National grants are funded by national bodies and may address one or several national institutions (national cooperative grants) or may be directed to individuals in the respective country. Details about national grant programmes may be found in the corresponding sub-sections of the 'national programmes'.
European or international grants imply at least two partners from two different countries or are addressing individuals who receive fellowships to pursue research or studies in a country other that their own. Details on European or international grant programmes may be found in the 'international programmes' section and on the 'news/calls' section. Some basic rules about EU funding can be found in the 'European Commission funding' section and also on the 'FAQ' section.
Some major programmes awarding research and mobility grants by competition are:
EU Framework Programmes for research and innovation:FP7 (Successor of FP6)
EU Education and Training Programmes: The Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013
EU Eureka Grants for Industrial R&D
You should note that 2007 is a significant year at European level as it marks the start of two major new EU programmes: the 7th Framework Programme proposed for the period 2007-2013, which builds on FP6 but differs in several aspects, and the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, which builds on previous EU educational and training programmes such as Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, and Grundtvig. The two programmes are conceived in an integrated vision towards building the knowledge society in
Those of you who were already acquainted with FP6 or Socrates, Erasmus, etc., should start to look for the main differences between these past programmes and the new ones to start in 2007. If you are a new comer, use information on this site and the corresponding sites of new programmes to prepare to apply for such a grant.