Funding opportunities 2014-2020

Last updated: 15/02/2018

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:


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

Erasmus+ Programme 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 period 2014-2020. 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 Individuals Deadlines
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 1 February 2018

26 April 2018

4 October 2018

Mobility of individuals in the field of higher education 1 February 2018
Mobility of individuals in VET, school education and adult education fields 1 February 2018
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees 15 February 2018
Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices Deadlines
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 1 February 2018

26 April 2018

4 October 2018

Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training 21 March 2018
Knowledge Alliances 28 February 2018
Capacity building in the field of higher education 8 February 2018
Capacity building in the field of youth 8 March 2018
Sector Skills Alliances 28 February 2018
Key Action 3: Support for policy reform Deadlines
Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth 1 February 2018

26 April 2018

4 October 2018

Sport actions Deadlines
Collaborative partnerships 5 April 2018
Small collaborative partnerships 5 April 2018
Not-for-profit European sport events 5 April 2018
Jean Monnet actions Deadlines
Chairs, modules, centres of excellence, support to associations, networks, projects 22 February 2018

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

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.


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.

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About Horizon 2020 Link esterno
Horizon 2020 programme sections Link esterno
Horizon 2020 for the period 2016 – 2017: Link esterno
1. General Introduction cesie-pdf
2. Future and Emerging Technologies cesie-pdf
3. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions cesie-pdf
4. European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) cesie-pdf
5. Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Introduction cesie-pdf
5.I. Information and Communication Technologies cesie-pdf
5.II. Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing cesie-pdf
5.III. Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Space cesie-pdf
6. Access to Risk Finance cesie-pdf
7. Innovation in SMEs cesie-pdf
8. Health, demographic change and well-being cesie-pdf
9. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy cesie-pdf
10. ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ cesie-pdf
11. Smart, green and integrated transport cesie-pdf
12. Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials cesie-pdf
13. Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies cesie-pdf
14. Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens cesie-pdf
15. Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation cesie-pdf
16. Science with and for Society cesie-pdf
17. Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas) cesie-pdf
18. Fast Track to Innovation Pilot cesie-pdf
19. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation cesie-pdf
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Events External Link
Participant Portal External Link
F.A.Q External Link

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.

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.


2018 REC Programme Calls

Call Opening Date Deadline
REC-RCIT-CITI-AG-2018: Call for proposals to improve the inclusion of mobile EU citizens and their political and societal participation and to support and enhance the democratic participation of mobile EU citizens, particularly in underrepresented groups

30 January 2018

26 April 2018
REC-RCHI-PROF-AG-2018: Call for proposals on capacity-building in the area of rights of the child – putting in place robust national or regional integrated mechanisms to support children ageing out of/leaving alternative care  30 January 2018 31 May 2018
REC-RGEN-WWLB-AG-2018: Open call for proposals to address: A) equal participation of women and men in public fora, in leadership positions in politics and in the corporate sector; B) to support public authorities and civil society in relation with the ‘New Start to Support Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers’ 08 March 2018 19 June 2018
REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2018: Call for proposals to prevent and combat gender-based violence and violence against children 08 March 2018 13 November 2018
REC-RRAC-HATE-AG-2018: Restricted call for proposals for public authorities on preventing and combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, and in particular hate crime and hate speech  25 April 2018 27 September 2018
REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2018: Call for proposals to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance  25 April 2018 04 October 2018
REC-RRAC-ONLINE-AG-2018: Call for proposals to monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online  25 April 2018 11 October 2018
REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2018: Call for proposals to support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration  17 May 2018 09 October 2018
REC-RDIS-NRCP-AG-2018: Restricted call for proposals to support National Roma platforms  12 June 2018 08 November 2018

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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€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 development A.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 innovation A.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 poverty A.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 2014-2020 Deadlines
First call for standard projects 09/11/2017

at 1:00 pm (GMT+1)

Call for strategic projects Opening 2018
Call for capitalisation projects Opening 2019


€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

Calls Deadline
Call for submission of applications for the union action “European capitals of culture” for the year 2024 for cities in EFTA/EEA countries, candidate countries and potential candidate for EU membership. 10/10/2018
Support for development of European video games – 2018 08/03/2018
Support to international coproduction funds – 2018 06/03/2018


€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.


Deadlines for the submission of applications under EUROPE FOR CITIZENS

Calls Deadlines
Town Twinning 01/03/2018
Civil Society Projects 01/03/2018
European Remembrance 01/03/2018
Networks of Towns 01/03/2018
Open call for expressions of interest for the establishment of a pool of experts to be potentially members of the Panel for the Union action “European Capital of Culture” 31/12/2020

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