European and International Research Support

The European and International Research Support team are part of Research Support Services who sit within the Finance Office.

The team are responsible for providing specialist support for applying and delivering European and International funded projects and for developing and growing pipelines of activities to accelerate the transition from European and International relationships, activities and opportunities into actual external research, applications and income.

Our services

The team's remits are around:


Raising awareness of relevant EU and international calls and matching opportunities with academic interests together. This is done through one to one meetings, workshops, targetted communication and attending meetings such as departmental seminars and away day.

Help with proposal development

Support academic staff with their research applications from idea development, commenting to costing and form completion

Harnessing expertise

Identifying academics who are internationally active and working with them to understand how we can support them better and also learn from them and use their expertise to encourage other academics to apply for international funding.

Early ideas

Identifying opportunities e.g. a new funder or collaboration opportunuity very early on leading to EU and International proposals. 

Help with of successful EU-funded awards

Support projects and PIs at EU post-award, from grant preparation to hands-on help to projects.

Strategic relationships

Managing the University relationship with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre collaboration and Goethe University Frankfurt.

News & Results


Birmingham International Engagement Fund

BEIF supports any engagement activities outside the UK that increase the international academic reputation of the University for example partnership and proposal building activities that could be relevant GCRF and H2020 for example.

You can find out how to apply by clicking here.

Horizon 2020 calls 2018-2020

The European Commission has published scoping papers for the Horizon 2020 work programmes 2018-2020.  These papers outline the main priorities over the next three years for each pat of H2020 and will form the basis for the development of the work programmes.  Below you will find a link to the overaching document that includes the 17 thematic scoping papers.

More information:  
Thematic areas
Search for topics that may be relevant to you 

Horizon Europe: the EU funding programme after 2020

Horizon European is the name of the programme that will follow Horizon 2020.

The first calls will open open  in spring 2021 and the UK can take part!

More information: 


EU Funding for Research

Horizon 2020 

This the main programme for research and innovation from the European Union consisting of a wealth of funding opportunities to support our research activities running to 2020.

Following the result of the UK EU referendum vote the UK will exit from the EU but we can continue to apply to Horizon 2020 until the date of Brexit (likely to be March 2019), with all proposals submitted until that date being underwritten by HM Treasury.  At this stage we do not know if the UK will retain any association with FP9 (the next programme).

 Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

The UK can take part in the new European Programmme which will start in the Spring 2021.

Contact the team for more information

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Available resources

  • Common Funding Routes:  This provides an overview of the common H2020 funding routes. Click here to view .
  • Support:  Through our dedicated team of experts you will receive support, from cradle to grave, around your application including proposal development support (see below for list of contacts).
  • Birmingham Engagement Fund:   Supporting engagement activities outside the UK to increase the international academic reputation of the University for example partnership and proposal building activities that could be relevant GCRF and H2020 for example.  Details of how to apply  are available here.
  • External H2020 support:  The official H2020 website and keyword search for H2020 provides you with a wealth of information and guidance.

Centrally-managed funding to engage with international peers

A number of internal funding routes exist to enable engagement with the University's partner countries.  Details of these can be found here

Research Engagement Activities

A part of the University's European Strategy, the team are responsible for the research engagement relationship of the following institutions:

European Commission's Joint Reserach Centre where we currently have a live Collaborative Agreement that will be renewed once the outcome of Brexit is known.  Further details can be here

Please contact Stefano Tommasone, Ext 48642 for any queries relating to the above.

International Funding for Research

Internal International Engagement Fact Sheets

Understanding how to identify and grow international collaborations can be tricky.  To help with this a number of country funder fact sheets have been created that provide tips on engagement routes as well as highlighting funding opportunities to consider.

Selection of UK organisations supporting international activity

Working with US Federal Funders and Conflicts of Interest (CoI)

in 2016 the University's Executive Board approved the implementation of a dedicated CoI US Conflicts of Interest Policy for use with US federal funding (particularly the US Department of Health & Human Services and US Public Health Services funding applications).  

What this means is that researchers seeking to apply for US federal funding, either direct or as part of a sub-award with a US collaborator, are required to disclose any financial and/or other conflicts of interest that could compromise the trustworthiness of their work in research proposals, publications and public communications as well as in all review activities.

Such individuals are therefore REQUIRED,  before applying, to complete the following documentation, electronically forwarding each to Karen Atkins, Research Support Services, Finance Office (

Please ensure you use Google Chrome when accessing the above sites.

The University CoI US Conflicts of Interest Policy document contains a flow chart demonstrating the assessment routes that will be adopted for any identified CoIs.

Any queries should be directed to Karen Atkins at 


The "need help" section within this page will signpost you to the relevant individuals.

Post Award Support for EU Research

The team offer dedicated post-award support to all H2020 award holders.  This function is led by Kathleen Hyne (see contact details below)).

Funding information workshops

The EU and International Team run a number of internal information workshops focused on EU and international funding and post award aspects of EU projects.  Below is a calendar of events togehter with details of how you can see presentatons from our workshops.

Calendar of events 2020


  • 29th:  Overview of Human Frontier Science Programme/EMBO (Excellence in Life Sciences).


  • 12th:  Applying to the US National Institutes of Health


  • 18th:  Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Overview


  • 8th:  Overview of European Research Council schemes.


  • 6th:  Application tips for US National Institutes of Health 


  • 10th:  Marie Curie Innovation Training Network Overview.


  • 1st:   Marie Curie Individual Fellowship Grant Writing 


  • 16th:  European Research Council Overview.


  • 7th: Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) Grant Writing Workshop


  • 4th November:  Marie Curie Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Overview


  • 2nd December: European Research Council (ERC) Overview

Workshops ordinarily run between 1 and 2.30pm but this will be confirmed in the confimraiton email prior to the event.

If you wish to register for a workshop or wish to receive email notification of up and coming events please contact Gail Bond either by email, or via telephone at 0121 414 8568.

Presentation material

Material presented at our workshops can be obtained from our events page at

Contact us

Team lead

Xavier Rodde
Ext: 43880

Internal and external relationships and engagements.
Coordinaiton of the Dubai research programme.

For funding opportunities and bid development

Eleonore Dispersyn, Research Development Manager (Europe and International)

Lead person for pre-award support



For staff in EPS (Met and Mat; Engineering; Computer Science; Physics) and MDS:

Karen Atkins



For staff in EPS (Maths; Chemistry; Chemical Engineering) and LES:

Stefano Tommasone

For staff in CAL and CoSS:

Laura-Jayne Bradford

For Research Engagement links with the JRC and BAM

For staff in all Colleges

Tim Read
For costings and budgeting
Ext: 49543

Gail Bond
For admin support to academics for proposals and grant preparation
Ext: 48586

Help with budgeting your research project and put together costings

Help with completing the proposals forms

Help with the grant preparation phase (from successful proposal to contract)

For help with live EU projects

Kathleen Hynes
Lead person for post award support

ext: 47815

Richard Sutton
(Monday to Thursday)
Assists with the compilation of EU project audit files

Ext: 43883

Supports academic staff, professional services and project appointed staff in the delivery of EU funded projects.

Identifies and solves wide-scale delivery problems before or as they arise.

Manages the EU funded project audit files.



Professional Services