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EU Funding: Horizon 2020

In addition to the funding that is available to researchers from UK based funding bodies, the European Commission offers numerous grant schemes for both individual researchers and research teams across Europe.

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s main funding programme for research and innovation with €79 billion euros of funding available from 2014 to 2020.

There are opportunities for individual researchers and groups of researchers to apply for funding in different areas of the Horizon 2020 programme depending on the type of funding you are looking for, on the size of the planned project, whether it is basic or applied research or whether someone is interested in moving to another country.

Opportunities include:

  • Marie Curie Fellowships - individual mobility research grant schemes for experienced researchers;
  • European Research Council (ERC) funding - supporting investigator-driven frontier research across all fields;
  • Collaborative research and innovation - funding for projects that address major concerns shared by all Europeans.

Faculty support

We support EU funding applicants from the concept of the proposal idea through to submission.

Our research support team is responsible for advising on all ERC funded research bids and awards within the Faculty. We provide briefings, training sessions and workshops on EU funding opportunities for researchers, and can help with the legal and compliance aspects of awards.

Support includes:

  • advice on CV and eligibility;
  • ideas sessions where you can present your proposal idea to people who sit on ERC Panels/have EU funding experience;
  • 1-2-1 sessions with panel members and current award holders;
  • mock interview practice should you get shortlisted for interview.

If you have any questions about Horizon 2020 and EU funding please contact the Faculty EU Funding and Development Manager, Claire Faichnie at