I often read in research articles acknowledgments such as
The first author is (partially) supported by a grant of the National Science Foundation of Sikinia no. 1234567890.
What are the guidelines for acknowledging funding agencies? Should I mention, for instance, grants that cover some research expenses or sponsor my participation to a conference? Or only those who pay me directly?
Generally the funding agencies provide guidelines regarding the kinds of acknowledgements you need to use. When reporting to the funding agency, some will only accept papers that have been appropriately acknowledged. Others are happy just to see papers produced by the people they fund.
- EU Projects require acknowledgement, and a specific phrase must be used.
- Flemish FWO projects require no such acknowledgement.
In any case, it never hurts to acknowledge your source of funding.