Projects funded by the EU budget cover a wide variety of areas and topics. Their impacts are all around us and their effect on our lives are felt daily.

There is one main platform where you can find information on EU-funded projects and its results:

Funding and tender opportunities portal

To find projects and results on specific topics consult the list below. Several topics are further broken down into more specific subsections to help you navigate.

The projects below refer to funding programmes from the previous long-term budget, which ran from 2014 to 2020. In the current Multiannual Financial Framework some of them have been combined or replaced by a new generation of programmes. For a full overview of current funding opportunities please consult the EU funding programmes page.

Research and innovation

Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS): a fund supporting research projects in the coal and steel sectors

Nuclear fusion

Euratom Research and Training Programme: a programme to improve nuclear safety, security and radiation protection

ITER: a large-scale experiment designed to prove the scientific and technical viability of fusion as a new energy source

Business and economy


European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI): macroeconomic impact and breakdown by country

Infrastructures, networks, and transport

Connecting Europe Facility: an EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness in the field of transport, energy and digital services.

Small and medium-sized Enterprises

COSME: programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs


Energy, climate change and environment

Life Programme: the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action

Horizon and other programmes

Regional and urban development

The EU budget also finances programmes targeted for specific purposes or communities, such as the Technical Support Instrument assisting Member States in designing and implementing growth-enhancing and inclusive reforms, or the aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.

Employment, inclusion and social affairs

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+): the EU’s main instrument for investing in people

Food, farming and fisheries


Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF): the EU’s maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020

Education and culture

Education and youth

Erasmus+: The EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe

European Solidarity Corps: A programme that helps young people take part in projects that benefit communities, either abroad or in their own country.


Creative Europe:  The European Commission's programme for providing support to the cultural and audiovisual sectors.

Citizenship, justice and fundamental rights

Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values: A programme for the period 2021-2027 that merges two programmes: Europe for Citizens and Rights, Equality and Citizenship.

Justice Programme: Contributes to strengthening democracy, rule of law, and fundamental rights.

Aid and development cooperation

Civil protection

Union Civil Protection Mechanism: A mechanism that co-finances projects that support Member and Participating States’ efforts in the field of disaster preparedness and prevention.

Aid and development cooperation

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument: An instrument that channels the biggest share of external action funds, with a budget of €79.5 billion.

Migration and security

Internal Security Fund: A fund that helps to ensure a high level of security in the Union.

Integrated Border Management Fund: A fund that helps to ensure strong and effective European integrated border management at the external borders and supports the common visa policy.

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund: A fund that promotes the efficient management of migration flows


EU4Health: A programme that builds on the positive results of the 3rd Health programme, and seeks to strengthen healthcare systems’ resilience.


Eurostat: Calls for proposals in the field of European statistics are managed by Eurostat and grants are awarded directly to national statistical institutes and other relevant national authorities.