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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.



26/11/2015 - 01:00
Brussels, Charlemagne building,

The European Commission is organising an information session in Brussels for Grant Coordinators, so they can learn legal aspects, business processes and IT tools used to prepare amendments and reports with particular attention to the financial aspects and eligibility of costs. 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 - 17:51

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


29/10/2015 - 23:09

The map shows the countries' participation in FET projects in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme, as of October 2015. Read more

14/10/2015 - 11:59

The European Commission will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme, following a new work programme for 2016-17 adopted on 13 October. The work programme is now available on the participant portal. 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

Project stories

13/11/2015 - 01:00

Why do so many diabetes patients develop kidney disease, and how can we improve prevention? EU-funded research has examined insulin-related processes at play in impaired renal function — and it may have found a way to protect key cells that help to filter our blood. Read more

09/11/2015 - 18:41

Since the early 1990s almost 2000 planets have been detected outside our solar system. These discoveries led to a new area of universe sciences which is rapidly expanding. Astronomers are currently searching for extra-solar planets using a huge array of telescopes and instruments. Funded by the ERC, Prof. Cardoso Santos’ team has developed new tools to be used in both ground- and space-based facilities, to detect and study these planets. Read more

09/11/2015 - 18:33

More than 95% of our universe comes in the mysterious form of dark matter and dark energy that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Dr Catherine Heymans leads a team of researchers who were the first to “map” dark matter on the largest of scales. She now uses her research to confront Einstein’s theory of general relativity in an attempt to explain the nature of dark energy. 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

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