Below is a list of the most important European grants and funds for financing academic research. This list is by no means complete. For more information about these and other grant programmes, please contact the faculty grant office.
European Commission: Seventh Framework Programme
With the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, the European Commission has challenged the academic community and industry to find solutions to important European issues such as the environment, aging, sustainable energy and public health. FP7 will run from 2007 to 2013 and has a budget of more than 50.5 billion euros for four specific programmes:
Thematic grants such as Health, Food, ICT, Environment and Socio-economic sciences and Humanities for research projects in the context of international cooperation.
Personal grants for excellent researchers who expand the borders of their field of expertise. A special agency, the European Research Council (ERC) has been founded to implement this programme. There are four types: the ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant (for young researchers), the ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (for established researchers), the ERC Synergy (for groups of 2 to 4 researchers) and ERC Proof of Concept (additional funding for ERC grant holders). The most important evaluation criteria is the academic excellence of both the project and the researcher. The ERC supervises this evaluation process. Utrecht University offers support to ERC Grant candidates.
Personal grants for supporting researchers in advancing their international research careers: Marie Curie grants (for young and experienced researchers) and the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (for young researchers).
A variety of programmes for reinforcing the European capacity for conducting research.
In 2014 the European Commission will start a new Framework Programme:
Horizon 2020, successor to FP7. Stay informed about Horizon 2020 via the Eurosol Newsletter (for UU, UMCU and Hubrecht Institute staff only).
The last calls within FP7 will be published in July 2012.
Other European grant programmes
- Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP)
Entrepreneurship and innovation, support for ICT, Intelligent Energy Europe.
- Directorates-General (DGs)
Various departments of the European Commission often offer their own grant programmes.
Support for projects geared towards the promotion of new and innovative developments in the field of eco-innovation.
- European Science Foundation (ESF)
European association of national organisations for scientific research.
- European Cooperation in Sciense and Technology COST
European network for knowledge exchange and coordination of high-value research; part of the ESF.
European Science Foundation Collaborative Research Programmes Scheme; the ESF created this type of grant in order to stimulate multinational cooperation in Europe.
The subjects and themes of the research are open to all topics. The project may not exceed three years, and within two years of completion the consortium must have produced a marketable product.
Co-funding of the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and communication regarding European environment and nature policy and related legislation, with special emphasis on the implementation of the Sixth Environmental Action Programme (MAP).