EU Funding

EU programmes will fund your project!

EU programmes are the funding tools used by the European Union to develop actions that contribute to applying the objectives of EU policies.

Main programmes


Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the main EU funding programme for research and innovation, with a budget of 95,500 million euros for the period 2021-2027 and is intended for any type of entity with no minimum budget requirements. This programme facilitates collaboration and the impact of research and innovation on EU policies, while providing responses to global challenges.

How is it structured?

Funds research projects at the forefront of knowledge designed and led by researchers through the European Research Council (ERC), in addition to supporting international and cross-sector mobility activities of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie programmes (MSCA) and optimising transnational access to. World-class Research Infrastructures 
Funds collaborative projects, mainly R+D+i, through projects aimed at meeting the objectives set by the Commission in areas of:
Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Society
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Civil Security for Society
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Digital, Industry & Space.
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Climate, Energy & Mobility
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Food, Bioeconomy, Natural resources, Agriculture & Environment
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Offers increased venture financing, access to research results and their transfer, accelerates business transformation and addresses the fragmentation of the innovation ecosystem. It includes the European Innovation Council (EIC), which promotes innovative and disruptive technologies in the market. It also includes support for the European Innovation Ecosystems and the activities carried out within the framework of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).


Horizon Europe includes five missions under Pillar II “Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness”. These missions publish calls to finance projects that provide results to achieve their goals and any type of entity can participate in them.

EU Associations

EU associations are launched to respond to ambitious and complex objectives that cannot be met through other types of projects, facilitating a collaborative framework for programmes between the European Union and public and private partners. These associations are based on their own Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas and accepted by all the participants in each association.

Other types: Cascade funding

Cascade funding or support for third parties is a procedure for distributing funds from EU programmes for smaller projects, in a more agile and simplified way.

Programmes in international technological cooperation

The international technological cooperation programmes support technological projects, oriented to the development of products, processes and/or services with clear commercial interest in the international market and based on innovative technologies. It is open for any Spanish company capable of carrying out an applied R+D+i project in collaboration with at least one company and/or research centre from another country.

Eureka Programmes

It is the world’s largest public network for international cooperation in R+D+i, present in more than 45 countries. This programme facilitates access to public funding through national funding agencies in the countries of the participants in each project.

Eurostars programmes

It is an international financing programme for SMEs that seek to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for subsequent commercialisation.

Iberoeka Programmes

Certification managed by CYTED for strategic innovation projects for member countries that include partner companies from at least two South American countries. Can obtain priority access to financing mechanisms for innovation in each participating country.



The LIFE Programme is the EU funding instrument for environment and climate action. On 21st May 2022, it turned thirty years old.

It is the only EU financial tool dedicated exclusively to the environment and climate action for the period 2021-2027 and is one of the main contributors to the European Green Deal. Since 1992, more than 900 LIFE projects have been approved in Spain and 5,400 throughout the EU. LIFE supports large and small, public and private entities founded in Europe.

Other Funding Programmes

The EU budget includes almost forty sectoral financing programmes in the field of the Digital Agenda (Digital Europe), Health (EU4Health), Culture (Creative Europe), Education (Erasmus) and Energy and Transport (CEF)…
Pinpoint the right programmes for your project. Each programme sets its objectives and each call for proposals determines certain participation criteria.

Discover the European programmes that best suit you and how you can participate in them.

Where do the funds come from?

The long-term budget, Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, is associated with the NextGenerationEU temporary recovery tool and equals 2,018 billion euros.