About Friends of IIASA (FoI)

The Mission of Friends of IIASA

The Friends of IIASA (FOI) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization to support the research and policy mission of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.  FOI operates in partnership with IIASA leadership and with the U.S. Committee for IIASA at the National Academy of Sciences in activities in three categories:

  • Increase awareness of and collaboration with IIASA’s research activities in U.S. science and policy communities.
  • Strengthen the connections between members of the IIASA network of alumni, collaborators and supporters in the U.S.
  • Carry out fundraising campaigns to support research and training activities at and associated with IIASA and its mission to support international cooperation towards a sustainable world.


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international research institute that advances systems analysis and applies its research methods to identify policy solutions to reduce human footprints, enhance the resilience of natural and socioeconomic systems, and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Founded in 1972, IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

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“By attracting the best scientists from around the world, IIASA is transforming our understanding of our changing world. And by bringing the world’s most promising young scientists to spend a summer at IIASA, the Institute ensures the next generation of scientists is even better equipped to solve the world’s problems.”

Thomas C. Schelling
Nobel Prize (Economics, 2005) 
IIASA Fund Donor and Alumnus