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Are you looking for fundings for your research project? Learn more on EU grants for researchers here.

Are you looking for research funding for either basic or applied research?

Whether you are a well-established researcher, looking for Post-Doc funding or considering starting a PhD, the European Union offers you several funding opportunities, regardless of what country or sector you wish to work in. The EU provides grants to help you carry out your research project, get additional skills, acquire cross disciplinary experience and boost your career.

Who can apply?

Researchers of any nationality, any career stage (PhD applicants, post-docs, confirmed researchers, Principal Investigators, etc.), and in any research area.

What type of funding is available?

  • For PhD applicants: Marie Skłodowska - Curie Actions (MSCA) offer paid positions for PhD applicants within MSCA projects in any discipline, in universities, research centres and companies involved in the MSCA projects.
  • Researchers of any nationality who already have a PhD and beyond: you can apply for direct funding of your research project to the Marie Skłodowska - Curie Actions (MSCA), or the European Research Council (ERC).
  • Researchers can apply to the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) actions that support research collaborations between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering to initiate radically new lines of technology.

Search for funding opportunties related to researchers, Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) and European Research Council (ERC) grants for individual researchers and research teams, in the Participant Portal.



29/10/2015 - 01:00
Brussels, Belgium,

Come along to our info-day together with your institution's HR Manager to find out more. This event addresses all beneficiaries and potential applicants of H2020 contracts/projects who need to comply with article 32 stipulating the obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter and Code (C & C) for the benefit of all researchers and their institution. Read more


06/11/2014 - 12:07

This bionic hand is a direct result of 10 years of EU-(and national) funded research. This science-fiction like prototype was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who said "To feel what you're doing again is an amazing feeling. It's so close to be like a natural hand". Read more

23/07/2014 - 02:00

Check out the tips and tricks in this step-by-step video guide to the application process Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:32

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more


05/10/2015 - 18:22

The new Digital4Science platform is open to everyone interested in research and innovation to discuss and share opinion on science in the digital age. We want to hear your voice on EU policies and programmes designed to support science in the digital age and to boost scientific discoveries. Read more

30/09/2015 - 17:47

How can amateurs contribute to research projects? In this issue, we put citizen science in the spotlight Read more

25/09/2015 - 13:58

On 25 September, the Commission launched an online survey to gather opinions from stakeholders on the impact of the simplification measures introduced in Horizon 2020, and to ask for new ideas on future simplification. Read more

Project stories

08/10/2015 - 17:34

An EU-funded researcher has developed a way to study directly how the body processes and stores fat. New information from his method is helping scientists better understand how to prevent serious health conditions. Read more

06/10/2015 - 19:08

When we look at galaxies far, far away, we don’t see them as they are today. We see them as they were a long time ago, because their light takes a while to reach us. These images could easily fade on their epic journey, but “natural telescopes” in their path enable astronomers to study some of these postcards from the distant past. Read more

28/09/2015 - 12:13

The widening gap between rich and poor is leading to segregation in more and more European cities. The rich and the poor are living at increasing distance from each other, and this can be disastrous for the social stability and competitive power of cities. These are the conclusions of joint research of Prof. Maarten van Ham, ERC grantee at Delft University of Technology, and Prof. Tiit Tammaru, Dr. Szymon Marcińczak and Prof. Sako Musterd. Read more


25/09/2015 - 17:40

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever programme for research and innovation, and it has got off to an excellent start. This brochure presents information on the first 100 calls for proposals that closed by 1 December 2014. Read more

24/09/2015 - 20:03

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. This publication presents the full set of Key Performance and Cross-Cutting Issues Indicators for Horizon 2020, including those for the European Institute of Technology and EURATOM. Read more

16/06/2015 - 17:37

In 2015, the ERC celebrates its 5000th grant, which is presented in this folder alongside other ongoing and finished projects funded by the ERC in life sciences; physical sciences and engineering; and social sciences and humanities. Read more

Press Release

29/07/2015 - 13:55

The European Commission adopted yesterday the ERC Work Programme 2016. The programme foresees €1.67 billion for grants to top researchers. Within the new series of competitions, the ERC has opened today the first one, the call for Starting Grants 2016, with a budget of €485 million and deadline of 17 November 2015. This scheme is open to researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience since completion of PhD and a promising scientific track record. Read more

12/03/2015 - 16:33

The European Research Council (ERC) is today announcing the 372 winners of its second Consolidator Grant competition. These excellent mid-career scientists are awarded a total of €713 million, as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. Grants are worth up to €2.75 million each, with an average of €1.91 million per grant. The funding will enable them to consolidate their research teams and to develop their most innovative ideas. Read more

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more