Horizon Europe for the FM MU

The Horizon Europe Framework Programme will also offer funding opportunities of international research activities for Faculty of Medicine MU for the period 2021 and 2027. Knowledge of the basic structure and possibilities of the grant instruments allows for a better orientation in the potential of a particular instrument for a specific department of the faculty.

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Pillar 1

European Research Council (ERC)

ERC is funding the frontier research in Europe through highly competitive calls and does not set any priorities or thematic constraints (bottom-up approach). It supports ground-breaking research with a high level of risk and reward, with the aim of facilitating the exploitation of research outputs in the area of commercial and social innovations.

  • For more information about support of ERC grant preparation at FM MU, please see here.
  • The ERC Work Programme for 2024 can be found here.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

MSCA supports activities which develop excellence through cross-border mobility of researchers at different stages of their careers, without setting any priorities or thematic constraints (bottom-up approach).

  • More about MSCA grants can be found here.
  • The MSCA Work Programme for the period 2023 - 2024 can be found here.


Research infrastructures (RI)

RI financially support the development of world-class and open research infrastructures within 5 thematic areas - the so-called destinations. Destination 3 includes projects addressing major European challenges in health research, green and digital transformation (including topics for basic research infrastructures).

  • The Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2023-2024 can be found here.

Pillar 2

This pillar is divided into 6 clusters - systemic changes in society and economy are supported. The specific priorities of each cluster are divided into Destinations.

The Health Cluster is particularly attractive for the development of international research at FM MU. More detailed information about the structure of the cluster and its challenges can be found here.

Portfolios of activities across disciplines with bold and measurable goals (within Pillar 2 and across clusters) represent missions. Missions are expected to achieve significantly greater impacts on science, technology and society in general within a defined time period than would be the case for individual projects. The programme identifies 5 missions, among which the Cancer mission is the most relevant for the Faculty of Medicine MU. More information on this mission can be found here.

Work programmes for 2023-2024:

Pillar 3

Activities in support of risk and breakthrough innovations that will help to accelerate the progress of innovative companies from idea to market, innovation activities, activities integrating education, entrepreneurship and research. Particularly attractive to SMEs.

  • The EIC Work Programme for 2023 can be found here.


Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area

Activities aimed at reducing persistent gaps in research and innovation performance through sharing knowledge and expertise across the EU (reversing the trend of closed forms/clubs of cooperation, facilitating a full engagement of Europe's talent potential, spreading and promoting excellence across the EU).

  • The Work Programme for strengthening participation and spreading excellence in 2023-2024 can be found here.

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