REA, mandated by the European Commission to support the EU Research and Innovation policy, funds high-quality research and innovation projects that generate knowledge for the benefit of society.

Accordingly, REA’s responsibilities are to:

  • help manage parts of Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation
  • run research projects supported under Horizon 2020 and FP7, its predecessor 
  • provide support to its clients - funding applicants, beneficiaries and independent experts
  • keep close contact with beneficiaries of EU funds
  • manage the European Commission research enquiry service, which answers questions from grant applicants, EU-funded researchers and the public
  • support independent experts evaluating project proposals competing for EU research funds, and helps with the legal and financial validation of programme participants


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rea in numbers


Project funding opportunities

Current funding programme Horizon 2020

The agency manages

2007-2013 (7th framework programme for research and technological development) 

The Research Executive Agency is managing around 11,000 projects under the 7th framework programme for research and technological development (FP7), the predecessor of Horizon 2020, in these areas


Legal basis and governance of the Research Executive Agency

Plans and reports

Commission work programme – overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Annual activity report – department achievements, resources used during previous year

Annual work programme – budget line for certain policies and funding programmes for current year

Annual budgets - overview of the annual operating budgets and accounts

Leadership and organisation

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