EU Funding Agencies

EU Funding

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The programme is at the heart of the EU's blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. With a strong emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges its goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

UCC has developed a strategy to support our researchers in exploiting European funding opportunities to the maximum. This strategy includes the development of a dedicated European Research Support Section (and website) within the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation.

Access to this resource will be available through this section of the Research Supports Services website.

In the meantime, the National Support Network for Horizon 2020 in Ireland have developed a website as a key resource for existing and potential Irish participants. To access this recommended resource: [CLICK HERE




First Step

If you are a UCC researcher:

  1. Interested in exploiting European research funding opportunities and would like to learn more.
  2. Thinking about participating in a H2020 funding proposal as a partner.
  3. Thinking about coordinating a H2020 proposal.
  4. Have query about any aspect of H2020 proposal and budget preparation.
  5. Have secured H2020 funding

As a first step, Please contact H2020 Research Officers Imma Zoppi and Noirin Ui Bhreithiunaigh in the Research Office. 

Useful Information

1. UCC Administrative Information - H2020

Applications to H2020 funding calls are made through the Participant Portal. You will find step-by-step instructions on how to register here.

The online application consists of two forms, Form A and Form B:

The coordinator of the proposal is responsible for collating all of the financial and administrative data from each partner (Part A), and for designing and confirming the work package information (Part B).


For your convenience, a pre-filled Part A2 form, which includes relevant UCC administrative information, is available here.


2. Definition of Common H2020 Technology

Beneficiaries: Beneficiaries means the legal entities who have signed the grant agreement (GA) with the Commission/ Agency. Beneficiaries must all together contribute to a smooth and successful implementation of the grant.

Consortium: A consortium is the term used to describe all of the participants in the same project.

Coordinator: The Coordinator is the beneficiary which is the central contact point for the Commission/ Agency and represents the consortium (towards the Commission/ Agency). The coordinator must coordinate and manage the grant.

Legal Entity Appointed Representative (LEAR): typically, the rector of the university (in UCC the LEAR role is covered by the Vice President for Research & Innovation) the LEAR manages the legal and financial information about the organisation; manages access rights of persons in the organisation (but not at project level) and; appoints representatives of the organisation to electronically sign grant agreements or financial statements via the Participant Portal.


Research and Innovation

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