A  general summary of annual calls can be found in this link. This section of international funding is  divided into six major categories:

1: Research projects.
2: Junior PI and postdoc.
3: PhD students.
4: Collaboration with industry.
5: Travel, short stays.
6: Networking. 

Within each categoy and if possible we shall try to classify calls accordingly to research areas.  (Exception are the EU research programme H2020 with a very well defined structure)

1 General                                                                            11 Social Sciences
2 Health                                                                              12 Space
3 Biotechnology                                                                  13 Security
4 Nanotechnology                                                               14 Nuclear Energy-Euratom
5 Agri-Food-Water                                                               15 Aeronautics
6 Energy                                                                              16 Key Enabling Technologies:nano-;biotech, adv. mat;phot;
7 Climate, Environment, Resources, Raw materials            17 Electronics
8 Advanced materials                                                          18. Circular Economy
9 Advanced manufacturing and processing                        19. Justice
10 ICT                                                                                  20. Innovation   



Four main blocks of  international research programmes follow: 1.1)  EU Resarch Programme H2020; 1.2) Joint Technology Initiatives (Public-Private partnerships); 1.3)  ERA-NET, Joint Programming Initiatives, and other international funding programmes such as  DG Justice, Life, etc; 1.4) Other international funding agencies  

1.1 PROGRAMME H2020  

The H2020  programme is structured into 3 Pillars and 2 Specific Objectives:  Pillar 1 Excellent Science, Pillar 2 Industrial Leadership, Pillar 3 Societal Challenges, Specific Objective: Spreading  Excellence; Specific Objective: Science for Society. Additionally the budget of H2020 also covers the European Institute of Technology (EIT), Joint Research Centre (JRC) and  Euroatom


Research Area: General.   Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different EU countries MS/AS. Funding: 0.5M-2M€/project. New deadline: 03-06-2020.

The aim is the establishment of an open initiative oriented towards a novel research and innovation collaborative framework engaging both the research communities in Europe using Research Infrastructures and the industry (including SMEs), for the mutual benefit of these stakeholders and the European society at large.

  1. establish a co-innovation platform to transparently promote the use of research infrastructure technologies for industrial applications across Europe
  2. increase the capacity to generate, absorb and use new technologies in Europe;
  3. enhance the innovation capability of European Research Infrastructures

Funding: 35 M€/project Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries. Single stage. New deadline: 14-05-2020.

Pillar 2. Industrial Leadership

H2020 NMBP, Call: Transforming European Industry 2020: Biotechnology.
Funding 4-5 M€/project, expected funding for 3 projects.  TRL: 6-8.Type of project: Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries. Single stage. New deadline: 20-04-2020.

Pillar 3. Societal Challenges.

Societal Challenge 1. Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing 

Funding: 8-15 M€/project, expected funding for 4 projects. Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries Single stage. New deadline: 04-06-2020

Funding: 10-20 M€/project, expected funding for 5-6 projects. Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries.  Single stage. New deadline: 04-06-2020
Funding: 4-6 M€/project, expected funding for 5 projects. Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries. Single stage. New deadline: 04-06-2020
Funding: 4-6 M€/project, expected funding for 7 projects. Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries. Single stage. New deadline: 04-06-2020

IMI2-2020-20-06  Handling of protein drug products and stability concerns  
IMI2-2020-20-05 Proton versus photon therapy for oesophageal cancer - a trimodality strategy    
IMI2-2020-20-04 Tumour plasticity   
IMI2-2020-20-03 Academia and industry united innovation and treatment for tuberculosis 
IMI2-2020-20-02 Innovations to accelerate vaccine development vaccine development and manufacture 
IMI2-2020-20-01  Early diagnosis, prediction of radiographic outcomes and development of rational, personalised treatment strategies to improve long-term outcomes in psoriatic arthritis

Funding: 4-10 M€/project, Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries. Two stage.

Deadline: 21-04-2020

4 strategic orientations: Feedstock, Process, Products, and Market uptake.Indicative budget: €102 million (the call budget may be topped up by unused BBI JU appropriations from previous years within the limit set in the call budget flexibility).16 topics: 5 RIAs, 4 CSAs, 4 DEMOs, 3 FLAGs.Estimated value of the in-kind contributions by the members other than the Union or their constituent entities (BIC): minimum €49 million.

Strategic orientation 1. Foster supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chain

BBI2020.SO1.D1 – Resolve supply-chain hurdles for turning residual waste streams into functional molecules for food and/or nonfood market applications

BBI2020.SO1.F1 – Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level 

BBI2020.SO1.F2 — Turn lignin into materials and chemicals for highend applications

BBI2020.SO1.F3 — Produce food ingredients with high nutritional value from aquatic sources

Strategic orientation 2. Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through R&D&I

BBI2020.SO2.R1 — Use enabling technologies to improve feedstock availability and sustainability for the bio-based industry

BBI2020.SO2.R2 — Develop integral fractionation of lignocellulose to produce components for high-value applications

BBI2020.SO2.R3 — Develop bio-based solutions to recycle composites

BBI2020.SO2.R4 — Extract bioactive compounds from new, underexploited and/or recalcitrant residual bio-based streams for highvalue applications

BBI2020.SO2.D3 — Upscale the production of bio-based platform molecules for larger market applications

Strategic orientation 3. Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications

BBI2020.SO3.R5 — Improve the sustainability of coatings

BBI2020.SO3.D4 — Demonstrate superior bio-based packaging solutions with minimal environmental damage

Strategic orientation 4. Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications

BBI2020.SO4.S1 — Help start-ups and spin-offs to gain access to finance 

BBI2020.SO4.S2 — Provide insight on emerging technologies for biobased value chains 

BBI2020.SO4.S3 — Create and interlink bio-based education centres to meet industry’s needs of skills and competences

BBI2020.SO4.S4 — Expand circular economy to include the underexploited circular bioeconomy 

Funding: 4-6 M€/project, Consortium  with 3  entities from different  EU participating countries. Single Stage

Deadline: 03-09-2020


The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to pre-announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources. Call themes:

Measuring – Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems

Evaluating – Risk assessment and management of CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine) to human health and environment

Taking Actions – Strategies to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine)

New deadline pre-proposal: 18-05-2020


The European Commission has launched its 2020 call for project proposals under the LIFE programme.This year, the EC has earmarked more than €450 million for nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action projects.The call for proposal pages is divided in two sub-programmes (environment or climate action).

Environment sub-programme: Environment and resource efficiency traditional projects

LIFE co-finances projects in the environmental sector in particular in the areas of air, chemicals, green and circular economy, industrial accidents, marine and coastal management, noise, soil, waste, water, and the urban environment. Deadline: 14-07-2020

Climate action sub-programme: Climate change mitigation  and Climate change adaptation traditional projects​​​​​

Climate change mitigation 

The climate action sub-programme supports projects in the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency, farming, land use, and peatland management.It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and law, best practices and solutions. Deadline: 06-10-2020

Climate change adaptation 

The LIFE programme co-finances projects in the areas of resilience to water scarcity, droughts, forest fires or floods, adaptive technologies for economic sectors, and safeguarding natural resources. Deadline: 06-10-2020

JTI-CS2-2020-CFP11-AIR-01-46  Evaluation of NDT Techniques for Assessment of Critical Process and Manufacturing Related Flaws and Defects for a Ti-alloy
Deadline: 28-04-2010

SECTION 1. H2020 procedures. Deadline: 06-05-2020

1.1.1-2020 (IA) Implementing sustainable, integrated management of water resources in the Mediterranean, under climate change conditions.

1.3.1-2020 (IA) Valorising the health benefits of the Traditional Mediterranean food products

1.2.1-2020 Genetic conservation and animal feeds. Sub-topic A) Conservation and valorization of local Animal Genetic Resources (RIA) Sub-topic B) Alternative animal feeds (IA)

Topic 1.4.1 (IA) Demonstrating benefits of the Water-Ecosystem-Food Nexus approach in delivering optimal economic development, achieving high level of environmental protection and ensuring fair access to natural resources.

SECTION 2.Transnational call funded by Participating States. Deadline:13-05-200

Topic 2.1.1  (RIA) Low cost, lean solutions for enhancing irrigation efficiency of small-scale farms

Topic 2.2.1 (RIA) Re-design the agro-livelihood systems to ensure resilience.

Topic 2.3.1 (RIA) New optimization models of the agro food supply chain system to fair price for consumers and reasonable profit share for farmers

Funding: 1-2 M€/project, Consortium  with 3  entities from south and north of Mediterrranean area. Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and TurkeyTwo-stage.

The third ERA CoBioTech call “Bio-based replacement products, technologies and processes” focuses on sustainability throughout the entire value chain. Research projects are expected to facilitate the replacement of a specific product, technology or process which involves either: 

  1. fossil-based or other unsustainable feedstocks (e.g high ILUC and food/feed crops) or
  2. unsustainable industrial processes, such as intensive production methods (e.g. involving carbon-intensive energy consumption and/or transportation).

Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve at least three partners eligible for funding coming from three different countries whose funders participate in the call. Single stage full proposal  around Mid June 2020.


  • 1.4 Other international funding agencies  (COVID 19)

This supports researchers in better understanding and addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants are worth up to £25,000, but larger amounts may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Deadline: 17-04-2020

Contribute to the development of a system to monitor the progress of Coronavirus response recovery efforts, including coordinating with multidisciplinary stakeholders including local public health jurisdictions, federal officials from various government agencies, and non-governmental partners
Systematically evaluate the progress of recovery efforts and participate in the presentation of such evaluation results at an interdisciplinary stakeholder summit planned for Summer 2020
Contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs to prevent disease
Provide a basis for epidemiologic research
Deadline: 01-05-2020
This supports research projects and clinical trials on COVID-19. Grants are worth up to €2 million per project over 18 months.
Deadline: 11-05-2020 
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute are soliciting information technology-driven proposals that aim to address the threat across a range of applications.Up to $50,000 available per project. Deadline: 24-04-2000
NIH: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
This supports research on the 2019 novel coronavirus, with a particular focus on the use of informatics solutions to diagnose cases and advancing the translation of research findings into diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. The project duration is limited to the remaining active budget period for the parent award.
Deadline: 04-05-2020 
Technologies that may help speed up the R&D process for finding treatments or you have solutions that can help with diagnostics, home care, hygiene or telemedicine, we want to meet you.  Deadline at 23/06/2020 · 
All solutions selected for Solve’s five current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solver teams-MIT  Deadline at 23/06/2020 · 

The CoVent-19 Challenge is an open innovation 8-week challenge for engineers, innovators, designers, and makers to produce rapidly deployable designs for two devices (details on devices to come).
Founded by residents at Massachusetts General Hospital, the CoVent-19 Challenge will be a completely virtual open moonshot competition hosted on GrabCAD to develop a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilation solution. Deadline at 23/06/2020

INNOGET: Platform connecting Companies and Research Centers (other services)

Funded by Pepscico. Project Size Range : 250,000 - 1,000,000 € ·Deadline at 11/05/2020 ·



The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process.
Eligibility: Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship. Deadline: Applications accepted throughout the year 

Las becas de investigación de Humboldt para investigadores postdoctorales, permiten hacer estancias de investigación (6–24 meses) en Alemania, a científicos y académicos cualificados que estén comenzando su carrera académica y que hayan obtenido el doctorado hace menos de cuatro años. Pueden aplicar investigadores de todas las disciplinas y países. La cuantía de la beca es de 2.650 euros mensuales, que incluye una cantidad fija para gastos de movilidad y una contribución para la subscripción de un seguro sanitario y de responsabilidad civil.  Además, se ofrece un curso intensivo de alemán de entre dos y cuatro meses, una ayuda específica para gastos de viaje y otras destinadas a los investigadores que se desplacen con su familia.  Fecha límite: en cualquier momento del año



Spain, South Africa, Austria, South Korea and Germany call for projects on disruptive technologies  Participants are invited to submit applied research and innovation project proposals in the domain of Disruptive Technologies and related sub-themes. The domain themes and sub-themes may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
Artificial Intelligence (AI);
Renewable Energy;
High-Speed Travel, Robotic innovations, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Virtual Reality;
Disruptive Manufacturing, including: 3D Printing, Medical Innovations, Precision medicine (e.g. Genome Editing)
Big data and digital disruption; as well as,
Agricultural disruptive technologies: Precision agriculture.ICT solutions for the agro-food sector.

The Consortium should include at least two, registered independent companies from at least two of the participating countries. The participation of research institutes and universities is welcome according to each country’s national funding guidelines and regulations.
The project partners must express their will to cooperate, on a win-win / fair return basis in the development of a new product, industrial process or service.
The product, process or service must be innovative, and there must be a technological risk involved.
The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technologic cooperation between the participants, (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc).
Deadline: 30-04-2020


  • There are also seven partnerships set up by the Commission to implement Horizon 2020 between Industry Platform and Academia (see  annual Calls in Section 1.2 above Joint Technology Initiatives)
  1. Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI2) develops next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments, such as new antibiotics (website factsheet)
  2. Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (FCH2) accelerates market introduction of clean and efficient technologies in energy and transport (website factsheet)
  3. Clean Sky 2 (CS2) develops cleaner, quieter aircraft with significantly less emissions (website factsheet)
  4. Bio-based Industries (BBI) researching the use of renewable natural resources and innovative technologies for greener everyday products (website factsheet)
  5. Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL): to boost Europe’s electronics manufacturing capabilities (website factsheet)
  6. Shift2Rail has been created to develop better trains and railway infrastructure that will drastically reduce costs and improve capacity, reliability and punctuality (website factsheet)
  7. Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) develops the new generation of European Air Traffic Management system that will enhance the performance of air transport (website factsheet)


The Company of Biologists’ journals offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses 

 Short-Term Fellowships fund research exchanges of up to three months between laboratories in eligible countries. Awarded applicants can stay on their research visit for an additional three months (maximum), however, EMBO will not provide funding for this extended period. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory. Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. Short-Term Fellowships are intended for joint research work rather than consultations. The fellowships cover travel plus subsistence of the fellow only and not of dependents.  Eligibility: The applicant must be an active research scientist at any stage in their career with at least one year of research experience at PhD student leve Deadline: Applications accepted throughout the year 

The Fellowships will allow those in research, tenure-track or early academic positions at European institutions to undertake a three-month visit to Warwick (possibly split over two or three visits) in order to develop long-term research collaborations by participating in a specific program of research and scholarship with their host and other collaborators, and engaging with the wider Warwick research community.

The Fernandes Fellowships are open to researchers working in all subject areas, however applicants working in the following research fields are particulary welcomed:

  1. Human disease, particularly reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and ageing
  2. Data, artificial intelligence and associated ethics
  3. Economics, management, behavioural science and governance
  4. Energy, sustainability, and circular economy
  5. Analytical technologies for healthcare, life science and the environment

The scheme is open to researchers who have less than 10 years postdoctoral experience and who are currently employed at a university or other research institute in any European country except the UK. Fellows will receive a stipend of £2,000 per month, travel costs of up to £1,000 and research, support and training costs of up to £3,000.  Applications are welcome at any time and must be submitted by the nominating Warwick Academic through the online submission system.


COST, Funding networking activities

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides international research funding for researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. These bottom-up networks run for 4 years and help to build capacity.  COST provides funds for organising meetings, training schools, short term scientific missions or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. The average COST Action support is EUR 130,000 per annum (dependent on budget availability) for participation by typically 25 COST Members.

The next collection date is planned for 29 October 2020