The European Union offers a variety of different funding instruments for international research, transfer, mobility or structural funding measures. For qualified advice on which funding program is best suited for your project, please contact the research officers of the FORTEC department in the Research Funding and EU Projects (F-EU) section.
"Horizon 2020" is the name of the European Union's current research framework program for research and innovation. As a funding program, it's aim is to build a knowledge- and innovation-based society and a competitive economy throughout the EU and at the same time contribute to sustainable development. In order to have a targeted impact on society, the program sets priorities and contains a comprehensive catalog of measures. The program will run for six years (2014 - 2020) and has a total budget of approximately EUR 70 million.
The launch of the successor program "Horizon Europe" is planned for 2021. However, a delay due to the effects of the CORONA crisis and BREXIT cannot be ruled out.
Irrespective of the feasible implementation, the European Commission plans to continue European research projects without interruption. Concrete information on this is expected in autumn 2020 and will be posted here afterwards.
On the website of the EU Office of the BMBF you will find, among other things, information on the structure of the program and on participation opportunities
Links to other informative websites can be found in the right-hand column.
If you are interested in Horizon 2020 or other EU funding opportunities or are already involved in a project, you can obtain support from various internal and external sources. A first point of contact is the Research Funding and EU Projects (F-EU) section of FORTEC. We will be happy to answer your questions about EU funding and, if necessary, we can also put you in touch with suitable contacts. Important decisions for the successful development of publicly funded international cooperation projects usually take place in the early phases of ideas and concepts. We therefore generally recommend that you contact F-EU at an early stage.
You are also welcome to send inquiries to the central e-mail address: