The institute’s annual budget in 2019 was €23.1 million, of which over 49% 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 2018 and 2019 this additional funding increased by 10% from €10.5 million to €11.6 million.

2019 saw a continuation of the institute’s fiscal strategy of reserve replenishment, with net assets increasing by 16% to €7.7million. Total income grew by 2% from €22.7 million in 2018 to €23.1 million in 2019, with total expenditure declining marginally from €22.6 million to €22.0 million. At €18.2 million, almost 83% of the institute’s total spending in 2019 was on research and scientific services, while it was also possible to consolidate spending on administration services and reduce the cost of institute governance. IIASA operated well within its financial means in 2019, with the positive change in net assets serving to strengthen fiscal reserves and begin to prepare the institute financially for its upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2022.


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 three exceptional young scientists to participate in the 2019 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 2019 and is grateful for their commitment and belief in the mission of the institute.

Research funding agencies

In 2019 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 Science, Technology and Space (MOST), Israel
  • Ministry of Finance, Japan
  • National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia
  • 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)