EU Competitive Programmes

EU policies are implemented through a wide range of programs and funds which provide financial support to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries such as farmers, students, scientists, NGOs, businesses, towns, regions and many others.

The EU Competitive Programs are programs which are financed directly by the European Union΄s budget and are aimed at contributing to the implementation of EU policies. Usually, they are transnational, meaning that they request the participation of partners from more than one member states for the submission and implementation of a proposal. The proposals are submitted directly to the European Commission and they are competitive with proposals from all member states. The successful proposals are selected though a comparative evaluation procedure.
Below we can see a list of Programs that you can submit a proposal and be able to get funding:

1. AMBIENT ASSISTED LIVING JOINT PROGRAMME (AAL JP)

The Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP) is a funding activity running from 2008 to 2013, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of older people and strengthening the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Therefore, the AAL JP is an activity that operates in the field of services and actions to enable the active ageing among the population.

The demographic change in Europe, mainly caused by a process of constant and increasing ageing, implies challenges for the states’ finances, as it weighs on the pensions’ schemes and on the health system, but it also translates into some interesting opportunities for the future.
In fact, ageing should be firstly seen as an opportunity to live longer and better after a working life-time. Secondly, an ageing society presents some interesting advantages at the social level, as older persons are a precious richness in terms of experience, wisdom, and adaptability to societal changes.

The programme is financed by the European Commission and the 22 countries that constitute the Partner States of this Joint Programme: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The overall budget is of € 600 Mil to co-finance Research & Development & Innovation projects aiming to deliver concrete solutions for independent living or ‘ageing well’ of elderly people using ICT. This funding activity is implemented by the AAL Association and the funding authorities of its member countries.

Six calls for proposal are launched. Through the funding of new projects, the AAL JP aims to reinforce the European market for Ambient Assisted Living products and services.

The AAL JP aims to combine social, technological and business aspects to deliver:
• New models of service delivery and care that contribute to greater self-reliance for older adults and greater support for informal carers;
• Adapted living spaces that can improve the quality of their everyday lives;
• New ways for older people to remain active, including contributing as volunteers or providing mutual support;
• New ways of mobilising active and trusted networks, both formal and informal, professional and in kind, to provide all types of support.

The specific aims are to:
• Foster the emergence of innovative ICT-based products, services and systems for ageing well at home, in the community, and at work, thus increasing the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of elderly people, and reducing the costs of health and social care.
• Create a critical mass of research, development and innovation at EU level in technologies and services for ageing well in the information society, including the establishment of a favourable environment for participation by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
• Improve conditions for industrial exploitation by providing a coherent European framework for developing common approaches and facilitating the localisation and adaptation of common solutions which are compatible with varying social preferences and regulatory aspects at national or regional level across Europe.

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2. BALTIC SEA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (BONUS)

Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS) is an initiative under Article 185 TFEU (ex Article 169 TEC). BONUS is a joint Baltic Sea research programme producing knowledge to support development and implementation of regulations, policies and management practices specifically tailored for the Baltic Sea region. It issues calls for competitive proposals and funds projects of high excellence and relevance based on its strategic research agenda. BONUS is supported by national research funding institutions in the eight EU member states around the Baltic Sea and the European Commission’s Research Framework Programme. BONUS builds on the ERA-NET and BONUS+ programmes. The BONUS EEIG (Secretariat) is the legal management organisation of BONUS.

Programme Description:
BONUS brings together the research communities of Earth system research in marine, maritime, coastal terrestrial, economical and societal fields to address the major challenges faced by the Baltic Sea region.

The main aim of BONUS is to generate and disseminate knowledge and provide necessary know-how in order to resolve challenges in the way of sustainable use of the Baltic Sea ecosys¬tem goods and services in the coming decade and beyond:
• Evaluating and developing relevant policies and collective governance
• Adapting to a sustainable way of living
• Adapting to the effects of climate change
• Restoring good environmental status of the Baltic Sea and its coasts
• Mitigating eutrophication that affects today nearly the entire Baltic Sea
• Achieving sustainable and safe use of the exploited coastal and marine ecosystem goods and services
• Planning of the use of marine space that fulfils the intensifying and diversifying needs from society
• Making fisheries management effective in order to secure the stability of the ecosystem and reproduction capacity of the Baltic Sea fish stocks
• Achieving safe maritime traffic imposing no risks to the environment
• Minimising the environmental threat of increasingly diversified use of chemicals and new materials
• Creating cost-efficient environmental information system

The content of this BONUS strategic research agenda is policy-driven and solution oriented. The BONUS strategic research agenda addresses the major challenges of the Baltic Sea region by setting five main strategic objectives which build programme’s overall framework:
1. Understanding the Baltic Sea ecosystem structure and functioning
2. Meeting the multifaceted challenges in linking the Baltic Sea with its coast and catchment area
3. Enhancing sustainable use of coastal and marine goods and services of the Baltic Sea
4. Improving the capabilities of the society to respond to the current and future challenges directed to the Baltic Sea region.

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3. CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY (“CEF”)

The CEF shall enable projects of common interest to be prepared and implemented within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy. In particular, the CEF shall support the implementation of those projects of common interest which aim at the development and construction of new infrastructures and services, or at the upgrading of existing infrastructures and services, in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors. It shall give priority to missing links in the transport sector. The CEF shall also contribute to supporting projects with a European added value and significant societal benefits which do not receive adequate financing from the market.
Through the DAE, the EU has set itself ambitious targets for high-speed broadband roll-out and take-up by 2020. CEF is devoted to stimulate and support projects of common interest for the deployment and operation of digital service infrastructures.

These projects are to contribute:
• to improving the competitiveness of the European economy,
• to promote the interconnection and interoperability of national, regional and local networks, and
• access to such networks, thus supporting the development of a Digital Single Market.
The CEF shall be implemented by one or more of the forms of financial assistance provided for by Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012, in particular, grants, procurement and financial instruments. The Facility will be centrally managed by the Commission with the support of an executive agency (such as the current TEN-T Executive agency) and financial intermediaries. The actual technical implementation of projects on the ground (e.g. procurement and tendering) will be done by the project promoters. The Facility will be complemented by an additional €11.3 billion ring fenced for related transport infrastructures investments inside the Cohesion Fund.

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4. COSME (PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPETITIVENESS OF ENTERPRISES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES)

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn. COSME will support SMEs in the following area. COSME will facilitate and improve access to finance for SMEs through two different financial instruments, available from 2014:

The Loan Guarantee Facility
The COSME budget will fund guarantees and counter-guarantees for financial intermediaries (e.g. guarantee organisations, banks, leasing companies) to help them provide more loan and lease finance to SMEs. This facility will also include securitisation of SME debt finance portfolios.
By sharing the risk, the COSME guarantees will allow the financial intermediaries to expand the range of SMEs they can finance. This will facilitate access to debt finance for many SMEs who might otherwise not be able to raise the funding they need. From 2007 to date, more than 240 000 SMEs have already benefited from a guaranteed loan or lease thanks to the CIP, the current programme supporting business competitiveness.

The Equity Facility for Growth
The COSME budget will also be invested in funds that provide venture capital and mezzanine finance to expansion and growth-stage SMEs in particular those operating across borders.
The fund managers will operate on a commercial basis, to ensure that investments are focused on SMEs with the greatest growth potential.
From 2007 to date, the CIP has mobilised more than 2.3 billion euros in equity investments.

All businesses have access to the services of the Enterprise Europe Network and can freely approach the local partner in their region. Over 600 partner organisations in 54 countries have built a capacity to reach out to more than 2 million SMEs.
Your nearest partner can be found on the Network’s website.

The services offered include:
Information on EU legislation and participation in EU programmes (Horizon 2020, regional funds);
Assistance to find a business partner abroad: in the EU or worldwide;
Advice on EU access to finance;
Support for innovation and technology transfer;
Obtaining SME’s opinion on EU legislation.

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5. EU PROGRAMME FOR EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INNOVATION (EaSI)

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

Structure and funding:
EaSI is managed directly by the European Commission. It brings together three EU programmes managed separately between 2007 and 2013: PROGRESS, EURES and Progress Microfinance.

As of January 2014, these programmes form the three axes of EaSI. They support:
• the modernisation of employment and social policies with the PROGRESS axis (61% of the total budget);
• job mobility with the EURES axis (18% of the total budget);
• access to micro-finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis (21% of the total budget).
The total budget for 2014-2020 is EUR 919,469,000 in 2013 prices.

Objectives:
• Strengthen ownership of EU objectives and coordination of action at EU and national level in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion.
• Support the development of adequate social protection systems and labour market policies.
• Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application.
• Promote geographical mobility and boost employment opportunities by developing an open labour market.
• Increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises, and increase access to finance for social enterprises.

In pursuing these objectives, EaSI will:
• pay particular attention to vulnerable groups, such as young people,
• promote equality between women and men,
• combat discriminations,
• promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment,
• guarantee adequate and decent social protection,
• combat long-term unemployment,
• fight against poverty and social exclusion.

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6. EUREKA CYPRUS

EUREKA aims to enhance European competitiveness through its support to businesses, research centres and universities who carry out pan-European projects to develop innovative products, processes and services. EUREKA currently counts 41 full members and the European Union.

Programme Description:
The primary goal of EUREKA is to raise the productivity and competitiveness of European industry and national economies through its ‘bottom-up’ approach to technological innovation.

Through EUREKA’s bottom-up approach the EUREKA project consortium decides on the way a project comes together and the end result. The EUREKA project consortium is consisted of participants from at least two EUREKA member states. Participating countries evaluate and support the project for endorsement. Financing for EUREKA projects comes from National public sources (national research and innovation funds) or from investments by industry in R&D.

Cyprus has been a member of the EUREKA Organization since June 2002. The management of the EUREKA activities for Cyprus has been assigned to the Research Promotion Foundation by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus. Since 2002 the Research Promotion Foundation established the «EUREKA Cyprus» Programme which offers funding opportunities to Cypriot companies and research organizations wishing to participate in EUREKA projects. A project has to be endorsed by the EUREKA Organization in order to receive funding.

The internationally recognised EUREKA label adds value to a project and gives participants a competitive edge in their dealings with financial, technical and commercial partners. Therefore, it is possible to submit project proposals that do not seek for funding from RPF.
The EUROSTARS Programme is an action of the EUREKA-CYPRUS Programme.
Total Budget: It will be available at a later stage
Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing: It will be available at a later stage

Thematic Categories:
• Research, Technological Development and Innovation
• Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
• Eligibility for Participation:
• Central Government
• Educational Institutions
• Research Centers/Institutions
• Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

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7. EUROPEAN STATISTICAL PROGRAMME

The programme aims to continue to be the leading provider of high-quality statistics in Europe for the European Statistical System (ESS).

The main objectives of the Programme are the following:
• Provide quality statistical information in a timely manner to support the development, monitoring and evaluation of the policies of the European Union, properly reflecting priorities while keeping a balance between economic, social and environmental fields and serve the needs of the wide range of users of European statistics, including other decision-makers, researchers, businesses and European citizens in general, in a cost-effective manner without unnecessary duplication of effort;
• Implement new methods of production of European statistics aiming at efficiency gains and quality improvements;
• Strengthen the partnership within the European Statistical System and beyond in order to further enhance its productivity and its leading role in official statistics worldwide.
Total Budget: €234,800,000
Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing: 50%-95%

Thematic Categories:
• Research, Technological Development and Innovation
• Eligibility for Participation:
• Educational Institutions
• Local Authorities
• NGOs
• Non Profit Organisations
• Research Centers/Institutions
• State-owned Enterprises.

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8. GALILEO AND EGNOS (EUROPEAN GEOSTATIONARY NAVIGATION OVERLAY SERVICE) PROGRAMMES

Galileo is supporting the implementation and operation of satellite navigation systems. Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) programmes are flagship projects of the Union. In the period 2014-2020 the programme will finance the completion of the deployment phase of the Galileo programme, the exploitation phase of the same programme and operation of the EGNOS system.

Objectives: The aim of the Galileo programme is to establish and operate the first global satellite navigation and positioning infrastructure specifically designed for civilian purposes. The aim of the EGNOS programme is to improve the quality of signals from existing global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

The specific objectives of the Galileo programme:
• To offer an open service (OS), which is free to the user and provides positioning and synchronisation information intended for high-volume satellite navigation applications;
• To offer a safety-of-life service (SoL) aimed at users for whom safety is essential. this service also fulfils the requirements of certain sectors for continuity, availability and accuracy and includes an integrity function alerting the user to any failure in the system;
• To offer a commercial service (CS) for the development of applications for professional or commercial use by means of improved performance and data with greater added value than those obtained through the open service;
• To offer a public regulated service (PRS) restricted to government-authorised users, for sensitive applications which require a high level of service continuity; this service uses strong, encrypted signals;
• To participate in the search and rescue support service (SAR) of the COSPASSARSAT system by detecting emergency signals given off by beacons and relaying messages to them.

The specific objectives of the EGNOS programme:
• To offer an open service (OS), which is free to the user and provides positioning and synchronisation information intended for high-volume satellite navigation applications in the area covered by the system;
• To offer a service for the dissemination of commercial data, the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS), to promote the development of applications for professional or commercial use by means of improved performance and data with greater added value than those obtained through the open service;
• To offer a safety-of-life service (SoL) service aimed at users for whom safety is essential; in particular, this service fulfils the requirements of certain sectors for continuity, availability and accuracy and includes an integrity message alerting the user to any failure in the system over the coverage area.

The EGNOS programme also has the specific objective of extending geographic coverage to these services throughout the territory of the Union and, subject to technical constraints and on the basis of international agreements, to other regions of the world, in particular territories of third countries covered by the single European sky.

Supported activities:
• Activities relating to the deployment phase of the Galileo programme, including actions to manage and monitor this phase;
• Activities relating to operation of the system established under the Galileo programme, including advance or preparatory actions for this phase;
• Activities associated with the operation of the EGNOS system.

Period: 2014-2020
Budget: € 7 071 million in current prices

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9. HEALTH FOR GROWTH PROGRAMME

The Health for Growth Programme aims to support and complement the work of Member States to achieve the following four objectives:
• Developing innovative and sustainable health systems;
• Increasing access to better and safer healthcare for citizens;
• Promoting health and preventing disease; and
• Protecting citizens from cross-border health threats.

The Consumer Programme will support EU consumer policy in the years to come. Its objective is to place consumers at the centre of the Single Market and empower them to participate actively in the market and make it work for them, particularly by:
• Enhancing product safety through effective market surveillance;
• Improving consumers’ information, education and awareness of their rights;
• Consolidating consumer rights and strengthening effective redress, especially through alternative dispute resolution;
• Strengthening enforcement of rights cross-border.

What the programmes aim to achieve
Health Programme
This programme aims to build on the previous Health Programmes to support and deliver action aimed at encouraging the uptake of innovation in health, fostering better and safer healthcare, promoting good health and preventing diseases, and protecting citizens from cross-border health threats.
Examples on which further action will be built:
• Co-operation on Health technology assessment (HTA), an EU-wide voluntary network of Member States’ HTA agencies to share information on the effectiveness of health technologies such as medicines, medical devices, and preventive measures, to support national decision-making on technology;
• Co-operation on rare diseases at European level to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients with rare diseases across the EU, including the EU portal for rare disease (www.orpha.net), the world reference database on rare diseases;
• Cancer prevention and control, through EU-wide screening guidelines to improve early detection so that the disease can be diagnosed at an early stage and lives can be saved; and through exchange of knowledge and best practice on cancer prevention, research and care.

Consumer Programme
This programme aims to build on the previous programme by focussing action on empowerment of the consumer through safety, information and education, rights and redress and enforcement actions.

Actions will focus on:
• Monitoring and enforcing safety through EU-wide systems such as RAPEX, the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products
• Information and education initiatives to make consumers, particularly young consumers, aware of their rights. This includes also the continuing development of the evidence base for better policy making at both EU and national level on consumer issues, with, for example, the Consumer Markets Scoreboard which maps out the markets that fail consumers in Europe;
• Delivering legislation aimed at enhancing consumer rights, for example the Consumer Credit Directive which ensures that consumers across Europe enjoy a common set of core rights, including the right to receive clear and comparable information before committing themselves financially; and Redress, where good preparatory work has been done, particularly, on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
• Enforcement action through “Sweeps” operations, which are co-ordinated by the European Commission and carried out simultaneously by national consumer enforcement authorities to see where consumer rights are being compromised or denied.

Total Budget: €449,394,000
Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing: 50%-80%

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10. HORIZON 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.
Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

The Horizon 2020 programme consists of the following parts:
Excellent Science (Budget: 24.441 million euro)
• European Research Council
• Future and Emerging Technologies
• Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
• European Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures

Industrial Leadership (Budget: 17.016 million euro)
• Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
• Information and Communication Technologies
• Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
• Space
• Access to risk finance
• Innovation in SMEs

Societal Challenges (Budget: 29.679 million euro)
• Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
• Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
• Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
• Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
• Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
• Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
• Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

Budget Breakdown:
Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation: 816 million euro
Science with and for Society: 462 million euro
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): 2.711 million euro
Joint Research Centre: non-nuclear direct actions: 1.903 million euro

Lastly, if we include the EURATOM (2.373 million euro) direct and indirect actions on nuclear fission and fusion research, then total EURATOM and Horizon comes up to a total of 79.401 million euro.

Total Budget: €77,030,000,000 (77.03 bn)
Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing: 20%-100%

Eligibility for Participation:
• Central Government
• Chambers
• Educational Institutions
• Local Authorities
• National Contact Points – NCPs
• NGOs
• Non Profit Organisations
• Private Bodies
• Research Centers/Institutions
• Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
• State-owned Enterprises
• Training Centres

Opening Date: 01/01/2014
Ending Date: 31/12/2020

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11. LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION

LIFE is the EU’s funding programme for the environment and climate action for the period 2014-2020. It is divided into two programming periods: 2014-2017 and 2018-2020. The legal basis for LIFE is Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013. The LIFE Programme is divided in two sub-programmes: the sub-programme for environment and the sub-programme for climate action.

• LIFE is the only EU financial instrument fully dedicated to the environment and climate action;
• LIFE is a catalyst: it provides a platform for the development and exchange of best practice and knowledge, thereby improving, catalysing and accelerating changes;
• LIFE is a good instrument for showing regional and national authorities the benefits of investing in environment and climate action and provides an incentive for them to develop strategic frameworks for spending;
• LIFE has successfully tackled environmental challenges since 1992.

The main objectives of LIFE Climate Action are to:
• Contribute to the shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy;
• Improve the development, implementation and enforcement of EU climate change policy and legislation;
• Support better environmental and climate change governance at all levels; and
• Support the implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

The overall budget for the implementation of the LIFE Programme is €3.457 billion for the period 2014-2020, 75% of which is allocated to the sub-programme for environment (€2,592,491,250) and 25% to the sub-programme for climate action (€864,163,750). €449.2 million is allocated to climate action for 2014-2017. Of this, €44.26 million will be available for the 2014 call for proposals.

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12. M-ERA.NET

M-ERA.NET is an EU funded network which has been established to support and increase the coordination of European research programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering.
Between 2012 and 2016, the M-ERA.NET consortium will contribute to the restructuring of the European Research Area (ERA) by operating as a single innovative and flexible network of funding organisations.
M-ERA.NET will complement existing instruments and contribute to EU policies whilst supporting the exploitation of knowledge along the whole innovation chain from basic research to applied research and innovation.
By stimulating scientific excellence and the creation of a new innovation oriented economy, M-ERA.NET will deliver lasting impact and significant breakthroughs.
It aims to develop a long-term cooperation between funding organisations across the EU.

Programme Description
M-ERA.NET started, in February 2012, as a network of 37 public funding organisations, of which 29 are national and 8 regional, from 25 European countries. M-ERA.NET aims to identify further relevant European programmes and develop links with partners outside Europe.
M-ERA.NET will provide a central forum where substantial pan-European funding and research programmes can be aligned.
The consortium aims to address societal challenges and technological needs with an interdisciplinary approach, creating a flexible umbrella structure to allow coverage of topics in materials science and engineering.
As a core activity, a series of joint calls for transnational RTD projects will be implemented.
These calls will provide the European RTD community the opportunity to access coordinated funding across Europe and gain access to leading knowledge world-wide.
Over four years, the M-ERA.NET consortium will mobilise substantial national and regional budgets in the range of €150M, to support the European RTD community.
Cooperation with partners outside Europe is targeted to build a global network of public funding programmes.

Total Budget: €150,000,000
Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing: The Cyprus Consortium in each project can apply for funding of up to €100,000 and the total budget for each Call is €200,000.

Eligibility for Participation:
• Large Enterprises
• Non Profit Organisations
• Private Bodies
• Research Centers/Institutions
• Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
• State-owned Enterprises

Opening Date: 01/01/2014
Ending Date: 31/12/2020

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13. RESEARCH FUND FOR COAL AND STEEL

The Research Fund for Coal and Steel is managed by the Commission in accordance with principles similar to those governing the former European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) coal and steel technical research programmes and on the basis of multiannual technical guidelines which should constitute an extension of those ECSC programmes, providing a high concentration of research activities and ensuring that they supplement those of the Community framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities.

Programme Description
The Research Programme for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (Research Programme) supports the competitiveness of the Community sectors related to the coal and steel industry.
The Research Programme shall be consistent with the scientific, technological and political objectives of the Community, and shall complement the activities carried out in the Member States and within the existing Community research programmes, in particular the framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (Research Framework Programme).

Coordination, complementarily and synergy between these programmes shall be encouraged, as shall the exchange of information between projects financed under the Research Programme and those that are financed under the Research Framework Programme. The Research Programme shall support research activities aimed at the objectives defined for coal and for steel.

Percentage of Subsidy/Co-Financing: ‘The maximum total financial contribution, expressed as a percentage of the eligible costs are the following: (a) for research projects up to 60%; (b) for pilot and demonstration projects up to 50%; (c) for accompanying measures, support and preparatory actions up to 100%

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