European and International Research Support

European and International Research Support is part of the Research Development and Support Team in the Research Strategy and Services Division.

The team are responsible for providing specialist support for applying (pre-award) and delivering (post-award) European and International funded projects.

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 Germany's Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing.

News & Results


Horizon Europe: the EU funding programme after 2020

The European Commission has now published the work programmes for the first 2 years of the Horizon Europe Calls. Please visit the Funding and Tenders website to see the open and upcoming calls

More information: 


EU Funding for Research

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

The University of Birmingham and all organisations in the UK can take part in the new European Programme that follows on from Horizon 2020, and running from 2021 until 2027. The UK is an Associated Country, therefore UoB and other UK-based organisations will take part in most calls and lead projects in the same way as when the UK was a member state. 

Horizon Europe has a budget of €95.5 billion. The programme’s general objective is to deliver scientific, technological, economic and societal impact from the Union’s investments in R&I, to strengthen the scientific and technological base of the Union, and to foster its competitiveness. Horizon Europe will consist of three main pillars – reflecting the current R&I priorities of the Union

Horizon Europe is the EU's research and innovation consisting of a range of funding opportunities to support our research activities running to 2020, from MSCA fellowships to collaborative projects and of course the European Research Council.

Contact the team for more information

Download our FAQ NOW!

Link for EU’s Horizon Europe page here

Visit the EU’s Funding and Tenders page for the latest open calls, see here

Research Engagement Activities

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

German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) with our current agreement running to Dec 2022. Further information on current activity areas can be found at

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

European Commission's Joint Research Centre.  Further details can be here

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 

For more information

Contact the EU and International team to discuss options for collaborating with international researchers:

Post Award Support for EU Research

The team offer dedicated post-award support to all H2020 and Horizon Europe award holders. This function is led by Kathleen Hynes (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 calls each year.  

You will find the full calendar of events on our dedicated Research and Development Team page

Please email Gail Bond to register.

UKRI and the UK’s National Contact points will also run webinars for EU schemes, this are available on the UKRO website ( or posted on our MS Teams site, available here (requires a UoB account)

Presentation material

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

Contact us

For generic queries contact the EU team at 

PRE-AWARD: For funding opportunities and bid development

Dr Eleonore Dispersyn, Research Development Manager (Europe and International)
Lead person for pre-award support

For staff in CAL & COSS


Dr Karen Atkins 
For staff in EPS (Computer Science; Engineering; Physics) and MDS

Dr Caroline Kardeby 
For staff in LES and EPS (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, and Metallurgy and Materials) 

Dr Laura-Jayne Bradford (Maternity Leave)
For staff in CAL and CoSS

Tim Read
For costings and budgeting
Ext: 49543

POST-AWARD: For help with live EU and international projects

Dr Kristina Gruzdeva
Lead person for post award support

Gail Bond
For admin support to academics for proposals (40%), grant preparation and post award activities (60%)

Richard Sutton
Assists with the compilation of EU project reporting



Professional Services