European programmes presentation

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s research and innovation funding programme for the period 2014-2020. It is the successor to the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FPRTD.); The European Union uses this programme to fund projects that are interdisciplinary in approach with the potential to overcome significant economic and social challenges.

It covers the entire innovation chain from the initial idea through to market, providing further support for the commercialisation of research output and business creativity.  Horizon 2020 has an available budget of €79 billion for the period 2014-2020, which it uses to support research and innovation work (agencies, institutions of higher education and research, businesses, etc.)


cosme_logoRunning alongside Horizon 2020, COSME (programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) has the following objectives:

  • to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of European businesses, including in the tourism sector;
  • to foster a culture of entrepreneurship, particularly among young people;
  • to promote the creation and growth of SMEs.

At COSME the focus is on funding and support to encourage enterprise internationalisation. It has a budget of €2.3 millions, 60% of which are allocated to providing funding.  The programme can be broken down into four clear objectives:

  1. Improving access to funding for SMEs;
  2. Improving the framework conditions in order to guarantee the competitiveness and continuity of all European Union businesses, including in the tourism sector;
  3. Improve access to the European Union’s Single Market as well as third-country markets. Growth-oriented business support and advice services are provided via the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN);

Promoting enterprise and the culture of entrepreneurship.


eurostars_medium_imagefullThe EUROSTARS programme supports innovative SMEs involved in collaborative European projects, specifically targeting businesses with high R&D investment. Its total budget is €1.14 billion for the period 2014-2020.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a European funding programme for the interoperability of digital infrastructures and services

CEF is a funding instrument for trans-European infrastructure projects for the period 2014-2020. It has committed to provide the European Single Market with €27.5 billion in the form of grants and contributions towards innovative funding instruments jointly developed with the European Investment Bank and funds public interest projects in the areas of transport, energy and telecoms.

The overall objective is to develop and optimise the nine Core Network Corridors within Europe, both in terms of capacity and energy consumption, while also fostering the virtualisation of public services and enhancing the connectivity of European businesses (especially SMEs). The programme is led by the INEA (Innovation & Networks Executive Agency), which posts annual calls for projects involving the Mobility, Energy and Connect DGs. It is aimed at universities, research centres, SMEs, local authorities, associations, public departments and NGOs.

CEF and TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network)

Transport forms the lion’s share of the budget (around €22 billion, €10 billion of which are for the Cohesion Fund) and its aim is to complete the European Core Network – an expanded and interoperable infrastructure grid – by Horizon 2030. France’s geographical location is a major advantage, placing it at the crossroads of five of the network’s corridors. There are real opportunities both at the cross-border and domestic level.

Interreg (ERDF fund)

France (Channel) England Programme

The European Territorial Cooperation Programme is an Economic Development Programme that funds projects in numerous countries and regions simultaneously. The purpose of these projects is to find shared solutions to problems common to numerous countries.

The France (Channel) England Programme (FEP) is a Cross-border Cooperation Programme under the European Territorial Cooperation goal to support growth in the border region between France and England.

Interreg North-West Europe: cross-border cooperation in North-West Europe

The North-West Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme includes various regions from the following eight European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This cooperation programme has an available budget of €370 million for the period 2014-2020 and is expected to post several calls for projects per year. It cofunds eligible activities up to 60%.

The cooperation programme’s funding priorities

  • Innovation.
    Themes : Research and innovation, social inclusion
  • Low carbon.
    Theme: environment.
  • Efficient use of natural resources and materials.
    Themes : Economic development, environment.

This programme is open to a variety of different actors within the eligible geographical areas including local authorities, their sub-divisions and public/private operators, state institutions, businesses and their networks, associations, professional bodies, etc. Partnerships must be balanced and suited to the project theme.