The institute’s annual budget in 2018 was €22.7 million, of which over 53% was from research funding agencies in member countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. These diverse sources of income enable IIASA to perform research that is truly independent. The institute receives additional funding from contracts, grants, and donations from governments, international organizations, academia, businesses, and individuals. Between 2017 and 2018 this additional funding increased by 25% from €8.4 million to €10.5 million.
2018 was a year of planned financial stabilization for IIASA following a challenging year in 2017. Total income grew by 7% from €21.1 million in 2017 to €22.7 million in 2018, with total expenditure declining marginally from €23.0 million to €22.6 million. At €17.4 million, almost 80% of the institute’s total spending in 2018 was on research and scientific services, while it was also possible to consolidate spending on administration services and infrastructure. IIASA operated within its financial means in 2018, with the positive change in net assets serving to strengthen fiscal reserves.
Research funding agencies

In 2018 IIASA membership contributions were provided by the following agencies:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU)
  • 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)
  • Ministry of Science and Culture, Israel


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 participate in the IIASA three-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Generous donations from IIASA supporters enabled seven exceptional young scientists to participate in the 2018 YSSP.

The purpose of the Women in Science Fund is to provide a platform of financial support to IIASA women connected to science at all career levels. Conceived by the IIASA Women in Science Club, the fund offers different avenues of support and relies solely on donations to fulfill its mission.

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 for their generosity in 2018 and is grateful for their commitment and belief in the mission of the institute.