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EU Funding Opportunities

HSC R&D Division wishes to ensure that researchers actively pursue EU funding opportunities and would strongly encourage investigators to target the Horizon 2020 calls to support their research.


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

The following website provides information to support Northern Ireland’s participation in Horizon 2020.

Of particular interest to researchers in the areas of health and social care are the contact points in Health (Patricia McCrory, QUB) and Connected Health (Dr Shirley Davey, UU)


The Participant Portal's Horizon 2020 calls section is the European Commission's authoritative website for information and documentation on Horizon 2020 calls.

The following link is to the official source for Horizon 2020 calls for proposals:



EU Project Planning Grants


HSC R&D Division invites applications for Project Planning Grants to support individuals or teams working within the HSC who are involved in building funding bids for Horizon 2020 calls.

Advice and support for project planning applications is available by contacting Dr Julie McCarroll, Programme Manager, HSC R&D Division


Would you like to evaluate European Public Health Research?

Much importance is currently being placed on bringing research funding into Northern Ireland from the EU programmes. 

HSC R&D Division is promoting opportunities to get involved in EU funding bids and sharing relevant information about other interesting related opportunities. 

As part of the ongoing regional efforts to build a research profile for Northern Ireland in the EU, HSC R&D Division is keen to ensure that researchers and health professionals from Northern Ireland become involved in the evaluation of EU research. This is a specific opportunity to do so in the area of public health, and there is still time to register as an expert before the 2013 call from the Health Programme.

Colleagues are encouraged to consider submitting an expression of interest, as it involves monitoring or evaluating submitted proposals in public health.



European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): Candidate Expert Directory

ECDC is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. In order to achieve this mission, ECDC works in partnership with national health protection bodies across Europe to strengthen and develop continent-wide disease surveillance and early warning systems. By working with experts throughout Europe, ECDC pools Europe's health knowledge to develop authoritative scientific opinions about the risks posed by current and emerging infectious diseases.

ECDC requires independent external expertise to fulfill its mandate and to deliver its work programme. Tasks requiring external expertise include conducting scientific working groups, developing and reviewing risk assessments, scientific guidance and other scientific opinions, and carrying out scientific and technical consultations.

In order to widen its roster of potential experts, ECDC has set up a “Candidate Expert Directory”, to which all experts with relevant expertise are invited to submit an application. Candidate experts may then be asked to participate in the work of ECDC on the basis of their specified competence.

External experts can assist the Centre in provision of scientific advice to support the policies and decisions of Europe’s risk managers and policy/decision makers in the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States.

For more information and to apply to join the directory, please visit: External Experts