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Implementing seven H2020 programmes with €14 billion from 2014 to 2020

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Executive Agencies
Executive agencies are set up for a limited period of time by the European Commission to manage specific tasks related to EU programmes.


Research Executive Agency (REA)


The Research Executive Agency is a funding body for research and innovation. It manages EU research grants. 



Research and innovation

REA, mandated by the European Commission to support the EU Research and Innovation policy, funds high-quality research and innovation projects that generate knowledge for the benefit of society.

Accordingly, REA’s responsibilities are to:

  • help manage parts of Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation
  • run research projects supported under Horizon 2020 and FP7, its predecessor
  • provide support to its clients - funding applicants, beneficiaries and independent experts
  • keep close contact with beneficiaries of EU funds
  • manage the European Commission research enquiry service, which answers questions from grant applicants, EU-funded researchers and the public
  • support independent experts evaluating project proposals competing for EU research funds, and helps with the legal and financial validation of programme participants


Research Executive Agency - Brochure English (3140 KB - PDF) Download PDF - 3140 KB


In the context of its 10th anniversary, REA analyses its evolution in terms of budget delegation and support services

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Project funding opportunities


Current funding programme Horizon 2020

The agency manages


2007-2013 (7th framework programme for research and technological development) 

The Research Executive Agency is managing around 11,000 projects under the 7th framework programme for research and technological development (FP7), the predecessor of Horizon 2020, in these areas



Legal basis and governance of the Research Executive Agency


Plans and reports

Commission work programme – overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Annual activity report – department achievements, resources used during previous year

Annual work programme – budget line for certain policies and funding programmes for current year

Annual budgets - overview of the annual operating budgets and accounts


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Working for the Research Executive Agency

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

H2020 or FP7 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship certificate

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