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ICSU’s principal source of ‘core’ income is dues from Members and a subvention from the host country France. The other major sources of income are grants from various organizations and foundations. The General Assembly approves draft budgets for the next triennium upon proposals received from the Executive Board, which is charged with finalizing the annual budgets. After consideration by the Committee on Finance and the Executive Board, the audited annual accounts are sent to all Members for approval. The ICSU Regional Offices are mainly supported by their host countries, with some funding from ICSU and other sources.

Member Dues

Members Dues

Annual dues are paid in accordance with Statute 41: 'Each Member of ICSU shall pay annual dues within a scale determined by the General Assembly. Each International and Regional Scientific Associate shall pay annual dues determined by the General Assembly. National Associates pay no dues'.  The dues are based on the decision of the 30th General Assembly in 2011 and a new system of dues for National Members based on GDP and for Scientific Union Members based on their income from dues came into effect in 2012. Dues of International Associates are fixed at €500.

Financial Summary

International Council for Science (ICSU) for the period 1 January to 31 December 2015


Statement of income and expenditure
International Council for Science (ICSU) for the period 1 January to 31 December 2015
Income Euros

Membership dues


Scientific Unions

Scientific Associates

Provision Arrears




NSF support for WCRP 69,234
Grants from NSF 435,931
France 500,000
Other grant for IRDR RIO+20 Global Sustain. 1,093,087
Ruentex donation - 958,124
Other income 29,461
Cancellation other provision 9,782
Investment income 39,981
Total income 3,963,117

Expenditure Euros
Governance meetings 163,082
Policy committees 182,650
Scientific activities 695,582
ICSU Regional Offices 242,727
Outreach 170,189
Human resources
Administration / Overheads
Contingency / Provision
Other expenses
Investment charges & losses* 25,272
Total expenditure 3,675,654
Excess of  income over  expenditure 287,463
* Including provision for unrealized losses on Portfolio for a total amount of 9,7K €


Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet
Assets Euros
Bank & cash balances 3,216,114
Marketable securities 1,495,649
NSF & UNESCO, funds for IRDR & RIO+20 277,701
Others assets 75,765
Fixed assets 21,752
Total assets 5,086,981

Liabilities Euros
External funds allocated 958,124
Sundry creditors & accruals 581,104
Provision / Retirement 335,526
Total liabilities 1,874,754

Reserves Euros
Mandatory reserve 1,500,000
General fund / Retained earnings 1,424,764
Total reserves 2,924,764

Net Result 287,462
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