Research Funding Agencies

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget. The first calls for proposals for Horizon 2020 are envisaged for December 2013. Its simplified rules and submission and grant management tools should facilitate participants' tasks. For practical guidance, see the H2020 online manual.

H2020 supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields, so it should be easy for SMEs to find opportunities in many calls.

H2020 also aims to enhance EU international research cooperation so there are more opportunities for Third Country participation.

Having built H2020 around the main societal challenges like an ageing population, food security, energy efficiency, the EU attaches high importance to embed socio-economic sciences and humanities into the work programme.

Another important priority of the Commission is to ensure gender is embedded in the design of Horizon 2020 project proposals. Horizon 2020 Website

British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  Our purpose is to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

The British Council’s office in Egypt was established in 1938 as one of our first overseas offices, and it remains one of our most important operations today.  We are delighted to be celebrating our 75th anniversary in Egypt in 2013.

We work in three key areas: Arts, English and Education and Society, with a focus on young people. British Council Website

Chevening-UK Government Scholarships             

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The Chevening programme was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support more than 600 individuals. There are over 42,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university. Chevening Website

Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT)

The Academy’s mission is the efficient employment and devotion of the scientific and technological capabilities in the service of the development, strengthening the cohesion between the scientific research and technology establishments, the production and services entities, the engagement of the scientific and technological entities in communicating the advanced technology, developing the bilateral, regional and international cooperation in the field of science and technology, developing the national inventions to support the small and medium scale industries within the framework of protecting the intellectual property rights. Academy of Scientific Research and Technology serves the scientific research in Egypt through its scientific entities, which are up to 250 ones. It contains more than 4000 scientists and experts in the universities, research centers and different ministries. ASRT Website

Science & Technology Development Fund (STDF)

In 2006, the Egyptian Ministry for Scientific Research has embarked on an ambitious exercise to overhaul Science and Technology (S&T) activities in Egypt. In the course of the year 2007, the outputs of that exercise were a complete restructuring of the S&T governance and management model in Egypt, in addition to the creation of the Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), and the Science and Technological Development Fund (STDF).

The Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) has stimulated the Egyptian scientific society  by funding distinguished research papers and establishing scientific partnerships with scientists from many advanced countries in order to keep track of quickly advancing technology, and be open to  different societies, as well as, new economic unions, compete on the international arena, link scientific  research to technological development and cooperate with civil society institutions to activate their  role in the integrated scientific research system.

Thus, it is crucial to continue executing serious, ambitious plans and programs so as to boost the scientific research drive. This will be positively reflected on national economy and societal development. STDF Website

Research Development & Innovation Programme (RDI)

The aim of the program is to realize leadership and innovation in the CIT world, through an economically successful corporation, that provides outstanding products & services seeking for the development of the society. RDI Website

EGYPT-FRANCE Scientific & Technological Cooperation Programme (IMHOTEP)

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for launching a bilateral program for scientific cooperation, named IMHOTEP, with the aim of facilitating, strengthening and developing scientific cooperation between the Egyptian and French researchers working at universities, research centers or institutes in both countries. The program covers bilateral research projects and scientific symposia involving researchers of the two countries in every scientific field. IMHOTEP Website

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD office branch Cairo is located on the Nile island Zamalek in the heart of Cairo. Since 1960, the German Academic Exchange Service has a branch in Egypt and thus offers its services there since 52 years. Not only Students, Researchers and Scientists profit from its advisory and consultant services, but also cultural interested travelers and locals often drop by.

The Cairo branch offers consultation on scholarships and funding possibilities and also holds various cultural activities and events, such as lectures and conferences. Whatever concerns you, a scholarship, an interesting lecture or just general information about life in Egypt.

Taking a look into the office is always worthwhile! DAAD Website

The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt

J. William Fulbright was born in Missouri in 1905. He was educated at the University of Arkansas and at Oxford University, where, as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned an M.A. degree.

Fulbright was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1944 and served there from 1945 through 1974. In 1949 he became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and from 1959 to 1974 he was its chairman, the longest serving chairman of that committee in history. Fulbright became one of the most influential and best-known members of the Senate. In 1963 Walter Lippman said, "The role he plays in Washington is indispensable. There is no one else who is so powerful and also so wise?" Today he is best remembered for the legislation establishing the Fulbright Program, which passed without debate in 1946. The first participants traveled in 1948. Since then more than 310,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the program. Fulbright Website

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