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  1. The New EU Framework Research Programme "Horizon 2020"
  2. The 7th EU Framework Research Programme
  3. Further EU Funding Programmes (in Addition to the 7th Framework Research Programme)
  4. Main Information Sources
  5. Further Information

The New EU Framework Research Programme "Horizon 2020"

The new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” will start on January 1st, 2014, will run for seven years and is endowed with a budget of approx. 70 billion Euros. The programme owes its name to the EU growth strategy “Europe 2020” to which it should contribute. Horizon 2020 for the first time merges the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), the European Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The various funding measures for research and innovation are subdivided into three pillars:

I. Excellent Science

The first pillar – Excellent Research – encompasses the ERC grants, the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MCSA) as well as the funding of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).

II. Industrial Leadership

In the second pillar – Industrial Leadership – research and development measures in key technologies (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, LEIT), access to risk finance, and support of innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) are funded.

III. Societal Challenges

The third pillar – Societal Challenges – funds collaborative projects in the seven thematic areas Health, Food, Energy, Transport, Climate, Science and Security.

Activities in the areas of “Widening Participation”, “Science with and for Society”, “Joint Research Center” (JRC) and the EIT form separate programmes beyond the three pillars in “Horizon 2020”.

For further information on "Horizon 2020" see the following websites:

General Information on the 7th EU Framework Research Programme

The EU Framework Research Programme (FRP) is the world's largest funding programme for research projects, with a duration of several years in each case. The current framework research programme (FP7) will run from 2007 to 2013 with a total funding volume of EUR 54.4 billion.

FP7 is divided into four specific programmes:

Collaborative Research

I. Cooperation (32.4 bn €)

The specific Cooperation programme is the main pillar of FP7 and funds cross-border collaborative projects between universities, industry and research centers. The research themes are defined as:

1. Health
2. Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
3. Information and Communication Technologies
4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies
5. Energy
6. Environment (including Climate Change)
7. Transport (including Aeronautics)
8. Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
9. Space
10. Security

Go to the specific Cooperation programme at the European Commission's Cordis website

II. Capacities (4.1 bn €)

The specific Capacities programme serves to improve framework conditions for research and innovation within Europe. It ensures that optimum use is made of areas including research infrastructure and research in collaboration with SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) by providing targeted funding. 

Go to the specific Capacities programme at the European Commission's Cordis website

The Research Funding Office provides information about current bids in the field of collaborative research and offers assistance in preparing applications.


Individual Funding

In contrast to collaborative research, the two European individual research funding programmes are structured along "bottom-up" principles. Research themes are not pre-specified, but are defined in applications for individual research projects.

III. Ideas (7,5 bn €)

A new addition to FP7, this programme is aimed at funding top research academics working – or intending to work – at a European research institution. The research council for this programme, European Research Council (ERC), focuses on funding innovative fundamental research. The ERC offers two funding programmes: the ERC Starting Grant, to support academic independence for outstanding researchers 2-8 years after gaining their doctorate, and the ERC Advanced Grant for outstanding established researchers with ambitious research projects.

Go to the European Research Council website

IV. People (4.7 bn €)

The Marie Curie Actions scheme provides support for the careers of young academics by assisting mobility. In addition to individual mobility support via Intra-European Fellowships, Incoming Fellowships (from non-European countries) and Outgoing Fellowships (to non-European countries), the scheme offers Training Networks. Early Stage Training Networks provide structured funding for graduate students within an international network with the participation of industry organizations. Industry-Academia Partnerships support the exchange of researchers between industry and academia.

Go to the Marie Curie Actions at the European Commission website

The Research Funding Office offers in-depth personal advice on applying for individual European research funding (ERC grants and Marie Curie fellowships). This service can be extended to external applicants who already have academic contact with an institute of LMU Munich and for whom LMU Munich will serve as a guest institution.

General Information on Further EU Funding Programmes (in Addition to the 7th Framework Research Programme)

Main Information Sources


CORDIS is the research and development information service of the European Commission and reports on the latest events in the fields of science, research and development. It is the official information office for tenders under the 7th Framework Research Programme (FP7).

Go to the CORDIS website


European Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations (KoWi)

A DFG-funded research support instutution, KoWi assists researchers in Germany in gaining admission to the EU Framework Research Programme. It provides German centres of higher education with strategic consulting services to effectively combine the potential of national and European funding sources.

Go to the KoWi website

Further Information

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