European Funding Opportunities 

The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering various areas, from education, research, employment, regional development to the environment, humanitarian aid, agriculture, and the marine, among many others. Significant support is available to small and medium-sized businesses, non-governmental and civil society non-profit organisations, young people, researchers, farmers, and public bodies, to name a few.

There are a vast number of calls available under Horizon Europe the calls are updated regularly by the Commission and placed here

European Funding programmes and open calls- please click on the links below to view funding opportunities under each programme.  

We also have a highlighted subset of available research grants from European funding agencies. Please click on a title to see more detail. 

A full list of European Funds can be found on the Commission’s website:

Logging Expression of Interest of Funding Application

If you are preparing a funding application in adherence with SETU Waterford policy, please log your Expression of Interest via our internal record system Pure to notify and receive guidance and support from the research office, TTO, and research finance team members.

  • To do this, please log in under your profile here, identify the fund opportunity and create your draft application. If the opportunity is not available, please email [email protected] and we will add the opportunity for you. Video guide for doing this is available here
  • Once you have taken this step we will assign a programme officer, we will be in touch with next steps.
  • Please note the PURE system does not submit to the funder/agency, it tracks what stage the proposal is at and the workflow process facilitates the review and endorsement stages. 
  • The PI/Applicant  must follow the individual guides for submission as provided by the agency/funder provided their proposal and associated budget has been reviewed and approved via the Research Office and Research Finance Team.

Applicants progressing an application to an Erasmus+ funding call are required to complete the Erasmus+ Application Notification.  Its purpose is to help to identify the nature of the Erasmus application (e.g. education, mobility or research) and thus the appropriate Office within the University to support and approve the application.

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Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in applying to any of the below calls under SETU and a member of the team will assist you.

  • Details:

    The goal of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. There are two types:

    • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: Fund the mobility of researchers outside Europe. Fellowship lasts 2-3yrs, with first 1-2yrs spent in a non-associated Third Country, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year to SETU. Only nationals or long-term residents of Ireland can apply.

    • European Postdoctoral Fellowships: Open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research career. These fellowships take place in SETU and can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.

  • Deadline: 11/09/2024 17:00 Brussels time Wed 11th Sept 2024

  • Link

  • Suited to:

    PhD students who will have defended their VIVA by the deadline or Postdoctoral researchers with max 8 years research experience

  • Eligibility:

    Consult the MSCA Guide for Applicants for specific eligibility criteria for the different fellowships

  • On offer:

    The EU provides support for the recruited researcher in the form of
    a living allowance, mobility allowance, if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs allowances. In addition, funding is provided for
    research, training and networking activities and management and indirect costs

  • How to apply:

    Proposals must be written in conjunction with a supervisor. Applications via the Funding & Tenders Portal

  • Details:

    Horizon Europe is a European Union research and innovation program designed to fund and support scientific research, technological development and innovation across various fields and disciplines, promoting cutting edge research, fostering collaboration between researchers and industries to addressing societal challenges with a broad spectrum of societal actors. 

    The program covers a wide range of topics, structured into three main pillars, each focusing on different aspects of research and innovation:

  • All funding information and details on how to apply are on the Funding & Tenders Portal

  • Who can help you?

       Within SETU Waterford, the EU Research Programmes Officer [email protected] is best positioned to advise on research funding opportunities related to Horizon Europe.

  • CrowdHelix:
  • SETU Waterford are a Proud Member of Crowdhelix - Sign up today and add your Researcher Profile to find partners for EU applications under Open Horizon Europe calls and other international opportunities. You can register here: You can search for the topic you are interested in to see if anyone is looking for partners which you could bring into your consortium or if anyone else is coordinating on this topic if this might be of interest to you down the line. You can also search by keywords and join Helixs which have organisations interested in research on specific topics.
  • Enterprise Ireland's Horizon Europe Funding Supports
    Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon Europe, working to increase participation by Irish companies and academic institutions in the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. Visit:
    Through a range of supports, Enterprise Ireland provides funding to researchers in academic institutions to develop applications to Horizon Europe:
  • Details:

    COST Action is a network dedicated to scientific collaboration, complementing national research funds. COST Actions are open to researchers and innovators, collaborating in a field of science and technology of common interest to at least seven COST Members/Cooperating Members, based on a joint work programme lasting four years. A COST Action is organised by a range of networking tools, such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific missions, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. Funding covers the cost of COST Action networking tools.

  • Deadline: Proposals for new COST Actions 23 October 2024 at 12.00 (noon) CEST.
  • Link

  • Suited to:

    Researchers across all disciplines

  • Eligibility: Not applicable

Useful information on the role & activities of the MC can be found here Guidelines for COST Action Management, Monitoring and Final Assessment

  • On offer:

COST Actions have huge benefits including improving the quality of the networking of the participating partners, promotion of interdisciplinary partnerships, and stimulation of international publications and follow-up projects paving the way to or establishing synergies with EU-funded research projects, such as H2020 or Horizon Europe.

  • How to apply:

    Applications for New Cost Actions are submitted via e-COST the dedicated grant management tool.

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