Current EU Funding Opportunities

  • Cluster 1 – Health: Information

    Regarding collaborative research projects within the clusters including Health of Pillar II in the Horizon Europe Programme, there will not be any further calls published this year. The second Horizon Europe strategic plan 2025 to 2027 was published in March 2024 and provides the basis for the Work Programme 2025. This Work Programme will contain the content for the topics for research and innovation actions from 2025, however, because it cannot be published until the new EU Commission is in office, this is expected in the first quarter of 2025. As soon as further information becomes available, we will share it with you.

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  • 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


    Call 2024 Call opensDeadline
    Advanced Grants29.05.202429.08.2024

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  • ERC - Proof of Concept Grants

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

    Currently open:

    ERC Proof of Concept Grants 2024

    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.

    The next deadline is on 17 September 2024.

    For further information click here and/or contact us .

  • Support for researcher mobility (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Staff Exchanges)

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


    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 27 November 2024.

    For further information click here and/or contact us .

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

    The Postdoctoral Fellowships provide funding for postdoctoral career development through international, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

    You can apply for a postdoctoral fellowship:

    • As a scientific supervisor together with a postdoctoral fellow from abroad for a project in your working group at the UKE, or ·
    • If you have recently begun a postdoctoral position at the UKE after having worked or lived abroad for a long time, or
    • If you are planning a stay abroad

    Depending on the destination country, there are two types of postdoctoral fellowship:

    • European Postdoctoral Fellowships for a 12 to 24-month research stay in an EU member state or associated country.
    • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships for a 12 to 24-month research stay outside of Europe, after which you are obliged to complete a 12-month return phase in a research institution in an EU member state or associated country.

    Main points of the call:

    • The target group is researchers who hold a PhD and have a maximum of 8 years‘ research experience since completion (extensions can be made under certain conditions).
    • The mobility rule applies: Applicants cannot have lived or worked in the country of the host institution for longer than twelve months within the last three years before the deadline for submission.
    • The applicant is free to choose the research topic of the proposal.
    • The EU funding includes unit costs for the salary of the researchers and for research, training and networking costs in addition to management and indirect costs.

    The next deadline is on 11 September 2024.

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  • Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) JU Calls

    2024 Work Programme

    IHI call 6 (two stage) and IHI call 7 (single stage)

    IHI call 6 (two-stage call) => deadline 16 April 2024

    • Support healthcare system resilience through a focus on persistency in the treatment of chronic diseases
    • Development of practical guidance and recommendations for using real world data/real world evidence in healthcare decision-making

    IHI call 7 (single-stage call) => deadline 22 May 2024

    • Improving clinical management of heart disease from early detection to treatment
    • User-centric technologies and optimised hospital workflows for a sustainable healthcare workforce
    • Clinical validation of biomarkers for diagnosis, monitoring disease progression and treatment response

    In preparation for IHI calls 6 and 7, a number of platforms are available to you:

    1. IHI call days : You can already find partners for a consortium

    2. Call documents : These include guidance and templates

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

  • 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.

    We will keep you updated.

  • European Innovation Council (EIC)

    The EIC supports breakthrough innovations throughout the lifecycle from early stage research, to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises.

    Upcoming: EIC Transition Open

    The EIC Transition programme funds innovation activities that go beyond experimental proof of principle. Both maturation and validation of novel technologies from laboratory to application in the relevant environment, and the development of a business case and business model towards the innovation’s future commercialisation are supported.

    Main points:

    • Proposals must build on the results of EU-funded projects (e.g. EIC Pathfinder, ERC Proof of concept Grants, Horizon 2020 Societal challenges and Leadership in Industrial Technologies, Horizon Europe pillar II) at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 (experimental proof of concept) or 4 (technology validated in lab).
    • EIC Transition open has a bottom-up approach, no predefined topics.
    • Single applicants or small consortia (maximum 5 partners) can apply.
    • The budget ranges from EUR 0,5 – 2,5 million per project for a project duration between 1 and 3 years.
    • The application procedure is one-stage, the evaluation process two-stage: evaluation by EIC expert evaluators and, if successful, an interview with the EIC jury.
    • The deadline is on 18 September 2024.

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

  • Mission Cancer

    One novelty of Horizon Europe is it ambitious missions with the aim of finding solutions to greater challenges. EU Mission: Cancer addresses the topic of cancer and it objectives are understanding, prevention and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and quality of life of cancer patients and their families. The work programme is currently being drafted and the calls for 2024 will soon be announced.

    For further information, follow the links and/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 23 October 2024 at 12.00 (noon) CEST.
    Link to the call text: COST

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

  • Digital Europe Programme: health-related topics

    The Digital Europe Programme aims to advance the digital transformation of Europe and to increase access to digital technologies for businesses, citizens and public administrations. Within the programme there are a number of health related topics and there are currently four open calls. For further information, visit the Work Programme 2023-2024.

    Currently open => Deadline 29 May 2024

    DIGITAL-2024-CLOUD-DATA-06-HEALTHCARE-AI : Support for Health Data Access Bodies to foster efficient pathways for AI in healthcare

    DIGITAL-2024-CLOUD-DATA-AI-06-GENOME : 1+ Million Genomes: sustainability and uptake

    DIGITAL-2024-CLOUD-AI-06-HEALTHRECORD : Demonstrating the in-service use of the European Electronic Health Record Exchange Format (EEHRxF) in healthcare settings

    DIGITAL-2024-CLOUD-AI-06-HEALTHACCESS : Supporting patients' access to their health data in the context of healthcare services for citizens across the EU

    DIGITAL-2024-AI-06-IMAGING: AI in support of Quantum-Enhanced Metabolic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems

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

  • EU4Health Programme

    The EU4Health Programme complements measures taken by the member states to make health systems stronger, more resilient and more accessible. The European Health and Digital Executive Agency has published a tentative calendar for upcoming grant calls in 2024 and 2025. Topics include vaccine development, respiratory protection, medicines production, cancer screening programmes and health literacy. More detailed information on the topics is available in the Work Programme 2024.

    Tentative calendar for upcoming grant calls

    For further information contact us .

Here you can find the EU calls that are most relevant for UKE.
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