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What is Funded?

Funding opportunities depend on what programme in Horizon 2020 you will be applying for. Here you can read more about the specific opportunities.

Opportunites in the 'Societal Challenges and Industrial leadership', 'The European Research Council (ERC)' and 'Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions' are detailed below:

Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership

Under this programme, you can apply for funding for the following four types of projects:

  1. Research and Innovation Actions
  2. Innovation Actions
  3. Coordination and Support Actions
  4. SME instrument

The list below covers the eligible participants as well as the EU funding.

Project TypeEligible ParticantsEU Funding

Research and Innovation Actions: The projects vary in scope and duration, from small projects with a duration of two to three years to large 
integrated, multi-disciplinary projects.

Consortia of partners from minimum three different countries and sectors.

100% of all direct project-related costs

25% co-financing of indirect costs (overhead). 

Innovation Actions: Projects with special focus on activities closer to the market e.g. prototyping, testing and demonstration. Consortia of partners from minimum three different countries and sectors.

70% of all direct project-related costs 

25% co-financing of indirect costs (overhead).  

For non-profit institutions/organisations, the rate is 100%
co-financing of the project costs

Coordination and Support Actions: Projects that promote sharing of knowledge and experience.

At least one legal entity ( institution, company or similar) or a consortium of partners from different countries and sectors.

100% of all direct project-related costs

25% co-financing of indirect costs (overhead).

SME instrument: Projects with the participation 
of one or more small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

One SME or consortia of SMEs from EU Member States or associated countries.

Phase 1: Up to 50,000 euro for feasibility study  

Phase 2: 0.5-2.5 million euro for research, development and demonstration

Phase 3: Free councelling 

The European Research Council (ERC)

Under the European Research Council (ERC), researchers can apply for the following four types of grants:

  1. Starting Grant
  2. Consolidator Grant
  3. Advanced Grant
  4. Synergy Grant
  5. Proof of Concept.

The list below covers duration and EU funding for the different types of grants.  

Type of GrantDurationEU Funding
Starting Grant Up to 5 years Up to 1,5 million euro
Consolidator Grant Up to 5 years Up to 2 million euro
Advanced Grant Up to 5 years Up to 2,5 million euro
Synergy Grant Up to 6 years Up to 10 million euro
Proof of Concept Up to 1.5 years Up to 150,000 euro

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Under the Research Mobility and Education programme, also known as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, you can apply for funding for the following project types:

  1. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
  2. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)
  3. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND)
  4. European Researchers' Night (NIGHT)
  5. Transnational Cooperation Among Marie Sklodowska-Curie National Contact Points (NCPs)
  6. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).  

The list below covers duration of the different project types as well as the number of researcher months for the grants. 

Project TypeDurationResearcher Months
Joint research training and/or PhD programmes across countries.
48 months 3-36 months
Training and international, intersectoral mobility for experienced researchers.
12-36 months 12-36 months
COFUND Development of new or existing, regional and national programmes to include international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training and transnational and intersectoral mobility. 36-60 months Minimum 3 months
NIGHT Implementation of the event 'European Researchers' Night' on dissemination of research and innovation. 24 months According to the rates for "Coordination and Support Actions"
Activities that strengthen the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions.
36 months According to the rates for "Coordination and Support Actions"
Staff exchange and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice versa) via international and intersectoral collaboration.
48 months 1-12 months
last modified Jul 21, 2020