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EU Programmes

I. Information by the Directorates-General of the European Commission

CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service)

• European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

• DG for Education and Culture

• DG for Energy

• DG for Environment

• DG for Growth

• DG for International Cooperation and Development

• DG for Justice

• DG for Research (Horizon 2020; FP7; FP6)

• DG for Regional Policy

• Legal information (EUR-Lex: Summaries of EU legislation)


II. More Information sources

National Contact Points


III. Single Programmes and information about them


ALBANReinforcement of the European Union – Latin America co-operation in the area of Higher Education  
ALFACo-operation between higher education institutions of Europe and Latin America  
AL-Invest IV (2009-2012)Generating Business between Europe and Latin America    
@LISPartnership between Europe and Latin America in the field of Information Society  
BRITE-EURAM(1994-98)Programme to contribute to a strengthening of the competitiveness of European industry through concentrated and targeted RTD actions on priority industrial objectivesOJ L222, 1994 
CIP (2007-2013)The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises.  
Consumer Protection Programme (2007-13)ensures a high level of consumer protection  
COSTEuropean Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research   
New Culture Programme
European Community framework programme in support of cultureDecision 1855/2006/
Customs co-operation programmes   
DAPHNE III (2007-13)Combating violence against women, young persons and children 
Eco-label programmme by the European UnionProgramme to contribute to sustainable development   

eContent (2001-04)
eContentplus (2005-08)

ICT PSP Digital Content

eContent: Making digital content in Europe more accessible, useable and exploitable.
ICT PSP: Funding opportunities in the areas of Digital Libraries and eLearning in the framework of the Information and Communications Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP).

RFCS (Research Fund for Coal and Steel)

Technical and economic research relating to the production and increased use of coal and steel   
eEurope (2000 - 2005)"An Information Society for all": The initiative to accelerate the uptake of digital technologies across Europe and to ensure that all Europeans have the necessary skills to use them.   
EIDHR (2007-2013)The European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights is a European Union programme that aims to promote and support human rights and democracy in third countries.Regulation EG 1889/2006 
Environment 2010Sixth Environment Action Programme of the European Community 2001-2010 Decision  1600/2002/ EG 
Environmental projectsFunding opportunities for environmental projects   
EQUALEQUAL tests new ways of tackling discrimination and inequality experienced by those in work and those looking for a job   

Erasmus mundus (2004-2013)

The initiative will promote the European Union as a center of excellence in learning around the world, by supporting inter-university Masters Courses. It would also provide EU-funded scholarships for third country nationals participating in these European postgraduate programs, as well as scholarships for EU nationals studying in third countries.   
ERDF-Programmes (2000-06)Database containing information about all current programmes cofinanced by the European Regional Development FundRegulation EC 1788/1999 
eSafety (since 2002)eSafety is a joint initiative of DG Entreprise and DG Information Society and aims to accelerate the development, deployment and use of Intelligent Integrated Safety Systems, that use information and communication technologies in intelligent solutions, in order to increase road safety and reduce the number of accidents on Europe's roads.   
ESPRIT (1994-98)The EU information technologies programme   
eTEN (1995-2006)Trans-European Telecommunications Networks Regulation EG 2236/1995 
EUREKA (since 1985)Promotes pan-European, market- oriented research and development across almost 30 European countries   
EuroMed Market (2002-2007)Programme for the promotion of the instruments and mechanisms of the Euro-Mediterranean Market    
Europe for citizens (2007-2013)Promoting active European citizenship  
EurosocialProgramme for social cohesion in Latin America  
Euro-SolarCooperation between Europe and Latin America in the Renewable Energy Sector  
EURYDICE (since 1980)Programme to promote the exchange and the production of reliable and comparable information on education systems and on national policies in the field of education in Europe 
The Fifth EC Environmental Action Programme (1993-2001)Policy and action in relation to the environment and sustainable development    
The Fifth Framework Programme (1998-2002)This programme sets out the priorities for the European Union's research, technological development and demonstration activities for the period 1998-2002Legal texts CORDIS
FISCALIS (1998-2002, 2003-2007, 2008-2013)Programme to prevent indirect tax fraudCOM/97/175
The Fourth Framework ProgrammeCovers all the research and technological development (RTD) activities 1994-1998  CORDIS
GoDigital (2001-02)Getting Europe on-line and doing e-business    

Grundtvig (2007-13)

Focus on non-vocational adult and continuing education  
Safer Internet Programme (2005 - 2013)Safer Internet Action Plan   
I.C.Z.M. Demonstration ProgrammeIntegrated Coastal Zone Management Demonstration Programme   
IDA (2000 - 2004)
IDABC (2005 - 2009)
Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens 
INCOProgramme concerning the international cooperation in the field of research and technological development (RTD) 
INTASA Flexible and Practical Approach to Scientific Partnership   
Intelligent Energy Europe (since 2003)Tool for funding action to improve market conditions for saving energy and encouraging the use of renewable energy sources  
INTERREG III (2000-06)Community Initiative Cross-Border Cooperation and Completion of Energy NetworksOJ C 200, 1996
OJ C 180, 1994
ISIS (1995-98)Information Society Initiatives in Standardization   

IST (2002-2006)
ICT (2007-2013)

Information Society Technologies Programme brings together and extends the ACTS, Esprit and Telematics Applications programmes   
Latin America ProgrammesProgrammes of the DG External Relations (AL-Invest, ALFA, URB AL, ALURE, ATLAS, @LIS, Alßan)   
Leonardo da Vinci (since 1995)Action programme for the implementation of a European Community vocational training policyOJ L340, 1994 
LIFE (2000-2006)
LIFE+ (2007-2013)
Financial instrument for Environment, Nature and Third CountriesOJ L 181/1996 
Lifelong Learning Programme
contribute through lifelong learning to the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge society  
managEnergyInitiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport to support the work on energy efficiency and renewable energies at the local and regional level.   
The Marco Polo programme intends to help the transport and logistics industry to achieve sustained modal shifts of road freight to short sea shipping, rail and inland waterway. The Marco Polo programme is formally the successor of the PACT programme, although it is broader in scope, budget and more ambitious.    
MARIS (1995-99)"MARitime Information Society" is one of eleven pilot projects in the Global Information Society initiative 
MEDIA (since 1991)The Union's support mechanism for the European audiovisual industryOJ L 321/1995 
Multiannual Programm for SMEs (2001-2006)     
Objective 1 (2000-2006)Supporting development in the less prosperous regions   
Objective 2 (2000-2006)Revitalising areas facing structural difficulties   
PHARE (since 1989)Supports the development of a larger democratic family of nations within a prosperous and stable Europe (Central and Eastern European Countries)   
Programme Public Health (2003-2008)
Programme Health (2008-13)
The programme, which shall complement national policies, shall aim to protect human health and improve public health 
SAVE (1991-2002)Programme to promote the rational use of energy   
Robert Schumann Projekt (1998-2002)Improving the awareness of community law for the legal professions   
The Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is the next programme in a series of multi-annual Framework Programmes that have been the European Union’s main instrument for funding research and development since 1984 - as provided for by the Treaty establishing the European Community (part 3, title XVIII, art. 166, pag.114).  CORDIS
The Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) FP6 is the Union’s main instrument for the funding of research in Europe  CORDIS
SMAP (since 1997)Short and Medium-term Priority Environmental Action Programme   
SMEs (2002-2006)Technology Stimulation Measures for Small and Medium sized EnterprisesOJ C 180/1994 
SMT (1994-98)Standards, Measurements and Testing     
SOCRATES (incl. Comenius, Erasmus, Lingua) (2000-2006)Cooperation in the field of educationOJ L 87/1995 
STOA (since 1999)Scientific and Technological Options Assessment   
SYNERGY (1998-2002)Finances international co-operation projects with third countries for developing, formulating and implementing their energy policy in fields of mutual interest   
TACIS (since 1991)Provides grant finance for the transfer of know-how to twelve countries of the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia   
TEMPUS (since 1990)Trans European cooperation scheme for higher educationOJ L 112/1993
OJ L 306/1996
TEN-ENERGY (since 1996)Trans European Energy Networks   
THERMIE (1995-1998)The Demonstration Component of the Non-Nuclear RTD Programme JOULE-THERMIEOJ L 334/1994 
URB-ALExchange between local authorities of Europe and Latin America  
URBAN I (1994-1999)
URBAN II (2000-2006)
Aims to support innovation in urban regenerationOJ C 180/1994
OJ C 200/1996
Youth (2000-2006)
Youth in Action
The YOUTH programme is the EU’s mobility and non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years. The Programme is open to youth in 30 European countries. The YOUTH programme offers possibilities to young people in the form of both group exchanges and individual voluntary work, as well as support activities.