How to apply for a grant?

How to apply for a grant?

1. Search for a call for proposals

To look for funding opportunities please follow the link below, which allows you to search for calls for proposals by Programme, Geographical Zone and Deadline.

Please read the Guidelines for grant applicants carefully, including the objectives and priorities of the specific call, and verify whether your organisation is eligible to apply for this call.

Search for a call

2. Register your organisation in e-Calls PADOR

All organisations that apply for calls for proposals as applicants, co-applicants or affiliated entities have to be registered in e-Calls PADOR. This includes Civil Society Organisations, public administration bodies, and local authorities.

Please note that registration in e-Calls PADOR is not open to private individuals (natural persons).

The information registered in e-Calls PADOR is used by the European Commission during the evaluation of applications as well as for checking the eligibility of the organisations participating to calls for proposals. PADOR eases the application process for organisations, as entities are not obliged to submit the same information (e.g statuses, financial reports, etc) each time they participate to a call. They simply need to indicate their unique identification number, i.e the EuropeAid ID (PADOR number) in their application forms.

All relevant information on how to create your organisation’s profile in e-Calls PADOR, sign and submit it in order to receive your EuropeAid ID is available on the EuropeAid Information Systems Knowledge Base in EN, FR, ES and PT. There you can find the manual , the EuropeAid Offline Registration Form and the e-learning short videos.

It is strongly recommended to register your organisation in e-Calls PADOR before you start drafting your proposal and not to wait until just before the call deadline of submission.

3. Submit your application

To submit your application you would need to follow the instructions in Section 2.2 of the Guidelines for grant applicants and send your application within the deadline. The Guidelines will specify whether you need to submit your application by post or online (via e-Calls PROSPECT).

More information on how to submit your application online via e-Calls PROSPECT  is available on EuropeAid Information Systems Knowledge Base where you can find the manual, e-learnings and other supporting material in EN, FR, ES and PT.

All the necessary documents (e.g. Application form, Guidelines etc.) you might need for your application are available for download at the EuropeAid publication website.

Please note that you can log in to e-Calls PROSPECT with the same login and password you use to log in to e-Calls PADOR (EU Login and password) and that you can save your application and log out several times before submitting.


  • The Practical Guide explains contracting procedures for EU external aid contracts financed by the EU general budget (Budget) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

    Consult PRAG

  • E-learning course on the Practical Guide. Do you want to know more about EU external action procedures? See our self-learning distance course on contractual procedures.

    e-Learning PRAG

  • e-Calls PROSPECT is the electronic system developed by EuropeAid to facilitate the submission of applications for call for proposals.

    e-Calls PROSPECT

  • Potential Applicant Data Online Registration database contains information on organisations applying for European Commission grants in the field of external assistance.

    e-Calls PADOR

  • Delegated Cooperation, Cooperation with partner countries and with international organisations, Co-financing and Management Modes.

    Consult DEVCO-Companion