The institute’s annual budget in 2017 was €21 million, of which 58% was from research funding agencies in member countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. These diverse sources of income enable IIASA to perform research that is truly independent.

In 2017, IIASA continued its strategy of increasing investment in its research activities that began in 2011. This saw expenditure on research and scientific services grow by €1.4 million from just under €16 million in 2016, to €17.4 million in 2017. Since 2011 there has been an increase of 41% in research and scientific services. In 2017, the expected income, mainly from IIASA membership contributions, did not materialize as budgeted, hence IIASA had to draw on its financial reserves. After the closure of 2017, the reserves however remain at a strategic level of circa 25% of the annual budget.

The institute receives additional funding from contracts, grants, and donations from governments, international organizations, academia, businesses, and individuals. Between 2012 and 2017, this additional funding amounted to €52 million. This is part of a funding portfolio of €265 million — the total awarded to external projects featuring collaborations between IIASA and its member countries.

Research Funding Agencies

In 2017 IIASA membership contributions were provided by the following agencies:

  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW)
  • The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES)
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • Ministry of Finance, Egypt
  • Academy of Finland
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
  • Ministry of Finance, Japan
  • National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
  • Accountant General’s Department of Malaysia
  • National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico
  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa
  • The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)
  • Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
  • Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)


The YSSP Fund provides funds for a scholarship that is awarded to promising young researchers without National Member Organization support, often from developing countries, to take part in the institute’s three-month Young Scientist Summer Program (YSSP). Generous donations from IIASA supporters enabled four exceptional young scientists to participate in the 2017 YSSP.

The Peter E. de Jánosi Postdoctoral Fellowship fund, set up in honor of former IIASA director, Dr. de Jánosi, offers selected postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in the IIASA Postdoctoral Program.

A donation to the Howard Raiffa Fellows Program in Decision Science preserves the legacy of the first IIASA director and brings distinguished scientists in this field to IIASA to work on the global problems addressed by the institute’s research programs.

The institute continues to receive generous support through the non-governmental organization Friends of IIASA, which enables US residents to make tax deductible donations to the institute.

IIASA thanks all donors for their generosity in 2017 and is grateful for their commitment and belief in the mission of the institute.

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