NIH Fogarty Funding Opportunities


This funding aims to advance science for global health. Fogarty's global health research and research training programs offer a variety of funding opportunities.

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Useful information for applying to NIH grant



Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)


TDR is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty.

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Official forms and instructions for preparing grant applications




Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)


SIDA is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through their work and in cooperation with others, they contribute to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development.

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Read more about how SIDA works



United Kingdom Science Councils


All research proposals to UK Science Councils are to be made through the Joint electronic Submission System (Je-S)

Relevant councils include:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)



United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


USAID is the lead US government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realise their potential.

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Partnership opportunities

Useful resources for potential partners



Wellcome Trust


The Wellcome Trust works on the philosophy that good health makes life better. They provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

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Useful information for researchers



Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund


UCT has ring-fenced funding to enable researchers' participation in the WUN Research Development Fund, which provides grants for research projects that include at least three member universities and span at least two geographical regions.

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WUN Research development fund




For more information on research funding contact the Research Support Services

This information was last updated May 2016. It serves as a rough guide for research funding opportunities. Please check funder websites for additional details.