Funding for international collaborative research

Alphabetical list of funding/ grant organizations, bodies or institutions promoting international collaborative research in or related to ASD

Prepared by Dr Iliana Magiati, Department of Psychology, NUS; email:

Last updated 18/10/2016

This list is not exhaustive; if you are aware of other Australian, Asian or international funding opportunities for international collaborative research in ASD, please inform Dr. Magiati at The list will be updated 2-3 times per year on the ASfAR website.

Name of Organization or Body/ grant or fund Brief description Link / Contact information
Agency for Science, Technology & Research Singapore Grant calls for Singapore-Korea, China, India, New Zealand, Japan and other country collaborations
Australian Academy of Science Various grant, traveling and exchange opportunities

Australian Research Council for International Researchers The ARC’s mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community. In fulfilling this mission, the ARC plays a significant role in supporting international collaboration, by maintaining a strong presence within the international research community and providing funding opportunities that bring together Australian and international researchers and organisations.


Autism Speaks Autism Speaks supports global biomedical research into the diagnosis, causes, prevention, and treatment of autism or its disabling symptoms
Global Research Council The Global Research Council has a long-term objective of fostering multilateral research and collaboration across continents to benefit both developing and developed nations.


Griffith University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Scheme The purpose of the scheme is to assist researchers to expand cooperation, exchange ideas and establish research collaborations in the areas of Health and Biomedical; Behavioural and Social Sciences; and such other areas as the parties shall agree. This scheme is available to members of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. The scheme is co-founded by the two institutions, Griffith University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Scheme contact: Latha Kancherla


Griffith University and Peking University Collaborative Research Scheme Under the banner of the ‘Asian Century Futures Initiative’, Griffith University and Peking University have established a Griffith-Peking University Collaborative Research Scheme to facilitate reciprocal research exchanges and joint funding proposals for the purpose of developing collaborative research. Research projects that receive support under the scheme will be expected to produce joint publications in high quality research outlets and joint grant applications to external funding bodies

Contact: Natasha Vary


International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) A comprehensive summary report written in 2014 that includes a list of funding agencies in Oceania and Asia
International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) A list of autism scientific organizations and foundations that could be explored with regards to international grant calls


Japan Society for the promotion of Science International bilateral research collaborations and scientific exchanges; also includes funding for researcher exchanges and fellowships
La Trobe Asia fellowship & La Trobe China Studies seed-funding research grant scheme The China Studies Seed-funding Research Grant Scheme supports provides competitive seed-funding grants for projects that will grow the calibre and quantum of China-related research drawn from across La Trobe University, deliver high quality research outputs, and enhance La Trobe’s capacity to win competitive research funding.


National Institute of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center This directory of Non-NIH Funding Opportunities includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. Its goal is to provide information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research. The directory is maintained by the Fogarty International Center, the international component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Organization for Autism Research (OAR) OAR conducts open grant competitions to select pilot studies for funding in autism research each year. One is for researchers; the other is for graduate students conducting autism research in support of an advanced degree. Both competitions are intended to promote research in the analysis, evaluation, or comparison of assessment or treatment models, focusing on aspects of early education, behavioral, or communication intervention and adult issues such as continuing education, employment, housing models and “later intervention.”  International researchers are eligible to apply.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative The SFARI accepts applications for funding for collaborative grants by multiple investigators.
University of Western Australia Research Collaboration Award The UWA Collaboration Awards (RCA) have the dual purpose of promoting either international research 2. h collaboration or industry research partnerships.  The overall goal of the program is to facilitate collaborations that will lead to long term research alliances. The RCA scheme aims to provide enhanced research opportunities for UWA research staff and students in relation to publications, research grants, industry and international linkages and research training.  Grants of up to $30,000 are available.
University of Melbourne International Research and Research Training Fund The International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) aims to facilitate collaborations with high quality researchers and institutions in Brazil, Chile, China, Germany and India.
University of New South Wales (UNSW)

1.The Collaborative Research Scheme

2. Internationally distinguished visitor program

3. UNSW-Tsinghua Collaborative Research Fund

4. Global recruitment drive for world’s best research minds

The Collaborative Research Scheme has two objectives:

  1. To provide a small amount of funds to groups of researchers to encourage collaboration and the building of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences research strength areas and to support projects which involve external collaboration and partnership with outside organisations
  2. Dedicated funding to attract international distinguished visitors to UNSW to facilitate research collaborations, develop a strong research environment and promote the research strengths at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.
  3. Aimed to strengthen research collaboration and deepen relationships, UNSW and Tsinghua University
  4. Aiming to recruit 290 world-leading researchers and rising stars into the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program, as well as 700 new scholars into the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme over the next few years.