Management of an EU Project

EU funding

The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering areas such as:

  • regional & urban development
  • employment & social inclusion
  • agriculture & rural development
  • maritime & fisheries policies
  • research & innovation
  • humanitarian aid.

Funding is managed according to strict rules to ensure there is tight control over how funds are used and that the money is spent in a transparent, accountable manner.  Each programme will have its own guidance and rules so it is advisable to adhere closely to the guidelines and take advice from the Project Coordinator (if GCU is a partner) or the Project Officer (if GCU is the Coordinator).

Funds managed directly by the EU are provided in the form of:

  • Grants for specific projects in relation to EU policies, usually following a public announcement known as a 'call for proposals'. Part of the funding comes from the EU, part from other sources.
  • Contracts issued by EU institutions to buy in services, goods or works they need for their operations – like studies, training, conference organisation, IT equipment. Contracts are awarded through calls for tender.

Grant Management Guidance is available for Horizon 2020 projects on the Participant Portal.

10 Practical Tips on Research Project Management,"How to Successfully Manage a Horizon 2020 Funded project", produced by the European Commission is a short summary of points to bear in mind duing the life of the project.