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The Research Executive Agency (REA):

  • manages a big share of Horizon 2020, the EU's new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-20);
  • provides administrative and logistical support services to all Commission departments managing the H2020 and FP7 framework programmes and to certain other EU programmes.



Horizon 2020

The REA manages the following parts of the Horizon 2020 framework programme (grouped by pillar):

Excellent Science:

  • Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fund mobility of researchers across borders and sectors, to ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities.
  • Actions in the field of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET Open) fund collaboration between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering to grasp leadership on promising future technology areas able to renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and to make a difference for society.


Industrial leadership:

  • Space Research supports the European space research community in developing innovative space technologies and operational concepts "from idea to demonstration in space", and to use space data for scientific, public, or commercial purposes.


Societal challenges:

  • Secure Societies aims to protect freedom and security of Europe and its citizens, in a context of unprecedented growing global threats.


Specific Objectives:

  • Science with and for Society aims to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility to address the European societal challenges, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society.


Horizon 2020 support

The REA provides administrative and logistical support services to the whole of Horizon 2020 as well as certain other programmes (for example Erasmus+).

Concretely, the REA runs the support for independent experts evaluating project proposals, including the management of on-site evaluation facilities for most of H2020, and provides services for the legal and financial validation of participants.

The REA also conducts the Research Enquiry Service, which answers questions from applicants, participants and the broader public on EU research and innovation funding.

Search H2020 Space Projects


7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7)

The REA continues to manage ongoing projects under FP7 in the following areas:

Over the lifetime of the FP7, the REA has run research projects for a value of €6.4 billion (approx. 12% of the total FP7 budget).

The REA is managing around 11,000 FP7 research projects, more than 40% of all FP7 projects.

Search all the FP7 projects ran by the REA by theme: