EPSRC and European funding

We work with our sister Research Councils, government and other UK public sector bodies, in particular the UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels, to provide input into EU funding policy for research and innovation funding.


UKRO, which is sponsored by the Research Councils, is the UK's leading information and advice service on European Union funding for research and higher education. It provides information to its subscribers on EU funding opportunities, and EU programmes and policies.

UKRO's mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities by:

  • Enabling sponsors and subscribers to participate confidently in EU programmes and fully exploit the opportunities available to them.
  • Supporting UK input into European research, innovation and higher education policy development by informing, advising and liaising with the appropriate bodies both in the UK and the EU.

Delivering a set of unique, specialised services that are tailored to meet the evolving needs of sponsors and subscribers.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's main funding programme for research and innovation in Europe from 2014 to 2020.

EPSRC grants, including but not limited to Overseas Travel Grants, can be used to fund travel to European research centres to meet with collaborators to develop Horizon 2020 proposals. Your proposal should address how the grant will help develop collaborations with European researchers for a bid to Horizon 2020.

European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs)

ERA-NETs are networks of funding agencies across Europe working together to further international collaborations in specific areas. ERA-NETs are currently supported through the Horizon 2020 programme.

We join ERA-NETs where we see potential benefits for the UK research community beyond standard EU programmes. Recent and current networks we have worked with include OceaneraNET (marine energy), FENCO-Net (carbon capture and storage), FLAG-ERA (in support of the EU's Future and Emerging Technologies Flagships (FET Flagships) programme) and CHIST-ERA (ICT).

Science Europe

EPSRC is a member of Science Europe, an association of European research funding organisations and research performing organisations, based in Brussels. Science Europe aims to strengthen the European Research Area through the promotion of the interests of its members.

Science Europe works with the European Commission and national governments in developing policy to ensure the greatest collaborative impact of current research, as well as liaising with non-European research organisations.

Science Europe does not support grant schemes.

The European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) was formed in 2007. It is the first pan-European funding agency for frontier research. Its remit covers all physical, engineering, social, biological and environmental science. Early-stage and established investigators from across Europe can apply for ERC grants with scientific excellence as the sole criterion for funding.