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The European Union funds research in a variety of ways as part of Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Its funding programmes include support for collaborative research projects as well as individual actions such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie and ERC Grants.

Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, is the European Union’s main instrument for promoting research, technological development and innovation from 2014 to 2020. The EU has set three main emphases with Horizon 2020:

  • promoting excellent science,
  • strengthening industrial leadership and
  • addressing major societal concerns, such as health, climate, energy, food safety and security.

The various programmes of Horizon 2020 make a significant contribution to the networking of the European research landscape and the formation of a European Research Area (ERA). It is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 75 billion euros of funding available over 7 years.

Over 24 billion euros of that total is being made available for science and research. These funds will be allocated to various programmes:

  • The European Research Council (ERC), an EU body that aims to promote basic research, will receive the largest budget in this area with 13.1 billion euros
  • 6.2 billion euros will be made available for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, a programme that primarily aims to improve researchers’ mobility and career development
  • 2.6 billion euros will be invested in Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Roughly 2.4 billion euros will be provided for European Research Infrastructures

Facts and Figures

  • Nearly 75 billion euros of funding is being made available (2014–2020)

  • Essentially, Horizon 2020 is focusing on the three key areas: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges

  • The excellent science area will have access to a total of over 24 billion euros

The two programmes ERC Grants and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions will award funding for international research collaborations and grants for researchers who are at the beginning of an independent research career.

ERC Grants – Support for Excellent Scientists

The European Research Council aims to support ground-breaking research in all research disciplines with ERC Grants.

  • Starting Grants support research projects by junior researchers at the beginning of their careers with up to 2 million euros for a maximum period of 5 years
  • Consolidator Grants support experienced junior researchers with up to 2.75 million euros for a period of up to 5 years
  • Advanced Grants finance pioneering research by outstanding experienced researchers with up to 3.5 million euros for up to 5 years

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Support of Research Training and Career Development

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) primarily aims to improve researchers’ mobility and career development. MSC Actions offer a variety of different sponsorship programmes, ranging from individual fellowships to (host-driven) institutional actions.

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowships fund research stays by experienced researchers for up to 2 years in an EU member state or associated country

National Contact Points for EU Funding

Working on behalf of the German government, the Network of German National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 offers free-of-charge advice and information on EU funding instruments to potential applicants at German research institutions. The following services are provided:

  • Individual advice in all questions concerning the application
  • Legal and financial information with regard to grant preparation and project management
  • Proposal writing and information events in German

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  • The Network of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 in Germany is coordinated by the DLR-PT, EU Bureau of the BMBF.

Contact

Firm

DLR-Projektträger, EU-Bureau of the BMBF

Address

Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1

53227 Bonn

Germany

Telephone

work Phone
+49 228 3821-1630

URL

Website
www.eubuero.de

Funding Programmes:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowships

Experienced researchers of any nationality can enhance their qualifications and diversify their competences by conducting a research project at a research institution in Germany. More Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowships

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange – RISE

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange – RISE

PhD students can benefit from the EU mobility programme: RISE facilitates staff exchange between higher education institutions, research institutes and companies in different countries. www.ec.europa.eu > Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange – RISE

ERC Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants

International postdoctoral researchers with 2–7 years of research experience can strengthen their research independence through the consolidation of their own research team. More ERC Starting Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants

International postdoctoral researchers who completed their PhD thesis between 7 and 12 years ago can strengthen their research independence through the consolidation of their own research team. More ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Advanced Grants

ERC Advanced Grants

Senior researchers of any nationality can carry out research projects at the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged. More ERC Advanced Grants