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   



Three main blocks of  international research programmes follow:

1.1) the 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


  • H2020. ERC Advanced Grants

    Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years. Deadline 29-08-2019.


          Fellowships for 2 years or 3 years  are awarded for postdoctoral researchers covering full salary, and research and training expenses. Mobility to EU countries is mandatory.

         Five IF are envisioned MSCA-IF-GF Global Fellowships , MSCA-IF-EF-ST Standard European Fellowships , MSCA-IF-EF-  SE Society and Enterprise panel , MSCA-IF-EF-RI Reintegration panel , MSCA-IF-EF-CAR Career Restart panel. Deadline: 11-09-2019

Research Area: General.   Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different EU countries MS/AS. Funding: 0.5M-2M€/project. Deadlines:  24-01-2019; 18-09- 2019; 13-05-2020.

Pillar 2. Industrial Leadership

LEIT. Foundation for tomorrow´s industry. 1.2 Materials characterisation and computational modelling. 

Research Area: Nanotechnology. Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different EU countries MS/AS. Funding: 1M-2M€/project. Deadline: 03-09-2019


Pillar 3. Societal Challenges.

Societal Challenge 3. Secure, clean and efficient energy.

Building a low carbon,  climate resilient future: Secure, clean and efficient energy. Enabling near-zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power plants and carbon intensive industries

Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different EU countries MS/AS. Funding: 10 M €/project. Deadline: 27-08-2019

Cross-cutting issues. 

 Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different EU countries MS/AS. Funding: 2 M €/project. Deadline:27-08-2019



Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions 


The aim of this action is to promote and teach Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths subjects (-STEM) to girls in attractive and engaging ways, with a view to addressing the ongoing skills gap in the STEM sectors within the EU and especially the shortfall of women & increasing STEM drop-out rates of girls
Budget 350.000 €. Deadline: 27/08/2019

Publicada la convocatòria 2019 d’aquest programa amb l'objectiu de donar suport a activitats de recerca i formació nuclear amb èmfasi en la millora contínua de la seguretat nuclear i la protecció de les radiacions. Els topics actualment amb termini 25/09/2019 oberts són els següents:

Ageing phenomena of components and structures and operational issues NFRP-2019-2020-01
Safety assessments for Long Term Operation (LTO) upgrades of Generation II and III reactors NFRP-2019-2020-02 
Safety margins determination for design basis-exceeding external hazards NFRP-2019-2020-03 
Innovation for Generation II and III reactors NFRP-2019-2020-04 
Support for safety research of Small Modular Reactors NFRP-2019-2020-05
Safety Research and Innovation for advanced nuclear systems NFRP-2019-2020-06
Safety Research and Innovation for Partitioning and/or Transmutation NFRP-2019-2020-07
Towards joint European effort in area of nuclear materials NFRP-2019-2020-08
Fostering innovation in decommissioning of nuclear facilities NFRP-2019-2020-09
Developing pre-disposal activities identified in the scope of the European Joint Programme in Radioactive Waste Management NFRP-2019-2020-10 


CleanSky 2.

The 10th Call for Proposals (CfP10) was launched on 7 May 2019 via the European Commission’s Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal (previously called “Participant Portal of the European Commission”). 
CfP10 has a budget of almost €70 million for 62 topics including 4 thematic topics. The deadline to apply is 3 September 2019.

Topics among others: Development of a methodology (test, measurement, analysis) to characterize the behaviour of composite structures under dynamic loading

Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is responsible for the implementation of open Call for proposals for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs - DEMOs and FLAGs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs), in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation. The Annual Work Plan 2019  contains the full topic texts

Research and innovation actions  (52 M€ budget)
BBI2019.SO1.R1 – Use tree species and/or varieties to create new biobased value chains 
BBI2019.SO2.R2 – Develop breakthrough technologies to improve the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of pre-treatment steps within biorefining operations 
BBI2019.SO2.R3 – Apply microorganisms and/or enzymes to resolve end-of-life issues of plastics 
BBI2019.SO2.R4 – Develop surface or bulk treatments for improved wood-based materials  
BBI2019.SO2.R5 – Convert plant oils and fats into safe high-added-value products for various applications including food and personal care 
BBI2019.SO2.R6 – Improve biorefinery operations through process intensification and new end products  
BBI2019.SO2.R7 – Model the composition of bio-based residual streams and its evolution to optimise its management and processing  
BBI2019.SO3.R8 – Develop sustainable bio-based materials for highvolume consumer products  
BBI2019.SO3.R9 – Develop bio-based fibres and/or functional molecules to improve the performance of textile products  
BBI2019.SO3.R10 – Develop bio-based high-performance materials for various and demanding applications 

Innovations actions – demonstration actions  (31 M€ budget)
BBI2019.SO1.D1 – Scale up conversion of lignin into valuable compounds for application in specific market sectors  
BBI2019.SO1.D2 – Produce components for various materials, including for food and feed, from microalgae  
BBI2019.SO3.D3 – Produce bio-based functional ingredients and additives for high-end markets  
BBI2019.SO3.D4 – Demonstrate bio-based pesticides and/or biostimulant agents for sustainable increase in agricultural productivity 

Innovation actions – flagship actions 
BBI2019.SO1.F1 – Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level (15 M€ budget)
BBI2019.SO2.F2 – Apply technological combinations to valorise all components of biomass feedstock  (20  M€ budget)
BBI2019.SO3.F3 – Produce high-performance bio-based alternatives to harmful products and processes to protect and enhance human health and the environment  (12  M€ budget)

Coordination and support actions  (5M€ budget)
BBI2019.SO4.S1 – Assist brand owners to ‘switch to bio-based’  
BBI2019.SO4.S2 – Establish methods and communication for applying mass balance principles to attribute biomass co-feedstock to products  
BBI2019.SO4.S3 – Shaping the bio-based economy through a participatory approach  
BBI2019.SO4.S4 – Empower SME clusters to bring SMEs ‘across the valley of death’

Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different EU countries MS/AS.  SME biotech  are welcomed.

Deadline for submission of proposals to the Call 2019 is 4 September 2019, 17:00 CET


LIFE: EU Environment and Climate Action Programme

The call for proposal pages is divided in two sub-programmes (environment or climate action).

Environment sub-programme

Environment and resource efficiency traditional projects. Call opens (4 April 2019) Deadline for submitting a concept note: 17 June 2019, 16:00

Thematic priorities and project topics for LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency :

  • Thematic priorities for Water, including the marine environment
  • Thematic priorities for Waste
  • Thematic priorities for Resource Efficiency, including soil and forests, and green and circular economy
  • Thematic priorities for Environment and Health, including chemicals and noise
  • Thematic priorities for Air quality and emissions, including urban environment


Climate action sub-programme.

Climate change mitigation traditional projects. Call opens (4 April 2019). Deadline for submitting the full proposal: 12 September 2019

Work areas for the 2019 call

  • Member States' and regional/ local authorities' efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors not covered in the EU Emissions Trading System but covered by the Effort Sharing Decision (EU) 406/2009 and subsequent legislation20: transport and fuels, agriculture, construction (e.g. energy efficiency in buildings), land use, land-use change and forestry;
  • The development and implementation of greenhouse gas accounting and climate change mitigation in the land use sector;
  • The development of land management practices which have an impact on emissions and removals of emissions;
  • Actions which enhance the functioning of the emissions trading system and which have an impact on energy and greenhouse gas intensive industrial production;
  • Fluorinated gases and ozone – depleting substances;
  • Greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting by authorities

Type of project:  Singel projects or Consortia of regional, national or international entities.  

ERA-NET & JPI (videos)

Area: Materials

The aim is to fund ambitious transnational RTD projects addressing materials research and innovation including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. M-ERA.NET aims to strengthen the contribution of materials R&D to energy-related applications where applicable.
The Call 2019 includes 6  thematic areas and the following 2 are funded by the Agencia Estaal de Invetigacion (Spain):

  • Topic 2: Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces    

  The proposals shall address at least one of the following items:
  -Development of innovative coatings and surfaces. 
  -Development of optimised interfaces and interphases.
  -Development or improvement of process technologies considering circular economy to enable deposition of new coatings and/or surface modification. 

  • Topic 4 : Functional materials

  The proposals shall address at least one of the following items:

-Materials for sensing and actuation, and ICT: smart materials/metamaterials with controlled electrical, magnetic, thermal, optical, and mechanical properties, photonic materials, where possible enabling low power or autonomous device/systems.
-Smart energy efficient buildings: thermal insulation materials and efficient heat radiation solutions, smart windows, etc. 
-Electrochemical energy conversion and storage: new materials for the next generation of batteries e.g. solid-state batteries, supercapacitors, ionic and electronic conductors. New material components and catalysts for fuel cells, electrolysers and photo catalysis. 
-Waste energy harvesting materials and solutions: new energy harvesting materials based on advanced thermoelectric, caloric, piezoelectric, phase change and others. New designs and architectures for increased energy efficiency. 
-Photovoltaics: new concepts and architectures for efficient silicon-based thin film solar cells, novel solar cell materials (nano-based concepts, others)

Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different  participating countries. Funding: 1-2 M €/project, 180 k€  for Spanish partner funded by AEI (Coordinator of the proposal). Deadline: 18-06-2019


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.  Deadline: Feb 2019 and August 2019.  

TECNIOspring Industry is an international mobility fellowship programme that gives experienced researchers the possibility to develop their research career in an R&D entity around the world.
Participants: entities and researchers: TECNIOspring Industry proposals are submitted by a Catalan host entity, together with an experienced researcher. Experienced researchers are researchers of any nationality that have a PhD or four to eight years of full-time equivalent research experience (mobility conditions below)
Fellowships:The programme offers experienced researchers two types of fellowships: 

  1. Incoming: 2-year contract in a Catalan company or a TECNIO entity. Mobility conditionst: he researcher must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of applications.

  2. Outgoing + return: 1-year contract in a research/technology centre or R&D department of a company located outside Spain, and 1-year contract in Catalonia or a TECNIO entity afterwards. Mobility conditions: the researcher must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies) in the country of the host organisation abroad for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of applications

Programme benefits.: Experienced researchers will benefit from 2-year employment contracts including: Salary costs (with full social security coverage): Incoming: 58,500 € per year. Outgoing + return: 46,200 € per year x correction factor during the stay abroad. Research costs: 17,280 €.  Mobility costs: 1,920 €. 
The programme offers a selection of activities aimed to complete the researchers' career development: Top-notch tech transfer training, including entrepreneurship training. Secondments and short visits. Participation in public engagement activities. Networking activities within the fellows’ community.  Next Call: June 2019

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


  • Network of PhD students are available via the European Training Networks and  European Joint Doctorate of the H2020-MSCA-ITN Call. Up to 15 PhD students fro different nationalities can be hired in this focused programmes. Funding for salaries and training (consumables, travel,etc) is available.  

Type of project: Consortium. 3  entities from different  MS/AS. Funding about 3M€/ project. Deadline: January 2020



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.



Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Deadine: 05-09-2019   

Las Redes Temáticas son asociaciones de grupos de investigación y desarrollo (I+D) de entidades públicas o privadas y empresas de los países miembros del Programa CYTED, cuyas actividades científicas o tecnológicas están relacionadas dentro de un ámbito común de interés y enmarcadas en una de las Áreas del Programa. Tienen como objetivo principal el intercambio de conocimientos entre grupos de I+D y la potenciación de la cooperación como método de trabajo.
Las Redes Temáticas pretenden propiciar entre los grupos:

  • Interacciones científicas estables y continuadas
  • Intercambios de conocimiento científico y técnico de mutuo interés
  • Potenciación sinérgica y coordinación de sus líneas de I+D
  • Intercambios y movilidad del personal de investigación
  • Formación de recursos humanos
  • Capacitación técnica y metodológica
  • Elaboración de propuestas de posibles Proyectos de Investigación o Proyectos de Innovación IBEROEKA
  • Acciones de difusión y transferencia tecnológica entre grupos o entidades distintas, siempre que sean técnicamente, económicamente y comercialmente viables

Proponentes deben ser centros públicos o privados de I+D y/o empresas públicas o privadas con actividad demostrada en acciones I+D+i
Duración máxima de cuatro años para las áreas 1-7 y de dos años para el área 8
Mínimo de 6 grupos de al menos 6 países iberoamericanos diferentes signatarios del Programa CYTED con capacidad y actividad demostrada en acciones de I+D+i
 El financiamiento del Programa CYTED tiene como destino las actividades de coordinación de las redes temáticas, que tiene un límite máximo de 30.000 euros anuales. Se financia la movilidad de los grupos integrantes, la organización de talleres y cursos y publicaciones
Cada propuesta es evaluada por evaluadores externos e independientes. Los criterios en los que se fundamenta la evaluación científico-tecnológica de las Redes Temáticas son:

  • Calidadad científico-técnica de la propuesta.
  • Calidad y productividad científico-técnica del coordinador y de los grupos de trabajo.
  • Viabilidad y sostenibilidad de la propuesta.
  • Adecuación del presupuesto.


  • Agroalimentación
  • Salud
  • Desarrollo Industrial
  • Desarrollo Sostenible
  • TICs
  • Ciencia y Sociedad
  • Energía
  • Incubadora de empresas