Financial Transparency and Funding


The IISS is a registered charity in England and Wales, and a company limited by guarantee. The Institute provides financial information to the Charity Commission and Companies House in compliance with all their regulations, guidelines and best practice.

The Trustees of the IISS ensure that all fundraising by the IISS with governments, private companies, foundations and high-net-worth individuals is consistent with the Institute’s values of independence and excellence. The Trustees’ oversight of fundraising is maintained with the twin aims of guaranteeing the Institute’s independence of thought and analysis, as well as the Institute’s effectiveness as a strategic actor in a complex international environment.

In line with these principles:

  • The Institute reports publicly the sources of its revenue in general terms divided between various categories including, but not restricted to: general donations; publications income; foundation grants; government grants; individual support; corporate support; and host-nation support for major conferences.
  • Neither the Institute’s staff nor the Trustees seek or accept funding from any source that places any limitation on the Institute’s research and analysis, or its convening or organisational independence. The Trustees act as the Institute’s ethics body and ensure through their oversight that the Institute’s fundraising practices and execution of grants or contracts meet the highest standards, and conform to the values of independence and excellence that are at the Institute’s core.
  • Where the Institute’s effectiveness in operating in a complex international environment justifies keeping the details of a donation by an individual or corporate donor or host-nation support confidential, the Trustees will exercise their discretion in relation to reasonable requests for anonymity and confidentiality, as long as the Institute’s independence is preserved.

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Below is a list of governments, foundations, IISS corporate partners and individuals from whom the IISS drew its principal income in the last fiscal year ended on 30 September 2017. Income is shown in three categories: ‘Major Host Nation Support’, ‘Membership, Sponsorship and Royalties’, and ‘Research & Conference Activities’. Brackets are amounts received per annum.


Kingdom of Bahrain - IISS Manama Dialogue
Singapore - IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 


Ministry of Defense, Japan
Ministry of Defense, Japan 

Over £100,000

Airbus Group

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Boeing Company

Northrop Grumman

C5 Advisory (Gulf)

Taylor & Francis

Individual Membership Subscriptions

(from nearly 1,700 members worldwide as of 30 September 2017)

£25,000 - £99,999

ADS Group Ltd

Rio Tinto Plc

BAE Systems

Saab Technologies UK Ltd

BP International Ltd

Shell International Ltd.


Singapore Tech Engineering Ltd

DRS Technologies

Somerset ZhongGuanCun Beijing

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Statoil (UK) Ltd


Temasek International Pte Ltd

Michael A. Ashcroft Associates Ltd

The Boeing Company

Ministry of Defence, Singapore

The Cohen Group

Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc

Total S.A.


Wallenberg Foundations AB

Raytheon International Inc


£1,000 - £24,999

Asia Business Council

Instituto de Estudios Geoestrategicos y Asuntos Politicos (U

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

International Committee of the Red Cross

Auswaertiges Amt

International Relations Department, Webster University, Vien

British Army

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

British High Commission Islamabad

Japan Embassy in Singapore

Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office (CIRO)

Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF)

Cabinet Office

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Canadian High Commission

Joint Forces Military University Library

Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA)

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Korea National Diplomatic Academy



Centre for Environment and Development Studies

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG

Centro de Estudos Estratégicos do Exército, Brazil (CEEEx)

Land Intelligence Fusion Centre (LIFC)

Centro Estudios Estratégicos Academia Guerra CEEAG

Library, The Sejong Institute

Chilean Army Centre for Research and Military Studies

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Chilean Army War Academy

Lowy Institute for International Policy

China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

Mainichi Newspapers

CIC Information Services Co., Ltd.

Merifin Capital

Congressional Research Service

Michael Allen

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Military Academy at ETH Zurich (MILAK)

Defence Forces Ireland

Ministerio de Defensa

Defense Department, Embassy of China

Ministry of Defence, Slovenia

Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Ministry of Defence, UK

Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre

Ministry of Defense, Japan

Elcano Royal Institute

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Embassy of Belgium

Mitsui & Co. Global Strategic Studies Institute

Embassy of Brazil

Montrose Associates

Embassy of China

Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies

Embassy of Egypt

National Defence University

Embassy of Finland

National Defence University of Malaysia

Embassy of France

National Defense Academy

Embassy of Indonesia

National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

Embassy of Israel

National Intelligence Council

Embassy of Japan

National Police Agency

Embassy of Romania

National Security Council

Embassy of Sweden

NATO Defense College (NDC)

Embassy of Switzerland

NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre

Embassy of the Argentine Republic

New Zealand High Commission

Embassy of the Czech Republic

NHK - Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

NSC Training, Simulation and Consultancy

Embassy of the Netherlands

Nuri Holdings Pte Ltd

Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Office of National Assessments (ONA)

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Research Institute for National Security Affairs (RINSA)

Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS)

Embassy of the Russian Federation

Royal Danish Embassy

Embassy of the State of Kuwait

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Embassy of the State of Qatar

Royal Norwegian Naval Academy

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU

European Defence Agency

Saab Asia Pacific

European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

Sanoma Media Finland, Helsingin Sanomat

European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)

Stiftung Deutsches Forum für Kriminalprävention

Eranda Foundation

Telpress Italia Srl

Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

The Asahi Shimbun

Foreign Affairs Committee

The Asia Group

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

The Avascent Group

German Business Protection (GBP)

The Deane Group

High Commission of Australia

The Economist

High Commission of Canada

The Guardian

High Commission of Pakistan

The Times

High Commission of the Republic of South Africa

Tokyo Foundation

House of Commons Defence Committee

TRT World UK

House of Commons Library

United States Embassy

Indian High Commission

US - UAE Business Council

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

World Animal Protection

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)

Yomiuri Shimbun

Institute for Strategic Studies Mongolia



Over £500,000

Economic Development Board, Bahrain

EU Non Proliferation Consortium

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK


£100,000 - £499,999

Carnegie Corporation of New York


MacArthur Foundation

Robert & Ardis James Foundation



£25,000 - £99,999

Camara de Comercio de Bogota

Ministry of Defence, UK

Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Economat Des Armees

Robert Bosch Stiftung

Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Swiss Confederation

Georgia State University

Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

US Friends of the IISS

Ministry of Defence, Latvia

Ministry of Defence, UK

£1,000 - £24,999

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia    

UN Women