Need support in finding and applying for funding? TU Delft | Global Initiative has a few small funds tot catalyse science and technology for global development. We also select all other relevant opportunities for external funding, and we can assist with your application.

Delft Global Funds

Delft Global | Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarship

TU Delft | Global Initiative offers four Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarships every year. Our aim is to stimulate excellent students from Sub-Saharan countries and strengthen our relationship with the countries they come from. From the students we expect that they are willing to act as our ambassadors during their studies and after graduation.

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Deadline: 1 February 2018

Delft Global | Staff Exchange Fund

Fund to promote and strengthen cooperation between researchers of the TU Delft and researchers of universities in developing countries. It provides the opportunity to apply for a grant for staff exchange (a visit of a foreign researcher to TU Delft or a visit of a Delft researcher to a university in a developing country).

No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time
More information: Description & Application form

No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time

Delft Global | Writing Support

Writing Support is an instrument to support researchers who are planning to apply for a large research project or program in the field of global development research. The instrument co-finances the costs for writing support.

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No deadline: a proposal can be submitted at any time

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Other Funds

Grand Challenges Canada – Stars in Global Health (B&M Gates Foundation)

Stars in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health are addressed in low- and middle-income countries. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD over a maximum of 12 to 18 months.

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Deadline:  August 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT

H2020 - Science with and for Society | Celebrating European Science.

Proposals may address a range of topics related to science with and for society.

More information & via Valorisation Centre TU Delft


Deadline:  August 30, 2017

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW).

NWO invites scientists to submit out-of-the-box research ideas that contribute to sustainable solutions for global societal challenges (along the line with people, planet, profit).
To support scientists to realise their ambition in solving and/or contributing to these global challenges, TTW has a total budget of 150,000 euro available. Five Open Mind grants, with a maximum of 50,000 euro (inclusive of Dutch VAT) each and for a period of one year, will be awarded at the TTW annual conference 2017 to the best ideas with significant societal impact.

More information & via Valorisation Centre TU Delft

Deadline:  September 5, 2017, 14:00h

NWO-MVI Responsible Innovation (Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren)

Consortia of researchers and private parties can apply for funding for proactive research into ethical and social aspects of innovation via the NWO funding instrument Responsible Innovation (NWO-MVI). The call for proposals focuses on the themes of Building Materials of Life (BBoL), Creative Industry, Energy, and Logistics.

More information: NWO

Deadline for concept notes: 7 September 2017

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)

Aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. More information.

Submit your grant applications: 1 October 2017 - 5 February 2018, 15:00 CET

Deadline for concept notes: 1 December 2017

LEaDingFellows Postdocs Programme

The LeaDing Fellows Programme provides researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment offered by Leiden University (and Medical centre), Erasmus University Rotterdam (and Medical Centre) and Delft University of Technology.  This programme is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND and the positions are offered in three calls; first call is February-March 2017. The aim of the programme is to provide opportunities for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training.

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Deadline: 31 December 2017, 12:00h (2nd call with 40 positions available)

Jerico NEXT | Calls for Transnational Access (TNA)

Jerico next invites proposals for its transnational access call. This enables scientists and engineers to access coastal observatories and supporting facilities. In addition to free access, logistical, technical, scientific and special training support is offered, as well as a financial contribution for travel.

More info: Jerico

Deadline:  3rd round will be in 2018 (January-March)

Foundation Study Fund for South African Students (SSF)

A fund that offers students from South Africa financial support if you are interested in coming to the Netherlands for a period of 3 to 6 months or for a short academic visit to gain knowledge and skills. To be eligible for a SSF Scholarship you must have South African nationality; must be registered as student at a South African university; must be accepted at one of the Dutch universities or recognised research institutions & must show working knowledge of the relevant language of instruction / research collaboration (generally English and/or Dutch).

More information: SSF

Deadline: 31 January (for studies starting in September) & 31 May (for studies starting February next year)

NWO | Open Technology Program (OTP)

The Open Technology Programme (OTP) focuses on scientific and technical research and is characterised by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. Research proposals are assessed by international and independent experts on the basis of specific questions about excellent scientific quality and utilisation.

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No deadline: proposals can be submitted on a continuous basis. 

Lloyd’s Register Foundation

This Foundation supports scientific research globally by awarding grants to research and education organisations. They fund both fundamental (low-TRL) research and more applied technology development. They prefer to invest in building sustainable research teams working on longer-term research challenges of importance to society, to enhance the safety of the engineering infrastructure on which modern society relies.

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No deadline: a proposal can be submitted any time. They have an initial review stage most months of the year.

LPDP (Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education)

For students with Indonesian nationality, graduated from an accredited Indonesian university or an overseas university acknowledged by the Indonesian Higher Education Directorate (DIKTI), maximum age 35 (for Master’s programme) or 40 (for PhD programme). 

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Global Innovation Fund

Innovative solutions to global development challenges with the potential for substantially greater impact than existing approaches, especially for poor and vulnerable groups.

No deadline: Grants from $50,000 to $15 million USD
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No Deadline: Grants from $50.000 to $15 million USD