Donors & clients



European Commission

The European Commission funds research throughout Europe through several research funding programmes. ERCAS is partially funded and has previously worked in the framework of the EU FP7 programme and the EU Horizon 2020 programme, producing research as member of several project consortiums. The programmes funds research actors all over Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects, with a predominant focus on transnational research initiatives.


Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD)

The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) supports democracy, good governance, and Euro Atlantic integration in South-eastern Europe. Founded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), USAID, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, BTD is structured to allow both European and U.S. partners to join the effort to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in the Balkans. BTD also gives regional grants to organisations promoting the benefits of a pan-Balkan network.


Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST)

The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST) promotes regional cooperation and good governance in the Wider Black Sea region; accountable, transparent, and open governments; strong, effective civic sectors; and independent and professional media. BST provides grants to local and national NGOs, governmental entities, community groups, policy institutes, and other associations to implement projects in the three programmatic areas of the Trust: civic participation, cross-border initiatives and Eastern Links.

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, non-profit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. NED is dedicated to fostering the growth of a wide range of democratic institutions abroad, including political parties, trade unions, free markets and business organisations, as well as the many elements of a vibrant civil society that ensure human rights, an independent media, and the rule of law.

Open Society Institute (OSI), Think Tank Fund

The Open Society Foundations Think Tank Fund supports independent policy centres that help strengthen democracy by identifying and analysing policy options, advocating for their adoption, and consulting with governments. The fund complements its grant making by developing activities to enhance networking among think tanks and to build their capacity to conduct research and use their findings and recommendations in advocacy.

noradlogoNorwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Norad is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. It does the quality-assurance of Norwegian Development Cooperation. The Agency is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its main purpose is to ensure that Norwegian development aid funds are spent in the best possible way, and to report on what works and what does not work.

logousaidUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In order to support these goals, President John. F. Kennedy created the United States Agency for International Development by executive order in 1961. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.