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The European Union provides a broad range of funding to support activities including:

  • Research, Innovation and Enterprise; from Lab to Market
  • Education and Training
  • Boosting industrial competitiveness

Much of the funding available aligns closely with Edinburgh Napier’s Strategy 2020 goals such as:

  • Building our reputation as a leader in research, teaching and innovation in education
  • Growing our research profile in areas of academic strength and potential
  • Building strategic partnerships at home and in targeted regions of the world
  • Expanding opportunities for staff and students to work in teams and across disciplines
  • Growing transnational higher education delivery and the international accessibility of our programmes

Support with European Funding


RIO provides a range of support to our academic community in relation to EU Funding, this includes:

  • Early intelligence on funding calls
  • Guidance on funding criteria and funders requirements
  • Assistance developing project ideas
  • Assistance in identifying suitable Consortia Partners
  • Assistance with non-technical aspects of grant applications
  • Advice and guidance on costing applications
  • Support during the negotiation of grants and contracts
  • Advice on possible sources of match funding (if required)
  • Top tips for writing a Horizon 2020 and other European funding proposals

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact your Research Funding Manager.


European Community


European CommunityWe have launched an online community for staff currently involved in European funded projects or interested in future funding opportunities. The Community provides members with news on funding opportunities, best practice for management and delivery of projects, access to useful documents and much more.


To join or find out more contact your Research Funding Manager


External Resources


www.researchprofessional.com Members of Edinburgh Napier University staff can sign up to Research Professional to access funding and news services, set up email alerts of funding opportunities or news in specific areas of interest and share resources with other users.


www.sdi.co.uk/scotland-europa.aspx Scotland Europa helps Scottish organisations foster successful European relationships, providing guidance on European policies and funding.


In addition Scotland House (Brussels) provides excellent conference centre facilities, offering an ideal location for hosting events with both Scottish and European focus.


www.ukro.ac.uk UKRO promotes effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation, and higher education activities and the portal provides detailed information and the latest news on these areas.


Any researcher, research manager or administrator with an interest in EU research programmes or policies, who wants to be up to date with the latest news, opportunities and insight will benefit from access to the UKRO portal.


Funding Opportunities


Edinburgh Napier has been successful in obtaining a range of funding through a wide range of external sources. The links below will explain the various funding opportunities which you might find useful if you are thinking about setting up a new project for your school or department.


Please contact us if you need any advice or guidance. We look forward to hearing about your ideas.





European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
funds pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields. These networks, called 'COST Actions', promote international coordination of nationally-funded research.


Creative Europe: Supporting Europe's Cultural and Creative Sectors


The Creative Europe Programme is the EU's main instrument to promote cultural and audio-visual initiatives in Europe and beyond.


Creative Europe will:

  • creative europe.jpgHelp the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the 'digital age' and globalisation
  • Enable the sectors to reach their potential so that they can contribute to the Europe 2020 goals for sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion
  • Open up new international opportunities, markets and audiences
  • Build on the success of the MEDIA and Culture programmes



3rd EU Health ProgrammeThe EU Health programme is the main European Commission instrument to implement the new EU Health Strategy. The overarching objectives of the programme are to:

  • Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles
  • Protect EU citizens from serious cross-border health threats
  • Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems
  • Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens

Horizon 2020: The EU programme for Research and Innovation


Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s primary funding programme supporting research and innovation.


Horizon2020Horizon 2020 replaced the current Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and aims to:


Read our top tips for writing a Horizon 2020 proposal.


Horizon2020: SME Engagement Vouchers


Academic - SME engagement is one of the key focusses of Horizon2020 and the Scottish Funding Council has launched a new voucher scheme supporting University and SME's collaborations to explore call opportunities, develop European partnerships and create proposals. 

  • Further information on these vouchers can be found the Interface website (external link). 
  • Contact us to discuss potential applications for Horizon2020 SME Engagement Vouchers.

Innovative Medicines Initiative


Innovative Medicines InitiativeThe Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is Europe's largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients.


IMI supports collaborative research projects and builds networks of industrial and academic experts in order to boost pharmaceutical innovation in Europe.


Life: A new programme for the Environment and Climate Action


LIFE.pngThe new LIFE Programme will provide funding to organisations established in the EU pursuing environment and climate action objectives in member states.


Environment actions will focus on:

  • Environment and Resource Efficiency - more innovative solutions for better implementation of environment policy and integrating environmental objectives in other sectors
  • Biodiversity - developing best practices to halt biodiversity loss and restore ecosystem services while keeping its primary focus on supporting Natura2000 sites, especially via integrated projects with Member States
  • Prioritised Action Frameworks (external link)
  • Environmental Governance and Information - promoting knowledge sharing, dissemination of best practices, and better compliance, in addition to awareness raising campaigns

Climate actions will focus on:

  • Climate Change Mitigation - reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Climate Change Adaptation - increasing resilience to climate change
  • Climate Governance and Information - increasing awareness, communication, cooperation and dissemination on climate mitigation and adaptation actions



The European Commission uses public contracts to buy goods and services - studies, technical assistance and training; consultancy, conference and publicity services; books and IT equipment etc.


The providers are selected via calls for tender which are issued by the European Commission’s departments, offices and agencies. Public procurement notices are published on TED (Tenders Electronic Daily).


Urban Innovation Actions


Urban Innovation ActionsUrban Innovative Actions is a new initiative created to test new approaches to the challenges faced by cities through pilot projects. Funding is available for creative and ambitious projects to identify and test new and innovative solutions to urban challenges. Project applications should address one of the following four topics areas:

  • Energy transition (efficiency, renewables, etc.)
  • Inclusion of migrants and refugees
  • Jobs and skills in the local economy
  • Deprived urban areas

Other Funding


There is a range of other EU funding available – if you are unsure which funding scheme would best fit with your idea please contact your Research Funding Manager for advice