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On this page you will find information on the EU funding programs that can co-finance projects to help implement the EU 10/100/20 strategy

What public funding is available and where?

Why should I join an EU project?

Is my company eligible for EU funding?

How do EU funding programs work? 

EU Funding Opportunities Workshop – step by step guide to accessing EU funding


What public funding is available and where?

Public funding will be available from the EU, national and regional/local budgets:

diagram EU funding programs

Horizon 2020: 

  • EU funding program for Research & Development & Innovation covering a number of sectors, including applications (health, automotive, energy efficiency)

  • Open to companies, research institutes, universities and public authorities

  • Overall budget: € 70,2 Billion for period 2014-2017

  • 20% overall Horizon 2020 budget pledged for SMEs

Call for proposals - Horizon 2020 program

ECSEL JTI - New EU funding instrument (replacing ENIAC & ARTEMIS)  

  • Estimated budget of € 4,8 billion over the period 2014-2020

  • Combines EU and national/regional funds with industry funds: EU and Member States each expected to contribute € 1,2 billion, industry contributes at least half of the remaining € 2,4 billion

  • Thematic focus: nanoelectronics, embedded system,s smart system integration

  • Relevant to design, research, equipment, materials, fabs, device makers

  • Expected launch Q2 2014

  • European Commission announcement of ECSEL



  • Thematic focus: nanoelectronics

  • Combines funding from national governments and industry

  • Relevant to design, research, equipment, materials, fabs, device makers


European Regional Funds:

  • To support clusters and SMEs entrepreneurship; also facilitate access to finance

  • Accessible to companies and clusters through programs launched by their national/regional authorities

  • National/regional contact points available here   

European Social Fund: 

  • To support training and education for staff 

Why should I join an EU project? top of page top of page

Many companies, in particular smaller and medium-sized companies (SMEs), perceive EU funding programs as too complex and difficult to access, that place too big an administrative burden for little financial gain. 

But the true benefit of EU-funded projects is not in the money you will receive, but in the partnership as such. 

When you join an EU-funded project, your company joins a new network, cooperates with companies across the supply chain, some of which will become your new customers, has access to state-of-the-art research facilities and technologies. This is particularly important for small and medium enterprises, that on their own do not have easy access to such facilities and can share the knowledge and financial burden of testing and validating their products.


Is my company eligible for EU funding?  top of page top of page

Eligibility criteria for the various European funding programs vary in their details. Some general principles:

  • EU funding is available for all companies, both large and small from across the manufacturing supply chain

  • Foreign companies are eligible: the EU has international cooperation agreements that allow companies/research centers located abroad to participate to EU funding programs. Foreign companies established within the EU are also eligible. The details for the participation of non-EU companies are specified in each funding program and in the calls for project proposals

  • EU funding is also available for research institutes, universities and clusters


How do EU funding programs work? top of page top of page

Each funding program has its own rules and procedures.

To find out more about how to get involved in EU funding projects, check out the information from our SEMI EU Funding Workshop.


Some general principles about EU projects:

  • Projects are normally ‘co-financed’, meaning that the cost of the project is shared by the partner companies and public authorities. So your company must be prepared to cover some of your own costs.

  • Novelty is an important selection criterion for EU co-financed projects: you have to be proposing leading-edge R&D and technology.

  • EU added-value is another important selection criterion: Proposing a project that will only benefit your company or your region/country will not work. You have to keep in mind the overall European investment priorities and demonstrate that your idea can help achieve these.


An EU funding cycle consists of the following steps:

  • The EU sets out a 7 year funding program, outlining the key priorities the program will address, the operating rules and an overall budget

  • At least once a year, a call for proposals is published under each funding program. This call  outlines the criteria that projects seeking EU co-financing need to satisfy:  

» what thematic priorities need to be addressed;  
» minimum number of partners and geographical coverage (how many countries should the partners represent);  
» overall estimated budget of the project; 
» criteria that will be applied to select successful projects;  
» application form  and how it should be filled out; 
» deadline for submitting applications. 

  • Successful projects are selected and negotiate a project agreement with the managing authority of the funding program (European Commission, national or regional authority, EU agency etc., depending on the program). The agreement lists the objectives of the project, the actions that the project partners commit to, the budget and financial obligations of the partners, the reporting and reimbursement procedures.

  • The project launches its activities and regularly reports its progress to the program managing authority. Reimbursement of expenses is subject to successfully implementing the actions that are listed in the project agreement. 



EU funding cycle


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