EU funding

With our funding opportunities brochures, access to Research Professional, and one-to-one guidance services, we’ll make sure you find the European funding scheme that suits you and helps you make the most of your ideas.

As part of the Brexit deal, the UK will be joining Horizon Europe as an Associated Country. We also have continued access to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Research Council Grants schemes.

Besides Horizon Europe, the UK will continue to have a role in four other EU programmes: Euratom, the ITER project, Copernicus, and EU satellite surveillance and tracking services. As with Horizon Europe, associated status to these is still pending further negotiations. However, the UK will no longer be involved in Erasmus+.

You can find specific opportunities using the custom searches available in Research Professional or directly in the Research Participant Portal.

We can give you more information about getting involved in European funding: just get in touch.

Here are some types of funding you might find interesting.

Funding for individuals

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) give you opportunities to gain experience, share knowledge, and improve your skills. There are four types of MSCA Actions.

  1. MSCA Individual Fellowships, if you want to work one-on-one with world-class researchers.
  2. MSCA Innovative Training Networks, if you're looking to obtain a PhD or supervise one.
  3. MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges, if you're a member of research, administrative or technical staff looking for secondments and knowledge exchange opportunities.
  4. MSCA Cofund if you're looking for ways to match national or regional funding for PhDs and fellowships.

There are guides, FAQs and other information on the MSCA website, or you can find more details in our brochure below, which also highlights our research strengths and shows why Anglia Ruskin University is the ideal place for your next research move.

European Research Council (ERC) Grants

If you have an idea for a ground-breaking research project, European Research Council Grants can offer up to 3.5 million Euros to make it come to life. You can apply for a Starting Grant if you have two to seven years of research experience or a Consolidator Grant if you have seven to 12 years' experience. If you have an exceptional track record and over ten years of experience, you can apply for an Advanced Grant.

For further information on current calls and past awards, visit the European Research Council's website, or have a look at our brochure.

Funding for large projects

Horizon Europe

If you're part of an international research group or have an idea for a project that will involve several European nations, take a look at Horizon Europe.

Five mission areas have been identified, each with a dedicated mission board and assembly. The board and assembly help specify, design and implement the specific missions which will launch under Horizon Europe in 2021.

  1. Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
  2. Cancer
  3. Climate-neutral and smart cities
  4. Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
  5. Soil health and food

There is also specific funding for information and communication technologies, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing, and space research.

For more information on Horizon Europe and how you can get involved, contact us.

Additional information about research following Brexit

Projects that are already underway or that have secured European research funding are to continue as normal. This includes projects forming part of the Horizon 2020 programme.

However, there are some secondary issues around Brexit which may have an impact on projects.


Visa-free travel for research remains in place for 2021, dependant on the duration of the stay and the destination country.

From 2022, a 'visa waiver' scheme will come into force for those visiting Schengen Area countries. The UK plans to introduce similar arrangements for EU visitors, with further details to be announced later.


ARU has already undertaken work to ensure our processes and procedures remain compliant with EU regulations.