Extramural Support for International Work


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), also known as the Gates Foundation, is a private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest private foundation in the US, holding $38 billion in assets. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.

Grant Opportunities


The National Science Foundation and the Gates Foundation support the BREAD Program to foster innovative scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. A significant distinction between Basic Research to Encourage Agricultural Development and other NSF programs is that proposals to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. The Program’s focus is on novel, transformative research at the proof-of-concept stage rather than its application or development. Especially encouraged are original proposals that address major constraints to the productivity of crops important to smallholder farmers, or on the development of novel and efficient production practices. Although the Program places an initial emphasis on crop improvement, it will also consider innovative research proposals from scientists in all fields of research and engineering as long as the proposed research is consistent with the Program objectives. Proposals are also expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.

BREAD Program

Fulbright Program

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United State and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

Catalog of Awards

Contact General & Regional Fulbright Teams

Guidance and Resources


Higher Education Challenge Grants are offered by USDA to strengthen institutional capacities to respond to identified State, regional, national or international educational needs to formulate and administer programs to enhance college and university teaching in agriculture, natural resources, forestry, veterinary medicine, human and family and consumer sciences, disciplines closely allied to the food and agricultural system, and rural economic, community and business development.

High Education Challenge Grants

International Programs

The USEPA International Programs page links to various funding opportunities.

USEPA International Programs


The objective of the International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF.


NIH Fogarty International Center

The NIH Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences can be a source of funding. It is important to discuss your project with a program officer before submission.

NIH Fogarty International Center


Terra Viva Grants provides a database of funding opportunities for grant seekers. This online listing of diverse international grant opportunities for agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources includes a helpful database for searching updated opportunities. They also provide monthly updates of grant opportunities.

View Terra Viva Grants Directory


USAID competes the vast majority of its programs. To ensure competition, USAID issues solicitations asking organizations to respond. USAID selects the organization whose response best meets the evaluation criteria outlined in the solicitation.

USAID Funding Opportunities

Working With USAID


Feed the Future Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and developing country research institutions to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges in agriculture and food security. Led by U.S. universities, Feed the Future Innovation Labs are central to advancing novel solutions that support our goals to reduce global hunger, poverty and undernutrition.

See also the page on extramural funding sources, which expands on some of the material above.

Innovation Labs


The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is the foreign affairs agency with primary responsibility for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) overseas programs—market development, international trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection of statistics and market information. It also administers the USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth. Our two highlighted programs are the Borlaug Fellowship Program and the Cochran Fellowship Program.

USDA FAS Programs

U.S. State Department

The U.S. State Department has a number of grant programs to support study abroad and faculty organizing such programs. Proposals are largely due in May and June of each year.

U.S. State Department

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