How to Apply: Horizon 2020, European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and 3rd EU Health Programme Grants

Tips, resources and useful links for the application process

The grant application process

The Participant Portal is the entry point for electronic administration of Horizon 2020, European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and 3rd EU Health Programme calls. Grant application is a five-step process:

  1. Find a suitable Call for Proposals
  2. Find project partners or apply as an individual
  3. Create an account on the EU portal
  4. Register your organisation on the Horizon 2020 portal
  5. Submit your project proposal to the European Commission

Visit the Participant Portal Access the online user manual

Tips

  • The online user manual will help you with any questions you may have regarding the application process
  • Use the Horizon 2020 ‘ Opportunity-Finder’ (an online semantic search platform) to locate research grants
  • Single-stage application procedure time to grant: around 8 months (proposal evaluation results after 5 months, negotiation after 3 months)
  • Two-stage application procedure time to grant: around 13 months (from stage-1 submission to stage-2 submission: around 5 months, stage-2 evaluation results after 5 months, negotiation 3 months)
  • Be realistic: the average success rate for a stage-1 proposal is between 1%-6%; the average success rate for a stage-2 proposal (those having passed stage-1) is less than 20%

Useful resources

Horizon 2020

European Research Council (ERC)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

3rd EU Health Programme