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The REA manages a large share of Horizon 2020 in five different big areas:

  • Excellent science;
  • Industrial Leadership;
  • Societal challenges;
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation;
  • Science with and for Society.

Since December 2013, a number of calls managed by the REA were launched. The agency is also in charge of managing FP7 projects in the areas of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, in space and security research and in FP7 research for the benefit of SMEs.

The projects are selected via calls for proposals announced on the Participants Portal. If you would like to submit a research proposal in one of these areas, check for open
calls on the portal or on this page.

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Marie Curie Actions

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions fund mobility of researchers across borders and sectors, to ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities.

The funding is open to all domains, from basic research to market take-up and innovation services. All researchers and innovation staff at all stages of their career are eligible. The participation is also open to research organisations, businesses and socio-economic actors from all countries. Participation of industry, in particular SMEs is particularly encouraged.

In total €817.40 million will be granted to the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows in 2014 for all calls together.


Currently there are three open calls in this area:

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 : Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN): funding is available to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, while raising excellence and structuring research and doctoral training.

The call deadline is 13 January 2015 and the available budget is € 370 million.

The 5+3 month periods for evaluation and grant preparation will apply. This means, applicants will be informed of their evaluation results by mid-June 2015 at the latest, and all grant agreements should be signed by mid-September 2015.


H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2014: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND): offers additional funding to new and existing regional, national and international programmes for research training and career development, to encourage the movement of researchers both across borders and across sectors of activity.

The call deadline is 2 October 2014 and the available budget is €80million.

Evaluation of the project proposals is expected to start in November-December 2014, with the results announced in February-March 2015.


H2020-MSCA-IF-2014: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) support individual researchers at postdoctoral level and beyond to work on personal research projects. Mobility between countries and possibly sectors is required in order to acquire new skills and experience, and to advance the career of the supported researcher. The call deadline is 11 September 2014, and the available budget is €240.50 million.

Evaluation of the research proposals is expected to start in October - November 2014, with the results announced in February 2015.


Three calls have recently closed:

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) promotes research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas between research and market. The call deadline was on 24 April 2014, evaluation of the research proposals will start on 9 May 2014.

The available call budget is €70 million. 203 project proposals were received with a total requested funding of €169 million.

The results should be announced at the beginning of September 2014, and all Grant Agreements are likely to be signed by December 2014.


H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers. The call budget is €405.18 million, the bulk of which will be supporting European Training Networks, while €25.5 million are allocated to European Industrial Doctorates and €30 million to European Joint Doctorates. The call deadline was on 9 April 2014; 1164 proposals were received. The evaluation of proposals will start early May 2014, and grant agreements with successful applicants should be signed by December 2014.


H2020-2014-MSCA-NIGHT: Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Researchers' Night (NIGHT) funds research discovery events across Europe in 2014 and 2015, with the aim to promote scientific careers and acknowledge the work of researchers. The available call budget is € 8 million for 2014 and 2015 together. The call deadline was on 4 March 2014, and its evaluations will start on 23 March 2014 with the results announced in April 2014. 125 proposals from 37 European member states and associated countries have been submitted for the call. This number represents about 25% increase compared to the last NIGH call in 2013.


Four FP7 calls for proposals closed in 2013:

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF: Intra - European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF) is an individual grant for experienced researchers to move within Europe for work on a research project. The final list of proposals to be funded is available on the Participant PortalpdfChoose translations of the previous link  .

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF: Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF) is an individual grant for experienced researchers to follow research training in a third country outside Europe. The final list of proposals to be funded is available on the Participant PortalpdfChoose translations of the previous link  .

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IIF: International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) is an individual grant for experienced researchers based in countries outside Europe to follow research training in Europe. The final list of proposals to be funded is available on the Participant PortalpdfChoose translations of the previous link  .

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG: Career Integration Grants (CIG) is a lump sum to encourage experienced researchers to settle or return in Europe. The final list of proposals to be funded is available on the Participant Portalpdf.

Space Research

The Space research action supports the European research community in developing innovative technologies and operational concepts "from idea to demonstration in Space", and in using data for scientific, public, or commercial purposes.

The funded actions are expected to add on research activities of the Member States and of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The total budget of the H2020 Space Work Programme amounts ca. €1,7 billion of which the REA will manage ca. €830 million in the domains 'Earth Observation', 'Protection of European assets in and from Space' and 'Competitiveness of European Space Technology'.  Other domains of the H2020 Space Work Programme include 'Applications in Satellite Navigation' (Galileo) and 'SME Instrument in space research and development'. The H2020 Galileo Calls will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Prague.


Currently there are three announced calls in H2020 space research managed by the REA:

H2020-EO-2015*: Earth Observation funds actions developing space-enabled Earth Observation products and, based on the Copernicus data, applications close to the market with a high business potential. The indicative available budget is €26 million.


H2020-PROTEC-2015*: Protection of European assets in and from Space focusses on solutions to reduce the impact of space debris. The indicative available budget is €6,5 million.

H2020-COMPET-2015*: Competitiveness of European Space Technology call maintains the support in the key areas including critical technologies, access to space and space technologies at low technology readiness level (TRL) while extending its reach to other areas of space science and exploration and new domains of international cooperation. The indicative available budget is €36,5 million.


The deadline for these calls is scheduled for the first trimester of 2015.


* The final version of these calls, including budget and opening and closure dates, will be communicated in June 2014.




Three calls for proposals have been closed on 26 March 2014:


H2020-EO-2014: Earth Observation calls for new ideas on Earth-relevant space applications and tools enabling access to space data in scope for climate change and atmospheric monitoring. The available call budget is €21,5 million.


H2020-PROTEC-2014: Protection of European assets in and from Space funds research enhancing the performance of space weather prediction, and research on access technologies and characterisation of Near Earth Objects (NEOs). The available call budget is €8 million.


H2020-COMPET-2014: Competitiveness of European Space Technology aims to foster competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector, including SMEs. This implies work on advancing space technologies and operational concepts from idea to demonstration in representative terrestrial and/or in space. The available call budget is €52 million.


Evaluation of the research proposals is expected to start mid-April 2014. The call results will be communicated to applicants by the end of August 2014.

Secure Societies

The Secure Societies research action aims to protect the freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. Its specific objective is to foster secure European societies in a context of unprecedented transformation and growing global interdependencies and threats, while strengthening the European culture of freedom and justice.

The indicative budget of the programme will reach € 1 694 million.


There are three calls for research proposals open in this area that are managed by the REA:

H2020-DRS-2014: Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change is designed for actions to reduce the loss of human life, environmental, economic and material damage from natural and man-made disasters, including extreme weather events, crime and terrorism threats. The available call budget is € 73.4 million. An additional € 7 million is earmarked for the topic DRS 17 'Protection of urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructures'.

H2020-FCT-2014: Fight against crime and terrorism aims both to avoid an incident and mitigate against its potential consequences. This requires new technologies and capabilities for fighting and preventing crime (including cyber-crime), illegal trafficking and terrorism (including cyber-terrorism), and preventing radicalisation to help avoid aviation related threats. The available call budget is € 56.77 million.

H2020-BES-2014: Border Security and External Security targets the development of both technologies and capabilities for rapid identification with the aim to improve border security, and new technologies, capabilities and solutions to support the Union's external security policies in civilian tasks. The available call budget is € 20.78 million.

The Secure Societies challenge also includes the call H2020-DS-2014-1 Digital security: cyber security, privacy and trust
with a budget of € 47.04.

The calls are open until 28 August 2014, 17.00 Brussels time. Applicants must submit their proposals electronically, following the link from the call page on the Participant Portal.

Evaluation of the research proposals is expected to start in September 2014, with the results announced in January 2015. The successful candidates are likely to receive their first part of project funding in May 2015.

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

The 'Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation' is a new EU research funding action within Horizon 2020 which introduces specific measures ('Teaming', 'Twinning' and 'ERA Chairs') targeted at low-performing Member States. They will be implemented by the Member States located in the 13 'new' EU member states plus Portugal, Luxembourg, and some associated countries. The main aim is to maximise investment in research and, allowing the individual strengths of each Member State to be optimised.

The indicative budget of the programme will reach € 816 million.


Currently there are three open calls in this area:

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2015: Widespread Twinning aims at building upon the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices between research institutions and leading partners.
The call deadline is 2 December 2014, but it is likely to be extended. The available budget is around €64 million.

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-1: Widespread TEAMING aims at setting up new centres of excellence by pairing them up with leading institutions.
The call deadline is 17 September 2014 and the available budget is €11,850,000

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2
: Widespread ERA Chairs aims at building upon the huge potential of networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices between research institutions and leading partners.

The call deadline is 15 October 2014and the available budget is €33,600,000.