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Specific programme for excellent science in Europe

This fund is a framework programme, organised in different strands (sub-programmes)

?A framework programme is an umbrella structure intended to serve various funding schemes (strands / sub-programmes). Each strand includes specific themes and funding rules.

You will find here the outline of EU subsidies synthetised in an easy-to-read format. This section answers all your critical questions on EU grants (How much can I get? Does my project match this grant? When must I submit my application? …)


Grants for project aiming to make the Union’s research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.

Does my project meet the priority requirements of this fund?

Activities under this Pillar aim to reinforce and extend the excellence of the Union’s science base and to consolidate the European Research Area in order to make the Union’s research and innovation system more competitive on a global scale.


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Calls for projects / Calls for proposals

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Contact - Funds Manager

Find here more information on official contact points and get the contact details of the programme officer. This will be useful to get further information on open calls for proposals.

Find all useful information about HORIZON 2020 - (1.) EXCELLENT SCIENCE

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