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August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Foundation

The August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Foundation of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) awards student scholarships for the summer semester 2015. Chemistry students and students of related fields can obtain 300 EUR per month from April 2015 for twelve or 18 months.

Duedate for applications is February 2, 2015
Contact your local GDCh chairman or the spokesmen of the Young Chemists Forum of the GDCh.

Priority Programme ”Fuels Produced Regeneratively Through Light-Driven Water Splitting: Clarification of the Elemental Processes Involved and Prospects for Implementation in Technological Concepts“ (SPP 1613)

The objective is to investigate artificial photosynthesis based on solid-state inorganic materials from a fundamental scientific perspective as well as the aspects of material science required for its technological implementation. It is expected to be able to successfully produce storable fuels in the form of H2 with a high energy content using solar light, resulting in a renewable primary energy carrier that would be sustainable and secure.
Deadline for submission of proposals for the second three-year funding period (in English): 28 January 2015

Priority Programme ”Caloric Effects in Ferroic Materials: New Concepts for Cooling“ (SPP 1599)

Refrigeration is one of the main sinks of electric energy in Germany and Europe and accordingly contributes to worldwide CO2 emissions. High reduction potentials are envisaged if caloric effects in solid materials are utilised. The Priority Programme addresses the following major challenges for introducing ferroic materials in practical cooling applications: understanding of the underlying mechanisms, energy efficiency, effect size, fatigue, and system integration.

Deadline for submission of proposals (in English): 11 March 2015

German-Israeli Project Cooperation (Deutsch-Israelische Projektkooperation; DIP)

On the basis of an agreement with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) the DFG has taken over and continues the Programme of German-Israeli Project Cooperation. The BMBF continues providing the funds, while the DFG has all scientific and administrative responsibility. Participant institutions in Israel are invited to submit proposals which may come from all fields of science and research. Proposals shall be so designed as to be carried out in close cooperation between the Israeli and the German project partners.
Deadline for the submission of the full proposals: 31 March 2015

Priority Programme ”Chemoselective Reactions for the Synthesis and Application of Functional Proteins“ (SPP 1623)

The Priority Programme was established in 2011 to address current challenges in methodology development as well as applications of established chemoselective or bioorthogonal methods for the investigation of functional proteins in biological processes. Covalent protein modifications are considered as key biological elements, by which cellular processes are organized and maintained. Consequently, several researchers in the field of chemical biology focus on chemical strategies to obtain site-specifically modified proteins to overcome intrinsic limitations of standard biological techniques. More information on the thematic focus of the Priority Programme can be found on the webpage. Interested participants should contact the coordinator Professor Christian Hackenberger. Research proposals for the second three-year funding period are now invited. All proposals must be written in English.
Deadline for proposal submission: 15 April 2015

Priority Programme "Topological Engineering of Ultra-strong Glasses" (SPP 1594)

Glasses have often been acknowledged as the intrinsically strongest man-made engineering material. Mainly for their low resistance to surface damage, however, the uniquely high levels of intrinsic strength can presently not be made use of. The Priority Programme comprises three focus areas, i.e. computational simulation, metallic glasses and inorganic oxide glasses, with the investigation of the materials’ response to stress and defect-infliction on either of these areas being the highest research priority.
Proposals for the second three-year period of the programme must be submitted in English no later than 10 June 2015

List of Funding Organizations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

    For example, the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) is an endowed fund, managed by the ACS that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries.

  • Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sigal Fellowship)

    Two-year postdoctoral fellowship awarded every two years to a Ph.D. candidate who will pursue research at the chemistry and biology interface. Candidates are nominated by chairs of PhD-granting Chemistry Departments in the United States. Individuals are not able to submit an application without being nominated.
    There are no restrictions on the age or nationality of the fellow. The fellowship currently provides $50,000 per year for two years of research at one or more non-profit institutions in any country.

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)

    the Australian government’s main agency for allocating research funding to academics and researchers at Australian universities.
    The Australian Research Council has announced $834,000 in new funding towards projects to developing long term research priorities in agriculture, chemistry, the earth sciences, and humanities engagement with Asia in July 2014.

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

    Attracts and retains top-tier postdoctoral talent, both within Canada and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. The fellowships are administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies
    – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
    – the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and
    – the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program completes a federal suite of programs that provide support to highly qualified research personnel at all stages of their careers:
    Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) provide financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in a Canadian university.
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships support world-class doctoral students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies as well as leadership skills.
    Canada Research Chairs (CRC) provide support to new and established investigators for five- and seven-year terms.
    Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) is intended to attract world-class researchers to Canadian universities to work in priority research areas and conduct world-leading research.

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

    Nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, advances biomedical research and science education in the United States.

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

    Largest governmental funding source in the UK.

  • ERA-Chemistry

    European network of national funding agencies involved in the development and implementation of funding instruments for trans-national collaboration in chemistry. It is a consortium of eleven research funding organisations from ten European countries with the goal to develop and implement joint bottom-up European funding programmes.

  • ERC (European Research Council)

    Funds every year excellent research projects in any scientific discipline, aiming at broadening the scientific and technological knowledge. Top researchers of any nationality and from anywhere in the world can apply, as long as their ERC project will be carried out in a public or private institution based in Europe (EU Member State or Associated Country).

  • European Commission

  • The Erasmus programme enables students in higher education to spend between 3 and 12 months in another European country – either for studies or for a placement in a company or other organization. Any student enrolled in a participating higher education institution in one of the 33 Erasmus countries can benefit (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey).

  • Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, started in January 2014. The seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work, or volunteer abroad.
    Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations.

  • GRANT-IT lists funding opportunities from the European Commission and select Regional and National governments in the field of sustainable chemistry. SusChem and Cefic members can use the resources to search for funding, identify project opportunities, propose project ideas, and search for potential project partners.

  • Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers. Read more about various funding schemes and requirements for applying.

  • European Commission Environment LIFE+ Programme

    EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.

  • Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)

    Promotes chemistry teaching in schools, basic research and junior scientists.
    Research funds are awarded to outstanding establshed and joung scientists at universities and research institutions. PhD candidates and prospective university lecturers are invited to apply for fellowships.
    Stiftung Stipendien-Fonds (Fellowship Foundeation): applications from EU nationals with excellent academic achievement and a rapid completion of studies.
    Fellowship for future schooteachers in Germany

    The Kekulé Mobility Fellowship promotes PhD students in chemistry or related fields, who move – between studies and PhD – to a different location and a different university. ​The candidate can apply directly to the Fund. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.

    Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail:

    The Liebig Fellowship wants to help start the careers of prospective university teachers in the chemical sector. It supports PhD chemists in their efforts to acquire a further science qualification at university level. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.

    As a general rule, no more than 3 years can have passed between the PhD and the application for a Liebig Fellowship. Furthermore, chemistry-oriented research work must be done at a different university location and in a different research group than the PhD work.

    Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail:

    The Chemiefonds Fellowship promotes PhD students in chemistry or related fields. ​The application needs to be made by the PhD supervisor. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.

    Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail:

  • Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF; Austrian Science Fund)

    Austria's central funding organization for basic research.

    An international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

    short Gakushin, is an independent administrative institution, contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Its main functions are to: foster young researchers, promote international scientific cooperation, award Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, support scientific cooperation between the academic community and industry, and collect and distribute information on scientific research activities.

  • Leverhulme Trust

    Emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas. With annual funding of some £50 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all subject providers of research funding in the UK.

  • Michelson Prize & Grants

    provides international research funding for development of permanent contraceptive methods for cats and dogs.

    • The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.
    • Grant funding of up to $250,000 per year per grant is available through the Michelson Grants to fund research in pursuit of this goal.
    • The Michelson Graduate Student Challenge is a new opportunity for US graduate students available through the Michelson Prize & Grants program. Graduate students with the top proposals in three categories (gene silencing, depot formulation, and engineering/ materials science approaches to non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs) will be awarded a $15,000 prize and may apply for grant funding for their proposal in collaboration with a faculty advisor.

  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

    New initiative called CRACK-IT launched; key aim is to develop new technologies (products, models and tools) for industry which reduce reliance on animal research. This will be achieved by connecting and funding scientists from academia and industry. CRACK-IT will include 6 SBRI competitions designed to solve business challenges with a 3Rs theme identified with the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemicals and consumer product industries.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Largest source of funding for medical research in the world.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

    An independent US federal agency to promote the progress of science with an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010). In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency supports "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas, and novel collaborations.

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

    Supports basic research and some of applied research, identifies and fosters talented researchers in the realm of science and technology, accelerates the progress of science and technology, and promotes the socioeconomic development in China.

  • NATO

    The Science for Peace and Security Programme offers grants to scientists in NATO, Partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries to collaborate on priority research topics, which include NATO priorities and additional Partner country priorities.

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

    Funds thousands of top researchers at universities and institutes and steers the course of Dutch science by means of subsidies and research programmes.
    Examples of Grants: Rubicon, Veni, Vidi, Vici
    NWO Grants

  • Newton Fund

    It is part of the UK's official development assistance and aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social walfare of developing countries.
  • The fund is £75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years.
  • Nuffield Foundation

    UK-based organization which funds programmes aim to improve social well-being in one of two ways:

        1) By funding research and innovation in education and social policy.
        2) By increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through our capacity building programmes.

    Offers science bursaries for colleges and schools and undergraduate research bursaries.

  • Research4Life

    Together the three United Nations sponsored programmes—HINARI, AGORA, and OARE—form Research4Life. It provides developing countries with access to and training for academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

  • Royal Society (UK)

    The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists. Including:
    Early career schemes — support scientists and academics at the start of their career.
    Senior career schemes — provide long-term support to established scientists.
    Innovation and industry schemes — support innovation and links between science and industry.
    Education schemes — support science education and public engagement.
    Research, capacity and infrastructure schemes — help purchase equipment and renovate laboratories.
    Collaboration and travel schemes — support international travel and joint research.

  • Royal Society of New Zealand

    Providing support and encouragement for New Zealand’s researchers, teachers and students through a wide range of funds. These include New Zealand opportunities and international collaborations.

  • Schweizerische Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (SNF)
    Fonds National Suisse (FNS)
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

    The SNSF offers a wide range of research funding schemes which are open to scientists and academics of any nationality working in Switzerland.

  • Science Europe

    An association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), based in Brussels. It promotes the collective interests of these organizations and supports its member organisations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the European Research Area through its direct engagement with key partners.

  • Science4Life

    A German initiative to support founders of start-up companies in the field of Life Sciences and Chemistry.
    Registration for Science4Life Venture Cup 2015 has started. Students, graduates, or scientists who are at the very beginning of their idea, can present their business idea (maximum of three pages) and submitted it by October 24, 2014 to Science4Life
    Participation is free and not restricted to Germany

  • Science and Technology Facilities Council

    Supports and funds science & technology in a broad cross-section of the UK research community. Particularly in the fields Biology and Medicine, Energy Research, Environment, and Nuclear Physics.

  • Volkswagen Foundation

    An independent, non-profit organization focusing on selected funding initiatives, currently 20, grouped into the areas: Persons and Structures, International Focus, and Challenges – for Academia and Society. It endeavors to provide effective stimuli for research and to establish forward-looking topics.

  • Wellcome Trust

    Supports excellent researchers in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health.

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