Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND)

Co-funding of new or existing regional, national, and international programmes for early-stage researchers or experienced researchers

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COFUND supports existing or new regional, national or international mobility programmes for experienced researchers (Fellowship Programme Panel) and for early-stage researchers (Doctoral Programme Panel). The scheme aims to foster and improve excellence in the training, mobility and career development of researchers in Europe. Support is provided not to individual researchers but to European organisations offering mobility programmes for researchers.

Participation requirements for institutions

Organisations from Member States and Associated States that offer programmes to enhance transnational mobility and career development for experienced and early-stage researchers may apply.

Eligible programmes

Organizations can apply for funding with both existing and new mobility programmes which enable or promote transnational mobility and the career development of researchers.

The Doctoral Programme Panel is dedicated to programmes for researchers with less than four years' research experience (full time) after graduation who have not yet been awarded a PhD degree. It aims to promote the development and broadening of research competences. Collaborations with different partner organisations, including from the non-academic sector, are favourably taken into account during the evaluation. Attention is being paid to the quality of supervision and mentoring arrangements as well as career guidance.

The Fellowship Programme Panel is dedicated to experienced researchers with over four years' research experience (full time) after graduation and to researchers who have already been awarded a PhD degree. The objective is to increase the researchers' skill sets to improve their employability and career prospects. The selection of researchers should base on open competition and fair, transparent peer-review procedures. Funded programmes should impose as few limitations as possible on the research areas and the host organisations or host countries.

Duration of the project

COFUND supports programmes of between 36 and 60 months' duration.

Financial aspects

EU funding is provided in the form of fixed contributions to the researchers' subsistence and the administrative costs of the mobility programme. It may be combined with funding from the European Stuctural & Investment Funds (ESIF) or other external funding, but not with any other grant from the Horizon 2020 programme. An organisation can apply for a maximum of 10 million euros in a COFUND call. Where co-funding for an existing mobility programme is sought, the applicant must demonstrate how the co-financing would be used to enhance the quality and extent of the existing measure. The co-financing shall not replace existing funds, but contribute to expanding the measure.


Project proposals are submitted by the organisation. Researchers apply directly to the selected organisations.


Calls for proposals are listed here.