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Funding provided by the European Union

The European Commission provides a variety of funding opportunities in nearly all European policy areas. Besides Horizon 2020, most Directorates-General like Education and Culture, Health and Food Safety, Justice and Consumers and Structural development offer funding opportunities regarding research projects and contract research to support their policy domains.

An overview on EU funding is below:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Nearly €75 billion of funding are available over 7 years (2014-2020). Horizon 2020 is mainly structured of three pillars “Excellent Science”, “Industrial Leadership” and “Societal Challenges”. The focus is on large collaborative projects on predefined topics (top-down) as well as excellent individual projects (bottom-up). Details Horizon 2020 can be found on the websites of the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education (in German only) and the KoWi.

Open calls are published on the Participant Portal of the European Commission. There´s also a full text search, for open calls in Horizon 2020:

Data of the University of Bremen for electronical proposal submission

PIC (Participant Identity Code):


Organisation Short Name:



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Cost (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) provides funding for establishing European research networks. The programme funds, for example, workshop series, conferences and publications but not research projects. Applicants can either join existing COST actions or apply for a new action. A network must be supported by at least seven member states. Here´s an overview of COST actions.

The National Contact Point for Cost offers detailed information (in German only).


The INTERREG programmes are financed by European structural funds and support cooperation between different European regions via cross-border partnerships (INTERREG A), transnational partnerships (INTERREG B) and interregional partnerships (INTERREG EUROPE). The University of Bremen can participate in the Interreg B-programmes Baltic Sea Region und North Sea Region and in INTERREG EUROPE.

Important to know: Interreg projects are funded pro-rata with 50 – 75% of the proven costs. In consequence, the applying institution has to fund part of the project with own ressources. If you plan your budget, please contact us in time.


ERA-NET funds and coordination collaborations between national and regional funding organisations or agencies (ministries, DFG, project management organisations). More information is available on the National Contact Point´s website (in German only).