Funding opportunities 2014-2020

Last updated: 28/07/2017

CESIE aims to inform our partners and beneficiaries about the new opportunities of funding and cooperation offered by the European Commission for the period 2014-2020, under the new Operational Programmes.

It will be our pleasure to constantly update this section with the latest news from the European Commission. Find below an overview of the programmes of education, youth, sport, research and citizenship:



€15.4 billion  to strengthen prosperity, stability and security at EU’s external borders

The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) have the objective of assisting progress towards “an area of shared prosperity and good neighbourliness” between EU Member States and their neighbours.

Cross-Border Cooperation programmes between EU member states and Neighbourhood partners are among the types of programmes supported by ENI, which builds on lessons learnt from the ENPI CBC Programme.

For the period 2014- 2020, the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) has succeeded the ENPI. With a budget of €15.4 billion, the ENI will provide the bulk of funding to the 16 partner countries covered by the ENP.

The total EU contribution available for the first call for standard projects is € 84.668.413,86 , distributed amongst 4 Thematic Objectives and 11 Priorities.


Thematic Objective


A.1 Business and SMEs developmentA.1.1: Support innovative start-up and recently-established enterprises

A.1.2: Strengthen and support euro-Mediterranean networks, clusters, consortia and value-chains in traditional sectors and non-traditional sectors

A.1.3: Encourage sustainable tourism initiatives and actions

A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovationA.2.1: Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results

A.2.2: Support SMEs in accessing research and innovation, also through clustering

A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against povertyA.3.1: Provide young people, especially those belonging to the NEETS, and women, with marketable skills

A.3.2: Support social and solidarity economic actors

B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation


B.4.1: Water management – Support sustainable initiatives targeting innovative and technological solutions to increase water efficiency

B.4.2: Waste treatment and recycling – Reduce municipal waste generation, promote source-separated collection and its optimal exploitation

B.4.3: Renewable energy and energy efficiency – Support cost-effective and innovative energy rehabilitations relevant to building types and climatic zones, with a focus on public buildings

B.4.4: Integrated Coastal Zone Management – Incorporate the Ecosystem-Based management approach to ICZM into local development planning


Deadlines for the submission of applications under ENI CBC Med 2014-2020:

ENI CBC Med 2014-2020Deadlines
First call for standard projects09/11/2017

at 1:00 pm (GMT+1)

Call for strategic projectsOpening 2018
Call for capitalisation projectsOpening 2019


€14.7 billion for the next 7 years in the field of education, training, youth and sport

The recently approved programme Erasmus+ gathers in a single Programme the LLP, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus and Youth in Action programmes and the Sport actions managed by the European Commission. The approval confirms an increase of 40% of the budget for the next 7 years. Of this budget, at least 63% will be dedicated to Learning mobility of individuals, 28% to Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices and the 4.2% for the Support to policy reform.


Deadlines for the submission of applications under Erasmus+

Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of IndividualsDeadlines
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth2 February 201726 April 2017

4 October 2017

Mobility of individuals in the field of education and training2 February 2017
Large scale European voluntary service events5 April 2017
Strategic EVS Projects26 April 2017
Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practicesDeadlines
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth2 February 201726 April 2017

4 October 2017

Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training29 March 2017
Knowledge Alliances28 February 2017
Capacity building in the field of higher education9 February 2017
Capacity building in the field of youth8 March 2017
Key Action 3: Support for policy reformDeadlines
Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth2 February 201726 April 2017

4 October 2017

Key Action 3Deadlines
VET-Business Partnerships on Work-based learning and Apprenticeships17 January 2017
Key Action 3Deadlines
Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects14 March 2017
Key Action 3Deadlines
Social inclusion through education, training and youth22 May 2017
Collaborative partnerships6 April 2017
Small collaborative partnerships6 April 2017
Not-for-profit European sport events6 April 2017

All deadlines for submission of applications specified above end at 12.00 (noon), Brussels time. For detailed instructions for the submission of applications refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. For further info check Erasmus+ Call for proposals


Nearly €80 billion for Research and Innovation for period 2014-2020.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, which implements a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The three pillars of the Programme are: tackling societal challenges, excellent science and competitive industries.

Learn more
About Horizon 2020Link esterno
Horizon 2020 programme sectionsLink esterno
Horizon 2020 for the period 2016 – 2017:Link esterno
1. General Introductioncesie-pdf
2. Future and Emerging Technologiescesie-pdf
3. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actionscesie-pdf
4. European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)cesie-pdf
5. Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Introductioncesie-pdf
5.I. Information and Communication Technologiescesie-pdf
5.II. Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processingcesie-pdf
5.III. Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Spacecesie-pdf
6. Access to Risk Financecesie-pdf
7. Innovation in SMEscesie-pdf
8. Health, demographic change and well-beingcesie-pdf
9. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomycesie-pdf
10. ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’cesie-pdf
11. Smart, green and integrated transportcesie-pdf
12. Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materialscesie-pdf
13. Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societiescesie-pdf
14. Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizenscesie-pdf
15. Spreading Excellence and Widening Participationcesie-pdf
16. Science with and for Societycesie-pdf
17. Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas)cesie-pdf
18. Fast Track to Innovation Pilotcesie-pdf
19. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluationcesie-pdf
DeadlinesExternal Link
EventsExternal Link
Participant PortalExternal Link
F.A.QExternal Link

Tender Opportunities

The European Commission and other development cooperation donors regularly publish Calls for tenders for the provision of services in various sectors. CESIE’s main priority fields are:

  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Human development
  • Social cohesion
  • Employment
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EuropeAid, which is guided by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, uses different funding instruments: European Development Fund (EDF), Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA). All instruments use amongst others Calls for tenders as aid modality.

Calls for tenders are also published by other donors, such as the German Development Cooperation Agency GIZ.

Further, also other institutions of the European Commission publish tender opportunities from time to time, e.g. the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC).

Some of these tender opportunities follow an open procedure, where interested tenderers are asked to send directly their proposal within an established deadline; some also foresee a two-step selection process, where the tenderer first has to submit an “Expression of Interest” and then, if pre-selected, receives the complete Terms of Reference together with the invitation to submit the complete proposal within a given deadline.

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€186 million to help citizens’ organisations’ capacity to engage citizens in the democratic life of the Union

The new programme will have similarities with the previous one, bringing new opportunities for citizens and organisations to strength the dialogue about the future of the EU.


€1.46 billion to foster cross-border cooperation in cultural and creative sectors in Europe and beyond

Creative Europe is the single Programme that unifies the Media and Culture programmes (2007-2013). The programme will support a variety of actions from film festivals to platforms of cultural operators.


All Calls for Proposals under Creative Europe

Culture Sub-programmeDeadline for submission
Call for applications for the 2021 European Capital of CultureEAC/A03/201423/10/2015
Expert for the European Capital of Culture panelEAC/14/201431/12/2020
Creative Europe – Cross-sectoral – Refugee Integration Projects 2016EACEA 12/201628/04/2016
MEDIA Sub-programmeDeadline for submission
Support for development of European Video Games 2015
Audience development 2015
International Coproduction Funds 2015
Distribution Automatic Support 2015
Generation stage: 30/04/2015Reinvestment stage: 02/08/2016
Support for Development of Single Projects 2015

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Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020 (REC)

EUR 439 million to promote the development of an area where equality and the rights of persons are promoted and protected.

The specific objectives of the programme are: to promote non–discrimination, rights of persons with disabilities, equality between women and men and gender mainstreaming, rights deriving from Union citizenship; to combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance; to prevent violence against children, young people, women and other groups at risk; to ensure the highest level of data protection; to enforce costumer rights.

The type of actions funded are: training activities, mutual learning, cooperation activities, exchange of good practices, peer reviews, development of ICT tools, awareness-raising activities, dissemination, conferences, support for main actors, analytical activities.

Justice Programme 2014-2020

EUR 378 million to promote the development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust.

The programme promotes: judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, judicial training with a view to fostering a common legal culture, effective access to justice in Europe, initiatives in the field of drugs policy.

The type of actions funded are: training activities, mutual learning, cooperation activities, exchange of good practices, peer reviews, development of ICT tools, awareness-raising activities, dissemination, conferences, support for main actors, analytical activities.

Migration and Home Affairs

EUR 6.9 billion to ensure adequate support for building a more open and secure Europe

One of the EU’s fundamental objectives is to create an area of free movement where the rights and security of both EU citizens and non-EU nationals are guaranteed. With an overall budget of EUR 6.9 billion, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) will finance actions supporting EU Home Affairs policies in the period 2014-20 and through these actions build a more open and secure Europe.

Open and Upcoming Calls
Open and Upcoming CallsDeadlines
Integration of third country nationals 28 February 2017

To understand objectives and priorities is fundamental to be prepared for the upcoming calls for proposals – let’s get ready!