A  general overview of international and national calls for 2020 can be found in this link ranked accordingy by  PI career path and Funding Agency.

The following 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


ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Financing: 2.5M €/project

Deadline: 26-08-2020

Research fellowships are awarded to the best or most promising researchers  for employment in EU Member States. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors. Mobility rule:  less than 12 months in the host country in the previous 3 years).

Deadline: 09-09-2020





European Green Deal call

mid-September 2020: Formal adoption of Green Deal call as amendment to Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-20
mid-September 2020: Publication and opening of the call
end January 2021: Deadline for submitting project proposals
Area 1: Increasing Climate ambition & Green Deal impact with cross-cutting solutions
Topic 1 'Closing the carbon cycle in industry'
Topic 2 'Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial development of circular economy

Area 2: Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy
Topic 1 'Demonstration of innovative critical technologies to enable future large-scale deployment of offshore renewable energy technologies'
Topic 2 '100 MW electrolyser'
Area 3: Industry for a clean and circular economy
 Topic 1: Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change
Topic 2: Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy
Area 4: Energy and resource efficient buildings
Topic 1: Topic 'Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way'
Area 5: Sustainable and smart mobility
Topic 1:Green airports and ports as hubs for sustainable and smart mobility
Area 6: Farm to fork
Topic: Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations for sustainable food from farm to fo
Area 7: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
Topic: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
Area 8: A zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment
Topic 1: Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals 
Topic 2: Fostering regulatory science to address chemical and pharmaceutical mixtures: from science to evidence-based policies
Area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the European Green Deal
Topic 1: European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
Topic 2: Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation
Topic 3: A transparent and accessible ocean Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean
Area 10: Empowering citizens for the transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe
Topic 1: European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
Topic 2: Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
Topic 3: Enabling citizens to act on climate change and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic involvement
Area 11: Accelerating the clean energy transition and access in partnership with Africa and the Mediterranean
Topic: Accelerating demonstration of clean energy solutions in Africa and the Mediterranean

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 29-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 29-09-2020

BIOTECHNOLOGY: Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking 

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-202

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020

Consortium of academic and industrial entities from 3 EU countries. Deadline: 03-09-2020


Deadline: 03-09-2020



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

CONCERT-Japan. Joint Call 2020: ICT for Resilient, Safe and Secure Society

The European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan is an international joint initiative to support and enhance science, technology and innovation (STI) cooperation between European countries and Japan

Requirement:  consortium of 2 European countries  (listed below) + 1 Japanese partner is required (
 Financing Spain: AEI 120k-150k €: staff, consumables, travel, equipment, etc.

Research scope
 This call for proposals targets research which draws on new and evolving technologies, including AI, big data, machine and deep learning, network technology, IoT, edge computing, runtime reconfigurable hardware, blockchain technology, security software and hardware and others, to move us closer to the goal of ensuring that the digitally transformed society of tomorrow is resilient, safe and secure. 
As a part of this call, researchers are envisioned to, in a context of these technological advancements, explore areas of research such as:
• Disaster prevention and mitigation, including initial disaster response and recovery processes 
• New social design and infrastructure, such as in the context of population aging, urbanization and rural depopulation
• Cyber security, including the prevention of and recovery from cyberattacks, also taking into account the post-quantum era 
• Social issues such as ethical and privacy concerns in digital society, including the impact of disinformation and fake news in digital media
• Artificial intelligence and its role in decision-making processes and wider society
• Energy, resource and food security  
• Hardware-intrinsic resilient and secure system 
Countries eligible:
Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)
Czech Republic: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS)
France: National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Hungary: National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH)
Japan: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Lithuania : Agency for Science, Innovation & Technology (MITA)
Poland: National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
Slovakia: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
Spain: Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) -  State Research Agency
Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
 Deadline:  17-07-2020. 


  • 1.4 Other international funding agencies  (COVID 19)

Fast Track Call for Proposals
PRACE is welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies, without being exhaustive, to the following topics:
Biomolecular research to understand the mechanisms of the virus infection
Bioinformatics research to understand mutations, evolution, etc.
Bio-simulations to develop therapeutics and/or vaccines
Epidemiologic analysis to understand and forecast the spread of the disease
Other analyses to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic

The call is open until further notice




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



  • 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