EU Horizon Europe funding

Horizon Europe, the EU’s new seven-year research and innovation programme, has now launched and UofG researchers are fully eligible to apply. Horizon Europe is the successor programme to Horizon 2020 and operates in the same way when it comes to applying for and receiving funding.

ERC grants for individual researchers

In 2021 alone, the European Research Council (ERC) work programme offers €1.9bn to allow ~ 1,000 researchers to pursue investigator-led research. The first ERC calls for 2021 have been announced:

  • ERC Starting Grant – now open, closes 8 April
  • ERC Consolidator Grant – now open, closes 20 April
  • ERC Advanced Grant – opens 20 May, closes 31 August
  • MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships – opens TBC, closes 15 September

Please seek advice from mentors and the Overseas Team about whether you are ready to apply (or to plan for applying in later rounds):

EU-funded collaborations

You are encouraged to continue nurturing existing European networks and partnerships and continue engaging in new ones. Please tell your European collaborators that the UK is continuing to bid as part of EU collaborative projects, with EU funding, as an Associated Country.

Horizon Europe’s collaborative projects are organised in six ‘Clusters’:

  • Cluster 1 - Health
  • Cluster 2 - Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Cluster 3 - Civil Security for Society
  • Cluster 4 - Digital, Industry and Space
  • Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Cluster 6 - Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

Work programmes and calls are expected to be formally published from April 2021, but the Overseas Team has the draft 2021-22 calls in these Clusters and can be contacted at:


First published: 12 March 2021