European Funding

General Advice

The IHCC has published two European Funding  catalogues providing general information on a number of European funding programmes. Part 1 covers Horizon 2020 and the Third Health Programme. Part 2 covers European Regional funding such as the European Structural Funds, the European Territorial Cooperation / Interreg funds and the European Agricultural Fund for rural Development.

3-SET - the Third Sector European Team - supports third sector organisations and public sector projects wishing to work with third sector organisations, seeking to access European funding with free information, advice, resources and training.

The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) is a part of the Welsh Government and can support and provide advice to applicants for selected European funding programmes. WEFO also directly manages certain European funds such as Structural Funding.

Also see EuroHealthNet’s Structural Funds for Guidance Tool for Health Equity in our Resources section.

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Funding Programmes

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s EUR 80 billion research and innovation funding programme for 2014-2020. It aims to drive economic growth and create jobs in a smart and sustainable way by placing an emphasis on the three priority sections: excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges through research and innovation.

Each section has a series of sub-topics. Priorities and calls for a given year are defined through multi-annual work programmes prepared by the European Commission through a strategic programming process involving Member States and various stakeholders. To find out about current funding opportunities, visit the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal or get in touch with the UK’s National Contact Points.

The Health Programme

Overseen by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), the Third Health Programme (2014-2020) is the European Commission’s main mechanism to implement the EU Health Strategy. With an indicative overall budget of EUR 449 million for 7 years, the Third Health Programme follows four overarching objectives: promote health and healthy lifestyles; protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats; contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems; and facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens. The Third Health Programme is implemented through Annual Work Programmes that list priority areas to be funded for each year. To find out about current funding opportunities, visit the European Commission website or contact the UK’s National Focal Point.

Structural Funds for Wales

European Structural Funds include both the European Regional Development Fund  (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion across Europe by addressing imbalances between regions while the ESF focuses on human capital through the improvement of employment and education opportunities.

Worth over £1.8 billion for the period 2014-2020, the funds are managed directly by the Welsh Government through the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO), according to the priorities and plan agreed by the European Commission for 2014-2020: Research and innovation, SME competitiveness, Renewable Energy and Energy efficiency, and Connectivity and Urban development for the ERDF; Tackling poverty through sustainable employment, skills for growth, and youth employment and attainment for the ESF.

To find out about current funding opportunities in your areas, visit the WEFO website.


European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

Interreg (V) Europe

This European inter-regional policy exchange programme aims to improve the implementation of policies and programmes for regional development and promoting exchange of experience and policy learning.

It covers 4 of the European Regional Policy’s priority areas: Research and Innovation, SME Competitiveness, Low-carbon Economy, Environment and Resource Efficiency. Find out more about the next call for proposals and the application process on the Interreg Europe website.

Atlantic Area

This European territorial cooperation programme funds transnational cooperation projects among Atlantic regions of 5 European countries, in the fields of Innovation & competitiveness; resource efficiency; territorial risk management; biodiversity and natural & cultural assets. Call for proposals are published yearly and application follows a two-stage process. Find out more about the next call for proposals and the application process on the Atlantic Area website.

North-West Europe

This European Territorial Cooperation Programme aims to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. It covers 3 of the European Regional Policy’s priority areas: Innovation, Low Carbon, and Resource & materials efficiency. Find out more about the next call for proposals and the application process on the North-West Europe website.


This European Territorial Cooperation Programme (URBACT III) aims to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe. With a total budget of EUR 96.3 million, it aims to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges by funding and supporting networks around three priorities: transnational exchange, capacity-building, and capitalisation & dissemination. Find out more about the next call for proposals and the application process on the URBACT III website.

The Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme 2014-2020

This cross-border programme supports businesses and organisations across Ireland and Wales. It operates on an open call basis and follows a two stage process. The fund focuses on innovation, climate change, cultural and natural resources, and heritage and tourism. To find out more about current funding opportunities and the application process, visit the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme website or contact the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).


Other EU funds

European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)

The European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is the Commission’s department in charge of EU relief assistance within and outside the EU.

It operates through various financial instruments, including project grants, public procurement and support to volunteering overseas. 

Visit ECHO’s website for further information.

Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

DG DEVCO, the EU department for international cooperation and development, provides different types of support to countries in need. The  DG DEVCO database publishes calls for proposals, services and tender financed by the European Commission in the field of international collaboration and development aid. Eligibility criteria and application process is specific to each call. Visit the DG DEVCO website for more information. 

EU Aid Volunteer

EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. This European programme also offers grants and capacity building to sending and receiving organisations.


Erasmus+ is the European Union's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion provides opportunities for Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteers abroad. Unlike the previous programme, Erasmus+ is no longer exclusively for students. Under the current framework that will last until 2020, Erasmus+ aims to reduce unemployment; promote adult learning; encourage young people to take part in European democracy; supporting innovation, cooperation and reform; reducing early school leaving; and promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU's partner countries. Erasmus+ funding is managed jointly by the European Commission and National Agencies in each country. In the UK, this programme is managed by the British Council and Ecorys UK. Visit the European Commission website or the Erasmus+ UK page to find out about funding opportunities and application guidance.