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Horizon Europe

The first calls for collaborative projects of the new framework programme for research and innovation "Horizon Europe" are planned to open on 22 June 2021. We provide information on the individual calls for proposals on our website.

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European Research Council (ERC): Call deadlines

The current Work Programme for the ERC doesn´t include a Synergy Grant call for 2021. This and the call for the Proof of Concept funding line will be continued in the next work programme. The preliminary deadlines for the 2022 work programme are as follows:

Funding lineCall openingSubmission deadline
Starting Grant 23.09.2021 13.01.2022
Consolidator Grant 19.10.2021 17.03.2022
Advanced Grant 20.01.2021 28.04.2022
Synergy Grant 15.07.2021 10.11.2021
Proof of Concept Grant 15.07.2021


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Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Maßnahmen (MSCA): Call deadlines

The tentative dates for MSC Actions under Horizon Europe are as follows:

Funding linePrevious name
under Horizon 2020
Call openingSubmission deadline
Postdoctoral Fellowships Individual Fellowships 22.06.2021 12.10.2021
Doctoral Networks ITN 22.06.2021 16.11.2021
Staff Exchanges RISE 07.10.2021 09.03.2022
COFUND COFUND 11.10.2021 10.02.2022


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Guidelines for the use of Open Access

Horizon 2020

The EU Commission has published a guide for handling Open Access (OA) in scientific publications and research data in Horizon 2020. For all scientific publications arising from projects funded under Horizon 2020, Open Access publication is mandatory, either via the so-called Gold OA (publication in an open access journal), or the Green OA (making the publication or accepted manuscript available in an open access repository, in parallel with or shortly after the "conventional" publication of the article in a journal).

The EU Commission also requests that the underlying data is made accessible to enable the verification and reproduction of the published results.

Horizon Europe

In Horizon Europe, the accessibility of research results and data to the general public is gaining in importance. This results in changes for researchers that have to be taken into account as early as the proposal phase:

  • A Data Management Plan must be included;
  • Only the costs for publications in Open Access journals (Gold OA) will be reimbursable.

The EU Commission offers researchers the Open Research Europe platform to enable publishing their articles and thus complying with the Open Access requirements.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Register as an external expert for proposal evaluation

For the program period 2021-2027, the EU Commission is looking for experts who are interested in becoming proposal evaluators. The experts will be involved in the evaluation of submitted project proposals, programme evaluation and policy development. Interested persons already registered in the database are invited to update their profile.

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Mandatory reference to EU funding

Projects funded by Horizon 2020 must refer to EU funding in publications and on equipment. Click here for detailed explanations and examples. For Horizon Europe projects, an updated Online Manual can be found here.

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Financial support from the EU office of the FRS

We may provide financial support to interested researchers of the University of Freiburg for activities related to the European Union. Funds might also be available for funding travel to initiate partnerships in the field of education or to participate in informative events. We strongly recommend at an early stage.

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Lesser-known opportunity for researchers: service contracts of EU institutions

In addition to calls for proposals, the EU institutions regularly publish calls for service contracts (tenders) that could also be of interest to scientists at the University of Freiburg. This includes studies and analyses on a wide range of topics across all scientific disciplines.

These tenders are published in the EU's Official Journal S, which appears six times a week and is accessible online via the EU's Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) information service. Searching for relevant contracts is possible after prior free registration via a search mask. The following settings should be used: Search area: "All current notices"; Contract: "Service contract"; Regulation: "European institution/agency or international organization".

In addition, this website of the EU Commission offers the possibility to search for contracts according to individual subject areas.