Horizon 2020

About the programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Open and upcoming calls for Horizon 2020

The next funding programme

Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020 is being developed now. Read about the rationale, next steps and progress in the development of this programme.

The previous programme (FP7)

Research and Innovation funding 2007 - 2013

Health Programme

About the programme

The third EU Health Programme with a budget of € 449.4 million is the main European Commission instrument to implement the EU health strategy.

Open and upcoming calls for the Health Programme

Cohesion Fund

About the programme

The Cohesion Fund is aimed at EU countries whose gross national income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average. It aims to reduce economic and social disparities and to promote sustainable development.

Open and upcoming calls for the Cohesion Fund

Environment and climate action (LIFE)

About the programme

The LIFE programme is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.

2020 calendar for LIFE programme calls

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

About the programme

The European Regional Development Fund aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. The ERDF focuses its investments on several key priority areas, including innovation and research.

DG REGIO open calls

Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP)

About the programme

The Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) is an EU programme that provides tailor-made support to all EU countries for their institutional, administrative and growth-enhancing reforms.

Open calls for proposal can be found on the programme's website.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

About the programme

Over half of EU funding is channelled through the 5 European structural and investment funds (ESIF). They are jointly managed by the European Commission and the EU countries. The purpose of all these funds is to invest in job creation and a sustainable and healthy European economy and environment. 

Open calls for proposal related to research and innovation can be found on the websites of the 5 individual funding programmes:


Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

About the programme

The Research Fund for Coal and Steel supports research projects in coal and steel sectors. Every year around €55 million (€47.7 million for 2015) is made available to universities, research centres and private companies to fund projects.

Open and upcoming calls for RFCS