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European Research Funding

The University accesses a variety of European Research Funding mainly via the European Union's Framework Programme. The current programme for research and development is Framework Programme 7 (FP7: 2007-2013).  It is worth noting that universities are uniquely placed to assess funding (research, training, studies etc) across many of the European Commission's Directorates-General.

Below is a list of different funding areas:

In addition to the Framework Programme and European Structural Funds, there are several other sources of European research funding that colleagues at Cardiff University have successfully accessed. These include grants from various Directorate-Generals of the European Commission, Leonardo da Vinci, EuropeAid, ENISA and INTAS (currently not operative). Click on the link below to see examples of funded projects.


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union2, a Europe 20203 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development4, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP5) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT6).

 The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:

◦Strengthen the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 598 million. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including an increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research Council (ERC7).
◦Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation € 17 938 million. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
◦Provide € 31 748 million to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.

 Horizon 2020 web page:

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