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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
- The European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi) offers information, consulting and training on EU research funding for any EU research project.
- The Network of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 in Germany is coordinated by the DLR-PT, EU Bureau of the BMBF.