Other funding opportunities
1. European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs)
The ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020 is designed to support public-public partnerships in their preparation, establishment of networking structures, design, implementation and coordination of joint activities as well as topping up of single joint calls and of actions of a transnational nature.
The ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 merges the former ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus into a single instrument with the central and compulsory element of implementing one substantial call with top-up funding from the Commission. The focus of ERA-NETs is therefore shifting from the funding of networks to the top-up funding of single joint calls for transnational research and innovation in selected areas with high European added value and relevance for Horizon 2020. This aims at increasing substantially the share of funding that Member States dedicate jointly to challenge driven research and innovation agendas. Financial contributions of Member States can be in cash or in kind in order to broaden the scope of ERA-NETs towards the coordination institutional funding of governmental research organizations.
In addition to the joint calls they implement, ERA-NETs have developed, over the past years, a vast range of networking and other joint activities that contribute significantly to the impact of the ERA-NET scheme and that should be sustained.
2. European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology aims at enhancing Europe's ability to innovate by integrating, for the first time at EU level, education and entrepreneurship with research and innovation. As part of Horizon 2020, the EIT's budget is € 2 711.4 million for 2014-2020. The main operational arm of the EIT is its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). Through them the EIT develops and tests a new model of how innovation is approached, managed, financed and delivered in Europe. The KICs offer an opportunity for top innovation players to be part of a highly collaborative community.
The 6 current KICs address:
- Food systems (EIT Food)
- Climate change (Climate KIC)
- ICT innovation (EIT Digital)
- Sustainable energy (KIC InnoEnergy)
- Healthy living and active ageing (EIT Health)
- Sustainable raw materials (EIT Raw materials)
In 2018, the EIT will launch calls for 2 KICs: EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban mobility
3. Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs)
The overall aim of the Joint Programming is to pool national research efforts, by the efficient use of Europe's public R&D funds, and by tackling common European grand societal challenges, which are beneficial for society and European competitiveness. This aim is shared with the Member States’ common vision for strategic research agendas on addressing those major challenges: