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Research funding by the EU takes place within the framework of the Horizon Europe research programme. This has a duration of 2021-2027 and is structured in the three pillars of Scientific Excellence, Global Challenges and Innovative Europe as well as the fourth block to strengthen the European Research Area (see Figure 1).

  • European Research Council (ERC): Individual grants for excellent scientists and their teams with groundbreaking open-topic research projects.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): Individual grants and grants for collaborative networks, increasing the transnational and intersectoral mobility and career development of young researchers
  • Thematic Clusters: Research cooperation in European collaborative projects on specific calls.
  • European Innovation Council (EIC): Research and development of breakthrough innovations with market-changing impacts.

For more information on these programmes or on other EU funding opportunities outside Horizon Europe, and for advice from the Research Support Office, please see below or contact the Research Support Office directly.

European Research Council (ERC)Hide

The ERC funds groundbreaking, excellent research projects in various funding lines depending on the career stage. Funding is available for researchers from all disciplines. The decisive evaluation criterion is the scientific excellence of the submitted open-topic research project and the applicant. An application is possible in the following five funding lines:

  • Starting Grants for researchers 2 - 7 years after PhD, with up to 1.5 million Euros over a maximum of five years
  • Consolidator Grants for researchers 7 - 12 years after Phd, with up to 2 million Euros over a maximum of five years
  • Advanced Grants for experienced researchers with up to 2.5 million Euros over a maximum of five years
  • Synergy Grants for groups of 2 to 4 researchers and their teams with up to 10 million Euros over a maximum of six years
  • Proof of Concept for translating ERC project results into innovations

You will find further information directly on the webpage of the European Research Council, at the National Contact Point (NCP) ERC or the Research Support of UBT.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)Hide

Promoting the mobility of researchers is the main focus of MSCA. As a general rule, a research stay in a country is only possible if the funded person has not resided and/or worked in that country for more than twelve months in the last three years prior to the submission of the proposal (Postdoctoral Fellowships) or prior to recruitment (Doctoral Networks, COFUND). The following funding lines exist under the MSCA:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) for individual research stays of excellent postdocs within and outside Europe up to eight years after PhD.
  • Doctoral Networks (DN) to establish European networks of institutions for the structured training of early career researchers
  • Staff Exchanges (SE) promotes the international transfer of knowledge between institutions through staff exchanges.

You will find further information directly on the webpage of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, at the  National Contact Point (NCP) MSCA ot the Research Support of UBT.

Thematic ClustersHide

In the second pillar of Horizon Europe, the European Commission (EC) funds research consortia that work on specific calls which have very concrete objectives. The consortium must consist of at least three institutions from three EU member states or associated countries. In addition to scientific excellence, impact and implementation are also evaluation criteria in the selection of research projects:

Each cluster has its own work programme. The work programme publishes all calls for proposals that will come up over the next 2 years.

Participation in collaborative projects can take place as a coordinator or as a project partner. For further information and the work programmes, in addition to the EC pages and the respective NCPs, please contact the Research Support of UBT.

European Innovation Council (EIC)Hide

The further development of results from fundamental research towards possible exploitation is subject of the EIC. EIC aims at market-creating innovations that pave the way for radically new, groundbreaking products, services, processes and business models. Several funding lines are available for researchers at universities:

  • EIC Pathfinder Open for thematically open collaborative projects with at least three partners from three different member states or associated countries in scope of approx. 3 million Euros.
  • EIC Pathfinder Challenges for individual or collaborative projects on thematic topics within regular calls, amounting to approx. 4 million Euros.
  • EIC Transition for individual or collaborative projects that further develop promising EIC Pathfinder projects or ERC projects to proof of concept. Funding here is approx. 2.5 million Euros per project.

For more information, please visit the webpage of the EIC, the National Contact Points or the Research Support of UBT.

Other EU funding programmesHide
  • COST funds the networking of scientific and technological research activities in Europe. COST webpage of the EU and the German Contact Point.
  • EUREKA funds applied research projects in Europe. International EUREKA-Webpage and of the German Support Office.
  • INTERREG funds cross-border cooperation between regions and cities. The projects often contain applied research content. INTERREG-Webseite of EU as well as the relevant Federal Ministery.
  • The European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus) also supports numerous federal and state projects. There are projects with research activities for universities as well. The respective programmes are designed by the federal and state ministries and according to their specifications. The situation is similar with topic-specific ERA-Net-Initiatives. 

The staff of the Research Support Office at the UBT are always available to answer your questions and support you throughout the application process. The primary contact person for EU funding programmes is Dr. Immanuel Zitzmann. In addition to the Reserach Support Office, the services of the Network of National Contact Points (NCP) and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KOWi) are also available to you. Furthermore, Bavarian universities are supported by the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) during the application process for EU-funded programmes. The UBT Research Support Office will be happy to establish the relevant contacts.

Applications for most EU funding programmes are submitted via the EC's Funding & Tender Portal. A Participant Identification Code (PIC) of the submitting institution is required to prepare a proposal here. The PIC of the University of Bayreuth is: 999 84 99 08.

Webmaster: Dr. Immanuel Zitzmann

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