Who can apply for funding?
The calls within the current framework programme, Horizon 2020, are aimed at many different types of applicant: individual researchers, higher education institutions, companies, research institutes, local government, public authorities, national research funding bodies, etc.
Of the close to 80 billion EUR provided by the framework programme, some 30 billion EUR is still available for 2018–2020.
All relevant calls can be found on the EU Commission's Participant Portal
How the framework programme is structured
There are three main focal points for the framework programme: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. These in turn are divided into a number of subsidiary areas.
Under Excellent Science, researchers can apply for funding for groundbreaking research, for research infrastructure and for research in another country.
This focal point is divided into four subareas
- European Research Council, ERC
- Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, MSCA
- Future and Emerging Technologies, FET
- Research infrastructure
Have a look at the bottom of this page to find out more about the subsidiary areas and the funding that you can apply for as a researcher.
This focus area looks at the major societal challenges facing the EU and the rest of the world. Researchers in this field can apply for funding for interdisciplinary research and innovation cooperations, among other things.
The total Horizon 2020 budget is just over 77 billion EUR. Some 40 billion EUR is still available for 2018–2020.
The societal challenges identified are
- Health, demographic changes and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Smart, green and integrated transport
- Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
- Secure societies – protecting freedom and security for Europe and its citizens
The European Research Council (ERC) provides extensive and long-term funding towards cutting-edge research in all scientific fields.
The total Horizon 2020 budget for ERC is just over 13 billion EUR. Some 7 billion EUR is still available for 2018–2020.
The Swedish Research Council's job is to provide information about the ERC’s calls and to support researchers on issues relating to the ERC.
Forms of grant within the ERC
ERC Starting Grant is aimed at junior researchers (2–7 years after completing a doctorate) who are ready to start independent research. Grant amount: up to 1.5 million EUR for a period of maximum five years.
ERC Consolidator Grantis for anyone who has recently started a research team and wishes to reinforce their role as a research director (7–12 years after completing a doctorate). Grant amount: up to 2 million EUR for a period of maximum five years.
ERC Advanced Grant is aimed at established, world-class researchers with significant research activities over the past decade. Grant amount: up to 2.5 million EUR for a period of maximum five years.
ERC Proof of Concept is aimed at researchers who have already been granted ERC funding and who wish to examine the potential for innovation in their ERC-funded projects. Grant amount: up to 150 000 EUR for a period of up to 18 months.
ERC Synergy Grant is aimed at small groups of very prominent researchers who wish to work together on a joint research project. Grant amount: up to 10 million EUR for a period of up to six years.
More information about the various forms of ERC funding
In this field, researchers can apply for funding in order to work in another country or in the private sector for a period.
Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) is aimed at researchers at all career stages and in all disciplines, but it is also aimed at companies, universities, research institutes, the public sector and research infrastructure. Its aim is to promote researcher mobility between countries and fields.
In the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) field, you can apply for funding for joint projects that may lead to completely new technology by combining advanced interdisciplinary research and groundbreaking engineering skills.
In the research infrastructure field, researchers and infrastructure organisations can apply for funding for various research infrastructure types – facilities, laboratories, databases and registers.