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Research and innovation

Funding programmes and open calls

Funding programmes that support research and innovation projects, with links to open and upcoming calls

Research and innovation programme

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU's research and innovation programme for 2021-2027 with a budget of €95.5 billion.

It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.

Open and upcoming calls for Horizon Europe

The previous programmes (Horizon 2020 and FP7)

Horizon 2020

Research and Innovation funding 2007 - 2013 (Archived site)


Health 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

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)

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. 

2021 LIFE programme calls


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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)

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)

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)

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