Current EU funding opportunities

Here you can find the EU calls that are most relevant for UKE.
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  • Horizon Europe: Cluster 1 – Health


    Within the most relevant cluster for the UKE, Cluster 1 Health there are 4 forthcoming topics:

    Destination 3: Tackling disease and reducing disease burden

    Destination 5: Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society

    Destination 6: Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry

    The planned opening date is 26 October 2023; the deadline is on 11 April 2024.

    For further information, follow the links and/or contact us .

  • Horizon Europe - ERC - Excellence grants

    The European Research Council (ERC) supports excellent researchers at different stages in their careers for groundbreaking and visionary research.

    Starting Grants provide support for promising early career scientists from 2-7 years after PhD defence or 4-9 years after MD*.

    Consolidator Grants provide support for excellent researchers from 7-12 years after PhD defence or 9-14 years after MD*.

    Advanced Grants are aimed at leading and established researchers who have achieved excellent scientific results in the last 10 years.

    Synergy Grants provide support to a group of 2 to 4 excellent researchers regardless of their career stage. The ambitious research project can only be implemented through the specific expertise of the group.

    *Reference date to calculate the eligibility window is the 1 January of the year of the call. Exceptions regarding the funding eligibility window can be made under certain conditions.

    The following apply to all ERC Research Grants:

    • Pioneering research is funded
    • There are no prescribed priorities or topics for project ideas: bottom up
    • The only selection criteria is scientific excellence

    Currently open or forthcoming:

    Call 2024 Call opensDeadlines
    Starting Grants11.07.202324.10.2023
    Consolidator Grants12.09.202312.12.2023
    Advanced Grants29.05.202429.08.2024
    Synergy Grants12.07.202308.11.2023

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  • Horizon Europe - ERC Proof of Concept Grants

    ERC Proof of Concept grants allow for verification of innovative potential of ERC project results.

    ERC grantees can apply for a proof of concept grant during or shortly after their ERC research grant.

    Regardless of the actual project costs a flat rate of 150.000 Euro is awarded.

    The duration can be up to a maximum of 18 months.


    Call 2024Call opensDeadlines
    Proof of Concept Grants16.11.202314.03.2024/ 17.09.2024

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  • Horizon Europe - Förderung der Forschermobilität (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks, Postdoctoral Fellowships)

    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme provides funding to support international, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral mobility in research.

    Currently open:

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks

    The Doctoral Networks provide funding to develop an international, interdisciplinary, and coss-sectoral graduate training programme.

    You can apply for three different types:

    • Standard Doctoral Networks (DN)
    • Industrial Doctorates (ID)
    • Joint Doctorates (JD)

    Main points of the call:

    • To be eligible, a consortium needs to have at least three institutions, at least one of which is from an EU member state and two others from different member states or associated countries. For Industrial Doctorates and Joint Doctorates there are further specific requirements.
    • The applicants are free to choose the research topic of the proposal.
    • The duration for the Doctoral Networks and the Industrial Doctorates can be a maximum of four years and for Joint Doctorates five
    • The EU-funding includes fixed rates for the salary of the PhD students and for training, research, networking and management and indirect costs.

    The next deadline is on 28. November 2023.

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  • Horizon Europe - European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Challenges

    The European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Challenges programme supports unconventional and high-risk projects on selected trends and topics. The topics for the 2023 call are now open.

    Of the 5 topics for the 2023 call, one is Health-related:

    Main points of the call:

    • Consortia or individual institutions are eligible.
    • The recommended budget is up to 4 million euros per project.
    • The proposal is one step.

    The deadline is on 18 October 2023.

    For further information, follow the links and/or contact us .

  • EU4Health-Programm - for a healthier EU

    • The EU4Health Programme supports measures to make health systems stronger, more resistant and more accessible to better deal with risks in the long term.

    There are currently 12 open calls on the following topics:

    • EU4H-2023-PJ-01: Supporting access to medical devices for cross border health threats (HERA)
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-02: Supporting stakeholders on the prevention of NCDs in the area of chronic respiratory diseases
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-03: Preventing NCDs in the area of mental health including actions supporting vulnerable population groups, such as migrants, refugees, Roma people and displaced people from Ukraine
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-04: Preventing NCDs in the area of dementia and other neurological disorders
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-05: Supporting the implementation of the strategic agenda for medical ionising radiation applications (SAMIRA) – organisation of clinical audit campaigns as a tool to improve quality and safety of medical applications of ionising radiation
    • Action grants on mental health challenges for cancer patients and survivors: -EU4H-2023-PJ-06: Sub-topic (a): Mental health and Cancer
      -EU4H-2023-PJ-07: Sub-topic (b): European Code for Mental Health
    • Action grants on the safety and quality of new Substances of Human Origin (Breast milk, faecal microbiota transplants) -EU4H-2023-PJ-08: Sub-topic (a): Breast milk - EU4H-2023-PJ-09: Sub-topic (b): Faecal microbiotic transplants
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-10: Action grants on Facilitating Organ Paired Exchange
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-11: Program on orphan medical devices, in particular targeting paediatric patients
    • EU4H-2023-PJ-12: Action grants to contribute to the organisations of conference and events

    The deadline is on 17 October 2023.

    For more detailed information on the call topics, see the Call document .

    The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) held an information event on the calls for which the recording and presentations are available here .

  • Horizon Europe: Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) JU JU Calls 4 and 5

    The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) has published the final versions of topics from Calls 4 und 5.

    IHI call 4 (two-stage call)

    • Expanding translational knowledge in minipigs: a path to reduce and replace non-human primates in non-clinical safety assessment
    • Patient-centric blood sample collection to enable decentralised clinical trials and improve access to healthcare
    • Inclusive clinical studies for equitable access to clinical research in Europe
    • Establishing novel approaches to improve clinical trials for rare and ultra-rare diseases
    • Safe & sustainable by design (SSbD) packaging and single use device solutions for healthcare products
    • Sustainable circular development and manufacturing of healthcare products and their quantitative environmental impact assessment

    IHI call 5 (single-stage call)

    • Accelerating the implementation of new approach methodologies and other innovative non-animal approaches for the development, testing and production of health technologies
    • Development and proof of principle of new clinical applications of theranostics solutions
    • Improved prediction, detection, and treatment approaches for comprehensive stroke management
    • Maximising the potential of synthetic data generation in healthcare applications

    The IHI held Online Infodays on the calls. Recording and presentations on the individual topics are available here .

    For further information, follow the links and/or contact us .

  • Horizon Europe: Other clusters and programme parts with health aspects

    In addition to the topics under Cluster Health, there are topics among the other clusters and programme parts of Horizon Europe that relate to health and that are thence relevant to the UKE. These are outlined and linked below.

    Cluster 3: civil security for society

    Cluster 6: food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

    Cluster 4: digital, industry and space

    For further information, follow the links or contact us .

  • COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology

    COST actions support networks for innovative research activities in Europe.

    The main points of the call:

    • Funding for network activities regarding research topics that you are free to choose
    • To be eligible, a consortium needs to be comprised of at least seven COST members or cooperating members, at least 50% of which need to be from Inclusiveness Target Countries. Participants from non-EU countries are eligible
    • The duration of a COST-Action is 4 years
    • One-stage application
    • The application is open for submission until 25 October 2023 at 12.00 (noon) CEST.
    Link to the call text: COST

    For further information, follow the links and/or contact us .

  • BMBF seed funding for Horizon Europe collaborative projects

    To encourage and strengthen German coordination under the current EU Framework programme for research and innovation, the BMBF offers seed funding for German entities working towards a proposal for a collaborative research project in Pillar II, Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness.

    Main points

    • Measures to prepare for future call proposals are supported. Examples include preliminary data production, development and expansion of topic-specific consortia, coordination of the development of project suggestions.
    • Up to 50.000 euros can be awarded for a duration of 12 months.
    • The final deadline for submission is on 30 September 2023.

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