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Collaborative projects (RIA, IA and CSA)

Horizon Europe funds various types of collaborative projects in which organizations partner with research institutions, universities, and other stakeholders. These collaborative projects aim to address current global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Collaborative Projects
Nora Nordvik


Type of Collaborative Projects:

Horizon Europe funds different types of collaborative projects; Research and Innovation Action (RIA), Innovation Actions (IA) and Coordination and support action (CSA).

RIAs and IAs focus on problem solving within a broad range of digital, industrial and space technologies, often with a social sciences and humanities dimension. A proposal for these types of projects must reply to a specific topic or challenge in an announced call, contributing to specific expected impacts defined by the European Commission. The core idea is that the projects have to be collaborative and interdisciplinary in order to deliver the desired outcomes.

The European Commission publishes calls for such collaborative projects through Work Programs (WP), divided into Research Infrastructure or the six thematical clusters:

  • Research Infrastructure
  • Cluster 1 – Health
  • Cluster 2 - Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Cluster 3 – Civil Security for Society
  • Cluster 4 – Digital, Industry and Space
  • Cluster 5 – Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Cluster 6 - Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

In addition, there are 5 EU Missions to bring concrete solutions to some of Europe’s greatest challenges, that have their own WP with calls and topics. These missions support the Commissions priorities such as The Twin Transition (green and digital), beating cancer and the New European Bauhaus.


Research Innovation Actions (RIA)
Research and Innovation Actions enable the exploration of new technologies, methods, projects, services or solutions or the improvements of existing ones. These projects can encompass basic and applied research, the development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. RIAs typically involve multiple partners and complex consortiums, with a balance of 70% research and 30% innovation. The funding rate is 100% of the actual costs.

Innovation Actions (IA)
Innovation Actions are activities directly aimed at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. These projects are usually close-to-market with a goal of commercialization soon after a project is concluded. IAs commonly involve small-medium enterprises (SMEs) as partners and typically consists of 70% innovation and 30% research. The funding rate is 70% of the actual costs, but 100% for non-profit legal entities.

Coordination and support action (CSA)
Coordination and support action are designed to contribute to the objectives of Horizon Europe: - improve cooperation among EU and associated countries to strengthen European Research Area, CSA covers standardization, dissemination, awareness-raising, stakeholder engagement, communication, networking activities, policy dialogues, mutual learning, or studies. CSAs do not imply R&I. The funding rate of this grant is 100% of the project cost.

Grant sizeEUR 4 - 15 millionEUR 4 - 15 million
Funding rate100%70%
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)2-6 (defined in call text)6-8 (defined in call text)
Project durationTypically 3 yearsTypically 3 years 
Numbers of pages in application 45 pages 45 pages 
Estimated duration of application writing process 

3-6 months depending on call and
the size of consortium 

3-6 months depending on call and
the size of consortium 


Who can apply?

Organizations from EU member states, non-EU countries associated to Horizon Europe, or other third countries, are eligible to apply for funding. The consortium must consist of minimum three Horizon Europe associated countries and answer a call in one of the clusters or missions Work Programmes. The coordinator of the project must be from a member State or associated country to Horizon Europe.

Application process:

  • Find a suitable call

  • Get support for the initiative form your head of department and give notice to the administrative support services at UiB.

  • Find your partners (where applicable)

  • Register to the EU Funding and Tenders Portal

  • Write and send your application

  • Wait for the evaluation


All UiB RIA coordinators will be provided with a FIA advisor dependent upon time of request and capacity at FIA. 

UiB PIs will receive financial support for proposal development through the PES scheme. PES is designed to relieve the cost burden related to the preparation of project proposals to Horizon Europe. RIA applicants will receive PES funding according to criteria listed here

All applicants must fill in the UiB form “The statement of Participation". Once filled in and signed, please send it to post@fa.uib.no.


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