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EU Funding Opportunities


EU money

The UK Higher Education International Unit issues a monthly bulletin on Higher Education funding which features the latest information on funding under a wide range of EU programmes with details on opportunities for UK HEIs and case studies of successful projects. Engaging with these funding sources can enhance the reputation of your institution, foster institutional partnerships and encourage international staff and student recruitment. Engaging with these funding sources can also be a step to accessing larger scale European funding opportunities. You can subscribe to the bulletin by emailing EUFunding@international.ac.ukwith your name, Institution and email address.

The latest EU Funding Bulletin is available here.

Background

In addition to its main research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, the European Commission offers a suite of programmes that support transnational collaboration in a wide range of activities including research, curriculum development and community and business engagement. 

For the period 2014 - 2020, the following programmes will be of interest to UK HEIs:-

  • Asylum and Migration Fund*
  • COSME - Programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs
  • Creative Europe Programme
  • EaSI - Employment and Social Innovation Programme
  • Erasmus+ Programme
  • Europe for Citizens Programme*
  • Health for Growth Programme*
  • Internal Security Fund*
  • Justice Programme
  • LIFE - Programme for Environment and Climate Action

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme

A brief summary of each programme is provided below, with links to further information from the European Commission or its agents.  Please note that some of the programmes (those marked *) are subject to formal approval by the relevant EU authorities, so information presented here may be subject to change once formal agreements have been reached.

Asylum and Migration Fund*

The Fund's general objective is 'to contribute to an effective management of migration flows in the Union as part of the area of freedom, security and justice, in accordance with the common policy on asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection and the common immigration policy'.

HEIs will be most interested in the opportunities to deliver transnational projects, especially in the sphere of supporting integration.  Possible activities include, for instance, research; analysis; evaluation; policy formulation; capacity building; and development and delivery of training.

The Fund will be managed by the DG for Home Affairs through a series of annual work programmes that will establish priorities for support and timetables for annual calls for proposals.

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

COSME - Programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs

COSME aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of EU enterprises; to encourage entrepreneurial culture and promote the creation and growth of SMEs.

The Programme's specific objectives are to:-

  • Improve access to finance for SMEs;
  • Improve access to markets, particularly inside the union but also at global level;
  • Improve framework conditions for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises, particularly SMEs, including in the tourism sector ;
  • Promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture.

UK Institutions may be interested, in particular, in opportunities to:-

  • undertake research, studies and analysis, especially with regard to actions to improve framework conditions
  • develop and deliver entrepreneurship education and training programmes etc. within actions to promote entrepreneurship; and
  • participate in consortia forming part of the Enterprise Europe Networks, in particular, to deliver activities concerned with innovation and technology transfer.

Managed by the DG for Enterprise and Industry, funds will be allocated according to priorities set in annual work programmes through calls for proposals and tenders.

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Creative Europe Programme

Creative Europe is the EU's new framework programme for the cultural and creative sectors. 

It is comprised of 3 strands, supporting the following activities:-

Culture strand - support for transnational cooperation to develop capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and internationally and to support the circulation of creatives and their works; networks and platforms; and literary translation;

MEDIA strand - providing support for the audiovisual sector through training and development support; resources for distribution; and audience development;

Cross-sectoral strand - providing a guarantee fund for creative enterprises; support for cross-sectoral pilot projects and cultural prizes and European kite marks.

Creative Europe is the responsibility of the DG for Education and Culture.  It is managed on behalf of the Commission by the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA).  The Programme is driven by a series of annual work programmes that will establish priorities and timetables for annual calls for proposals. 

Further information can be obtained from HERE  

 

EaSI - Employment and Social Innovation Programme

EaSI aims to support employment, social policy and labour mobility across the EU.  It is concerned particularly with:-

  • Promoting a high level of quality and sustainable employment;
  • Guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection and combating social exclusion and poverty;
  • Improving working conditions.

Funding will be made available to test out ideas for reform on the ground; to evaluate them and develop the best ideas for replication across Member States. 

EaSI is managed by the DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.  Funds will be allocated through calls for proposals and tenders tied to annual work programmes.  HEIs will be interested in opportunities to undertake the following activities:-

Analytical activities:-

  • Gathering data and statistics; development of common methodologies, classifications, indicators;
  • Surveys, studies, analyses, reports, expert networks;
  • Evaluation and impact assessments;
  • Monitoring/assessment of implementation of EU law;
  • Preparation & delivery of social experimentation to test and evaluate innovative solutions
  • Dissemination of results of these analytical activities.

Mutual learning, awareness & dissemination:-

  • Exchanges & dissemination of good practice, innovative approaches & experience, peer reviews, benchmarking and mutual learning at European level;
  • Training of legal/policy practitioners/EURES advisers;
  • Drafting and publication of guides, reports & educational material

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ replaces the Lifelong Learning Programme and six other transnational Programmes (Youth in Action; Erasmus Mundus; TEMPUS; ALFA; Edulink; and Bilateral education cooperation programmes with industrialised countries (ICI-ECP).  With a budget of €14.7 billion for the period 2014 - 2020 this new programme will support transnational cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ has three key actions and two separate specific actions, as follows:-

  • Key Action 1 -  Mobility of individuals (support for student and staff mobility, including Joint Masters Degrees)
  • Key Action 2 -  Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (support for transnational cooperation)
  • Key Action 3 -  Support for policy reforms (a range of measures to support the development of innovation in education, training and youth)
  • Jean Monnet Activities -  Support for European integration studies
  • Sport  -  Actions in the field of sport (a range of support for grassroots sport)

The European Commission has ultimate responsibility for the management of the Programme.  Some elements are delivered at EU level by the Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), known as centralised actions.  Others, known as decentralised actions, are the responsibility of National Agencies appointed in each Member State.  In the UK, the British Council and Ecorys jointly form the National Agency.

There will be an annual call for the main actions of the Programme.  For Key Action 3 - Support for Policy Reform, some of activities to be supported will be the subject of specific calls for tender rather than open calls for proposals.  Such tender opportunities will be included in annual work programmes.

All UK HEIs wishing to participate in Erasmus+ must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.  The call for proposals for the Charter will be held annually. 

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Europe for Citizens Programme*

The programme aims to 'strengthen remembrance and enhance capacity for civic participation at Union level'.  It will support a range of activities aimed at promoting European citizenship and understanding of the Union, its history and diversity. 

It will support citizens' organisations to develop capacity to engage people in EU democratic life, to:-

  • Stimulate debate, reflection and cooperation on remembrance, Union integration and history;
  • Develop citizens' understanding and capacity to participate in the union policy making process & develop opportunities for solidarity, engagement & volunteering.

The programme will be delivered by the Commission's Education and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA).  There will be an established timetable for an annual call for proposals that will include all of the main actions of the Programme.  Funding will be awarded in the form of 'action grants' to specific projects or as 'operating grants' contributing to the running costs of an organisation.

The Programme may be of particular interest to Institutions that specialise in European studies and related subjects.  It offers some opportunities for action grants for research and related activities and funding is available to support the operating costs of relevant think tanks. 

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Health for Growth Programme*

The Health for Growth Programme focuses on the links between economic growth and health, and will concentrate on finding and applying innovative solutions to improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of health systems.  It supports actions aimed at developing human capital and exchanging good practices in the following areas:-

  • Contributing to innovative and sustainable health systems;
  • Increasing access to better and safer healthcare;
  • Promoting good health and preventing disease;
  • Protecting citizens from cross border health threats.

The Programme is managed by the DG for Health and Consumers and is delivered according to priorities set out in annual work programmes;  calls for proposals will be made on an annual basis.

HEIs will be most interested in the opportunities available to apply for grants for joint projects and public procurement tenders.  The Programme will offer opportunities for HEI involvement in activities aimed at increasing the uptake of results from FP7 research (and its successor Programme Horizon 2020); to participate in expert networks; to undertake research and analysis; and in providing some training and staff development for health workers.

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Internal Security Fund*

The Fund's general objective is to contribute to ensuring a high level of security in the EU.  Specific objectives are to support a common visa policy to facilitate legitimate travel, ensure equal treatment of third country nationals and tackle irregular migration; and to support border management to ensure, a high level of protection of external borders and the smooth crossing of citizens.

The Fund offers support in the form of action grants for transnational projects for research and analysis; policy evaluation; development of statistical tools, methods and common indicators; networking; mutual learning; exchange of information and identification and dissemination of best practices.  It will also support innovative projects that aim to develop new methods or technologies, especially testing and validating outcomes of EU funded security research, thus closing the gap between research supported by FP7 (and its successor Horizon 2020) and implementation. 

The Fund is managed by the DG for Home Affairs.  It will be delivered through a series of annual work programmes that will set annual priorities for action grants and will establish timetables for calls for proposals.

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Justice Programme

Through support for training, awareness raising, networks and transnational cooperation, the programme aims to:-

  • promote effective, comprehensive and consistent application of Union legislation in the areas of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters;
  • foster access to justice; and
  • prevent and reduce drug demand and supply.

The Programme is managed by the DG for Justice and is delivered through a series of annual work programmes that will determine annual priorities and timetables for calls for proposals.  Funding will be made available in the form of action grants to transnational and national projects designed to deliver:-

  • analytical activities, studies, research etc
  • training for members of the judiciary and judicial staff
  • mutual learning, cooperation, awareness raising and dissemination activities
  • support for judicial authorities in Member States to implement EU law and policies; support for key European networks

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

LIFE - Programme for Environment and Climate Action

LIFE aims to act as a catalyst for change in policy development and implementation by:-

  • providing and disseminating solutions and best practices to achieve environmental and climate goals;  and
  • promoting innovative environmental and climate change technologies. 

LIFE has two sub-programmes:  one for Environment and one for Climate Action. 

Environment Sub-programme - Priorities are:-

  • Environment and Resource Efficiency
  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Governance and Information

Climate Action sub-programme - Priorities are:-

  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Climate Governance and Information

LIFE is managed by the DG for the Environment.  Its actions will be delivered according to multiannual work programmes, negotiated between the Commission and Member States for which each Member State will receive an allocation of resources.  There will be an annual call for proposals for action grants.  HEIs will be interested in opportunities to apply for action grants which will support the delivery of the following types of projects:-

  • Pilot projects
  • Demonstration projects
  • Best practice projects
  • Integrated projects  - projects on a large territorial scale, primarily in the areas of nature, water, waste, air and climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Preparatory projects
  • Information, awareness and dissemination projects

Projects do not have to be transnational, although there is a requirement for the Programme to allocate 15% of resources to transnational projects so there may be a preference for transnational projects in selection.

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme

The programme is concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights in the EU.  It replaces three former programmes: - DAPHNE; Fundamental Rights and Justice; and 'antidiscrimination and diversity' and 'gender equality' elements of the Progress Programme.

The programme is managed by the DG for Justice and will be delivered through a series of annual work programmes that will determine annual priorities and establish timetables for calls for proposals.  Funding will be made available in the form of action grants to support the delivery of relevant transnational and national projects.

Areas of activity include:-

  • Enhancing public awareness and knowledge of Union law and policies;
  • Supporting the implementation of Union law and policies in Member States;
  • Promoting transnational cooperation and building up of mutual knowledge and trust among stakeholders;
  • Improving knowledge and understanding of potential issues affecting the exercise of rights and principles guaranteed by the Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and secondary Union legislation with a view to ensuring evidence based policy making and legislation.

HEIs are eligible to participate.  In practical terms, activities that might be undertaken include:- analytical activities, such as data collection, studies, research, evaluations and impact assessments; elaboration and publication of guides, reports and educational material; training activities, such as workshops, seminars, train-the-trainers events and the development of online/other training modules; mutual learning, cooperation, awareness raising and dissemination activities; and expert networks.

Further information can be obtained from HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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