Links to EU funding

The EU is a major funder of European research and innovation. Most funding opportunities can be found in the current framework programme, Horizon 2020. But there are also other programmes from which you can apply for funding.

If you are interested in finding calls within the EU, the most effective way is to use the Funding & Tenders Portal. Here you can filter out calls from the programmes you are interested in, see current deadlines, and read descriptions of the requirements placed on you as an applicant. This is also where you apply for and manage your grants.

Go to the Funding & Tenders portal

EU funding opportunities

To give you an idea of ​​the many funding opportunities available, we have nevertheless listed brief information about the EU's various programmes. We will update the page as soon as the new framework programme, Horizon Europe, takes shape.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is one of the EU's greatest tools for ensuring Europe's competitiveness by strengthening the economy, creating jobs, and improving the living conditions for people in the EU and around the world. In 2014–2020, the EU will invest nearly 80 billion euros in:

Excellent Science

The Excellent Science section aims to reinforce and maintain Europe's position in free excellent research. It supports cutting-edge research initiated by researchers themselves.

Read more about Excellent Science

The following sub-programmes can be found here:

  • The European Research Council (ERC)
    The European Research Council provides individual grants to prominent junior and senior researchers. It aims at supporting frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas.
    Read more about the ERC
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
    Future and Emerging Technologies supports collaborations between advanced multidisciplinary science and cutting-edge engineering.
    Read more about FET
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions work to promote career development, graduate schools and networking by financing both international exchange and mobility between different sectors of society. 
    Read more about the MSCA
  • Research Infrastructures
    European Research Infrastructures aim at promoting the development, use and availability of infrastructures (including ICT based e-infrastructures) in the EU.
    Read more about Research Infrastructures

Societal Challenges

Within this section, larger networks of researchers work together in trying to solve societal challenges facing the EU and the rest of the world. Seven major challenges are highlighted:

  • SC1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing.
  • SC2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and bioeconomy.
  • SC3 Secure, clean and efficient energy.
  • SC4 Smart, green and integrated transport.
  • SC5 Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
  • SC6 Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
  • SC7 Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

Read more about Societal Challenges

Industrial Leadership

The Industrial Leadership section finances promising and strategic technologies, such as advanced manufacturing and microelectronics. This includes everything from support for small and medium-sized companies to investments in nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and production.

Read more about Industrial Leadership

Science with and for Society

The aim of the programme is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility. 

Read more about Science with and for Society

Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

The aim is to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the European Union. Synergies with European Structural and Investment funds are an important component.

Read more about Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The Institute is an EU initiative that drives innovation across Europe by integrating business, education and research to find solutions to pressing global challenges – from climate change and sustainable energy to healthy living and food.

Read more about EIT


The Euratom Programme puts a strong emphasis on developing nuclear skills and competence, and also promotes European cooperation in the field. The focus areas include nuclear safety, medical research, radiation protection, waste management, and industrial applications for radiation.

Read more about Euratom

JRC – Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre, JRC, is the European Commission's science and knowledge service, which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

Read more about JRC

Partnership programmes

Within the framework of H2020, there are also several partnership programmes. These fund projects in which researchers from several different countries participate. The European partnership programmes include:

ERA-NET Cofund

ERA-NET Cofund promotes European collaboration in research and innovation by opening up national programs for researchers from other countries. The aim is to help rationalize research and innovation efforts in Europe.

Read more about ERA-NET Cofund

Cofund Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Promotes the opening of national post-doctoral programs for European participation.

Read more about Cofund Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Article 185 initiatives

Initiatives under Article 185 are long-term research programmes, half funded by the European Commission and half by the member states. They often include collaboration between national programmes on a common issue.

Read more about Article 185

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI, Article 187)

Stimulates private/public partnerships and gathers resources in important industrial areas.

Read more about JTI

Contractual public-private partnerships (CPPP)

These private or public partnerships with the EU strive to pool resources in key industrial areas.

Read more about Contractual public-private partnerships

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI)

Joint Programming is a long-term process based on major societal challenges that no country alone can solve (for example, climate change, sustainable food production and long-term access to water). The aim is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's research and development resources, and tackle common challenges more effectively.

Read more about Joint Programming Initiatives

European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs)

EIPs are partnerships that bring together relevant parties at EU, national and regional levels to streamline, simplify and better coordinate existing financial instruments and initiatives. They focus on challenges that can benefit society, modernise sectors and markets.

Read more about European Innovation Partnerships

Other programmes

Other programmes that fund research and innovation are, for example:

Collaboration programmes

To promote a harmonious development of the EU as a whole, socially as well as economically, the European Commission also supports a range of collaboration programmes. These programmes are prepared by each member state and/or region, and are financed either by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) or the Cohesion Fund.

Regional programmes – Sweden

European Social Fund (ESF) in Sweden
The fund finances various national, regional and local projects that contribute to employment and skills development.

Upper Norrland
The fund invests in regional growth and employment in Upper Norrland, and is based on the region's strategies and priorities for how the region should develop.

Maritime and fisheries programme
The maritime and fisheries programme supports the development of environmentally sustainable fishing and aquaculture in Sweden.

National programme – Sweden

National regional fund programme
The programme helps to identify and enable synergies between regional, national and European policies to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Territorial cooperation programmes

Botnia-Atlantica programme (BA)
It finances cooperation between Sweden, Norway and Finland to overcome common challenges such as long distances, sparsely populated areas and availability of communications.
The managing authority is the County Administrative Board of Västerbotten County.

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPAP)
This transnational cooperation focuses on common issues such as low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources, and high impact of climate change.
The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten County is the administrative authority.

Kolarctic CBC Programme
It strives to promote economic and social development in the northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. Among other things, by addressing common challenges in environment, public health, safety and mobility.
The contact person in Sweden works at the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten County.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme
The goal is to make the Baltic Sea Region an area that is attractive to live, work and invest in.

ESPON 2020 (co-financed by ERDF)
This research programme focuses on regional development and spatial planning.
The contact person in Sweden works at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

The aim is for cities to work together to solve urban problems and share their experiences for a sustainable urban development.
The contact person in Sweden works at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.


Interreg Europe
An interregional cooperation programme that covers all EU countries, as well as Norway, the UK and Switzerland. Interreg Europe offers opportunities for regional and local public authorities across Europe to share ideas and experience on public policy in practice, therefore improving strategies for their citizens and communities.

Interreg Sweden-Norway
This programme promotes cross-border cooperation in order to create conditions for an economically strong region with an attractive living environment.
The managing authority is the County Administrative Board of Jämtland County.

Interreg Nord
A cooperation programme between the northern parts of Sweden, Norway and Finland, and Sápmi. The overall goal is to strengthen the program area's competitiveness and attractiveness.
The managing authority is the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten County.

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The site is a guide for those who want to know more about the programmes of the European Structural and Investment Funds affecting Sweden, and in which programmes Swedish organizations, governments and companies can participate.

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Euraxess is a European initiative to, among other things, promote career development for researchers, stimulate researcher mobility within the EU, and provide updated information on job vacancies, funding opportunities and fellowships throughout Europe.

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Read more about the Euraxess Centre at Umeå University


The Erasmus+ programme aims to increase the quality, cooperation and mobility of higher education in Europe. Through Erasmus+, students, teachers and administrative staff can temporarily exchange Umeå for a stay at a partner university or company in Europe.

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North Sweden

North Sweden European Office is the Brussels representation of Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland Härjedalen and Västernorrland, the four northernmost counties of Sweden. The aim of the office is to create good conditions for the region's companies, academia and public authorities to act successfully in the EU arena.

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