Non-Framework Calls

This page covers calls which are outside of the European Commission's Framework programmes (e.g. Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe). This includes the 3rd Health Programme, EUROPEAID and Erasmus+.


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The Third health programme 'Health for Growth' is the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU health strategy.  It aims to support and complement the work of European Member States to achieve the following four objectives: Promoting health, preventing diseases and fostering supportive environments for healthy lifestyles; protecting EU citizens from serious cross-border health threats; contributing to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems; facilitating access to better and safer healthcare. The priority areas and criteria for funding actions under the health programme are set out each year in a work plan. More information can be found on the 3rd Health Programme website.

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for environment and climate action. Funding supports a breadth of activity including developing, applying and promoting best practice; policy development; capacity building; climate change mitigation; and clean energy transition. Activity falls into two main categories:

The Commission publishes calls for proposals based on LIFE multiannual work programmes. The application procedure and funding varies according to the specific sub-programme and project type.

Information about the LIFE programme can be found on the LIFE programme webpages.

Euratom is the EU’s nuclear research programme. It issues competitive calls and funding is managed on Horizon 2020 terms and conditions. The work programme supports research in both fission and fusion energy – the development of power and non-power applications of nuclear fission requires further research to reduce risks by developing safe nuclear technologies and optimal radiation protection, while fusion energy is one of the future options for baseload, low-carbon electricity production.

More information about Euratom and the current work programme can be found on the Euratom webpages.

The EU provides different types of support to countries in need including grant funding to support projects and organisations furthering its development objectives. Some grant funding is for research based projects and can be for collaborative activity either with other European country institutions or organisations based in a developing country. Eligibility to apply for funding will depend on the exact nature and purpose of specific calls. EuropeAid runs its own call management system and the terms and conditions of grant funding differ from those of Horizon 2020.

Further information can be found on the EuropeAid webpages.

ERASMUS+ is the EU funding programme for education and training, youth and sport (2014-2020).

It funds various activities. The University of Oxford is part of the programme for Mobility for Higher Education Students and Staff which provides for

  • Student mobility for studies, giving students the chance to study for between 3 and 12 months at non-UK partner Universities across Europe
  • Student mobility for traineeships for students undertaking a work placement abroad lasting between 2 and 12 months
  • Teaching assignments for staff to spend from 2 days to 2 months at a partner University abroad
  • Staff mobility for training such as attending a workshop or job shadowing in a relevant organisation abroad. This is an option likely to be of interest to departmental/divisional administrative and facilitator staff or central administrative personnel
    For more information see Oxford's Erasmus webpages.

Calls for collaborative activity are issued under different elements of Erasmus designed to encourage strategic partnerships in education, training, youth and sport.