These are the main European funding programmes for research in which UPO is involved:
This funding programme is directly managed by the European Commission for Research and Innovation, and is active from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. The programme combines past funding from the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration, from the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, and from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
It sets out to embrace the entire chain of research – from frontier research to technological development, from demonstration and promotion of results up to innovation – that permeates the whole programme. The Horizon 2020 structure is based on three pillars:
1. Excellent Science
2. Industrial leadership
3. Societal challenges
There are also four horizontal activities:
1. Spreading excellence and widening participation
2. Science with and for Society
3. Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre
4. European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Currently, UPO has won funding for 15 projects (for 4 of which it acts as coordinator).
The 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development is the main tool that the European Union used to fund research in the period 2007-2013. UPO participated in the 7th Framework Programme with 19 funded projects: the University was coordinator of 5 projects on genetics, studies related to Hepatitis C and haemophilia, photovoltaic cells and sustainable energy.
There were also 3 projects financed by the European Union through other programmes: the Directorate-General of Home Affairs of the European Union set up a programme on safety and protection of freedom, and the Department of Economics and Business Studies was awarded funding for a research study on the economic impact of safety measures. Two grants were awarded to the Department of Translational Medicine for the Science for Prevention Academic Network, and to the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation for the study of crystal structures.
Other European projects
A further 8 UPO projects were approved as part of programmes promoted by the EU or other European institutions.