Fotolia_16480797_XSInternational research collaborations are of great importance for you as a scientist. These projects allow you not only to benefit from the knowledge and know-how of your partners and to build your personal network, but they are also an excellent opportunity to promote yourself and your research.

But where to get funds for such projects?

The most important funding initiative in Europe is the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the EU. In the framework programme scientific as well as technological objectives and the financial framework are clearly defined. The broad objectives of the FP7 are divided into four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. During the period 2007-2013, the European Commission supports companies and universities with a total budget of 53 billion Euros.

In addition to the FP7, there a many other funding possibilities. But getting an overview of all initiatives needs certain know-how and several years of experience in the field of research funding. If you need help getting a summary of the possible programmes and suitable calls or write your proposal, EUrelations AG would be pleased to support you. Learn more about our services here.

The following table provides an overview about the relevant international funding instruments – neither final nor exhaustive:


AvH - Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung www.humboldt-foundation.de
COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology cost.esf.org
EMBO - European Molecular Biology Organization www.embo.org
ERA-NET - European Reserach Area Network ec.europa.eu/research/era
ERC- European Research Council erc.europa.eu
ESA - European Space Agency www.esa.int
ESF - European Science Foundation www.esf.org
EUREKA - European Research Coordination Agency www.eureka.be
EUROSTARS - European Research for SMEs www.eurostars-eureka.eu
HFSP - Human Frontier Science Program www.hfsp.org
Horizon 2020 - EU Framework Programme ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020
IMS - Intelligent Manufacturing Systems www.ims.org
JTI - Joint Technology Initiatives ec.europa.eu/research/jti/index_en.cfm
NIH - National Institutes of Health www.nih.gov
NSF - National Science Foundation www.nsf.gov