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o PTO is responsible for ensuring that academics benefit from international funding sources at the highest level. The activities involved in these tasks,
o To promote the awareness of researchers of international funding sources,
o Administrative and financial process support related to project management,
o Propagation of project results and success stories,
o to work in the preparation and execution of project proposals such as guidance and training, writing project proposals, preparing budgets, supporting legislation and compliance with the rules

Understanding the basic principles
'Framework programmes' (FPs) have been the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities. Based on the Framework Agreement signed between European Commission and Turkey on 14.05.2004 (Turkish law: 5303), Turkey participates in Framework Programs as an associated country, on an equal footing with EU member states. Horizon 2020 (an alternative name of 'FP8'), is the eighth phase of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development funding programmes created by the European Union in order to support and encourage research in the European Research Area (ERA). It implements Europe 2020 and Innovation Union strategies. The programme runs from 2014 until 2020 and provides an estimated €80 billion of funding.
The programme consists of three core themes that are called "pillars".
» Excellent Science: Focuses on basic science. It has a budget of €24.4 billion.
The European Research Council (ERC) delivers €13.1 billion to individual researchers and their teams of researchers to carry out ground-breaking research based on scientific excellence of the applications.
This pillar funds collaborative research to open up new and promising fields of research and innovation for Future and Emerging Technologies-FET (€2.7 billion).
Researcher mobility: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action-MSCA delivers €6.2 billion to support career development and training of researchers at all stages of their careers. The MSCA also support industrial doctorates, combining academic research study with work in companies, and other innovative training that enhances employability and career development.
European research infrastructures (€2.5 billion)
» Industrial Leadership
Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT): With a budget of €13.56 billion the the emphasis for Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) actions is on:
o Research and innovation to strengthen Europe's industrial capacities and business perspectives, including SMEs
o Public-private partnerships (PPPs)
o Cross-cutting KETs
o Seizing the ICT opportunities
o Contributions to solving Societal Challenges and to Focus Areas
o Cross-cutting aspects, like international cooperation and responsible research and innovation.
The involvement of industrial participants, and of SMEs in particular, is crucial in maximising the expected impact of the actions. There are six sub-programmes of this pillar: Advanced manufacturing and processing; Advanced materials; Biotechnology; Information and Communication Technologies; Nanotechnology; Space.
Access to risk finance (€2.8 billion).
The Dedicated SME Instrument
» Societal Challenges Programme addresses major concerns shared by people across Europe and beyond. This challenge-based approach brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities.
This third pillar funds potential solutions to social and economic problems, "Societal challenges", in the following six sub-programmes:
o Health, demographics changes and well being (€7.5 billion)
o Food security, sustainable agriculture marine and maritime research and the bio-economy (€3.8 billion)
o Secure, clean and efficient energy (€5.9 billion)
o Smart, green and integrated transport (€6.3 billion)
o Climate action and resource efficiency including raw materials (€3.1 billion)
o Inclusive and innovative and secure societies (€1.3 billion)
o Protecting freedom and security in Europe (€1.7 billion)
o This pillar also funds themes names as "Science with and for society" (€0.5 billion) and "Spreading excellence and widening participation" (€0.8 billion).
When to participate
The objective behind all research projects is to find solutions to challenges and problems that Europe is facing. It is therefore important to see how and where exactly your research fits into the Framework Programme (FP) context. A yearly workprogramme is published for each domain of FP announcing the calls for proposals to be published in that year. You should check if your project fits with the topics of the work programme and see which calls for proposal could be of interest for your organisation. Workprogrammes also give detailed information on the rules of participation and funding. The announcements of open calls and workprogrammes are available here. Even if the current work programme does not cover your areas of interest, it is worth keeping an eye on future work programmes.
How to search calls:
Click here for a sample search.
How to participate
As a project coordinator
As a project partner
As an expert by creating an European Commission Authentication System (ECAS) account. For this please visit the following web site.
Registering as an expert you will be eligible to work as a reviewer to evaluate the project proposals in the areas you choose. By participating in the evaluation process a significant experience is gained on the the application process and expectations of the European Commision.
Find the right partners
For some type of calls partnership may not be an obligation. For others the basic requirement is at least three researchers from different EU Member States or Associated Countries to build a consortium and propose a project. It is key to have pre-existing links, or if not, to build strategic links with researchers and research institutions in Europe that are involved in similar research. Your existing partners in Europe might plan to participate in an FP project, or might at least know who in Europe will be participating in an FP project. It is then up to you to convince your European partners that they include you in an FP project. Attending events related to European R&D and Online partner search databases are also helpful to get in contact with other researchers interested in the program. The most used online partner search databases
The most used online partner search databases are as follows:
CORDIS Partner Service : One of the largest databases for partner search.
Enterprise Europe Network Cooperation Opportunities Database The portal of Enterprise Europe Network to find partners.
Vision 2020 Network : Boğaziçi University is a member of this network for research organisations and companies participating in the 'Horizon 2020' EU funding programme. Vision2020’s network of members spans 33 countries, with 390 individuals using collaborative platform, representing 41 research & technology organisations (some of the top European institutions for research and innovation), over 120 businesses and 21 experts and associate partners. Details of our membership, along with a map, can be found on the The research organisation members of Vision2020 are a selected group of excellent institutions that are highly active in European research & innovation.
Vision2020 has set up the Policy Hub Strategy Board that is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Vision2020. Vision2020 hosts communities of researchers and companies that work together in "clusters" organised around a particular research area. Each cluster contributes towards the Horizon 2020 agenda and acts as a platform for launching successful proposals. The network is developing thematic Cluster groups, led by Cluster Leaders, to make the Vision2020 platform even more effective for its members. So far Vision2020 has activated Health, Nanotechnology and Materials, ICT and Energy clusters, each group with over 100 thematic experts. Vision2020’s Health Cluster has put forward two position papers with Vision2020 members’ recommendations to the European Commission for the next set of Health Work Programmes. Vision2020 also organises several events each year to connect researchers, companies, funding experts and EU representatives and identify opportunities across Horizon 2020.
National Contact Points (NCP) can also be helpful in finding partners.
Get help
Frequently asked questions about HORIZON 2020 can be found here.
H2020 Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are EU Framework Programs?
It is one of the Community Programs created by the EU to bring the national policies and practices of the member states in various fields closer together. EU Framework Programs are multi-year programs designed for a specific period of time with the objectives and budget, such as many other Community Programs.
Q: When Turkey has been included in the EU Framework Programs?
Our country has been involved for the first time since the EU 6th Framework Program. The EU 6th Framework Program continued between 2002-2006, leaving it to the EU 7th Framework Program covering 2007-2013. The program, which will be in effect from 2014 until 2020, will be Horizon 2020.
Q: What is the source of funding for the EU Framework Programs?
The EU funding program contributes to the pool of funding created by the Member States, including the programa, for the framework program of the European Commission. These rates will become clear during the negotiations. Funds collected in a single pool are then distributed by the European Commission under the framework program.
Q: What is the European Research Area (ERA)?
ERA is the system of scientific research programs that combine the scientific resources of the EU. It focuses on multiple collaborations across Europe in the areas of medicine, environment, industry and socioeconomic research.
Q: Could you tell us about the EU New Framework Program Horizon 2020 (H2020) Program?
Late: 2014-2020
Budget: € 71 billion
Horizon 2020 is an EU program supported by R & D and innovation projects as a continuation of the ongoing 7th FP program. Horizon 2020 is the world's largest civilian research program. It supports multi-year projects.
Q: What are the differences according to H2020's 7th Framework Program (FP7)?
Combination of three different programs / initiatives in one program
Framework Program (FP)
Competitiveness and Innovation Program (CIP)
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Matching research to innovation - focusing on the social problems of the EU with commercialization without research eg health, clean energy and transportation
Simplified participation rules
Simplification and funding amounts in funding types
Q: What are the calls to open in the H2020 framework and how do I create them?
It is a procurement-like process that shows project issues to be supported in the EU Framework Programs.
Involvement: The project issues that will be supported during the H2020 calls are in line with the views of the European Commission, program member countries and organizations operating within the EU.
Q: Who can attend the call to be opened in H2020?
The invitation can generally apply to individual researchers, academicians, universities, research institutes, public institutions, industrial organizations H2020. For detailed information, please review the contents of the relevant field and study programs at
Q: What are the project types suitable for H2020?
R & D Studies
Support and Coordination Actions
Grants for Innovation
Co-Funding Actions
SME projects
Q: Are there any supports provided by TÜBİTAK in H2020? If so, what?
The incentive mechanisms offered by TUBITAK under FP7 are as follows (work under H2020 is continuing and there may be changes within a month or two):
Project Proposal Pre-Evaluation Support Program
Submission of EMP Invitation Award
Overseas Travel Support Program for Consortium Creation
Consortium Agreement Evaluation Support
Q: How will the project applications in H2020 be done?
H2020 applications are definitely not made to TUBITAK and you should apply directly to the European Commission. You can upload your applications electronically from For more information, please visit
Q: How can I follow the joint search announcements on H2020?
From, click on the Apply for funding - calls link in the Funding & Careers section to find common looking projects.
You can learn by clicking on the link to the joint search announcements at
As a member of my site at you can receive your partner search calls by e-mail.
Q: Could you briefly tell us about the excellent science and subfields in H2020?
Budget: € 24,598 billion
Scientific Excellence Program
to support the world's leading scientists in future research, (ERC)
training and career development opportunities, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
supporting new and emerging technologies, (FET)
The EU is aiming to strengthen its research infrastructure. (RI)
Supported Activities:
  • European Research Council (ERC) (€ 13.2 billion)
(Backed by satisfying funding from top-level individual researchers working in Europe)
  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) (€ 3.1 billion)
It supports the opening of new research and innovation areas.
  • Marie Curie Action (€ 5.75 billion)
It supports the development of research and innovation capabilities in training, circulation and career development activities.
  • Research Infrastructure (€ 2.4 billion)
Activities such as facilitating access to key research infrastructures in Europe and linking them are supported.
Researchers from all ages, fields and countries are covered by the Scientific Excellence Program.
Q: Could you briefly tell us about the H2020's Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and its sub-areas?
Budget: € 17,938 billion
Purpose: Industrial leadership and competitiveness program
By supporting investment in key technologies,
facilitating access to risk capital for innovative companies and projects
and providing a wide range of innovation support to SMEs
Making Europe a more attractive place to invest in research and innovation.
To increase employment
Supporting innovation to increase home market acceptance
Providing private sector investment for research and innovation
Strengthening the participation of innovative SMEs
Supported Activities:
(13.7 billion euros) - Areas listed below.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),
Nanotechnologies (Nanotechnologies)
Advanced Materials
Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (Advanced Manufacturing and Processing)
Access to risk finance - (3.5 billion euros).
Debt and equity financing (Debt facility, Equity facility)
Innovation in SMEs (SMEs)
Q: Could you briefly tell us about the H2020 Tackling Societal Challenges and its sub-areas?
Budget: 31,748 billion
Aims to combat the fundamental problems that affect the lives of European citizens.
Supported Activities:
Health, demographic change and prosperity
Reliable, clean and efficient energy
Intelligent, green and integrated transportation
Climate change, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
Europe in the Changing World - Containers, innovative and reflective societies
Safe Communities - Protecting the Safety and Independence of Europe and its Citizens
Q: How long does it take from the project presentation in H2020 to the acceptance and start of the project?
It takes about 8 months.
Q: What are the H2020 evaluation criteria?
Scientific and Technological Quality
Conformity to the title of the call; contribution to existing technological knowledge in the field (reference to scientific articles, commission documents); a realistic business plan; the objectives are clearly expressed; scientific and technical methodology or coordination, effectiveness of support action; contribution to the coordination or integration of relevant scientific studies.
The management structure of the project, the size of the project and the compatibility with the content of the decision making mechanisms; a detailed organizational and management plan specific to the project; clearly stated responsibilities; problem solving mechanisms; a detailed, clear, flexible management plan that can be implemented throughout the entire project; the quality of the consortium, that is to say, the competent and complementary nature of the participants (their partners); university-industry cooperation; proper distribution and use of resources.
Emphasizing that the effects expected from the projects mentioned in the work program can be created without your progeny; Economic, social and cultural value added to Europe; diffusion of information obtained from studies.
Q: What are the advantages of joining H2020?
Be involved in an international consortium where knowledge, skills and expertise can be used jointly
Advanced technology development
Advanced technology access
Cooperation with key players in the field
Access to new markets
Development of international standards in technology
Ability to transfer the right technology and knowledge
Supporting career development
Outsourcing opportunity for SMEs
EU contribution to the integration process
Ability to collaborate with countries outside Europe
Financial support of a planned research project
Q: What are the requirements for success in the H2020 Projects?
To bring the national project experience to the international level
To increase the multi-partner project and cooperation experience
Accessing the right partnerships in an environment where competition is intense
Efforts to participate in collaborative networks that have proved successful
To increase cooperation with industry
Directing the EU research agenda before the call
Q: What is the mission and vision of TUBITAK National Coordination Office (UKO)?
NLA Vision: To become a National Coordination Office, which supports the inclusion of most of the added value achieved our country from the highest level of integration with Turkey, the European Research Area Research Area and Turkey to the European Union Framework Programs.
NLA Mission: EU Framework Programs via Turkey Research Area to ensure the integration into the European Research Area and development, Turkish researchers and industry organizations, to increase the participation in the Framework Program and enable them to take an active role in the European Research Area.
Q: What is the official website address H2020 in Turkey? is
Q: What is the official H2020 website in Europe?
Q: How do I reach the National Contact Points (UIN), which operate in the UKO area?
You can reach the National Contact Points telephone and e-mail addresses at You can also ask your questions to UIN by using TÜBİTAK FORUM application.
Q: Where can I get the most up-to-date information about H2020?
You can get up-to-date documentation on the Horizon 2020 program at and follow the news about events and calls. If you use the RSS system or become a member of my site, all news about your domain will be emailed to you. You can also get up-to-date information from our twitter account @ AB_7CP_UKO.
Q: How can I apply for H2020 arbitration?
Individual new applications can be made by opening an ECAS account at
Erasmus plus or Erasmus + is a program prepared by the European Union for training, work experience, youth exchange and self-improvement in the sports arena. Erasmus is a system established for the purpose of ensuring that universities and graduate students and their education staff are able to continue their education at a university abroad and that people can get new job opportunities. This program, implemented within the scope of Lifelong Learning Programs between 2007 and 2013, will be implemented as Erasmus + between 2014-2020. Many programs (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig Programs and Youth Program and 5 international cooperation programs: Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and Industrialized Countries Cooperation Program) under the name Lifelong learning are now covered under the Erasmus + On the personal side, Erasmi applications are very easy.
Erasmus, a student exchange program, is a part of Erasmus + and allows students to study abroad or to work in a university abroad. Here you can find information on how to use the Erasmus plus program.
Erasmus + was established in order to provide international education and increase cooperation between countries. It includes academic exchange and youth exchange programs as well as internships and business associations in the field of business and sports.
As part of Erasmus plus (Erasmus +) student exchange programs you can go abroad in two ways:
  • studying at a European university
  • Internship in a European company
Students may participate in both programs for one time only. Erasmus grants are limited to a maximum of 24 months per student. It is also possible to combine internship with study abroad.
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