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European funding

The European Research Area (ERA) is composed of all research and innovation activities, programmes and policies in Europe which involve a transnational perspective.

The Framework Programme contributes to the further development of ERA and its initiatives. Horizon 2020, the EU’s eighth Framework Programme for funding research and innovation, runs from 2014 to 2020 and has a total budget of just over €70 billion. Horizon 2020 is a funding programme for all types of actors involved in research and innovation and contains a number of different schemes and mechanisms. It is based on a structure of three pillars: Excellent Science; Industrial Leadership; and Societal Challenges.

Further information about Horizon 2020 and current calls can be found on the European Commission Research Participant Portal where comprehensive information about EU research can be found.

Framework Programme 9 (FP9) will be the EU’s ninth Framework Programme covering the period 2021 to 2027.  This is currently being developed as part of a broad consultation process and many stakeholder organisations have provided their feedback and early thinking on FP9. 

UKRI Councils also participate in a number of ERA-NET and ERA-NET+ programmes. This type of mechanism was introduced as part of FP6 and aims to foster collaborative working among national or regional agencies and research programmes. Agencies who wish to work together can establish an ERA-NET on a particular topic and identify a number of work packages that promote information exchange between agencies or develop joint research activities. For further information see the CORDIS website.

UKRI is a member of Science Europe, which is an association of European research funding organisations and research performing organisations, based in Brussels. Science Europe promotes the collective interests of its member organisations and supports them in their efforts to foster European research. The AHRC Executive Chair Professor Andrew Thompson was appointed to the Science Europe Governing Board in November 2017.