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Project Funding

The Re­search Ser­vice Center team sup­ports WU’s aca­demic staff in ac­quir­ing third-­party fund­ing for re­search pro­jects. In a re­search con­text, third-­party fund­ing is money ob­tained from sources other than the gov­ern­ment budget set aside for uni­versit­ies. Third-­party fund­ing is gen­er­ally ear­marked for spe­cific re­search activ­it­ies (re­search pro­jects etc.).

There is broad range of op­por­tun­it­ies for WU re­search­ers to ac­quire third-­party fund­ing for re­search pro­jects. The list below only provides an over­view of the most com­monly used fund­ing op­por­tun­it­ies. For more com­pre­hens­ive in­form­a­tion, please see the  WU re­search fund­ing data­base.

The Re­search Ser­vice Center team is avail­able if you need in­form­a­tion or ad­vice on the vari­ous fund­ing op­por­tun­it­ies. Please also note the page on ap­plic­a­tion and pro­ject man­age­ment pro­cesses and the third-­party fund­ing pages provided by the Fin­an­cial Con­trol of­fice.

Na­tional re­search fund­ing

In­ter­na­tional re­search fund­ing

  • Ho­ri­zon 2020 is the EU’s frame­work pro­gram for pro­mot­ing re­search and in­nov­a­tion in the period from 2014 to 2020. It provides grants for vari­ous types of pro­jects, from basic re­search to pro­duct devel­op­ment, and has a total budget of ap­prox. € 75bn. Grants are awar­ded to European pro­jects fo­cus­ing on vari­ous (mostly pre-defined) top­ics and re­search areas, span­ning all dis­cip­lines. All cur­rent calls are avail­able through the  EU Com­mis­sion’s Par­ti­cipant Portal. For com­pre­hens­ive in­form­a­tion on pro­ject types, the ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess, and pro­ject man­age­ment, please see the Re­search Ser­vice Center’s EU Wiki Share­Point page.

  • As part of Ho­ri­zon 2020, the Marie Skłodowska-­Curie Ac­tions provide European mobil­ity grants to re­search­ers. One of the main goals is to sup­port re­search­ers’ aca­demic and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. Fund­ing is avail­able e.g. for in­di­vidual fel­low­ships, second­ments for aca­demic staff, and in­nov­at­ive train­ing net­works. For fur­ther in­form­a­tion, please see the  European Com­mis­sion web­site.

  • Er­asmus+ is the European frame­work pro­gram for edu­ca­tion and train­ing, youth, and sports. In ad­di­tion to the pop­ular mobil­ity grants for stu­dents and uni­versity staff, Er­asmus+ also of­fers fund­ing for vari­ous pro­jects on edu­ca­tion-re­lated top­ics. For a con­cise over­view of Er­asmus+ grants rel­ev­ant to uni­versit­ies, please see the Re­search Ser­vice Center’s EU-Wiki Share­Point page. More com­pre­hens­ive in­form­a­tion is avail­able on the OeAD web­site.

  • For an over­view of other rel­ev­ant fund­ing pro­grams, please see the Re­search Ser­vice Center’s EU Wiki Share­Point page.