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Many researchers and funders face unfamiliar and frustrating challenges in managing international research projects. These challenges can divert valuable time and resources from the overall research effort resulting in project delays, higher risks and higher costs. Aimed at simplifying cross-border project implementation, Focus provides financial management and logistical support on behalf of funders and researchers to minimize obstacles to effective international scientific collaboration, allowing participants to concentrate on their research. Financial management and logistical support for international scientific projects including: Secure, reliable disbursement of funds to project participants *

USD, Euro, or other currency disbursements directly to individual bank accounts at financial institutions screened by CRDF


Enhanced services in some countries including issuance of Visa debit cards allowing access to funds worldwide Effective, reliable procurement and delivery of equipment, supplies, services *

In-country and international procurement of supplies and materials


Networks of in-country and international vendors Comprehensive, flexible coordination of project-related travel *

In-house travel coordinators and international network of travel agency partners


Per diem disbursements to travelers Transparent, detailed monitoring of funds *

Detailed monthly financial reporting


Minimized risk of diversion or waste Rigorous, transparent oversight of compliance *

Transactions conducted strictly in accordance with client directions and requirements


Projects implemented in accordance with applicable client guidelines and host country regulations

Selected Clients

Foundations/Professional Societies:


Acoustical Society of America

California Institute of Technology

American Geophysical Union

Columbia University

Spencer Foundation

Cornell University

Stanley Medical Research Institute

Emory University

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Johns Hopkins University


Leiden University (Netherlands)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Medical College of Wisconsin

Hypres, Inc.

Texas A&M University

Ionwerks, Inc.

State University of New York, Stony Brook

Nuclear Fuel Industries, Ltd. (Japan)

University of California, Berkeley University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of Leicester (United Kingdom) University of Pittsburgh University of Washington

USG Agencies: U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Geological Survey National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Institutes of Health

For further information on Focus contact

Organization Overview CRDF is a nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress and established in 1995 by the National Science Foundation. CRDF promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through research and institutional grants, training activities, and services. The growing network of CRDF’s programs and services currently reaches more than 30 countries in Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

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