EuropeAid is responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world in order to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development and promote democracy, good governance and respect of human rights. Further information on what EuropeAid does can be found on their website. Please also see information on funding opportunities.
The Third health programme 'Health for Growth' is the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU health strategy. It aims to support and complement the work of European Member States to achieve the following four objectives: Promoting health, preventing diseases and fostering supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the 'health in all policies' principle; protecting EU citizens from serious cross-border health threats; contributing to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems; facilitating access to better and safer healthcare. The priority areas and criteria for funding actions under the health programme are set out each year in a work plan. For more information see the programme website.
A summary of the 2018 Work Programme can be found here; this includes budget information and the percentage of EU contribution for projects (which is usually 60%; 80% in some exceptional circumstances).
DG Home Affairs. The Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs manages policies aimed at ensuring that all activities necessary and beneficial to the economic, cultural and social growth of the EU can develop in a stable, lawful and secure environment. They work to build and open and safer Europe. Please visit the DG Home website for more details. The programmes in which the UK currently participates can be found on the funding pages.
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. For full information on the programme and funding opportunities see the LIFE website.
European Research Area (ERA)-NET Cofunds support the preparation and establishment of networking structures and the design, implementation and coordination of public-public joint partnership activities in specific areas. There are ERA-NETS in many different subjects. They are part funded by the EC (through Horizon 2020) and part funded by participating EU Member State national funding. They issue their own calls for collaborative research projects open to institutions in participating European countries. Funding for UK participation is on Research Council terms and conditions. Applications to calls issued by ERANETS are handled at Oxford through the Research Services Divisional facing teams and should be costed on RC terms. Information on current ERA-NETS can be found on the ERA website.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) is a public-private partnership run jointly by the European Union and the pharmaceutical industry association, EFPIA. The IMI2 aims to support research projects and build networks of industrial and academic experts to boost pharmaceutical innovation in Europe. The IMI2 website gives further details about its aims, structure and funding opportunities.
The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), which was established in 2003, aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with focus on phase II and III clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa. Together these three diseases account for over 3.5 million deaths each year. The EDCTP website gives further details on their strategy, funding opportunities and contact details.
The Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL), which was set up in 2007, aims to support industry, in particular SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to bring digital innovative products and services for ageing well to the European market. Further information is available on the AAL website and the AAL is expected to continue to 2020.
The European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) is designed to encourage collaboration between European National Metrology Institutes and partners in industry or academia. It is funded partly by the EC and partly through participating national funders and issues annual research calls. For more information see the EMPIR website.
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI): These are EC facilitated partnerships of European countries bringing national funding to major areas of mutual interest. Different countries participate in different JPIs. Each issue their own calls for pan-European collaborative research projects – participating countries decide whether or not to support a specific call. Only where the UK supports a call can UK institutions participate in that application round. Funding for UK participants is on Research Council terms.
EU Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) aims to increase coordinated investment between participating countries in research to find causes, develop cures, and identify appropriate ways to care for those with neurodegenerative diseases.
EU Joint Programme on Cultural Heritage (JPI CH): The main objective of JPI CH is to promote the safeguarding of cultural heritage in its broader meaning including tangible, intangible and digital assets.
EU Joint Programme on Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe) aims to improve understanding of the social, economic and environmental sustainability of urban areas.
EU Joint Programme on Climate (JPI Climate) is an initiative of European member states and associated countries to align national programmes by jointly coordinating their climate research and funding new transnational research activities. The ambition of JPI Climate is to significantly contribute to underpinning European efforts to tackle the societal challenge of climate change.
EU Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives follows a transnational, multi-disciplinary approach bringing together different research programmes and researchers from various disciplines in order to provide solutions for the challenges of demographic change.
EU Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) enhances coordination and collaboration between national funders of research on new antibiotics, stewardship of existing antibiotics, and studies and control of the spread of antibiotic resistance between humans, animals, and the environment.
EU Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) covers all European sea basins and aims for a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) is a European initiative which brings together a range of stakeholders interested in prevention and health promotion, care and cure, and active and independent living of elderly people. Ultimately it aims to increase the average healthy lifespan by two years by 2020. Further information on what the EIP AHA is and what it does, including any funding opportunities are available on the EIP AHA website.
The European Innovation Partnership on Agriculture (EIP AGRI) brings together stakeholders to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'. Funding for collaborative research is largely through Horizon 2020 calls. More information is available on the EIP AGRI website.
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) brings together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. This includes applied innovation, better planning, a more participatory approach, higher energy efficiency, better transport solutions, and intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Funding for collaborative research is largely through Horizon 2020 calls. More information is available on the EIP-SCC website.
The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) brings together stakeholders to facilitate the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges. At the same time, the EIP Water supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside Europe. Grant and project funding is from a variety of sources, including Horizon 2020. More information is available on the EIP Water website.
Last Updated 4 June 2018