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SMEs, Large Enterprises, Government, Cities, Communities & NGOs, Knowledge Centers
Type of funding
Grant, Lump Sum, Networking
Project type
Research, Innovation, Growth, Start, Infrastructure
Agriculture and forestry, Bio-based Industries, Biotechnology, Energy, Environment & Climate Action, Food & Healthy Diet, Funding Researchers, Health, ICT Research & Innovation, Innovation, International Cooperation, Key Enabling Technologies, Oceans and seas, Partnerships with Industry & MS, Plastics, Raw Materials, Research Infrastructures, Security, SMEs, Social Sciences and Humanities, Society, Space, The European Research Area (ERA), Transport, Manufacturing
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Funding body for Research and Innovation


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





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Research and innovation

Mandated by the European Commission to support the EU Research and Innovation policy, the European Research Executive Agency (REA), funds high-quality research and innovation projects that generate knowledge for the benefit of society. REA also manages promotion measures concerning agricultural products.

REA’s responsibilities are to:

  • Manage research projects supported under Horizon Europe, the world’s largest framework programme for research and innovation to date, running from 2021 to 2027.
  • Manage research projects supported under Horizon 2020, the previous framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020).
  • Implement the European Union programmes Promotion of agricultural products and Research Fund for Coal and Steel, as well as ongoing projects funded under the EU’s 2014-2020 budget.
  • Assist funding and tender applicants, beneficiaries and independent experts.
  • Manage the European Commission’s 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.
  • Assist with the legal and financial validation of all European Union programme grants and procurement operations directly funded by the European Commission.

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Programmes and project opportunities

The agency manages the following EU programmes (or parts thereof):


Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe Pillar 1 - Excellent Science

Horizon Europe Pillar 2 - Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

Cross-cutting activities spanning all three pillars of Horizon Europe: Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area


Other European Union programmes

All funding information and procedures on how to apply are on the Funding and Tenders portal.


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 was the EU’s research and innovation funding programme from 2014 to 2020. REA managed around 7000 projects, some still ongoing, in the following areas:

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Research Infrastructures
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
  • Climate action, Environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Innovative, inclusive and reflective societies
  • Secure societies
  • Spreading excellence and widening participation
  • Science with and for society



Legal basis and governance of the European 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 and annual accounts - overview of the annual operating budgets and accounts

Requests for access to REA documents – Report on application of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 during 2021


Leadership and organisation

DIRECTOR Marc Tachelet

1 MARCH 2024 - European Research Executive Agency - Organisation chart

English Download - Search for staff



European Research Executive Agency

Postal address: Boulevard Simon Bolivar 34, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium

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Related links

European Research Executive Agency website

REA statement on the use of languages

REA’s privacy policy

Working for the European 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

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Certificate

Register of records of personal data processing activities in REA

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