Calls for projects

EU programs

In order to strengthen research within the EU and increase EU competitiveness, the European Union finances numerous research and innovation initiatives via calls for projects and calls for tenders launched by the various EU Directorates and within the framework of HORIZON 2020.


From January 1st 2014, HORIZON 2020, the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation, will take over from the current FP7 programs: the European Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program and European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) programs.

Horizon 2020 is an integral part of the EU's EUROPE 2020 growth and jobs strategy, designed to create the conditions for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

HORIZON 2020 is organized around 3 priority focus areas:

Excellent Science

  • European Research Council programs (ERC)
  • Future and Emerging Technologies programs (FET)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
  • European Research Infrastructures programs

Industrial Leadership

  • Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
  • Access to risk finance
  • Innovation in SME's

Societal Challenges

  • Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
  • Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
  • Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
  • Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
  • Europe in an changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

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Intergovernmental programs

The European Science Foundation

ESF programs finance initiatives to strengthen and consolidate international collaboration and exchange in research and as well as conferences and workshops in fields chosen freely by grant applicants.

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COST programs

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. Programs finance scientific cooperation, European mobility of researchers and cooperation with the scientific communities of emerging nations.

COST focuses on nine key science and technology fields:

  • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS)
  • Food and Agriculture (FA)
  • Forests, their Products and Services (FPS)
  • Materials, Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS)
  • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST)
  • Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Transport and Urban Development (TUD)
  • Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH)

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Bilateral scientific partnerships

Hubert Curien Partnerships (PHC)

Bilateral programs supporting mobility among researchers

Qualifying regions: Europe, Asia, Africa, Near and Middle-East, Oceania.

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COFECUB program

Programs for Franco-Brazilian scientific cooperation

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ANR International Calls for Projects (French national research agency)

Cooperative scientific programs with a broad range of countries

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FSP - Fonds de Solidarité Prioritaire,  (French government solidarity fund)

Programs for Franco-Cuban scientific cooperation

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Zhang Heng program

Program for Franco-Chinese scientific cooperation

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Bernardo Houssay program

Franco-Argentine post-doctoral studies program

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ECOS South (Argentina, Chile & Uruguay) and ECOS North (Mexico, Colombia & Venezuela)

Programs for scientific cooperation with Latin America

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France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF)

Program for scientific cooperation between France and Canada

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Joint Franco-American Funds

Programs for scientific cooperation with the United States

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P2R - Network Research programs

Programs for strengthening network research initiatives

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Regional scientific partnerships

Promoting regional scientific cooperation with participating countries and regions in selected fields of research

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French government – regional and country partnerships

ARCUS – Regional Actions for University and Scientific Cooperation

To develop and strengthen international scientific cooperation between French regions and one or a group of countries identified as important strategic partners for France.

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