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Internal and external funding sources, supporting European and International collaborations and projects.

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Developing European and international funding

We can help you with developing research project ideas for European funding, such as the European Commission, or International funding, such as the National Institutes for Health and National Science Foundation.

We can advise you on developing your collaborations and networks, finding research collaborators and identifying international funding opportunities. More information can be found on our Wiki.

Horizon Europe

The EU and UK have a Trade and Cooperation Agreement outlining the terms of their continued relationship following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. According to the deal, the UK will take part in Horizon Europe, Euratom, ITER, Copernicus, SST programmes. The UK will no longer participate in the Erasmus+ scheme for student and staff mobility. More on this from our Brexit advice for staff involved in research.

Researchers at UK institutes remain eligible to apply for European funding through the Horizon Europe programme. Following initial results of the 2021 calls, UK success rates remain very high, with the UK appearing in the top three most successful countries for the 2021 ERC Starting (3rd), Consolidator (2nd) and Proof-of-Concept Grants (1st).

While UK association to the programme remains an unknown, the UK Government has published details of a guarantee to honour payment of grants obtained through the Horizon Europe Programme, meaning academics based in the UK are not at risk of missing out on awarded funding. See the details of the safety net guarantee.

If you have any questions regarding European or other International funding calls, please get in touch with Dr Alex Harrison:

Horizon Europe Support Fund
Our Horizon Europe Support Fund is a fund from RIS to provide financial support to University of Bath researchers who are engaging in the Horizon Europe programme. Both travel and consortium meeting support are available.

See the slides from a January 2021 UKRO webinar on Horizon Europe.

Below are details of available funding through this programme.

European Research Council

The Excellent Science Pillar of the European Research Council has the following calls:

ERC Starting Grant
The ERC Starting Grant is for early-career researchers to establish their own (and often first) research group. They will then obtain independence through excellent research. Eligibility: 2-7 years post PhD Duration: up to 5 years Budget: €1.5 million (pro rata) Next deadline: 25 October 2022 (tentative)

ERC Consolidator Grant
The ERC Consolidator Grant is for researchers to consolidate their independence with a view to becoming a future research leader. Eligibility: 7-12 years post PhD Duration: up to 5 years Budget: €2 million (pro rata) Next deadline: 2 February 2023 (tentative)

ERC Advanced Grant
The ERC Advanced Grant is for excellent researchers making breakthroughs through high quality research ideas. Applicants must still be active researchers and have a strong track record over the previous 10 years. Eligibility: >12 years post-Ph.D. but usually Professorial researchers Duration: up to 5 years Budget: €2.5 million (pro rata) Next deadline: 28 April 2022 (tentative)

ERC Synergy Grant
The ERC Synergy Grant provides funding for 2-4 Principal Investigators (PIs) to propose an ambitious, interdisciplinary research project. Projects will lead to breakthroughs not possible by any individual PI working with a single team. Eligibility: No specific criteria but all PIs are assessed for ERC quality relative to career stage Duration: up to 6 years Budget: €10 million (pro rata) Next deadline: 8 November 2022 (tentative)

ERC Proof of Concept ERC Proof of Concept grants are only open to current or recent ERC grant holders to demonstrate potential commercialisation opportunities that have arisen from their ERC-funded research. Eligibility: Current ERC grant, or grant ending in last 12 months Duration: 18 months Budget: €150,000 Next deadlines: 19 May 2022, 29 September 2022

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of postdoctoral researchers, providing them with a period of international mobility and facilitating a two-way exchange of knowledge between the researchers and their host organisation(s). The next PF call for proposals will open on 13 April 2022 with a deadline of 14 September 2022.

MSCA Doctoral Networks
MSCA Doctoral Networks (DN) are training for doctoral candidates via international networks of academic and non-academic institutions. The next MSCA DN 2022 call will open on 12 May 2022 with a deadline of 15 November 2022.

Research Infrastructures

Research Infrastructures are facilities that provide resources and services for the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields.

These include:

  • major equipment or sets of instruments
  • knowledge-related facilities such as collections
  • archives or scientific data infrastructures
  • computing systems
  • communication networks

Global Challenges

Calls under the Global Challenges Pillar of the ERC are top-down, challenge-led across a range of themed areas. They primarily support multi-disciplinary cooperation via international consortia. See the summary.

2021-2027 Work Programmes
All the calls for proposals can be found in each work programme:

Open and forthcoming calls for each of these global challenges can be found on the EU Funding and Tenders Opportunities portal.

EC: Missions

Each mission from the European Commission (EC) will operate as a portfolio of actions, such as research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives, to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions.

The five EU Missions:

European Innovation Council

  • EIC Pathfinder supports the exploration of bold ideas for radically new technologies - welcomes high-risk / high gain and interdisciplinary cutting-edge science collaborations that underpin technological breakthroughs

  • EIC Transition funds innovation activities that go beyond the experimental proof of principle in laboratory

  • EIC Accelerator funds and invests in individual start-ups and small companies to develop and scale up game changing innovations. (Note, restrictions apply on UK access to Investment component of EIC Accelerator)

See the summary of the EIC Calls.

Global research funding

Support and advice is available for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded research activity. More on this.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund allocated to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) from 2016-2021, from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries.

If you are going to apply see the:

Contact the Research Development team in RIS if you are interested in applying for GCRF funding. Email:

Global R&I funding gateway

Universities UK international (UUKi) has has a Global Research and Innovation Funding Gateway which you can access.

This a regularly updated​ depository of funding opportunities for international research and innovation collaboration and knowledge exchange, aimed at UK based researchers/institutions.

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of its 18 collaborating countries.

International Relations Office

The International Relations Office works with and builds partnerships with other international universities and organisations. It also runs the Bath international research funding scheme, which is an internal call inviting applications for developing international partnerships.


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