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Search funding opportunities — Find a call

The Portal is the single point of entry for all EU funding and tenders, i.e. grants, prizes and procurements managed by the European Commission and other EU services.

The Portal currently hosts the following EU funding programmes:


You can access calls and topics in your area of interest through the Portal Search funding & tenders page. This page allows you to search in the text of the call and topic titles, call and topic identifiers, topic description and keywords and tags. You can also filter using the quick search per topics related to specific EU priorities.

If you would like to receive updates on new calls, you can subscribe to the Funding Opportunities RSS feed.

The Search funding & tenders page also hosts calls for tenders (EU procurements) and prizes. It does NOT cover financial instruments (EU loans and venture capital) — these are normally managed through financial partners (banks), but the Portal homepage has a direct link to the Access to finance page on Europa.

Calls and topics

On the Portal most calls are divided into topics.

Call — Group of topics that are open in parallel and address the same policy domain.

Topic — Part of a call with one opening and closing date. The proposals submitted to the topic will be evaluated together and compete against each other.

The Search funding & tenders page will display the list of open topics; the name of the call they belong to is visible on the Topic page.

The Topic page contains all the information you need to have for your proposal (call conditions, legal framework and key documents, standard application form and other practical information you need to prepare your proposal). The Topic page also specifies the call deadline and contains a link to the Portal Submission System, through which you can submit your proposal. The Topic page also contains call and topic updates (changes or important information for the applicants).

Deadline for submission

A topic is considered open until the deadline for submission has passed (call deadline).

Each topic will specify deadlines and/or cut-off dates.

Deadline models

Single-stage

For most topics, you must submit a full proposal by the call deadline.

Two-stage

Some topics have a 2-stage submission procedure, which means that you have to submit a short outline proposal for stage 1 and then a full proposal only if you are invited to stage 2 (meaning that your project looks promising).

Multiple cut-off

Some topics are continuously open, where you can submit a proposal at any time, and cut-off dates mean that all proposals received by a given cut-off date will be evaluated after that deadline.

Types of action

Types of action designate funding schemes, i.e. calls with the same characteristics: policy domain (scope of funded activities), award criteria, reimbursement rate and in some cases form of funding (budget-based grant, lump sum grant, unit grant, prize, procurement, debt and equity facility, etc.)

The types of action depend on each EU programme.

There are two main types: action grants (for projects) and operating grants (to support organisations and their running costs).

In addition, most programmes distinguish the following:

  • Project Grants
  • Lump Sum Grants
  • Unit Grants and
  • Framework Partnerships.

However, especially larger programmes have developed their own specific set of types of action, for instance:

  • Horizon Europe: Research and Innovation Actions, Innovation Actions, Coordination and Support Actions, Pre-commercial Procurements, Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions, etc.
  • Digital Europe: Simple Grants, Coordination and Support Actions, SME Support Actions, Grants for Financial Support, Grants for Procurement, PAC Grants for Procurement, Lump Sum Grants, Framework Partnerships
  • CEF: Project Grants, Infrastructure Projects, Lump Sum Grants, Unit Grants, Framework Partnerships
  • Single Market Programme: Project Grants, Lump Sum Grants, Grants for Financial Support, PPI Grants for Procurement, Framework Partnerships, European Statistics, etc.

Within the types of actions, EU grants fund all kinds of activities (collaborative actions, coordination and networking actions, coordination and support actions, support to organisations, technical assistance and capacity building actions, mobility actions, cofund actions to existing grant schemes/procurements of the beneficiaries, infrastructure actions, etc.)

Technology readiness levels (TRL)

Calls in the field of innovation (close to market) often use the notion of technology readiness level to specify also the level of technology readiness that is expected from the projects. There are 9 technology readiness levels:

  • TRL 1 — basic principles observed
  • TRL 2 — technology concept formulated
  • TRL 3 — experimental proof of concept
  • TRL 4 — technology validated in lab
  • TRL 5 — technology validated in relevant environment
  • TRL 6 — technology demonstrated in relevant environment
  • TRL 7 — system prototype demonstration in operational environment
  • TRL 8 — system complete and qualified
  • TRL 9 — actual system proven in operational environment.