Funding Programmes

Collaborative Projects


Horizon Europe supports Collaborative Projects between companies, universities, and other institutions that come together in project proposals addressing grand societal challenges or strategic industrial technologies.

Standard collaborative project types include Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), Innovation Actions (IA), and Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). The Collaborative Projects are by far the largest programme area within Horizon Europe, with a total budget of more than €50 billion in 2021-2027.

Commercial Opportunities

Collaborative Projects allow companies to develop their new products and services together with European partners. In addition, they allow companies to connect with leading knowledge networks in their industries. In funded Collaborative Projects, participating companies typically obtain a maximum of 70% (IA) – 100% (RIA/CSA) support for their project costs.

Activity Types

  • RIA: R&D, Demonstration, Validation (typically on a small scale or lab environment)
  • IA: Prototyping, Demonstration, Market replication
  • CSA: Dissemination, Awareness-raising, Communication, Networking, Coordination


Typically, Collaborative Projects require participation from at least three partners from different EU or associated countries. Support for Collaborative Projects is offered within predefined themes that are published by the EU Commission on a running basis. An exact match with a theme is a prerequisite for obtaining funding.


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For more detailed information, see the Funding and Tenders portal.

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