Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)
With a yearly budget around € 50 million, RFCS provides funding for high quality research projects which support the competitiveness of the European coal and steel industries. The programme covers core production processes; new products and applications, quality control, utilisation and conversion of resources, safety at work, environmental protection by reduction of emissions from coal use and steel production, and social issues.
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
The Connecting Europe Facility finances projects which fill the missing links in Europe’s energy, transport and digital backbone, with a total budget of € 30.4 billion for the period 2014-2020. It also makes Europe’s economy greener by promoting cleaner transport modes, high speed broadband connections and facilitating the use of renewable energy in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy.
3rd Health Programme
The Third Health Programme will run from 2014 to 2020, with a planned budget of € 449 million. It will support actions that complement, support and add value to the policies of the Member States to improve the health of EU citizens and reduce health inequalities by promoting health, encouraging innovation in health, increasing the sustainability of health systems and protecting Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats.
LIFE is the only EU instrument focused on the environment and climate change, with a total budget of € 1.79 billion for the period 2014-2017. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation. Integrated projects aim at implementing plans or strategies in nature, water, waste and air on a large territorial scale.
The Erasmus+ programme supports education, training, youth and sport initiatives with a budget of € 14.7 billion for the period 2014-2020. Specifically it offers opportunities to over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme
The EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) is a financing instrument for promoting quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
Creative Europe Programme
Creative Europe supports the cultural and creative sectors and has a total budget of some € 1.54 billion. The programme helps both sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation; it also enables them to contribute to the Europe 2020 goals of sustainable growth, jobs and social cohesion. Crucially, it opens up new international opportunities, markets and audiences to these sectors.
The Multiannual Consumer Programme 2014-2020 has a planned budget of € 188 million. It will support actions that ensure a high level of consumer protection, that empower consumers and that place the consumer at the heart of the internal market.
Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) will run from 2014 to 2020, with a planned budget of € 2.3 billion. It will facilitate SME access to finance, create supportive environment for business creation, help small businesses operate outside their home countries and improve their access to markets.