Funding opportunities 2014-2020

Last updated: 31/08/2020

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 IndividualsDeadlines
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth5 February 2020 at 12.00
Mobility of individuals in the field of higher education5 February 2020 at 12.00
Mobility of individuals in VET, school education and adult education fields5 February 2020 at 12.00
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth07 May 2020 at 12.00
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth1 October 2020 at 12.00
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees13 February 2020 at 17.00


Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practicesDeadlines
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth5 February 2020 at 12.00
Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training

23 April 2020 at 12.00

Strategic partnerships in the field of youth07 May 2020 at 12.00
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth1 October 2020 at 12.00
European Universities26 February 2020 at 17.00
Knowledge Alliances26 February 2020 at 17.00
Sector Skills Alliances26 February 2020 at 17.00
Capacity building in the field of higher education5 February 2020 at 17.00
Capacity building in the field of youth5 February 2020 at 17.00


Key Action 3: Support for policy reformDeadlines
Youth Dialogue projects

5 February 2020 at 12.00

07 May 2020 at 12.00

1 October 2020 at 12.00


Sport actionsDeadlines
Collaborative partnerships21 April 2020 at 17.00
Small collaborative partnerships21 April 2020 at 17.00
Not-for-profit European sport events21 April 2020 at 17.00


Jean Monnet actionsDeadlines
Chairs, modules, centres of excellence, support to associations, networks, projects20 February 2020 at 17.00

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

Coronavirus response: extraordinary Erasmus+ calls to support digital education readiness and creative skills

Following the revision of the Erasmus+ 2020 Annual Work Programme announced earlier in August, the two new calls were launched on 25 August 2020. They each provide €100 million to respond to the educational challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline: 29 October 2020

More info here and here.

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


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 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

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.

CallOpening DateDeadline

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 202001 April 2020

Call for proposals to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women


15 January 202001 April 2020

Call for proposals to promote the effective implementation of the principle of non-discrimination


15 January 202001 April 2020

Call for proposals on closing gender gaps over the life-course


21 January 202001 April 2020

Call for proposals to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance and to monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online


15 January 202015 April 2020

Call for proposals on capacity-building in the area of rights of the child


15 January 202029 April 2020

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

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

CallOpening DateDeadline
ISFP-2018-AG-CT-CSEP: Civil Society Empowerment Programme11 October 201812 February 2019
ISFP-2018-AG-CT-RAD: Radicalisation28 November 201819 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.

Learn more about tender opportunities:


€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.

Thematic Objectives and 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 2014-2020Deadlines
First call for standard projects


Call for strategic projects3rd of July 2019 at 1 pm (CET)
Call for capitalisation projectsPlanned on first quarter 2020


€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

Support for European Cooperation Projects 201911/12/2018
The Distribution Selective scheme: Support for the distribution of non-national films 201908/01/2019
Support for Film Education 201907/03/2019
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

European Remembrance; Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation -Town Twinning01/02/2019
Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation - Town Twinning - Civil society projects01/09/2019
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!