Other EU Programmes
In the funding period 2014-2020, there are further international and EU Programmes supporting i.a. research and innovation besides Horizon 2020 and ESIF:
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) contributes to the efficient management of migration flows and development and implementation of the common asylum and immigration policy. It focuses on the strengthening of legal migration and integration of non-EU nationals.
The programme "European Cooperation in Science and Technology" (COST) is a transnational initiative for pan-European networking open to all scientific disciplines. COST is funded by Horizon 2020 and it enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. It provides funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities. COST does not fund research measures. The special aspect about COST is that the funded networks are constantly open for new members. The networks are funded for four years based on the bottom-up principle. A single stage application procedure is applied.
The funding programme „Creative Europe“ supports Europe’s audio-visual sector and the cultural and creative industries. The cultural and creative sector comprises i.a. architecture, archives, libraries and museums, cultural heritage and festivals. For example, European cooperation projects promote cross-border collaboration between several cultural institutions from different countries participating in “Creative Europe”.
Europeaid: European Development Fund
Several funding instruments distribute the EU’s development assistance. Besides regional and country-based assistance, the EU supports development through programmes with a specific thematic focus. The European Development Fund (EDF) is the EU's main instrument for providing development aid to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and to Overseas Countries and Territories. The EU supports both projects and organisations to further its development objectives.
Europe for Citizens
„Europe for Citizens“ aims at bringing Europe closer to its citizens. The programme funds projects concerning "European Remembrance" and "Democratic engagement & civic participation". The funding line "European Remembrance" supports projects dealing with European values and with the causes of totalitarian regimes and other important moments in the younger European history. The funding line "Democratic engagement & civic participation" supports i.a. civil society projects. These projects give citizens an opportunity to think about the European Union, its basic values, its future or to contribute to the debate on current European challenges.
Eurostars is a joint programme co-funded from the national budgets of Eurostars members and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. It funds cross-border research and innovation projects of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Universities are partly eligible for funding, especially if they collaborate with SMEs from Germany. Eurostars follows the bottom-up principle, thus it is open to all scientific disciplines. A two stage application procedure is applied. There are two cut-off dates per year.
The EU Health Programme supports actions that complement and support EU Member States’ policies to improve the health of EU citizens and reduce health inequalities. To achieve this, it seeks to promote innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems, to prevent diseases and to foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles. In addition, it strives to facilitate access to better and safer healthcare and to protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats.
The Justice Programme funds judicial cooperation projects in the fields of civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters, criminal matters and policy-making. It also focuses on judicial training, such as language training and legal terminology in order to create a common legal and judicial culture.
LIFE is the European funding instrument for environment and climate projects. The ‘Environment’ strand of the programme covers three priority areas: environment and resource efficiency; nature and biodiversity; and environmental governance and information. The ‘Climate Action’ strand covers climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; and climate governance and information.
Research Fund for Coal and Steel
The “Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)” is a programme funded by the EU, which supports research and innovation projects in the sectors related to the coal and steel industry. The programme covers the following areas: production processes; new products and applications; quality control, utilisation and conversion of resources; safety at work; environmental protection by reduction of emissions from coal use and steel production; social issues.
Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme strives to defend the rights and freedoms entitled to all people under EU law. It aims to promote non-discrimination by combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. At the same time, it promotes gender equality and gender mainstreaming, the rights of risk groups such as children and young people, the protection of personal data and consumer rights.