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

1. European Commission

A. TEMPUS PROGRAM - Modernization in Higher Education

The Tempus is a program funded by the European Commission that supports the modernization of higher education in the partner countries of the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. It contributes to creating an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and partner countries (one of which is Lebanon) surrounding the European Union.

Tempus has recently launched its 4th program (Tempus IV 2008-2013) with a focus on institutional cooperation using two types of actions:

1. Joint Projects (implemented at the institutional level) are based on multirateral partnerships between universities in Europe and partner countries. They promote the exchange of knowledger and know how between EU universities and institutions in the Middle East and between Middle Eastern institutions themselves in some cases. Joint Projects have  4 areas of activity: Curricular reform, Governance reform, higher education and society, and thematic networks.

2. Structural Measures (implemented at the system level)
 seek to contribute to the development and reform of education institutions and systems at national level in the Partner Countries. They can address issues linked to the reform of governance structures and systems (qualification systems, quality assurance, national laws, organization, coordination, accreditation, evaluation and the policy of higher education systems etc.) or enhance the links between higher education and society.The ministries for higher education in partner countries must be involved as partners in the project.

Call for Proposals: The Directorate-General for Education and Culture and the Education, Audiovisual and the Culture Executive Agency invite applications for the Tempus IV on a yearly basis. The purpose of the call for proposals is to contribute to the reform of higher education through international university cooperation, authorities and organizations from EU member States and partner countries with the focus on the reform and modernization of higher education. The deadline for submission of application for the 5th call for proposals will be announced by OGC. For more information regarding the priorities, funding, the application procedures and forms go to

B. Framework Programme 7 (FP7)
FP7 is the European Union’s main instrument for funding research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. It will run for 7 years (2007 – 2013) for an overall budget of 50.5 Billion Euros and is open for international cooperation in particular with Mediterranean Countries. Almost all programs must be undertaken by a consortium and must include partners from the European Union’s member state.

 FP7 is made up 4 specific programs (SP):

  1. Cooperation - Collaborative Research
    - Health
    - Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology
    - Information & communication technologies (ICT)
    - Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies
    - Energy
    - Environment (including climate change)
    - Transport (including aeronautics)
    - Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
    - Space
    - Security

  2. People - Human Potential, Marie Curie
    - Initial Training of Researchers - Marie Curie Networks
    - Life-Long training and career development - individual fellowships
    - Industry-academia pathways and partnerships
    - International dimension - outgoing and incoming fellowships, international cooperation scheme,
      reintegration grants
    - Excellent Awards

  3. Capacities - Research Capacities
    - Research infrastructure
    - Research for the benefit of SMEs
    - Regions of Knowledge
    - Research Potential
    - Science in Society
    - Support to the coherent development of research policies
    - Specific activities of international cooperation

  4. Ideas - Implemented through the European Research Council which supports "excellence at the frontier of knowledge in all scientific and technological fields".

For Further Information:

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.


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:

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:

 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:

To search for funding opportunities, investigators can look at "Research for Applications" (RFAs), or "program Announcements" (PAs), or "Recent Notices" by accessing this website:

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.

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