- What are the main kinds of European Union funding relevant for my research?
- How do they work: amounts, eligibility and evaluation criteria, restrictions, deadlines?
"Horizon2020" is the name the European Commission (EC) has given the €77 billion in funding it will provide to help create an "Innovation Union" by the year 2020, inter alia by supporting "excellent science," industrial leadership, and by solving important "societal challenges".
Bottom Up Approach: ERC and Marie Curie
The EC uses a "bottom up" approach to support "excellent science" by allowing individual researchers (and their teams) to choose Topics they want to obtain funding for. ERC and Marie Curie are best known programmes funded "bottom up." For more information, see the bottom up funding page.
Top Down Approach: "Collaborative Research"
The EC uses a "top down" approach to support collaborative research on social challenges. International consortia respond to funding calls on a specific aspect of one of these challenges:
health and wellbeing
- food security
As such, top down funding is much more "political" than bottom up.
For more information, see the top down funding page.