Researcher Manual

Roadmap to EU research funding

Horizon Europe

Scientific, technological, economic, environmental and societal impact; support to all forms of research and innovation.

Euratom Research and Training Programme

Euratom aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection.


Ambitious international project to build the world’s biggest fusion machine, advance fusion energy technology for a greener and more sustainable energy mix.


Providing the EU with crucial long-term funding, crowding in private investment, supporting the recovery and a greener, more digital and resilient Europe.

Connecting Europe Facility

Supporting the delivery of key energy, transport and digital infrastructure cross Europe.

Digital Europe Programme>

The Digital Europe Programme is the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe.

Single Market Programme

Empowering and protecting consumers; ensuring food safety, enabling EU small and medium-sized enterprises to thrive.

EU Anti-Fraud Programme

Protection of the EU’s financial interests; specialised equipment, knowledge and training.

Cooperation in the field of taxation (FISCALIS)

he Fiscalis programme enables national tax administrations to create and exchange information and expertise.

Cooperation in the field of customs (CUSTOMS)

Customs supports the cooperation among customs authorities and protects the financial and economic interests of the EU and its Member States.

European Space Programme

EU space policy; satellite technology and innovation; data, navigation, and communication services; fighting climate change; disaster response.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Strengthening EU economic, social and territorial cohesion by correcting imbalances between regions through programmes implemented by local authorities.

Cohesion Fund (CF)

The Cohesion Fund aims to reduce economic and social disparities and to promote sustainable development.


Additional funding for the existing 2014–2020 cohesion programmes under ERDF, ESF and FEAD.

Support to the Turkish Cypriot community

The Aid Programme aims to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus.

Recovery and Resilience Facility

The Recovery and Resilience Facility is the key instrument of NextGenerationEU to help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

Technical Support Instrument

The Technical Support Instrument provides tailor-made technical expertise to EU countries to carry out reforms.

Protection of the Euro Against Counterfeiting

Prevent and combat counterfeiting and related fraud and preserve the integrity of the euro banknotes and coins.

Union Civil Protection Mechanism (rescEU)

Strengthen cooperation among the EU Member States and 6 Participating States in the field of civil protection.


Investing in resilient, equitable and modern health systems, improving the health of EU citizens and protecting people from cross-border health threats.

European Social Fund+

The European Social Fund+ (ESF+) is the EU’s main instrument for investing in people with the aim of building a more social and inclusive Europe.


Support the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport.

European Solidarity Corps

For young people wishing to volunteer to help the disadvantaged, provide humanitarian aid, contribute to health and environmental action

Justice Programme

Strengthening democracy, rule of law, and fundamental rights.

Citizens, Equality, Rights Values programme

Protection and promotion of the rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s programme for providing support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

European agricultural guarantee fund (EAGF)

The EAGF funds income support for EU farmers and measures to stabilise agricultural markets.

European agricultural fund for rural development (EAFRD)

The EAFRD provides funding to support rural areas and strengthen the EU’s agri-food and forestry sectors.

European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund

Common fisheries policy, maritime policy, aquaculture, sustainable development.

Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

To achieve the shift towards a sustainable, circular and resilient economy, protect and restore the environment, halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

Just Transition Fund

Supporting the transition towards climate neutrality by alleviating its socio-economic impact in the regions most affected.

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

Migration, Asylum and Integration; Common European Asylum System; Migration Management; Solidarity.

Integrated Border Management Fund

Border Management; EU Common Visa Policy; European Border and Coast Guard, Custom Control Equipment at Customs Border points and Customs laboratories.

Internal Security Fund

Security of the Union; Tackling radicalisation, terrorism, cybercrime, organised crime; Protecting victims of crime.

Nuclear Decommissioning (Lithuania)

Ensuring safe closure of old nuclear reactors, protecting the environment and human health.

Nuclear Safety and Decommissioning

Ensuring safe closure of old nuclear reactors, protecting the environment and human health.

European Defence Fund

The European Defence Fund is the Commission’s key initiative to support, with the EU budget, collaborative research and development of defence capabilities.

Europe: Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument

Global Europe is the EU’s main financial tool to contribute to sustainable development, peace and stability across the globe.

Humanitarian Aid

Whenever there is a disaster or humanitarian emergency, the EU provides assistance for the affected countries and populations.

Common Foreign and Security Policy

The CFSP contributes to the objectives of preserving peace, preventing conflicts and strengthening international security.

Overseas Countries and Territories

Promoting economic and social development of the Overseas Countries and Territories, increasing their resilience and competitiveness, reducing vulnerability.

Pre-Accession Assistance

Supporting EU candidate countries and potential candidates in transforming their societies, legal systems and economies, on the path to EU membership.

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