Our current projects founded by EU:

In general

Furthermore, there are other programme elements that are integral parts of HORIZON 2020:
  • Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
  • Science with and for Society
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC)
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)


    To implement the individual programmes, HORIZON 2020 uses various funding schemes. Research and innovation projects are usually implemented in joint projects. Individual funding of scientists is possible as well, it is particularly provided by the ERC and MSCA. An overview of the most important funding schemes is presented below.

    Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) are “classic” research and development projects implemented jointly by at least three independent partners from three different EU Member States and/or associated States. The focus is on the establishment of new knowledge and/or the exploration of the feasibility of new or improved technologies, products, processes or services. They include both basic research and applied research and may include limited demonstration and/or pilot activities.

    The funding rate is 100%

    Innovation Actions (IA) are “close-to-market” joint projects where at least three independent partners from three different EU Member States and/or associated States work together. The focus is on the development of plans and concepts for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. They include e.g. prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and developing marketability. Research and development activities are possible to a limited extent.

    The funding rate amounts to 70% (non-profit organisations receive a funding rate of 100%)

    Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) are accompanying measures serving the coordination and support of research activities (e.g. for standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising, communication, networking, coordination or support, political dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies). They may also include additional activities for the networking and coordination of programmes between various countries. They are mainly joint projects; however, individual applications are permitted.

    The funding rate amounts to 100%


  • TOPICS: urban informatics, smart cities, crisis management
  • Founds are divided in:
    • IP (large projects)
    • STREPS (smaller projects, like BMBF)
  • Network, ITN (Integrated training network) for targeting people with doing a PhD in the EU and also for the DF
  • Deadlines: Every year

Application language

  • English

Application process:

  • Proposals:
    • are much longer (50 pages)
    • explaining many more details
    • much more partners have to involved (10-20)
    • the consortia partners have to come at least from 3 different countries; but the question is always how good the partners are
  • Calculation for budget:
    • 100% for management
    • 80% for research
    • 50% for dissemination
    • you have a lot of overhead
  • Workload:
    • the coordination work is much bigger
    • you have to upload to the EU portal
    • you have to make explicit clear amount of hours that you worked on it; it’s just something that is based on the hour
  • Scheduling is very difficult:
    • In different countries different vacation time
    • Communication work is higher than for a national proposal
  • 3*5 pt seate -> up to 15 pt / proposal
  • Funding realistic just when you have more than 11,5
  • Point based on the question of the reviewer, so your proposal should answer these question
  • Catalogue of question are general and kind of standard, not exactly but there is a document how to write a proposal there is a section about evaluation and there you can find the question

Submission process:

  • you submit and you get a grade;
  • there is a 2 phase application: “Sketch” + Application
  • IN EU projects what it counts is the IMPACT: how do you change the world with your results
  • Succes rate: often less than 5%
  • In the monitoring and the reporting bureaucracy is much more formal and more time demanding.

Review process:

There are high chances in having corruption with reviewing process. The higher level of bureaucracy is also due to that. Needs for transparency

  • The EU is depending in lobbing a lot
  • the funding interests is guided by that too! And in order to get good chance to get in you have to have a history in getting EU funding.
  • The pressure in submitting with EU is way less in Germany than it is in other country; it’s good to check who is in the previous project and contact them; then also we check who is already in Brussels. But we also focus on how to generate good ideas: look at the insights of previous projects. I.e: KOKOS was based from what practitioners said
  • In EU level, we really have to think what kind of open collaboration we already have.
  • In Emergent the chapter about risk management is very well written. It addresses every possible aspect that they could run into!
Topic revision: r4 - 16 Nov 2017, YvonneDrymala
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