The institute’s annual budget in 2020 was €22.4 million, of which 50% 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 2019 and 2020, this additional funding decreased slightly from €11.6 million to around €11.2 million.

2020 saw a continuation of the institute’s fiscal strategy of reserve replenishment, with net assets increasing to just short of €8 million. Total income decreased slightly from €23.1 million in 2019 to €22.4 million in 2020, with total expenditure increasing marginally from €22.0 million to just under €22.1 million. At €17.2 million, 78% of the institute’s total spending in 2020 was on research and scientific services, while spending on administration services and institute governance remained mostly stable. IIASA operated within its financial means in 2020, with the positive change in net assets serving to strengthen fiscal reserves and prepare the institute financially for its upcoming 50th Anniversary.

Research funding agencies

In 2020, 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
  • The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), India
  • Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
  • Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Israel
  • Ministry of Finance, Japan
  • National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
  • The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
  • Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Slovakia
  • National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa
  • The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)
  • The National Academy of Science (NAS), Ukraine
  • 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 participate in the three month IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (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.

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

IIASA thanks all its supporters for their generosity in 2020 and is grateful for their commitment and belief in the mission of the institute.