European Funding bodies

The European Research Council(ERC) European Science Foundation European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) HUMAN FRONTEIR SCIENCE PROGRAM (HFSP) World Universities Network Santander Universities BILAT FUNDING

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The European Research Council(ERC) 

Supports researchers of any nationality or age to do fundamental research in any of the 27 EU member states or associated countries. ERC publishes calls for applications from researchers at early, middle and advanced levels of independent research. These last for up to 5 years and are for any research field, including social sciences and the humanities.

European Science Foundation

The European Science Foundation (ESF) is committed to facilitating co-operation and collaboration in European research, which it does through mechanisms such as supporting conferences, networks, workshops and programmes.

European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)

EMBO nurtures careers in the biosciences through courses, workshops, conferences, fellowships, and the Young Investigator Programme, which promotes Europe’s best young scientists early in their careers.


The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms.

A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to open new fields of investigation in the life sciences.

Research grants and fellowships are available from the post-doctoral level upwards, for young scientists of any nationality to work in the UK, other EU countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Switzerland or the USA.

World Universities Network

The World Universities Network (WUN) is an international alliance of leading higher-education institutions. It disperses support through an Annual Research Fund and runs a Research Mobility Programme to enable postgraduate and junior faculty to study overseas and establish links with WUN partners in Europe, the USA and China.

Santander Universities

Santander supports researcher mobility between participating institutions in South America, Asia and Europe, including to and from the UK. Grants include International Mobility Grants and National Mobility Grants, as well as funding for higher education and internships for undergraduates and graduates to gain experience with Small to Medium Enterprises.

The BILAT portal contains information about European Union cooperation in science, technology and innovation, major projects, and a searchable funding database.

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