1. International RDAs
The National Research Agency aims to promote collaborative research in Europe and around the world, and thus emerge high-level research partnerships. The ANR intends to contribute to the construction of the European Research Area. Its actions are in particular complementary to the instruments of the European Commission's financing programme - Horizon 2020.
The ANR proposes four types of international instruments:
- Collaborative Research Project - International (PRCI)
- Setting up European or international scientific networks (MRSEI)
- T-ERC Springboard (T-ERC)
- Bilateral and multilateral partnerships.
- For more information: visit the ANR website
2. Structural Funds
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to improve the attractiveness of territories by developing their accessibility (new technologies) and promoting sustainable development. It supports economic change, in particular by stimulating research and development spending.
This fund contributes to strengthening economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting regional imbalances.
The new operational programme of the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 serves the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fund is a new financial instrument of the European Union that contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, oriented towards sustainable fisheries and an integrated maritime policy.
The Interregional Alpine Massif Programme, as a development tool for the entire Alpine Massif located in the Rhône-Alpes Region and the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Region, is targeted on the priority axes.
More information: see current calls
3. Cross-border and neighbourhood policy
The main objective of the Interreg MED Programme is to contribute to the long-term development of the Mediterranean area and to strengthen transnational cooperation between regions and between participating States. It supports the sharing of experience, knowledge and the improvement of public policies between national, regional and local authorities and with other territorial actors in eligible regions.
Visit the program website
The European Neighbourhood Instrument MED 2015 - 2021 (similar to the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2017-2015) is a European cross-border cooperation programme whose objective is to promote harmonious and sustainable cooperation by addressing common challenges and enhancing the potential of the Mediterranean Sea Basin. Visit the program website
- Interreg IVC
The INTERREG IV C programme aims to promote exchanges and transfers of experience in order to jointly develop approaches and instruments that improve the effectiveness of regional development policy and contribute to economic modernisation. Visit the program website
- Alpine Space
The Alpine Space Programme aims to increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of the cooperation area by developing joint action areas where transnational cooperation will provide sustainable solutions. Visit the program website
ALCOTRA, Alpes Latines COoperation TRAnsfrontalière, is one of the European cross-border cooperation programmes. It covers the Alpine territory between France and Italy. 2014-2020 represents the fifth ALCOTRA programming period. Since 1990, the programme has co-financed nearly 600 projects for around €550 million in European grants. Visit the program website
- ESPON 2020
ESPON 2020 aims to study and analyse territorial trends in order to give cohesion policy a territorial intelligence and guarantee the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. The challenge is to work collectively and prospectively to gather quality data on various territories and analyse them in order to produce strategic and cartographic documents that will be decision-making tools so that Europe's cities and regions can respond to the challenges of green, inclusive and sustainable growth. Visit the program website
DG DEVCO is responsible for developing European policy on development and international cooperation and for offering EU assistance worldwide.
It operates in the context of international cooperation, adapting to the changing needs of partner countries. This requires cooperation with EU partners at different stages of their development, including those receiving bilateral assistance to meet their specific needs during the transition phase from low- to middle-income countries. It works closely with the Commission services responsible for thematic policies and external action, as well as with the European External Action Service, to ensure a coherent approach.
DG DEVCO defines the European Union's development policy, as well as thematic measures aimed at reducing global poverty, promoting economic, social and environmental development and promoting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights, including through external assistance. Finally, it facilitates coordination between the European Union and the Member States in the field of development cooperation and ensures the external representation of the European Union.
EuropeAid awards grants and contracts to implement projects and activities related to the European Union's external aid programmes.
More information: basis of current calls
The LIFE programme is the financial instrument to support projects in the fields of environment and climate. For the period 2014-2020, the budget of the LIFE programme amounts to more than three billion euros (€3,456,655,000), divided into two distinct sub-programmes: the Environment sub-programme and the Climate Actions sub-programme.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/
- NIH: The NIH (national institute of health) supports scientific studies that are intended to turn into discoveries for health (improving health, longevity, and reducing the burden of disease and disability). More information: https://www.nih.gov/
- HFSP: The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation in research on higher brain and biological functions at the molecular level. More information: http://www.hfsp.org/
- Creative Europe: an investment tool in the face of structural changes brought about by globalisation and the switchover to digital technology. With a budget of €1.4 billion, its objective for 2020 is to strengthen European cultural and artistic diversity and the competitiveness of the sectors concerned. It consists of 2 components: Culture and MEDIA. More information: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/
- PENTA: The Penta cluster, dedicated to the development of micro and nanoelectronics technologies, systems and applications, has been labelled by the European Eureka initiative to help Europe position itself as a leader in various sectors such as health, automotive, industrial automation, security and energy. More info at: http://www.penta-eureka.eu/