Recent News on EU Research Funding

COST: Relaunch of Internet Presence

The website of the COST Association not only appears in a new, sleeker design, but also includes new features. The search for existing COST actions has been improved and success stories and statistical data on all Member States have been added. A calendar of events will keep you up to date on the activities of the COST Actions and the COST Association itself.

The upcoming deadline for COST applications is 29 November 2018.


ERASMUS+ Call for European Universities Published

The EU office of the BMBF reports: The Erasmus+ programme will support "European universities" from 2019 onwards. The aim is to strengthen European values and to promote the quality, attractiveness and competitiveness of European universities. At least three, ideally five to eight universities should form an alliance and expand their vision of an  European campus. There is funding for a period of three years; a total of 30 million Euro is available for four to six projects. Application deadline for the alliances is 28 February 2019.

The call serves as a pilot for future funding of European universities, in particular in the successor programme of ERASMUS+, which will start in 2020.

Support and advice concerning this programme is provided by the National Agency for EU University Cooperation within the DAAD.

To the ERASMUS Program Guide 2019


PRIMA Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area

The international PRIMA initiative supports research and innovation on the challenges facing the Mediterranean in terms of agri-food systems and water scarcity. It involves eleven EU Member States (Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Cyprus) and eight Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey ).

For November 2018 the second PRIMA call with the annual work plan 2019 is expected. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are expected to be January / February 2019.

A public consultation is currently under way to prepare the work plans for the upcoming calls for proposals in 2020 and 2021.

The science community and all other interested stakeholders are invited to give feedback on technical aspects of the implementation of projects within the initiative as well as on the content of upcoming calls.

PRIMA consultation AP 2020 and 2021

The International Office of the DLR Project Management Agency has been commissioned by the German BMBF with the implementation of the funding program for Germany. Specialist contacts are Dr. med. Birgit Ditgens and Birgit Wirsing (Tel: +49 228 3821-2396, E-Mail:

Website of the PRMA International Office

PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda


"Funding & Tenders Opportunities" Replaces Participant Portal

 From 1 October 2018, the Participant Portal for EU funding programs will gradually be replaced by the new "Funding & Tenders Opportunities" portal, which will become the central entry point for various EU funding programs and tenders.

To the "Funding & Tenders Opportunities" portal: here


Voucher Programme for Use of Research Infrastructure of "Human Brain Project", Particularly for Neurobiological Research

The National Contact Point Life Sciences informs: The "Human Brain Project" (HBP) offers the possibility to apply for the use of its research infrastructure via a voucher system. The infrastructure offers a range of tools, measurement equipment and devices for the simulation, modeling and analysis of data, especially in the fields of neurobiology, such as "neuromorphic computing" and "neurorobotics". Vouchers allow the use of the HBP infrastructure for six to twelve months.

Applicants from academic and industrial research and public and private institutions and hospitals who are not already involved in HBP are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 25 October 2018. More information about the application process and participation rules can be found here


ERC Publishes Final Work Programme for 2019

The European Research Council (ERC) published its final work program on 7 September 2018, providing information on the upcoming 2019 calls. The ERC's 2.02 billion Euro H2020 work program promotes excellent researchers in pioneering projects across all scientific disciplines. The well-established funding lines will be continued: Starting Grants for aspiring scientists (2-7 years after completion of PhD), Consolidator Grants for researchers (7-12 years after completion of PhD), Advanced Grants for established, active researchers and Proof of Concept for ERC Grantees who want to test the marketability of their idea. The ERC Synergy Grants promote teams of two to four promising scholars.

ERC work programme
ERC press release


EU Funding for British Institutions after Brexit

The UK Government is pledging to continue funding for all Horizon 2020 funded British institutions after Brexit until the end of the Horizon 2020 Framework Funding Programme or the termination of individual projects. The UK Research Office (UKRO), the European office of the UK Research Councils, has published a fact sheet on further EU funding for Horizon 2020 projects after Brexit. The official document can be found here.


Commission Proposal for Next EU Research Framework "Horizon Europe"

On 7 June 2018, the European Commission presented its proposal for Horizon Europe, the next framework programme for research and innovation (duration: 2021-2027). The Horizon Europe legislative package consists of a proposal for a regulation (including the Rules for Participation) and the Specific Programme. The budget proposed for the period 2021-2027 comprises EUR 100 billion (EUR 94.1 billion for Horizon Europe, supplemented by EUR 3.5 billion for the InvestEU fund and EUR 2.4 billion for Euratom).

More information here.
Information page of the European Commission: here


Experts for Evaluation of Horizon 2020 Projects

The European Commission's Research Executive Agency (REA) is currently seeking independent scientific experts and evaluators for Horizon 2020 projects.

Further information here


Publication of European Commission's Social Media Guide for Horizon 2020 Projects

The European Commission has published a guideline for the use of social media in Horizon 2020 projects. The guide contains rules for the use of social media and how to use it profitably in the dissemination and communication activities of projects.

To the Social Media Gudie for Horizon 2020 projects


New Horizon 2020 Calls 2018-2020 Announced

In October 2017, the work programme for Horizon 2020 was published by the European Commission  including the calls for the years 2018 to 2020. The budget of these calls amounts to a total of 30 billion euros. The work programme for European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilots is a new addition.

All work programs for the years 2018 to 2020 can be found here

If you are interested in any one of the calls, the staff of the EU Universy Network Saxony-Anhalt will be pleased to advise you.


Horizon 2020: New Tool for Topic-Related Partner Search on Participant Portal

The Participant Portal for Horizon 2020 now also provides a way to find partners for research projects. It is now possible to place partner searches next to individual topics and to search for possible partners for joint research projects. Potential applicants can see a list of search queries beneath the respective topic. Partner search queries can also be placed by the respective institution's Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR).


Experts Sought to Select Promising Innovators

As of autumn 2017, Horizon 2020 will support innovation projects by innovators, researchers, businesses and SMEs operating in one specific sector or technology. Various calls are are opening for proposals for breakthrough innovations that have the potential to create new markets. This will be part of a Pilot European Innovation Council (EIC). Requests for EIC funding must be evaluated by innovation experts. The best SME applicants are interviewed by a panel of reviewers. The Commission is therefore endeavoring to extend its circle of experts and experts to:

Entrepreneurs who have launched innovative companies at European or global level
Investors (including banks, venture capitalists, business angels, crowd funders, etc.)
Experts involved in the innovation ecosystem (business schools, universities, innovation centers, accelerators, etc.)



Results of Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 Published

The European Commission has published the results of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 on 30 May.

The Commission is largely positive about the current state of implementation of Horizon 2020: all Horizon 2020 objectives (including research excellence, industrial technologies, tackling societal challenges, boosting economic growth and job creation) had been achieved. The results of the interim evaluation are based on a series of Commission studies and have been complemented by a public stakeholder consultation.



Report of the Expert Group "Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (RISE)" Published

In May 2017, the report "Europe's Future: Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World. Reflections of the RISE Group "of the High Level Group RISE, the strategic advisory group of EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas, was published. The report is based on the four sub-groups of RISE, "Open Knowledge Markets", "Open Science", "Open to the World" and "Open Innovation", and addresses issues such as the economic impact of research and current framework conditions for research funding. The report should serve as a basis for further reflection and discussion between stakeholders on the development of European research policy.



Work Programme 2018-2020: "Scoping Papers" Published

/ KOWI / The European Commission has published 17 thematic "Scoping Papers" and a so-called "Strategic Programme Overarching Scoping Paper" in preparation of  the 2018-2020 work programme. "Scoping Papers", which cover all Horizon 2020 subprogrammes (except ERC), are the result of a broad consultation and discussion process, on the basis of which the European Commission will work with Member States in the coming months on the work programme for the last calls of the years 2018 to 2020. The publication of this work programme is scheduled for October 2017.



Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg Receives Funding for EU Project in Field of Photovoltaics

/ MLU / Prof. Dr. med. Roland Scheer from the Institute of Physics was able to recruit an EU-funded joint project together with 14 partners from 8 countries. Under the title "Advanced strategies for substitution of critical raw materials in photovoltaics" (Starcell), the project will start on 1 January 2017 and will run for 3 years. The total funding amounts to 4.8 million Euros. The MLU receives a share of 379,700 Euros. The Starcell project aims to develop a thin-film solar cell made up of non-toxic and available elements. A central element here is the semiconductor Cu 2 ZnSn (Se, S) 4. This Cu2ZnSn (Se, S) 4 solar cell to be developed should be brought to market as soon as possible. This requires significant material improvements and an increasing efficiency compared to conventional solar cells.



Switzerland Associated with Horizon 2020

Switzerland ratified the Protocol on the extension of the free movement of persons to Croatia on 16 December 2016, thus paving the way for association. As of 1 January 2017, Switzerland is fully associated with Horizon 2020.



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