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Funding opportunities in the EU

Research and innovation offers solutions to overcoming many of the significant challenges we currently face, such as energy security, climate change, environmental degradation, the exclusion of vulnerable groups, and an ageing population. However, effective research requires funding, and potential beneficiaries need to know how and where to get it.

As a result, a practical guide was introduced in 2008 to provide a concise description of the main research and innovation funding sources. It explains how they can be combined in practice and gives policy-makers advice on setting up mechanisms at the national and regional levels to foster coordinated access.

The goal is to enable potential beneficiaries to quickly identify exactly how they can access European funding at any stage of a project.

The latest edition of the practical guide includes a full up-to-date overview of the three main sources of funding: the Seventh Research Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, and the Structural Funds. It also provides information on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the European Fisheries Fund, the Lifelong Learning Programme and the environmental programme LIFE+.

Research and innovation funding opportunities offered to countries and territories beyond the EU, in the framework of pre-accession assistance and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), are also included. In effect, the guide offers a complete picture of funding opportunities available until 2013, which should contribute towards Europe’s implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The funding guide is available here:

pdf Funding guide.

You can also find more information by visiting the Participant Portal, the entry point for electronic administration of EU-funded research and innovation projects.