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European Funding

European funds for research and innovation activities are distributed between several interlinked EU programmes. For the current period (2014-20), several programmes are available, many of which can be found under the European Commission Funding and Tenders listing

Horizon 2020

The flagship EU funding programme is Horizon 2020 is the main EU funding programme, with nearly €80 billion euros of funding available for research and innovation from 2014 to 2020. There are numerous opportunities for individual researchers and groups of researchers to apply for funding in different areas of the Horizon 2020 programme. These opportunities include:

  • Marie Curie Fellowships - mobility research grant schemes, for researchers at all career stages interested in moving from one country to another
  • European Research Council (ERC) - investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, for people with visionary ideas
  • Societal Challenges - collaborative research and innovation projects that address major concerns of Europe's citizens
  • Industrial Leadership - collaborative development of technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses

See the Horizon 2020 Funding Guide for further information on the schemes available, and for guidance on participating in Horizon 2020.

Other EU Funding

Several other European funding programmes are listed under the European Commission Funding and Tenders listing. Significant schemes for UL include:

  • Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) fund projects in key EU priority areas. The programmes are managed by the European Commission, but the research is funded by the relevant member states
  • ERA-NETs - Collaborating regional and national funding bodies (co-financed by the European Commission) launch and manage calls for proposals. Ireland is involved in over 100 ERA-NET networks. Information on all ERA-NETs can be found at the ERA Learn website
  • Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) actions fund networking activities, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination activities. The scheme supports any science and technology field
  • The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) integrates education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation. It uses Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) to launch and manage funding calls for member organisations. UL is a member of the Raw Materials KIC, which addresses raw materials innovation from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse
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