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


European Green Deal call


8 thematic and 2 horizontal areas

Current Topics

  1. Industry for a clean and circular economy
  1. Farm to fork

Including subtopics:

  1. Achieving climate neutral food businesses by mitigating climate change, reducing energy use and increasing energy efficiency in processing, distribution, conservation and preparation of food.
  2. Reducing food losses and waste at every stage of the food chain including consumption, while also avoiding unsustainable packaging


  1. Increasing climate ambition
  1. Clean, affordable and secure energy
  1. Energy and resource efficient buildings
  1. Sustainable and smart mobility
  1. Biodiversity and ecosystems
  1. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments
  1. Strengthening our knowledge in support of the European Green Deal
  1. Empowering citizens for the transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe






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


  • 1.4 Other international funding agencies 



IBSA Foundation awards 5 fellowships, each worth EUR 30,000 to appllicants under 40 years old who have distinguished themselves in four specific fields of medical discipline including the 2020 special edition coronavirus infections - systemic and tissue-specific effects, novel targets for potential therapies.Open to PhDs, post docs, and residents Deadline: 31-12-2020


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



  • 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