Funding opportunities 2014-2020

Last updated: 09/08/2018

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 5 February 2019
Mobility of individuals in the field of higher education 5 February 2019
Mobility of individuals in VET, school education and adult education fields 5 February 2019
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 30 April 2019
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 1 October 2019
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees 14 February 2019
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees – Joint call EU-Japan 1 April 2019


Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices Deadlines
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 5 February 2019
Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training 21 March 2019
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 30 April 2019
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 1 October 2019
European Universities 28 February 2019
Knowledge Alliances 28 February 2019
Sector Skills Alliances 28 February 2019
Capacity building in the field of higher education 7 February 2019
Capacity building in the field of youth 24 January 2019


Key Action 3: Support for policy reform Deadlines
KA3 Social Inclusion and Common Values: The Contribution in the Field of Education and Training 26/02/2019
KA3 Support for policy reform - Forward Looking Cooperation projects


Youth Dialogue projects

5 February 2019

30 April 2019

1 October 2019


Sport actions Deadlines
Collaborative partnerships 4 April 2019
Small collaborative partnerships 4 April 2019
Not-for-profit European sport events 4 April 2019


Jean Monnet actions Deadlines
Chairs, modules, centres of excellence, support to associations, networks, projects 22 February 2019

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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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.

Call Opening Date Deadline
REC-RCIT-CITI-AG-2019: Call for proposals to improve the awareness on EU citizenship rights and inclusion of mobile EU citizens and to support coordination among national authorities competent in electoral matters 15 January 2019 11 April 2019
REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2019: Call for proposals to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance and to monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online 31 January 2019 24 April 2019
REC-RCHI-PROF-AG-2019: Call for proposals on capacity-building in the area of rights of the child and child-friendly justice 15 January 2019 14 May 2019
REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2019: Call for proposals to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women 31 January 2019 13 June 2019
REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2019: Call for proposals to promote the effective implementation of the principle of non-discrimination 31 January 2019 20 June 2019

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.

Open and Upcoming Calls
Call Opening Date Deadline
JUST-JCOO-AG-2019: Call for proposals for action grants to support national and transnational projects to promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters 15 January 2019 16 April 2019
JUST-JACC-AG-2019: Call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects to enhance the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and the rights of victims of crime 15 January 2019 15 May 2019
JUST-JACC-EJU-AG-2019Call for proposals for action grants to support national or transnational e-Justice projects 31 January 2019 13 June 2019
JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2019Call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights 31 January 2019 27 June 2019

Internal Security Fund Police

The Internal Security Fund – Police (ISFP) is a component of the Internal Security Fund. It contributes to ensuring a high level of security in the EU and focuses on fight against crime; management of risk and crisis.

For the period 2014-20, slightly over EUR 1 billion is available for ISFP funding actions, of which EUR 342 million through grants and other direct actions.

Within its general objective, the Funds’ activities will focus on achieving two specific objectives:

  • Fight against crime: combating cross-border, serious and organised crime including terrorism, and reinforcing coordination and cooperation between law enforcement authorities and other national authorities of EU States, including with EUROPOL and other relevant EU bodies, and with relevant non-EU and international organisations;
  • Managing risk and crisis: enhancing the capacity of EU States and the Union for managing effectively security-related risk and crisis, and preparing for protecting people and critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks and other security related incidents.

Concrete actions to be funded through this instrument can include a wide range of initiatives, such as setting up and running IT systems, acquisition of operational equipment, promoting and developing training schemes and ensuring administrative and operational coordination and cooperation.


2018 Internal Security Fund Police

Call Opening Date Deadline
ISFP-2018-AG-CT-CSEP: Civil Society Empowerment Programme 11 October 2018 12 February 2019
ISFP-2018-AG-CT-RAD: Radicalisation 28 November 2018 19 March 2019

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


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
Support for European Cooperation Projects 2019 11/12/2018
The Distribution Selective scheme: Support for the distribution of non-national films 2019 08/01/2019
Support for Film Education 2019 07/03/2019
Support to Festivals 2019




€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
European Remembrance; Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation -Town Twinning 01/02/2019
Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation - Town Twinning - Civil society projects 01/09/2019
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!