European and International



Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

If you want to know more about how to apply for funding from Horizon 2020, please visit the Commission's  Participant Portal.


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European Commission Directorates funding opportunities and General Calls for tender

The Commission makes direct financial contributions in the form of grants in support of projects or organisations which further the interests of the EU or contribute to the implementation of an EU programme or policy. Interested parties can apply by responding to calls for proposals. See Tenders Electronic Daily, TED.


Other EU

LIFE Programme - LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU, as well as in some candidate, acceding and neighbouring countries.

EuropeAid - Grants are awarded as donations to third parties that are engaged in external aid activities. Procurement procedures are launched when the Contracting Authority wants to purchase a service, goods or work in exchange for remuneration.

COST - (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) enables break-through scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributes to strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

ESF - An independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to pan-European scientific networking and collaboration, hasa key role to play in mediating between a multitude of heterogeneous research cultures and agencies. The ESF hosts an array of instruments to accommodate various types and levels of international collaboration, within Europe and beyond. ESF’s funding is provided by its member organisations.

EUREKA - The funding of individual R&D projects oriented to the market represents by far the core activity of the EUREKA network. It is the main European funding tool for large companies and research Institutes willing to do business through technology.

Eurostars - Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs*, and co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries. Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.

EMRP - The European Metrology Research Programme is a metrology-focused European programme of coordinated R&D that facilitates closer integration of national research programmes.

EPSON - Supports policy development in relation to the aim of territorial cohesion and a harmonious development of the European territory by (1) providing comparable information, evidence, analyses and scenarios on territorial dynamics and (2) revealing territorial capital and potentials for development of regions and larger territories contributing to European competitiveness, territorial cooperation and a sustainable and balanced development.

Education Programmes

CIMO is an organisation for international mobility and cooperation, providing expertise and services to clients at home and abroad. Main task is to promote international cooperation and mobility in the Finnish society with specific emphasis on education, training, working life, culture and young people.

EU Life-long Learning Programme

Erasmus for higher education in Europe for students, teaching staff and enterprises.
Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training including mobility.
Grundtvik for adult education including workshops and volunteering projects abroad.
Erasmus Mundus including European joint Masters and Doctorates and scholarships for non-European students and academics

IAESTE, The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience provides students in technical degrees (primarily Science, Engineering and the applied arts; e.g. forestry) with paid, course-related, training abroad and employers with highly skilled, highly motivated trainees, for long or short term projects. If you wish to apply for a traineeship through IAESTE, you must first contact the National Committee in your home country.


ECA - Bureu of Educational and Cultural Affairs: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations.

Organizational funding: ECA awards grants and cooperative agreements to non-profit organizations to support academic, cultural, and professional exchange programs to promote mutual understanding.

The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

The Fulbright-Schuman Programme funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of US-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions for interested American and EU citizens.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. 

Oak Foundation is a group of philanthropic organisations which has given more than 2,700 grants to not-for-profit organisations around the world. Its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and has a presence in eight other countries: Belize, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe. Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

AgreenSkills is an international incoming-outgoing mobility programme designed to increase the research potential and career prospective of inventive, promising and experienced young researchers from all disciplines to better respond to the current and future challenges in the fields of agriculture, food, nutrition, environment, animal health and veterinary public health. AgreenSkills is open to experienced young researchers holding a PhD -by mobility start date- and having a maximum of ten years research experience after Master's degree (i.e. the title giving access to PhD). Continuous submission process, 2 selection rounds per year.

DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – German Academic Exchange Service awards grants and scholarships, supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. The funding offers range from a year abroad for undergraduates to doctoral programmes, from internships to visiting lectureships, and from information gathering visits to assisting with the establishment of new universities abroad. The website of DAAD has information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as funding offered by other selected organisations.