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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.

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Events

From 05/10/2015 - 02:00 to 09/10/2015 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

Please note that this is a 1-day event; the date will be communicated as soon as possible. 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

06/07/2015 - 02:00
Brussels (Belgium),

FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) is organising an Information Day for the "FET Open" call for Research and Innovation Actions. The next call cut-off date is 29 September 2015. Read more

Multimedia

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 - 17:51

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

News

03/07/2015 - 11:31

The second edition of the European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) has been published today. ETER offers a comprehensive compilation of information on more than 2 200 European higher education institutions. Read more

16/06/2015 - 14:52

Eight years after its launch, the European Research Council (ERC) is celebrating a significant milestone: the funding of its 5,000th researcher. To mark this occasion, a debate in the European Parliament and a symbolic awarding of the grant taking place on 16th of June in Brussels. Read more

10/06/2015 - 13:59

End of 2014 the first Horizon 2020 projects were signed. Since then almost four thousand more have been added. Read more

Project stories

30/06/2015 - 18:55

Imagine printing with inexpensive plastic inks that detect light. Imagine using the same inkjet process to combine these substances with printable electric switches — transistors — that can transmit the collected information. You could print out entire digital imagers this way. Read more

23/06/2015 - 02:00

Surveys such as the 2010 Eurobarometer show that people around Europe are worried about what they eat and where it comes from. But what causes this? And does it affect behaviour? An EU-funded project studied consumer choices about shopping, cooking and eating – offering a more accurate picture of what shapes their decisions. The results could lead to better-informed policies on health, sustainability and business. Read more

15/06/2015 - 13:07

Faster, greener and more sustainable: our world is thirsty for innovative processes that meet these demanding criteria. While natural resources can offer part of the solution, the biggest challenge lies in cleaning-up chemical synthesis. Prof. Georgios Vasilikogiannakis and his team have been looking for answers. Read more

Publications

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

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

18/03/2015 - 17:18

This Annual Report covers the activities of the European Research Council (ERC) in its first year under Horizon 2020, the framework programme set up by the European Commission for the support of research and innovation over the period 2014-2020. Read more

Press Release

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

15/12/2014 - 17:09

The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 328 first class scientists to receive its prestigious Starting Grants, worth up to €2 million each. The awarded €485 million contributes to supporting a new generation of top scientists in Europe developing so-called "blue sky research": ambitious high-risk, high-gain research projects in any field. Read more

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