EU Funding information for ESWRA members:


Aim and Scope:


ESWRA is predominantly a network of researchers as well as a research network it is central to ESWRA’s commitment to our members to share information that provides members with development opportunities, enriches our SIGs, and contributes to the quality of information we share at our Conferences.


As part of our information sharing commitment ESWRA has collated the main funding opportunities currently available for social work researchers. These programmes are implemented through the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014 -2020


An overview of the main funding opportunities for the Multiannual Financial Framework can be found through the link below. To help navigate the web site the section below guides you through the more well-known funding opportunities.

Funding opportunities


Erasmus Plus:

The Erasmus + Programme is made up of three "Key Actions" and two additional actions. They are managed partly at the national level by National Agencies and partly at the European level by the EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture executive agency). The European Commission is responsible for Erasmus+ policies and oversees the overall programme implementation. The three key actions are: Key Action 1MobilityKey Action 2: Cooperation and Key Action 3Policy. There are also Jean Monnet Actions, promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European union studies worldwide. The activities also foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.




Europe for citizens:

This programme aims at enhancing and promoting civic values of the EU . There are two funded options:


  • European remembrance: raising awareness of remembrance, common history, values and the aim of the EU . This strand supports activities inviting reflection on European cultural diversity and on common values. It aims to finance projects reflecting on causes of totalitarian regimes in Europe's modern history and to commemorate the victims of their crimes.
  • Democratic engagement and civic participation – encouraging democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level. This strand supports activities covering civic participation, focusing on European Union policies. It also covers developing opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at EU level



Horizon 2020:

H 2020 Is the main EU Research and Innovation programme with approximately €80 billion of funding available in the MFF (2014 to 2020). With this programme the EU tries to develop one of the 7 flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth known as: ´The innovation union´.


One of the priorities of Horizon 2020 is to make Europe a world-class science performer and one of the areas which is funded is related to the social sciences and Humanities; in the areas of  ‘Health, Demographic change and wellbeing’ and ‘Europe in a changing world’.




The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)

The objective of the MSCA is to contribute to excellent research, by equipping researchers with new knowledge, skills and international and intersectoral exposure. MSC Actions are open to all domains of research and innovation addressed under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. These are chosen freely by the applicants in a fully bottom-up manner.