Programmes and Funds

Horizon 2020

European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, running from 2014 to 2020. It will fund initiatives and projects on research, technological development, demonstration and innovation (including social, non-technology innovation) providing a clear European added value.

It has a budget of €77.3 billion.

Financing rates: 100% of total costs for research and development projects or coordination and support actions. 70% for innovation projects submitted by companies and 100% in the case of non-profit entities.

More information at: Horizon 2020


EU programme for promoting the competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs. It is expected to provide better access to finance for entrepreneurs and SMEs, promoting self-employment as a driver for growth and job creation.

It has a budget of €2.3 billion for the period 2014–2020.

More information at: COSME

Creative Europe

EU programme providing support to European professionals working in the fields of cinema, television, culture, music, performing arts, heritage and related areas. €1.46 billion for the period 2014–2020.

More information at: Creative Europe

Erasmus Plus

EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Its main objective is to improve people’s skills, personal development and employability, as well as to support the modernization of education and training systems in Europe.

More information at: Erasmus+

LIFE 2014–2020

EU Programme for the Environment and Climate Action. It is composed of two sub-programmes:

  • LIFE Environment, which includes environment and resource efficiency, biodiversity and governance and environmental information.
  • LIFE Climate Action, including climate change mitigation, adaptation to climate change and governance and climate information.

It has a budget of €3.1 billion.

More information at: LIFE

European Neighbourhood Instrument

EU financial instrument supporting neighbourhood policies. Its overall objective is to promote political cooperation and progressive economic integration between the Union and partner countries.

It covers energy, transport, SMEs, development and industrial cooperation, including tourism, employment and social policy, migration, security, counter-narcotics, higher education, culture, research and innovation, environment, climate action, disaster resilience and cooperation on maritime issues, as well as support for disaster preparedness and post-disaster missions.

In addition to those of the European Union, the participant countries are: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia (ENI South), and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (ENI East).

It has an estimated budget of €18.2 billion for the period 2014–2020. The financing rate is 90%.

More information at: European Neighbourhood Instrument

Interreg Europe

The Interreg Europe programme aims to facilitate and support policy learning, knowledge sharing and transfer of good practices between local and regional authorities as well as among other regional actors of relevance, through co-financing of different projects and the implementation of four thematic platforms.

It has an estimated budget of €359 million for the period 2014–2020. The financing rate is 85%.

More information at: Interreg Europe

Interreg MED

The MED programme aims to promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean region by promoting concepts, innovative practices and reasonable use of resources, as well as supporting social integration through an integrated cooperative approach and a territorial basis.

It has a total budget of €224 million and a financing rate of 85%.

More information at: MED Programme

Interreg Sudoe

The Sudoe programme promotes transnational cooperation to resolve issues common to the regions of Southwest Europe, such as low investment in research and development, low competitiveness of small and medium enterprises and exposure to climate change and environmental risks.

It has a total budget of €141 million and a financing rate of 75%.

More information at: Sudoe Programme

Companies, universities, technology and research centres

Public administration and third sector

Public administration

Companies and public administration