The European Union has been funding research and innovation projects for over thirty years. EUfunded projects have proven to offer excellent opportunities to obtain international experience and peer recognition, grow one’s professional network and conduct projects that require expertise which only an EU-wide pool of people and organisations can provide.
European research and innovation funding is allocated through framework programmes that cover a period of several years. The current framework programme Horizon 2020 covers the period 2014-2020.
With each financing period, the framework programmes have become more complete – but also more complex. Many organisations are eligible under the current framework programme Horizon 2020: universities, research centres, SMEs and large companies, but also cities, associations and individual researchers. For those with no or little previous experience, it is often a huge challenge to understand what and how to do in order to apply for funding.
A vast body of information exists but can be complex, confusing or very time-consuming to go through. In order to help prospective applicants, the European Commission has initiated a network of National Contact Points (NCPs) that can provide information and support to actors in each country interested in Horizon 2020 projects. Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, has been appointed as NCP for Luxembourg. Building on our decade-long experience of EU funding programmes, we are able to respond to questions on where to get up-to-date information on programmes and calls for project proposals, what programmes are the most suitable for you and where and how to find European partners.
This practical guide will follow the step-by-step process from an idea to a running EU-funded project. We hope you find it useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and individual support.