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Funding Agencies/Programs 
This section provides important introductory information on research programs and application process of external funding agencies.

1. European Union

Erasmus+ Programme:

Erasmus+ is the European Union (EU’s) programme which supports projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport. The programme, which runs from 2014 to 2020, provides funding opportunities for cooperation in all these areas, both among European countries and between European countries and Partner Countries throughout the world.

Programme’s Key Actions: Learning mobility of individuals; Innovation and good practices; Support for policy reform.

For more information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/organisations 

Horizon 2020:

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.The calls for proposals (‘calls’) are published on the Participant Portal;

For more information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/how-get-funding

2. The National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is an independent agency of the U.S. Government. NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering (biology, computer and information sciences, education, engineering, environmental research and education, geosciences, math and physical sciences, and social behavior and economic sciences). It does this through grants to and cooperative agreements with more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations, and other research institutions throughout the United States. NSF accounts for about one-fourth of all Federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

Proposals are submitted on line via fastlane, kindly request from OGC to provide you with access to NSF Fastlane. For instructions on proposal preparation and guidelines refer to NSF's Grant Proposal Guide.

Most NSF funding opportunities are divided into broad program areas:

• Biology
• Computer and Information Sciences
• Crosscutting Programs
• Education
• Engineering
• Geosciences
• International
• Math, Physical Sciences
• Polar Research
• Science Statistics
• Social, Behavioral Sciences

For more information on NSF funding opportunities see the following:

1- Active funding opportunities - Recently Announced.

2- Upcoming due Dates.

3- A-Z Index of funding opportunities.

3. CEDRE

Signé entre le Gouvernement français et le Gouvernement libanais le vendredi 5 avril 1996 par les ministres des affaires étrangères, et par le ministre français de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche et le ministre libanais de la Culture et de l'Enseignement supérieur, en présence du Président de la République française et du Premier Ministre libanais, est communément appelé " Accord CEDRE ".  For information about the program and application procedures please see the following website: http://www.ul.edu.lb/

4. TWAS-The Academy for Sciences for the Developing World

TWAS is an autonomous international organization which aims at promoting scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South and encouraging scientific research on major Third World problems.  The TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants program provides support for research projects in the fields of science and technology, earth sciences, engineering sciences, information technology and computer sciences, material science including nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and renewable energy. A research grants amounts to a maximum of $15,000 for a period of 18 months. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, consumables, and specialized literature.

5. The Ford Foundation

The goals of the Ford foundation are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, and advance human knowledge, creativity, and achievement. The Foundation provides grants in asset building and community development (economic development), peace and social justice (human rights, governance and civil society), and education, sexuality, religion, media, arts and culture. Applications are considered throughout the year. For information about the types of grants that Ford Foundation supports please refer to: http://www.fordfoundation.org/grants/types-of-grants

 6. International Development Research Center (IDRC)

IDRC aims to help developing countries find long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face through research. It funds the work of scientists working in universities, private enterprise, government, and nonprofit organizations in developing countries and provides some support to regional research networks and institutions in the Third World. IDRC's four program areas are:

1- Environment and Natural Resource Management
2- Information and Communication Technologies for Development
3-Innovation, Policy and Science (IPS)
4- Social and Economic Policy

For application procedures please refer to Funding Opportunities IDRC's webpage.

7. National Institute of Health (NIH)

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. It is composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, and provides financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.

Types of NIH Programs: NIH uses activity codes (e.g. R01, R21, etc.) to differentiate the wide variety of research-related programs in supports. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) may vary in the way they use activity codes; not all ICs accept applications for all types of grant programs or they apply specialized eligibility criteria.

NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices; The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. it is published on a weekly basis and users may subscribe to it by going to the following website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/description.htm#foa

To search for funding opportunities, investigators can look at "Research for Applications" (RFAs), or "program Announcements" (PAs), or "Recent Notices" by accessing this website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html

For unsolicited or investigator initiated proposals, investigators can look at "Parent Announcements " which have been developed for use by applicants who wish to submit "unsolicited" applications.

8- USAID PEER

 PEER is a competitive awards research program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with U.S. Government (USG)-funded and selected private sector partners. The PEER program extends its reach across the U.S. science community to include the following partner agencies: NASA, NIH, NOAA, NSF, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USGS, and the Smithsonian Institution. This opportunity expands the scope of research supported under PEER and creates more opportunities for cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research collaborations.

PEER is currently accepting pre-proposals for Cycle 6 of the program. This year's focus areas include two topics open to applicants from a varied set of countries (Environmental Contaminants and Digital Development for Feed the Future), as well as four topics open only to applicants from a specific country or region. Applicants must have a partner with active funding support from one of the U.S. Government-supported agencies participating in PEER.

 The deadline for submission of pre-proposals for this cycle is January 13, 2017, and those whose applications are selected to advance to the full-proposal stage of the review process will be notified around February 28, 2017.

For more information please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/peer/index.htm ; https://www.usaid.gov/lebanon/cdcs 

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