Research & Innovation - Participant Portal

Other Funding Opportunities H2020 online manual

This page provides an overview of funding opportunities by funding bodies other than the Commission and its Executive Agencies:

  • Public-Public Partnerships by several Member States
  • Public-Private Partnerships ("Joint Technology Initiatives")
  • Co-funded activities (ERA-NETs; European Joint Programmes)
  • Competitive calls published by consortia of FP7 projects
  • Funding opportunities for innovation in other EU or national programmes

To learn more about the other EU funding opportunities, see A Beginner's Guide to EU Funding.

Disclaimer: This page does not provide a complete list of all other funding opportunities for research and innovation activities.

The calls for tenders, including Horizon 2020 tenders, are published on the TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) web site which is dedicated to European public procurement and publishes calls for tenders.

1. ERA-NET actions

ERA-NET actions aim at coordinating national and regional research programmes by developing joint activities or supporting joint calls for proposals.ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon 2020 supports public-public partnerships, including joint programming initiatives between Member States, establishment of networking structures as well as Union topping-up of transnational calls for proposals. As a research institute, enterprise or individual you can find funding opportunities in these transnational calls.

NETWATCH is the EC information platform that gives further information about ERA-NETs and transnational R&I programme collaboration. Joint calls for proposals of the ERA-NETs are published on the same platform.

2. Article 185 Initiatives

Article 185 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) enables the EU to participate in research programmes undertaken jointly by several Member States.

Calls for proposals for these joint research programmes are available on their websites.

Article 185 TFEU in the Horizon 2020 Programme

Acronym Full name Framework funding Thematic area Initiative launched Open Calls
AAL Ambient Assisted Living FP7 Information and communication technologies 01/01/2008 Currently no open call
BONUS Baltic Sea Research Programme FP7 Environment (including climate change) 01/06/2010 2015 'Blue Baltic' call
EDCTP European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership FP6 Health 15/09/2003
EMPIR European Metrology Programme for Research and innovation H2020 Horizontal -metrology (science of measurement) in various areas 15/05/2009 (before called EMPR) Currently no open call
EUROSTARS Eurostars Programme FP7 Horizontal - helping SMEs to innovate and compete internationally 01/01/2007 2014 call

3. Co-funded fellowships and training for individual researchers

The Cofund scheme of Marie Skodowska-Curie actions under Horizon 2020 supports regional, national or international programmes of researchers' training, mobility and career development. As an early-stage or experienced researcher you can apply to the fellowships and training that these joint programmes offer. Information about the fellowships is published on the EURAXESS web site.

4. European Joint Programme (EJP) Cofund

The European Joint Programme (EJP) of Horizon 2020 supports coordinated national research and innovation programmes that cover activities ranging from research to coordination and networking activities, including training activities, demonstration and dissemination activities, support to third parties etc.

As a research institute, enterprise or individual you can apply to calls for proposals of these co-funded programmes which are published on NETWATCH.

5. Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI)

JTIs are public-private partnerships involving industry, research community and public authorities to pursue common ambitious research objectives.
Calls for proposals of the JTIs are published on the Participant Portal H2020 calls page, except for the Fusion for Energy Joint Undertakings. For F4E calls, see their website.The other JTIs are part of the Horizon 2020 programme:

H2020 calls for third parties

Horizon 2020 projects may foresee financial support to third parties if this possibility is indicated under the relevant topic with reference to part K of the General Annexes of H2020 Work Programme.

Calls for third parties are published on the Participant Portal and the websites of the consortia.

FP7 competitive calls

FP7 collaborative projects and networks of excellence may reserve a portion of their budgets for specific tasks to be carried out by a partner joining the consortium at a later stage. Such new beneficiaries are selected from proposals submitted in response to a "competitive call".

Competitive calls are published on the Participant Portal and the websites of the consortia.

EIT aims at enhancing Europe's ability to innovate by integrating, for the first time at EU level, education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation. As part of Horizon 2020, the EIT's budget is € 2 711.4 million for 2014-2020. The main operational arm of the EIT is its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). Through them the EIT develops and tests a new model of how innovation is approached, managed, financed and delivered in Europe. The KICs offer an opportunity for top innovation players to be part of a highly collaborative community.

The EIT's three initial KICs were established in 2010 to address:

From 2014 onwards, the EIT will launch 5 new KICs:


  • Innovation for healthy living and active ageing
  • Raw materials - sustainable exploration, extraction, processing and recycling


  • Added-value manufacturing
  • Food4Future - sustainable supply chain from resources to consumers


  • Urban mobility

The 2014 Call for KICs proposals on Innovation for healthy living and active ageing and Raw materials - sustainable exploration, extraction, processing and recycling was launched on 14 February 2014. The deadline for submission of proposals is on 10 September 2014 and two new KICs will be designated on 9 December 2014.

For additional information: 2014 Call for KICs

The European Union supports entrepreneurs and businesses with a wide range of EU programmes providing loans, guarantees and equity funding. Every year the EU supports more than 200.000 businesses.

How to get EU Finance
The Access to finance webportal helps you to find EU financing for your projects.

Who is eligible for EU funding?
Funding is available for start-ups, entrepreneurs and companies of any size or sector.

What are the benefits of EU co-financing?
Easier access to financing with extra advantages such as reduced interest rates or less collateral requirements.

EUREKA aims at raising the productivity and competitiveness of businesses through technology. It supports SMEs, companies and technology related organisations through various clusters, networks and individual projects. EUREKA individual projects are market-oriented R&I projects that are given a EUREKA label upon approval.

Calls for projects are published on the EUREKA web site.

EUREKA has a network of National Contact Points (NCPs) that help setting up new projects and finding partners.

COST funds European networks of researchers across all science fields to coordinate nationally funded research. COST does not fund research itself, but provides support for networking activities.
There is a continuous Open Call to submit proposals for COST Actions.

Both Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy promote research and innovation (R&I) as key drivers for economic development. However, they do this in a different way: Horizon 2020 promotes R&I across the European Research Area, with projects selected in open competition and following an independent evaluation process. The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) support capacity building and thereby reduce the significant economic, social and territorial disparities that still exist between Europe's regions..

ESIF are distributed to the EU Member States (MS) based on pre-allocated global envelopes, on the basis of concrete economic indicators that track the degree of economic disparities across European regions. This funding is implemented through a series of Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes that translate to individual projects including those supporting research and innovation, mainly at national or regional level.

The 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programmes expect further increase in R&I investments. The bulk of the R&I funding will be managed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be concentrated on 4 key thematic priorities

  • innovation and research
  • the digital agenda
  • support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • the low-carbon economy

All future ERDF support for research and innovation investments depends directly on deployment by MS and regions of successful Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). Support to the MS and regions on RIS3 is provided by the Commission through the Smart Specialisation Platform.

Member States will then allocate ESIF support for research and innovation investment to local organisations, enterprises and individuals for projects that help implement the RIS3. If your organisation seeks funding for such investment from ESIF, you need to contact your national or regional Managing Authority:

To learn more about creating synergies between the funding programmes of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Horizon 2020, and other EU programmes to encourage innovation at regional level, please read the related guidance for policy-makers and implementing organisations.

Innovation is a cross-cutting priority for rural development policy. The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) was launched in 2012 to support practical innovation projects carried out by Operational Groups (funded under the Rural Development policy) as well as networking activities focussing on knowledge sharing and development.

To apply for the funding, you will need to contact the national Managing Authority or find out on its website about its calls for proposals. You find your country information and contacts on the web site of the EIP-AGRI network