Research Funding from the European Union

The TU Bergakademie Freiberg encourages scientists to participate in the programmes of the various funding institutions, primarily of the European Union.  Below you find information on important research funding sources, especially on the major programme of the EU – HORIZON EUROPE.

EU-Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON EUROPE (2021-2027)

HORIZON EUROPE is the major funding source for European research with some €95 billion of funding available for the years 2021 to 2027. It puts a strong focus on linking research with innovation – taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

The three major pillars of HORIZON EUROPE are 

  1. EXCELLENT SCIENCE: funding of basic research with the choice of research topic largely up to scientists; individual projects possible; integrates the European Research Council (ERC) und and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Mobility Actions (MSCA) ein.

  2. GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS: largely collaborative projects for research, development and demonstration; involvement of partners from industry and innovative European SMEs

  3. INNOVATIVE EUROPE: largely collaborative projects with a focus on innovation based on excellent research

 → Official HORIZON EUROPE-website of the European Commission 

 Information on calls and applications is available on the PARTICIPANT PORTAL.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every applicant to HORIZON EUROPE programmes requires the PIC-number (Participant Identification Code) of his/her institution. Under this number institutions are registered with the EU-Commission. 
The PIC for
TU BAF is 999 583 934. 


  1. Research Fund for Coal and Steel: supports research projects in coal and steel sectors
  2. European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST): intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level
  3. Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)programme to support EU energy efficiency and renewable energy policies
  4. Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE: European Union programme to encourage regional cooperation among central European countries
  5. Interreg SN-CZ : Programme to support the regional cooperation between the Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic