EU funding

The EU's research funding mechanism operates in multiyear cycles, which are defined by framework programs for research and innovation. In the recent Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) program, 284 grants were signed with the European Commission. Its successor, Horizon Europe (2021-2027), started in January 2021.

Horizon Europe

The European framework program Horizon Europe (2021-2027) brings together almost all of the EU's current programs dedicated to research and innovation. As in the case of its forerunner (Horizon 2020), Horizon Europe encompasses three major program areas ('pillars'), which reflect the different phases of the innovation process from the initial idea to a marketable product.

Pillar I (Excellent Science) provides funding (on a competitive basis) for bottom-up research projects proposed by individuals in all fields. Such proposals may be submitted to the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), or the Research Infrastructure program.

Pillar II comprises six clusters designed to stimulate cross-border collaborations in the societally relevant fields of

  • Health
  • Culture, Creativity and the Inclusive Society
  • Civil Security for Society
  • Digital, Industrial and Space Research
  • Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and the Environment

A new element of this pillar is the concept of mission-oriented research. The idea here is to tackle ambitious and high-profile research missions defined with input from citizens, stakeholders, the European Parliament and Member States.

Pillar III is made up of programs intended to advance commercial innovation and market uptake: the European Innovation Council (EIC), European Ecosystems for Innovation, and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) brought together EU-funded programs designed to stimulate research and innovation and incorporated the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The program was structured in three 'pillars': Pillar I (Excellent Science) (including programs such as ERC, MSCA), Pillar II (Industrial Leadership), and Pillar III (Societal Challenges) which addressed seven societal research priorities in consortial projects.

In H2020, the LMU signed 282 grants with the European Commission, and received approximately 215 million euros in funding. Of these ventures, 128 were international collaborative projects, 10 of which were coordinated by LMU personnel.

LMU applicants were particularly successful in Pillar I (Excellent Science). Here, 98 ERC and 97 Marie Skłodowska-Curie proposals from LMU researchers have received funding.

(Last update: October 2020)

7th Research Framework Programme

The EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP 7) was implemented between 2007-2013 and had an overall budget of 54.4 billion euros. LMU researchers were involved in no fewer than 232 projects and the total amount of competitive funding acquired by LMU was 133 million euros. With 45 successful ERC proposals (16 Starting Grants and 29 Advanced Grants), the largest number of ERC grants won by any German university over the duration of the 7th RFP, LMU occupied the 11th spot in the European ERC Ranking.

With 65 proposals awarded, LMU was also the most successful university in the Marie-Curie program.LMU's excellent international and intersectoral links are clearly reflected in its involvement in EU-funded collaborative projects.

LMU researchers took part in 149 international consortia, playing the coordinating role in 22 of them. These ventures involved more than 900 academic partners in Europe and over 100 in non-European countries, in addition to over 200 cooperations with companies.In terms of the level of EU funding acquired,

LMU was among the five most successful institutions in Germany (Fraunhofer Society, Max Planck Society, German Aerospace Agency, TU Munich, LMU) and the first among the full universities.

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