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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.



From 28/07/2016 - 02:00 to 29/07/2016 - 02:00
Manchester University,

Are you an MSCA fellow or alumnus/a? Then register for our ESOF satellite event "Researcher and Society"! It's free of charge! Read more

29/06/2016 - 02:00
The Egg, Brussels,

On 29 June 2016, come and learn about MSCA opportunities within the private sector! Read more


12/02/2016 - 13:37

This short video lets you discover the ERC and the research it funds. 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


12/02/2016 - 13:02

The European Research Council (ERC) announced today the 302 winners of its 2015 Consolidator Grant competition. These excellent mid-career scientists have been awarded a total of €585 million, as part of the EU's Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Read more

08/12/2015 - 18:58

The FET Proactive call "Boosting emerging technologies" of the FET Work Programme 2016-2017 has 3 topics: "Emerging themes and communities" (deadline April 2016, check more information below); "FET ERANET Cofund in Quantum Technologies" (deadline April 2016);"FET ERANET Cofund" (to be opened for proposals submission in September 206).
There is also a dedicated call for proposals on High Performance Computing (which will be opened for proposals submission in April 2016).
Read more

17/11/2015 - 13:59

Did you know the Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies programme "FET-Open" receives an extremely high number of submissions each year and the chances of new brilliant ideas to be funded by the EU programme have dramatically dropped? It leaves a lot of great interdisciplinary thinking unrewarded and a lot of people disappointed - this problem needs to be addressed if "FET-Open" is to remain credible as an early detector of future technologies. Read more

Project stories

26/02/2016 - 10:15

An EU-funded project is conducting groundbreaking research into a rare form of leukaemia, proving the effectiveness in patients of non-chemotherapy-based treatments that target the genetic cause of the disease. Read more

18/02/2016 - 10:28

Learn how FET-project DIACAT will contribute to reduce greenhouse emissions. Read more

05/02/2016 - 15:18

The project 'EARTH CORE STRUCTURE', funded by the European Research Council (ERC), has greatly improved the knowledge we have of the inside of our planet by determining a new method to understand its structure. The method uses knowledge from different disciplines and has helped scientists paint a picture of the Earth's core - more comprehensive than ever before. Read more


12/04/2016 - 12:57

For Horizon 2020, the Commission has a legal obligation to monitor continually and systematically its implementation, to report annually and to disseminate the results of this monitoring. The first Annual Monitoring Report under Horizon 2020 is a comprehensive publication encompassing the analysis of Horizon 2020 through its calls closed in 2014 Read more

10/11/2015 - 17:17

What is the origin of the Universe? How do galaxies form and evolve? Is there a possibility of extra-terrestrial life? This brochure presents a few projects addressing some of the most important challenges in the field of Universe Sciences which were funded by the European Research Council (ERC). 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

Press Release

15/10/2015 - 18:53

The ERC has today opened the next competition for its Consolidator Grants. More than €600 million is earmarked for an estimated 335 grants. The deadline for submission of research proposals is 2 February 2016. Read more

13/10/2015 - 18:51

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Research and innovation are the engines of Europe's progress and vital to addressing today's new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe's top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens' lives." Read more

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