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European Funding

This section provides information on European funding opportunities, including Horizon Europe, the EU's flagship Research & Innovation Funding Programme

European funds for research and innovation activities are distributed between several interlinked EU programmes. For the current period (2021-27), several programmes are available, many of which can be found under the European Commission Funding and Tenders opportunities.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe Funding Guide

The flagship EU funding programme is Horizon Europe. This is the main EU funding programme, with nearly €95.5 billion of funding available for research and innovation from 2021 to 2027. There are numerous opportunities for individual researchers and groups of researchers to apply for funding in different areas of the Horizon Europe programme. These opportunities include:

  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships – mobility research grant schemes, for researchers at all career stages interested in moving from one country to another
  • European Research Council (ERC) – investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, for people with visionary ideas
  • Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness – collaborative research and innovation projects that address major concerns of Europe’s citizens
  • European Innovation Council – collaborative development of technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses

See the Horizon Europe Funding Guide for further information on the schemes available, and for guidance on participating in Horizon Europe.

Other EU Funding

Several other European funding programmes are listed under the European Commission Funding and Tenders listing. Significant schemes for UL include:

  • Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) fund projects in key EU priority areas. The programmes are managed by the European Commission, but the research is funded by the relevant member states
  • ERA-NETs – Collaborating regional and national funding bodies (co-financed by the European Commission) launch and manage calls for proposals. Ireland is involved in over 100 ERA-NET networks. Information on all ERA-NETs can be found at the ERA Learn website
  • Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) actions fund networking activities, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination activities. The scheme supports any science and technology field
  • The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) integrates education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation. It uses Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) to launch and manage funding calls for member organisations.
  • DG direct actions