Foundation funding

Private foundations do not fund research on a regular basis, although there are exceptions such as those listed below.

Efforts in connecting foundations and researchers led to the 2006 E.U. conference on Giving for Research for Europe: Strengthening the role of Philanthropy in the financing of Research.


In 2007, the European Foundation Centre began the European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding.

The Forum:

  • holds annual conferences connecting foundations and stakeholders;
  • organises seminars to
    - exchange best practices,
    - map foundation research funding,
    - facilitate a favourable legal and fiscal environment for European philanthropy.

Private foundations: