European funding opportunities – 10 websites you need to know

by Aurelia Chaise

Finding the right grants eats up a huge chunk of every researcher's life. Take a look at these 10 websites dedicated to European funding that we have found for you.


1. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research grants

Marie Curie Actions are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their age, nationality or field of research. Four types of grants are provided: from Innovative Training Networks (ITN) that help researchers gain transferrable skills and experience from work environments within or outside the academic sphere; Individual Fellowships (IFs) for more experienced researchers interested in going abroad, either in Europe or further afield; to RISE grants (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) for short-term exchanges of personnel and co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND). Find out more about the funding opportunities.


2. European Research Council – Research grants

European Research Council (ERC) grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue frontier research. ERC offers several types of grants, from Starting Grants for early career scientists, to Consolidator, Advanced or Proof of Concept Grants for more experienced researchers. A group of PIs can apply for the ERC Synergy Grant to address an ambitious research problem that requires skills and resources from multiple research teams; as well as there being opportunities through public funding linked to ERC projects and funding options for non-European researchers moving to Europe.  Find out about the funding opportunities.


3. European Commission – Research and innovation funding programmes

Find information on the European Commission’s funding programmes for research and innovation projects (Horizon 2020, Health Programme, Cohesion fund and more), including links to upcoming and open calls. Find out more about the funding opportunities.


4. European Commission – Shaping Europe’s digital future

The European Digital Strategy aims to support citizens and businesses in the transition to a more digital society and way of life. As regards research and innovation, the strategy provides European science, industry and public authorities with excellent digital infrastructure – supercomputing and data storage. Find out about the funding opportunities available under shaping Europe’s digital future.  


5. European University Institute (EUI) – Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

The Max Weber Programme is open to eligible applicants regardless of nationality, who are within 5 years from the completion of their PhD. Max Weber Fellows are offered training and support in all aspects of an academic career – from publishing and presenting, teaching, applying for research grants and jobs. Find out more about the Max Weber Programme.


6. Regional Metrology Organisation of Europe (EURAMET) – Researcher Mobility Grants

EURAMET coordinates the cooperation between European National Metrology Institutes and is responsible for the elaboration and execution of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). EMPIR coordinates research projects to address grand challenges and offers Researcher Mobility Grants, which provide financial support for a researcher at any stage of their career. Find out more about the mobility grants.


7. Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) - Creative Europe

EACEA manages funding for education, culture, audiovisual, sport, citizenship and volunteering, including Creative Europe, the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors. The programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries, and provides funding for artists and cultural professionals, cinemas, films and book translations. Find out about the funding opportunities.


8. European Commission – International cooperation and development

The European Commission’s department for International Cooperation and Development is responsible for designing the EU’s international partnership and development policy. It works together with partner countries across the world to achieve sustainable development. Different types of support are offered to partner countries, for example in the form of grants to support projects and organisations in achieving development objectives. Find out about the funding opportunities.


9. European Commission – Energy research and innovation

Today, energy is responsible for more than 75 % of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. In the transition towards climate neutrality by 2050, research and innovation in the energy sector are critical for increasing the efficiency of the whole renewable energy value chain, integrating sustainability and circularity throughout it, and developing disruptive renewable energy technologies and energy storage solutions. Find out about funding opportunities.


10. Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) – EU Health Programme

The EU Health Programme, manged by Chafea, is a funding programme created to implement the EU health strategy. It aims to promote health, prevent diseases, protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats and contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems for EU citizens. Find out about the funding opportunities.


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