Open calls for funding, 2012/ 13
8th February 2013
An agreement was reached at the European Council meeting of EU heads of government on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the overall EU budget for 2014 to 2020. The agreement has implications on the likely budget for Horizon 2020, the forthcoming EU funding programme for research and innovation which is due to run over the same period.
The deal was for an MFF of €960 billion for 'commitments' (the maximum ceiling for EU spending for 2014 to 2020), which compares with the original EC proposal for €1025 billion. The agreement assigns a budget of €125 billion to the ‘Competitiveness for Growth and Jobs’ sub-heading, under which Horizon 2020 and the Erasmus for All programme for higher education will be funded.
While the Council’s Conclusions do not give exact figures for the budgets assigned to Horizon 2020 and Erasmus for All, informal figures which are circulating indicate that the Horizon 2020 budget is likely to be around €70 billion.
The Council Conclusions can be seen here.
The 2013 Work Programme represented the last calls for funding under FP7. It included 8,000 calls for proposals with an anticipated spend of 10.84 billion Euros.
- For more information, please see the EC Participant Portal.
- If you are looking for partners the EC has a Partner Service.
To help navigate the FP7 system, National Contact Points (NCPs) provide tailored information and advice relevant to certain themes, such as funding opportunities in health, ICT or transport. Please see the list of UK National Contact Points for more information.
- UKCDS is the National Contact Point for international collaboration opportunities under the Capacities funding stream within FP7. This is not a major research funding programme; this funding is designed to support mapping and networking opportunities. Contact Ian Thornton with any queries.
Current funding opportunities that enable and encourage the participation of researchers in low and middle income countries with EU researchers and research institutes (Specific International Cooperation Activities, or SICAs) in the 2013 call can be found listed here.
For more information:
- Check the UKFP7 website
- Contact the UKFP7 helpline: +44 0870 600 6080 or via email
- If you are affiliated to a UK university, you can also access information on funding opportunities through the UK Research Office in Brussels
- Check the 'find a document page' on the Cordis website
- Contact the EC's research enquiry service