EU Funding

The European Union offers a variety of different funding instruments for international research, transfer, mobility or structural funding measures. Qualified advice on which funding programme is best suited to your project is available from the research officers of the FORTEC department in the area of research funding and EU projects (F-EU).

A large proportion of European research projects are funded within the framework of the multi-year EU Research Framework Programmes. The current 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union and successor programme to Horizon 2020 is called "Horizon Europe". It runs for seven years (2021-2027) and has a budget of around €95.5 billion. This makes it one of the largest public research funding programmes worldwide.

Horizon Europe offers a wide range of funding opportunities, from support for basic scientific research to application-oriented projects and market launch measures. The funding is aimed at individual researchers, small and larger consortia as well as companies, especially SMEs. The range of topics anchored in the programme structure covers a variety of current research topics.

Scientists at the THI are becoming increasingly involved in application consortia in the various EU funding formats and are thus making a significant contribution to the internationalisation of research at the Ingolstadt location. The mobility department in particular is now a valued partner in large international project consortia. Examples of currently running EU projects can be found linked at the bottom of this page.

Among others, the EU Office of the BMBF, the EU Cooperation Office of the Science Organisations (KoWi) or the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) offer comprehensive introductory information on programme structure and participation opportunities in the various programme components of Horizon Europe. Links to these and other information pages on EU research opportunities can also be found below.

For THI applicants, a first point of contact is the Research Funding and EU Projects (F-EU) department, which is part of the FORTEC department. We will be happy to guide you through the "EU funding jungle", answer your questions about EU funding and, if necessary, 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 idea and conception phases. We therefore recommend that you contact F-EU at an early stage.



Ongoing EU projects at THI

COBRA (Horizon 2020 - Topic: LC-BAT-5-2019)
SAFE-UP (Horizon 2020 - Topic: MG-2-7-2019)
MARBEL (Horizon 2020 - Topic: LC-BAT-10-2020)
Wärme&Wohnen - Kompetenzzentrum Wärme&Wohnen  (EFRE IWB)
SENSE-BAY - Sichere Energiespeicher Bayern (EFRE IWB)
LeNZ - Ländliche Energie der Zukunft (EFRE IWB)


EU funding programmes

HORIZON EUROPE Funding&Tenders-Portal (EU-Forschungsrahmenprogramm)
Europäische Partnerschaften (weitere europäische Förderinstrumente)
EFRE Bayern (Europäischer Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung)
ESF Bayern (Europäischer Sozialfonds)
INTERREG (Strukturförderung zur eruopäischen territorialen Zusammenarbeit)
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)


Contact F-EU

You are also welcome to send inquiries to the central e-mail address:


Contact person

EU Referent, Start-up Support, Bavarian Joint Research Programme
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Duft
Phone: +49 841 9348-6140
Room: P203
Fax: +49 841 9348-996140