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European Union Funding

The European Union funds research projects in a wide variety of programmes.


Tenders are mandates for research or services for the EU regularly published by the European Commission. You can search specifically for tenders on TED portal: TED home - TED Tenders Electronic Daily (

European Science Foundation (ESF)

ESF is a non-profit organization promoting science of the highest quality in Europe. Another task of the ESF is to advise the European Commission on important scientific issues. ESF offers its member organizations a platform for research, planning and networking at European and global level.

ESF supports research projects across Europe:

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) funds COST Actions. COST networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists in and beyond Europe and foster research advancements and innovation. COST works in a bottom up approach, which means that researchers can create a network – based on their own research interests and ideas. They need to submit a proposal to the COST Open Call.

COST does not fund research itself, but promotes networking activities such as working groups, meetings, workshops, short scientific exchanges, training schools, travel expenses and joint publications.

About COST | Funding research networking

The European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) leads the space research in Europe. Its task is to shape and promote the development of European space capacities in the service of the citizens of Europe and the world.

The ESA ELIPS programme is especially relevant for research actors. The aim of the program is to gain scientific knowledge in human physiology, biology, materials science and physics as well as in the fields of medicine and materials.

ESA Cosmic Vision 2021-2025 is ESA's current long-term planning for space exploration missions over the next five years.

More information: European Space Agency (

Eureka Network

Eureka is a European-international network, which currently consists of 40 states. Eureka focuses on application-oriented research and development (R&D). The network offers companies and research institutions a framework for cross-border cooperation projects. Universities and research institutions can participate in Eureka funded projects as partners.

Eureka network projects promote cooperation between organisations in Eureka countries and can be submitted on an ongoing basis, they are evaluated and funded nationally. Other funding schemes in EUREKA are Eurostars, Eureka Cluster and Eureka Innovest.

More information: Eureka | Why Eureka (

Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe programme of HaDEA promotes the spreading of artificial intelligence and the latest cybersecurity tools and other modern technologies. The aim of the programme is to drive digital transformation in the EU. The programme covers the duration of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, and has a substantial total budget of €7.5 billion.

Digital Europe Programme: A proposed €7.5 billion of funding for 2021-2027 | Shaping Europe’s digital future (

Creative Europe Programme

The new Creative Europe program is the funding program for Europe's audio-visual industry and cultural and creative industries (2021-2027). Creative Europe attaches great importance to transnational creation, innovation, mobility of artists and professionals. With its three sub-programs Culture strand, MEDIA strand and Cross-sectoral strand, Creative Europe aims to contribute to the two overarching goals:

• Preserving, developing and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity and European heritage;

• Increasing the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, especially the audio-visual sector.

Creative Europe Desk supports you with the application, arrange contacts to potential partners and support the visibility of funded projects.

More information: Creative Europe: Over €2 billion to support cultural sector (

CERV (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values) Programme

The CERV program includes the following funding priorities: gender equality, violence prevention, data protection, city partnerships and networks as well as historical awareness. In many areas of the CERV funding program, research and universities can act as project partners or initiators. Studies, analytical activities or data collection are often indispensable for a successful project, especially in the areas of gender equality and violence prevention.

The Contact Point EfBB supports you with applications and networking.

More information: First calls published for the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (

Justice Programme

The Justice Programme (2021-2027) promotes judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters (training of judges and effective access to justice for citizens and businesses in Europe).

Justice Programme has three priorities:

  • Judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters
    The objective of projects in this area is to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and to promote the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems, and the effective enforcement of decisions; they should achieve these results:
  • Judicial training
    The objective of projects in this area is to support and promote judicial training, with a view to fostering a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture, as well as the consistent and effective implementation of the Union’s legal instruments relevant to civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights, to judicial ethics and the rule of law.
  • Effective access to justice in Europe
    The objective of projects in this area is to facilitate effective and non-discriminatory access to justice for all, and effective redress, including by electronic means (e-justice), by promoting efficient civil, and criminal procedures, and by promoting and supporting the rights of all victims of crime as well as the procedural rights of suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings.

More information on Justice Programme: Funding & tenders (

Erasmus +

Erasmus + is a funding program for education, youth and sport of the European Union. Erasmus + offers mobility and cooperation opportunities in the field of higher education.

The International Office of RUB will be happy to advise you on all questions regarding exchange programs and provide important information for international students, teachers and researchers. In addition, the IO coordinates the university's international relations and is the contact point for all questions on internationalisation of teaching, research and administration.

Erasmus Cooperations at RUB:

More information: Startseite - Erasmus+ (

EU4Health Programme

The EU4Health program is implemented through annual work programs that provide support under four thematic areas.

  • Crisis preparedness
  • Health promotion & disease prevention
  • Health systems & healthcare workforce
  • Digital

The program funds cooperation projects between organizations from EU countries or non-EU countries associated to the program.

Please consult the EU4Health NCP in case of questions regarding the proposal submission.

LIFE Programme

The LIFE programme is the EU funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

LIFE is structured in two fields (Environment and Climate Action) and four sub-programmes:

  • Environment field:
    • Nature and Biodiversity
    • Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Climate Action field:
    • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
    • Clean Energy Transition

Calls for proposals can be found here. Please consult the National Contact Point Klima, Energie und Mobilität in case of questions regarding the proposal submission.

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