UCL European Research and Innovation Office

HR Excellence in Research:

UCL has been successful in gaining the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. The award recognises the systems and practices we have in place to support researchers’ career and professional development in line with the national Research Concordat.

HR Excellence in Research

Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals:

To view all of the available Horizon 2020 funding, please proceed to the European Union Research Participant Portal.


Inducement prize: Tactile Displays for the Visually Impaired

May 22, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: H2020-TactilePrize-2017
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Planned Opening Date:
Deadline: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


Call for proposals for ERC Advanced Grant

May 15, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: ERC-2017-ADG
Pillar: Excellent Science
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


2018-2021 Framework Partnership Agreements for establishing a cooperation between the EC and CHAFEA and the ECC-NET

Apr 26, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: CONS-ECC-2017
Pillar: Enforcement and supporting consumers with advice
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


Supporting the Promotion and Development of Transnational Thematic Tourism Products Linked to Cultural and Creative Industries

Apr 25, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: COS-TOURCCI-2017-3-03
Pillar: More favourable conditions for business creation and growth
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


Improving access by innovative SMEs to alternative forms of finance

Apr 24, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: H2020-ALTFI-2017
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Opening Date:
Deadline: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


Financial contributions to joint actions to improve cooperation between enforcement authorities of consumer rights

Apr 24, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: CONS-CPC-2017
Pillar: Enforcement and supporting consumers with advice
Planned Opening Date:
Deadline: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


Political participation and codetermination of the younger and older generations in Europe

Apr 18, 2017 22:00PM

Identifier: PPPA-2017-GEN-SOL-AG
Pillar: Preparatory Action on political participation and codetermination of the younger and older generations in Europe (PAYOG)
Opening Date:
Deadline: Mon, 29 May 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)


Framework Programme 7

Framework Programme 7

The complete name of FP7 is 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It will last for seven years from 2007 until 2013. The programme has a total budget of over € 50 billion. This represents a substantial increase compared with the previous Framework Programme FP6 (41% at 2004 prices, 63% at current prices), a reflection of the high priority of research in Europe.

Indeed, FP7 is a key tool to respond to Europe's needs in terms of jobs and competitiveness, and to maintain leadership in the global knowledge economy.

This money will (for the most part) be spent on grants to research actors all over Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects. Grants are determined on the basis of calls for proposals and a peer review process, which are highly competitive. In order to complement national research programmes, activities funded from FP7 must have a “European added value”. One key aspect of the European added value is the transnationality of many actions: research projects are carried out by consortia which include participants from different European (and other) countries; fellowships in FP7 require mobility over national borders. Indeed, many research challenges (e.g. fusion research, etc), are so complex that they can only be addressed at European level. But in FP7 there is also a new action for “individual teams” with no obligation for transnational cooperation. In this case, the “European added value” lies in raising the competition between scientists in fundamental “frontier” research from the national to the European level.

The Framework Programmes for Research have two main strategic objectives:

  • to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry;
  • to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.

The Specific Programmes constitute the five major building blocks of FP7:

The core of FP7, representing two thirds of the overall budget, is the Cooperation programme. It fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia. Research will be carried out in ten key thematic areas:

  • Health
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies
  • Energy
  • Environment (including climate change)
  • Transport (including aeronautics)
  • Socio-economic sciences and the humanities
  • Space
  • Security

The Ideas programme supports “frontier research” solely on the basis of scientific excellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. In contrast with the Cooperation programme, there is no obligation for cross-border partnerships. Projects are implemented by “individual teams” around a “principal investigator”. The programme is implemented via the European Research Council (ERC). For more information, see www.erc.europa.eu

  • All fields of research are eligible, and no thematic or policy-driven research priorities need to be covered
  • All researchers are eligible, from any country in the world, regardless of nationality, type of institution, or age
  • There are two types of ERC grants: Starting Grants, for the best researchers with 2 to 12 years of experience after their PhD, and Advanced Grants, for top research leaders, with at least 10 years of experience and significant research achievements
  • Each project can receive up to 2 Million € (for Starting Grants) or up to 3.5 Million € (for Advanced Grants), for up to 5 years
  • Principal Investigators and their research teams are supported, and no trans-national partnerships nor consortia are required
  • Scientific excellence is the sole evaluation criterion, and neither political nor geographic considerations affect evaluation and funding decisions

The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and internationally. It is implemented via a set of Marie Curie actions, providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build their skills and competences throughout their careers:

  • Initial training of researchers - Marie Curie Networks
  • Industry-academia partnerships
  • Co-funding of regional, national and international mobility programmes
  • Intra-European fellowships
  • International dimension - outgoing and incoming fellowships, international cooperation scheme, reintegration grants
  • Marie Curie Awards

The Capacities programme strengthens the research capacities that Europe needs if it is to become a thriving knowledge-based economy. It covers the following activities:

  • Research infrastructures
  • Research for the benefit of SMEs
  • Regions of Knowledge
  • Research Potential
  • Science in Society
  • Specific activities of international cooperation

The programme for nuclear research and training activities will comprise research, technological development, international cooperation, dissemination of technical information, and exploitation activities, as well as training. Two specific programmes are planned:

  • the first programme includes: fusion energy research (in particular ITER), and nuclear fission and radiation protection; 
  • the second programme covers the activities of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the field of nuclear energy, including nuclear waste management, and environmental impact, nuclear safety, and nuclear security. In addition to direct actions in the nuclear field, the JRC carries out research in a number of other areas to provide scientific and technological support to EU policy making (see www.jrc.ec.europa.eu/).