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What is Funded?

Funding opportunities depend on what programme in Horizon Europe you will be applying for and your project type. Read more about the specific opportunities below.

Project types under 'Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness' and the European Innovation Council

These programmes provide funding for the following project types:

  • Research and Innovation Action (RIA)
  • Innovation Action (IA)
  • Coordination and Support Action (CSA)

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

Project Type Eligible Participants EU Funding

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

Consortia of partners from minimum three different EU member states and associated countries.

The EU funds 100% of all direct project-related costs.

Furtheremore, the EU funds 25% of the indirect costs (overhead). 

Innovation Projects
Projects with a special focus on activities closer to the market e.g. prototyping, testing and demonstration.

Consortia of partners from minimum three different EU member states and associated countries.

The EU funds 70% of all direct project-related costs 

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

Furthermore, the EU funds 25% of the indirect costs (overhead).  

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

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

The EU funds 100% of all direct project-related costs

Furthermore, the EU funds 25% of the indirect costs (overhead).

Mini EU projects / cascade funding

Cascade funding finances mini EU projects with a defined problem and limited duration. The funding comes from a larger EU project, where the European Commission requires that a part of the grant must go to new calls. Through the  these calls the main project channels funds to many mini EU projects. The main project is a RIA, IA or CSA project. The financing is also known as Financial Support to third parties (FSTP).

Project Type  Participants EU Funding Duration
Mini EU project Small and medium-sized companies and organizations without or limited experience with Horizon funding. In principle, everyone can apply. Typical between 10.000 and 200.000 euro Typical between 6 and 18 months

Project types under the European Research Council

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

  1. Starting Grant
  2. Consolidator Grant
  3. Advanced Grant
  4. Synergy Grant
  5. Proof of Concept (only researchers who have already received an ERC grant are eligible to apply for an ERC Proof of Concept grant).

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

Type of Grant Duration EU Funding
Starting Grant Up to 5 years Up to EUR 1,.5 million
Consolidator Grant Up to 5 years Up to EUR 2 million
Advanced Grant Up to 5 years Up to EUR 2,5 million
Synergy Grant Up to 6 years Up to EUR 10 million
Proof of Concept  Up to 1.5 years Up to EUR 150,000

Project types under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Under Marie Skłodowska-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. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).  
  6. Special Needs Lump Sum Allowance (SNLS).

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

Project Type Duration Researcher 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 12-26 months
Development of new or existing, regional and national programmes to include international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training as well as transnational and intersectoral mobility.
36-60 months Minimum 3 months
Implementation of the event 'European Researchers' Night' on dissemination of research and innovation.
24 months 1-12 months

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

Special Needs Lump Sum Allowance (SNLS)
Only applicants, who are beneficiaries of an ongoing grant (ITN, IF, RISE or COFUND) that covers the costs entailed by recruited or seconded researchers/staff members with disabilities, are eligible.

Applicants can apply for up to EUR 60,000 for the entire project period.

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last modified November 30, 2023