Horizon 2020 and other EU Research Funding
If your company is interested in working on collaborative research projects with research partners across Europe, there are a range of international research programmes designed to foster collaborative cross-border research between companies in different member states. The main programmes include:
Horizon 2020, FP7’s successor, was launched on the 10th December 2013 in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Horizon 2020 offers Irish companies valuable opportunities to participate in high quality collaborative research projects with other companies and research institutions across Europe.
Supporting new product development in collaboration with companies in other countries, EUREKA is a close-to-market R&D programme involving 37 European countries. In EUREKA, you and your collaborating partners decide for yourselves on the subject-matter, scale and duration of your R&D project.
Eurostars provides funding for market-oriented R&D with the active participation specifically of R&D-performing small and medium enterprises. Ireland is a participating country in Eurostars and Enterprise Ireland supports Irish SMEs to get involved. A Eurostars project must be carried out by a consortium involving partners from two Eurostars participating countries.
Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs)
Ireland makes funding available to facilitate the participation of Irish companies in projects under Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs). There are currently two open in the areas of Embedded Systems (ARTEMIS) and Nanoelectronics (ENIAC).
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
The objective of the Ambient Assist Living (AAL) Joint Programme is to enhance the quality of life of older people and strengthen the related industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The main activity under the AAL Joint Programme is the funding of R&D projects in the AAL domain that result from regularly published AAL calls for proposals.
To learn more about these programmes, click on the links above or go to our Research and Innovate Section to read about accessing EU and European Research Programmes.