Call for Proposals for the «Excellence Hubs» Programme


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Call for Proposals for the «Excellence Hubs» Programme


The “Excellence Hubs” Programme aims to promote scientific excellence, which is a fundamental part for the sustainable development of the RTDI System, by funding frontier research projects in cutting-edge fields.

Detailed Call Description

The “Excellence Hubs” Programme will fund projects that fall under the following three Scientific Fields:

  • Life Sciences,
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering, and
  • Social Sciences and Humanities.

The basic objective of the Programme is to reward and invest in research excellence. The Programme can also contribute to the collaboration of national research/academic institutions and enterprises as well as to the development of consortia with foreign organisations. The implementation of projects is expected to result into new, internationally significant knowledge, which can form the base for future exploitation in terms of social and economic development. The projects can be intersectoral and interdisciplinary.

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Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

60% financing and the maximum amount per project is:

  • 250,000 Euro for projects falling under the scientific areas “Life Sciences” and “Natural Sciences and Mechanics”.
  • 150,000 Euro for projects falling within the scientific area “Social Sciences and Humanities”.

Thematic Categories

  • Agriculture - Farming - Forestry
  • Audiovisual sector and Media
  • Culture
  • Economy-Finances
  • Education and training
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Fisheries/ Aquaculture and Maritime Policy
  • Health
  • Industry
  • Information Technology
  • Justice - Security
  • Land Development
  • Migration and Citizenship
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage
  • Other Services
  • Other Thematic Category
  • Processing
  • Public Administration
  • Regional Development
  • Rehabilitation of Architectural Heritage
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Rural development
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights
  • Space
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism
  • Trade and Commerce
  • Transport
  • Urban Development
  • Water - Management of Water Resources
  • Youth

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Central Government
  • Chambers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Trade Unions
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

The Host Organisation can be a Research Organisation, Enterprise, or Other Organisation. Research Organisations, Enterprises or Other Organisations may participate as Partner Organisations.

All general rules and procedures for the participation of organisations and individuals, the eligible activities and costs, as well as the specific information regarding the RESTART 2016-2020 Programmes, are included in the RESTART 2016-2020 Work Programme, which is the basic reference document and an important information source for interested parties and can be found on the Research and Innovation Foundation’s IRIS (Innovation Research Information System) Portal (

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Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
Partner Support Centre
Tel.: 22205000