European Commission: EU Research Funding Opportunities for Australian Researchers

1. Horizon 2020

The European Commission has presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30B. The Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy and digital economy.

Competitive calls for proposals are open to everyone, including Australian organisations or individuals. What will Horizon 2020 focus on?

There are four main ways an Australian can participate in Horizon 2020 as below:

  • as a partner in a collaborative project;
  • as a participant in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA);
  • as a European Research Council grantee; and
  • by becoming a registered expert.

View the website for further information

2. Australia-EU co-funding mechanisms for health & medical research & innovation products
Specifically for EU collaboration, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants scheme aims to provide assistance to Australian researchers to participate in collaborative projects that have been selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Societal Challenge.

View the website for further information on the 2018 funding round

3. EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)
NHMRC will be continuing its relationship with JPND in 2018, including participation in funding rounds relevant to the goals of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR). JPND have recently opened their 2018 call for “Multinational research projects on Health and Social Care for Neurodegenerative Diseases”. NHMRC has allocated up to $3M for Australian applicants to this call, with a maximum of $750,000 over three years for each successful grant.

For more information for this scheme, please refer to the University Research Services Bulletin


If you have any questions regarding the EU funding schemes, please contact:
Khloe Xu
Research Services
T (+618) 8313 3716

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