Information about current funding opportunities. This section contains calls published within the European Framework Programmes as well as other national, bilateral, multilateral public and private sector funding opportunities.
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The European Commission's Participant Portal hosts all Horizon 2020 calls

Further orientation is offered by the German NCP for International Cooperation in H2020, who have published a list of targeted calls with recommended participation of third countries in the work programme 2016-2017, including a categorisation for third country participation (encouraged, recommended, strongly recommended). 

To find specific funding opportunities related to Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus you can also:

Horizon 2020 – open calls by country:

Armenia Moldova
Azerbaijan Russia
Belarus Tajikistan
Georgia Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan Ukraine
Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan
open to all countries listed above open to at least some of the countries listed above

The 'incontact' database offers multiple selection criteria: by country/countries, topic(s), work programme(s) etc.
Customize your individual selection!

  • | call will open early September 2016

    Pre-anouncement: New Round of 'Call for EU-Eastern Partnership Twinning Projects'

    The 'International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries' (IncoNet EaP) project will launch a third call for proposals for 'Twinning Grants': Due to the recent association of Armenia and Georgia to Horizon 2020 and taking into consideration the success of the first two calls, a new round of twinning among projects will open in early and close at the end of September 2016. The intention is to boost the participation of the newly associated countries in Horizon 2020 consortia, but the call will also be open to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.
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  • | Call will open: 15 September 2016

    Pre-announcement: Joint Call for German-Russian Project Proposals in Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) will launch a new call for proposals in the fields of Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities on 15 September 2016. The submission deadline will be 12 December 2016.
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  • | Deadline: 6 September 2016

    Request for proposals for Audit Services 2016-2017

    The Science and Technology Center of Ukraine (Kyiv) and the International Science and Technology Center (Astana) have issued a joint request for proposals for audit services for the years ending 31st December 2016 and 2017. Completed proposals must be received by 17:00 Kyiv time on Tuesday 6th September, 2016. Any contract awarded will be awarded to the Auditor, who, based upon evaluation of all proposals, is determined to have submitted the proposal with the lowest evaluated price, considering both technical merit and cost.
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  • 19.10.2016 - 23.10.2016 | St. Petersburg, Russia | Deadline: 9 Sep 2016

    BarCamp St. Petersburg: Alternative Event Formats of Science Communication – apply now!

    In cooperation with policult, paper Media, and ITMO University, the German-Russian Forum will host a BarCamp in St. Petersburg for young professionals interested in alternative formats of science communication. The BarCamp is intended to provide participants with the potential for realising such formats in their own countries. The organisers are looking to recruit 40 participants from Belarus, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. The BarCamp is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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  • | Deadline: 12 September 2016

    Research Papers Competition for Russian and European Graduate and Postgraduate Students in Social Sciences and Humanities

    The Centre for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University—Bielefeld University) together with the Council of Young Scientists of the Faculty of Sociology (St. Petersburg State University) invite submissions to a Russian- European competition of research papers by junior scientists focusing on Russian society and culture. The papers (unpublished as well as recently published) should address topical issues in social sciences and humanities.
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  • | Deadline: 15 September 2016

    KAS Eastern Partnership School of Excellency – Call for applications

    The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invites young leaders from politics, law, civil society, media, economy and science from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia to take part in its programme 'KAS Eastern Partnership School of Excellency', which aims to further the European idea and democratic values through the facilitation of a new generation of elite leaders and future propagators. KAS are looking for the future elites who wish to actively champion for their country within the European context and who have already proven their past engagement in this area.
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  • | Deadline: 28 September 2016

    IraSME Call open to Russian participation

    The 18th IraSME call is organised and funded by national & regional ministries & agencies participating in the IraSME network through their existing funding programmes. Therefore it is important for all candidate project partners to consult in an early stage with their respective agencies during the preparation of the proposal to secure compliance with the applicable national and regional criteria. Russia: Only small enterprises (< 100 employees) are eligible, research organisations only as subcontractors.
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  • | Deadline: 14 October 2016

    Germany-Russia: Federal Ministries support the Development of Methods and Processes in Industrial Biotechnology

    Two corresponding calls by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (MON) support reserach cooperation between the two countries in the field of Bioeconomy. The focus is on methods and processes in industrial biotechnology that lead to the development of bio-based products and materials. German and Russian partners are encouraged to submit identical applications to their respective ministries. Details of the calls will be available in German and in Russian.
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  • | Deadline: 1 February 2017

    Joint Russian-Austrian initiative research projects competition of the Russian Foundation for Basic research (RFBR) and Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

    Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), in accordance with the Memorandum on Cooperation with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), announce a call for proposals for joint Russian-Austrian projects in basic research. The aim of the competition is to develop international cooperation and to grant financial support for initiative research projects being conducted by Russian and Austrian researchers.
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  • | Deadline: 1 March 2017

    Competition for Joint Russian and French Research Projects within the Framework of International Associated Laboratories (LIA) and International Joint Units (UMI)

    The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) in accordance with the Agreement on scientific cooperation with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) announced a call for proposals for joint Russian-French initiative projects in basic research, to be conducted by Russian and French scientists within the Framework of International Associated Laboratories (LIA) and International Joint Units (UMI).
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  • | Deadline: 20 March 2017

    IQ-CHem 6th International Ideas Award

    IQ-CHem is the first and the only Idea Award in the Russian Federation in gas processing and petrochemistry established by SIBUR Holding in 2010. Anoyone in the Russian Federation and abroad can participate in this award. Applications can also be submitted by groups of interested persons. The first five years of this award have resulted in over 1000 innovative ideas, and the prize has raised fourfold.
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  • | First Deadline: 26 September 2018

    European Commission launches three Horizon Prizes for Energy Innovation

    On 5 July 2016, the European Commission launched three Horizon Prizes to encourage innovation and find solutions to challenges in the area of energy.These so-called challenge prizes (also known as 'inducement' prizes) offer a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined challenge. They prescribe a goal but not how the goal should be achieved. Worth a total of 3.25 million EUR and funded under Horizon 2020, the prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing carbon dioxide.
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    Continuous joint competitions of the Russian Foundation for Basic research (RFBR) and Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

    The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), in accordance with the Memorandum on Cooperation with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) conducts continuous competitions (with no time limits for submitting the applications during the validity period of Memorandum). The aim of the competition is to grant financial support for initiative research projects being conducted by Russian and Austrian scientists.
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    Continuous Competition for Joint Russian and French Research Projects within the Framework of International Associated Laboratories (LIA) and International Joint Units (UMI)

    The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) in accordance with the Agreement on scientific cooperation with Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) proceeds with continuous competition NCNIL_a (with no time limit for submitting an application) of joint research projects conducted by groups of Russian and French scientists.
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  • | Continuous – various deadlines

    SCOPES 2013-2016: Call for Joint Research Projects and Call for Institutional Partnerships

    The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are launching a new phase of the programme “SCOPES - Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland”. In the framework of SCOPES 2013–2016, there will be a first call for proposals for Joint Research Projects (= JRP, open from 20 March to 20 September 2013) and a second call for proposals for Institutional Partnerships (= IP, open from spring to autumn 2014).
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    Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme

    The Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is a five-year, £20 million joint programme launched in 2014 by the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Each side will provide equal funding. The programme forms part of the Newton Fund, a £375 million fund administered by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. Through the Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.
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    Funding initiative "Between Europe and the Orient - A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus"

    With this funding initiative the Volkswagen Foundation intends, on the one hand, to stimulate interest within Germany to engage in research on current developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus. On the other hand, it opens up possibilities for intensifying cooperation in research and higher education with academics in these countries.
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    Promoting young researchers from South Caucasus countries in social sciences and humanities

    Starting in 2009, GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG, in conjunction with ACADEMIC SWISS CAUCASUS NET (ASCN), will be financing a multi-year programme to promote the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus with the aim of making a key contribution to the process of democratization. The emphasis of the programme is on the promotion of individuals. Young researchers working in the above fields will be supported and trained within the framework of European-standard research projects and other activities.
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    Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers

    Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 600 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed.
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    Science for Peace and Security Programme

    The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme is a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange. The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.
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    Gerda Henkel Foundation: Central Asia Programme now integrated into the Foundation's regular grant programme

    From 2004 to 2013, the Gerda Henkel Foundation offered a programme to support outstanding scholars whose research is focused on Central Asia, mainly on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Northern Afghanistan, Southern Siberia, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Xinjiang. After 10 years of existence, the Special Programme Central Asia, after a last deadline in the end of June 2013, has been integrated into the Foundation's regular grant programme.  Applications from researchers from Central Asia or topics related to Central Asian history will now be considered within the Foundation's Research and PhD Grant Programme.
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