International Grants

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the European Commission's new framework programme focused on research and innovation for the period 2021-2027. Three pillars of the programme offer prestigious schemes to support scientific cooperation based on thematic open calls and calls defined by current societal issues (thematically defined).

Since 2023 the Faculty of Medicine will be implementing the first Horizon Europe coordinator project (MSCA). The researchers prepare several coordinator and partner projects at FM each year, linking the Faculty with excellent research centres around Europe.

Would you like to find your way through the structure of Horizon Europe and apply your research at international level? Contact us at

Would you like to find out the basic information yourself first? Visit our website on Horizon Europe and current calls in the area of health.

Horizon Europe


The ERASMUS+ allows to establish and/or deepen cooperation with your international partner institutions. The projects of international cooperation between institutions (EU and other programme countries) can benefit from up to 400.000 EUR for the organization of educational and training activities.

The Faculty of Medicine MU has been coordinating several Erasmus+ projects and is one of the most successful applicants in the Czech Republic.

Are you interested in cooperation with foreign partners in the field of educational development, know-how exchange and internationalisation? Contact us at

Would you like to find out the basic information yourself first? We recommend to visit the website of the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research and the Programme guide describing the individual supported activities in detail.

EEA and Norway Grants

The so-called "Norwegian funds" offer the possibility of strengthening cooperation between FM MU and Icelandic, Norwegian and Liechtenstein institutions. The grants usually cover mainly travel and accommodation costs, expenses related to the implementation of seminars, conferences and the production of specific outputs.

Our Faculty of Medicine has many experiences with the implementation of such projects which enable mainly bilateral development of contacts with foreign institutions.

Are you interested in cooperation with partners from Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein? Contact us at

If you want to explore the structure of the grant opportunities yourself first, we recommend the EEA and Norway Grants website.

Cross-border cooperation

Cooperation between border regions is supported by INTERREG programmes. Due to the geographical location of MU, researchers at the Faculty of Medicine can get funding for their projects from the INTERREG AT-CZ and INTERREG SK-CZ programmes. However, cross-border partners must be active in the programme area, which must gain added value from the project. Are you interested in how the programme areas are defined? Take a look at the graphics below.

Our Faculty of Medicine has experience as coordinator and partner in projects with Austrian and Slovak participation. However, INTERREG projects show a high administrative burden both in project preparation and implementation.

Are you interested in cooperation with foreign partners in the field of educational development, know-how exchange and internationalisation? Contact us at

Would you like to find out the basic information yourself first? We recommend the websites of the INTERREG AT-CZ and INTERREG SK-CZ programmes.


The EU4Health programme is managed by an agency of the European Commission called HaDEA (European Health and Digital Executive Agency).

Eligible applicants are legal entities established in an EU Member State, or in a third country associated to the programme, or in a third country listed in the annual work programme. Eligibility may be further specified in the specific call.

Partnership in projects: one of the basic requirements of most programmes is the submission of a project application by a consortium of partners from at least 3 different countries participating in the programme.

EU grant amount: the European Commission provides grants for projects under the EU4Health programme up to a maximum of 60% of the total eligible costs. In cases of exceptional utility, the EU contribution can be up to 80% of the eligible costs. This applies to projects where more than 30% of the budget goes to countries where GDP is below 90% of the EU average (Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Latvia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia).

Duration of the project is 1-3 years, depending on the specific call.

Open calls: deadline May 24, 2022


Supported activities


Call for proposals to monitor and strengthen the implementation of innovative approaches to prostate, lung and gastric cancer screening at Union level

  • Optimisation of knowledge transfer;
  • Better understanding of the needs;
  • Design, planning and development of possible options for future implementation of targeted screening on prostate, lung, and gastric cancers
  • EUR 10 million per topic (prostate, lungs, stomach)
  • 1 project per topic will be funded

Call for proposals on prevention of NCDs - other NCDs (different from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes)

  • Transfer of promising practices and approaches, which contribute to tackling the burden of NCDs other than cancer
  • EUR 5 million
  • up to 7 projects will be funded

Call for proposals on promoting mental health

  • Transfer the best practices of the projects Icehearts and Let’s talk about children to other Member States
  • EUR 4 million per topic
  • 1 project per topic will be funed

Call for proposals to support the implementation of the Regulation on health technology assessment – training of patient and clinical experts contributing to joint health technology assessment activities

  • Increasing the capacity of patient organisations to provide robust and meaningful input to HTA activities;
  • Increasing the knowledge of patients and clinical experts on the new Union HTA legal Framework;
  • Ensuring the appropriate implementation of the rules
  • EUR 500,000 per topic
  • 1 project per topic will be funded

Call for proposals to support increased capacity of notified bodies for medical devices

  • Supporting training, coaching and internship activities addressed to medical devices’ notified bodies
  • Capacity building activities such as webinars, workshops, targeted feedback and informative sessions addressed to market operators;
  • Appraisal of the certification demand;
  • Proposing solutions to facilitate matching the demand of market operators with the availability of notified bodies
  • EUR 4 million
  • 1 project will be funded

Call for proposals to provide training for health workforce, including digital skills

  • Developing and implementing training modules of continuous professional development for medical professions;
  • Developing and implementing training modules for non-clinical staff working in health systems to contribute to effective, accessible and resilient health systems with a focus on digital skills for procurement, planning and management
  • at least EUR 2 million per project
  • up to 10 projects will be funded

Call for proposals to support Member States and other relevant actors to implement relevant results of innovative public health research in relation to vaccination against COVID-19

  • Mapping public health evidence and research results on COVID-19 large-scale vaccination;
  • identifying challenges and assess the feasibility to implement solutions in Member States
  • Developing implementation plans and pilot activities to respond to the current pandemic context;
  • Implementing the pilot activities in volunteering Member States (e.g. training programmes for health professionals, awareness-raising campaigns to tackle vaccine hesitancy, health preparedness training programmes, infrastructure initiatives, dedicated events for the exchange of good practices, risk communication, etc.)
  • EUR 30 million
  • up to 10 projects will be funded

Call for proposals to develop early warning features and guidance in the area of pricing through the EURIPID database, based on competition cases

  • Create common approaches to verify claims on price information and to provide appropriate guidance to adjust pricing methodologies
  • EUR 300,000
  • 1 project will be funded

US funding opportunities

Potential funding sources in the United States that accept applications and/or collaborations from international applicants for sponsored projects are limited. In the US, many federal organizations provide grants only to researchers at US institutions or require US citizenship for the Principal Investigator and project staff. Some federal organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health, allow international researchers to serve as Principal Investigators and/or have specific programs that even require an international collaborator.

We bring you a summary of US federal and non-federal organizations that may provide grants or subawards to international researchers in the field of medicine.


Fore all funding opportunities please visit, a free, federally supported, searchable database that provides detailed information about funding opportunities across federal grantmaking organizations. Federal organizations are required by law to post all open funding opportunities on, and thus information is updated regularly.

We identified four US federal organizations that provide grants for scientific research and education programs in the field of health care, medicine and life sciences and demonstrated grantmaking to international universities and/or researchers regardless of the type of funding mechanism:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Public health, Infectious and non-infectious diseases, Injury and violence, Workplace safety and health, Global health

2. Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

  • Cancer, Chronic diseases, Traumatic brain injuries, Military health

3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

4. National Science Foundation

  • Biological sciences, International science and engineering, etc.
  • NSF and Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR) Collaborative research opportunities; NSF as Lead Agency; The largest-scale US-CZ collaborative funding opportunity in basic research; the fields of research supported within this cooperation are limited, three core areas: Artificial intelligence, Nanotechnology, Plasma science; Detailed information can be found here.


Since the US has an abundance of private funding organizations, both small and large, we provide a collection of 22 US foundation overviews and opportunities available to international researchers in the fields relevant to the Faculty of Medicine MU:

1. American Association for Cancer Research

  • Health Care Planning or Policy, Oncology, Cancer Prevention, Public Health, Medicine;
  • Independent Research Grants, Research Training and Fellowship Grants, Career Development Awards, Travel grants, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)
  • Funding opportunities

2. American Brain Tumor Association

  • Oncology, Biomarkers, Cancer Genetics, Medicine, Cancer Biological Sciences, Pediatrics
  • ABTA Research Collaboration Grant Program, ABTA Basic Research Fellowship Program, ABTA Discovery Grant Program, Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program
  • For Brain Tumor Researchers - Learn about ABTA Grants | ABTA

3. Alzeheimer´s Drug Discovery Foundation

4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Mental Health, Psychology, Health Care Policy and Practice, Psychiatry, Public Health, Medicine
  • Focus Grants, Linked Standard Research Innovation Grants, Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants, Standard Research Innovation Grants, Young Investigator Innovation Grants, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants, Pilot Innovation Grants
  • Research grant information | AFSP

5. The Foundation for AIDS Research

6. Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

7. Barth Syndrome Foundation

8. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

9. Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation

  • Breast cancer, Leukemia, myelodysplasia, and transplantation, Genitourinary cancer, Lung cancer, Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Young Investigator Award, Global Oncology Young Investigator Award, International Development and Education Award (IDEA), International Innovation Grant (IIG)
  • Funding Opportunities | ASCO

10. Crohn´s and Colitis Foundation of America

11. Children´s Prize Foundation

12. Cancer Research Institute

13. Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

14. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  • Medicine, Public Health, Biosciences, Bioengineering, Global universal diabetes screening, Disease-modifying therapies, Cell therapies, Improving outcomes, Training researchers and clinicians
  • Innovative Grants, Career Development Awards, Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Requests for Application – JDRF Grant Center

15. James S. McDonnell Foundation

16, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

17. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

18. Rockefeller Foundation

19. Roddenberry Foundation

20. Schlumberger Corporate University Foundations

21. Simons Foundation

  • Mathematics, Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Autism, Medicine
  • Life Sciences: The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life program, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), Grants, Fellowships
  • Funding Opportunities (

22. Susan G. Komen Foundation

Other International recources


It is not uncommon that foreign national agencies funding research and innovation allow direct or indirect (as a subcontractor) participation of parties from other countries, including the Czech Republic. There are interesting opportunities in the programmes of U.S. agencies and U.S. government (NSF, NIH and others). It is necessary for the partners to provide knowledge, skills or technologies unavailable in the U.S. Among others, you can get involved in the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.

Besides bilateral cooperation programs offered by the Czech Ministry of Education, Czech Grant Agency or Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, it is rare but possible to get direct funding from the resources of foreign grant agencies. For example, there are targeted calls for Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).


Foreign and international scientific societies, organisations and foundations offer a wide range of grant opportunities, often with clear disciplinary boundaries.

The most frequent are grants from the Visegrad Fund, the UK natioanl Wellcome Trust or Fulbright scholarships (mobility administered by the Centre for international Cooperation of Masaryk University).

Life science researchers can also apply for funding from the  European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), the Human Frontier Science Programme (HFSP), or Worldwide Cancer Research. Grant programmes are also offered by many biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.


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