The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) is part of the Welsh Government and manages the delivery of the European Structural Funds Programmes in Wales, including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Currently, Wales and other nations in the European Union receive EU Structural Funds to support economic development – such as infrastructure, businesses and skills – with poorer regions receiving greater investment.
Although Horizon 2020 falls outside of the scope of the Structural Funds Programmes, given the potential links between ERDF and the Horizon 2020 Programme, a small team was established within WEFO to support organisations in Wales to access Horizon 2020 funding.
How European Funding is Helping Welsh Businesses
Research undertaken by Welsh companies and funded by Horizon 2020 is changing the lives of ordinary people for ever. Up and down Wales, businesses are using the money available and the expertise from European partners to develop new products or services of benefit to us all. These range from developing new equipment to treat cancer, improving safety on the railways, increasing energy efficiency and encouraging young people into careers in science and technology. Click here for case studies on how Welsh businesses are benefitting from Horizon 2020.
How European Funding is Helping Welsh Universities
Welsh universities also benefit from Horizon 2020 funding and the academic and research inks that are formed as part of the collaboration. Projects funded under Horizon 2020 include some aimed at developing large scale crop production from contaminated or under-utilised land, the development of safer, cleaner and cheaper pharmaceutical and agricultural products, new ways of tackling obesity and increasing the expertise available to research groups in Welsh universities. Click here for case studies on how Welsh universities are benefitting from Horizon 2020.
Welsh Links Across Europe
Horizon 2020 is a complex network of partnerships and collaborations across Europe and beyond. Click here to see some of partnerships Wales has.
European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF)
The SEACAMS2 project supports developing economic opportunities in Low Carbon, Energy and Environment through marine renewable energy, climate change resilience and resource efficiency in Wales. Click here for a video on this research case study.
This project involves world-leading expertise in brain imaging, mapping and stimulation to better understand the causes of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Click here for links to activity with schools:
Science Made Simple Ltd
Science Made Simple is an award-winning Welsh social enterprise dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers, linking researchers and the public. It is a partner on EU Horizon 2020 projects past and present, including ADIFF and Our Space Our Future
The company’s specialised science communication services reach 60,000 people a year in schools, festivals, and learning outside the classroom, providing public engagement experiences which break down barriers between formal learning and everyday life. Science Made simple’s aim is to bring science and engineering to all people, regardless of background www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk
Sêr Cymru is a multi-million pound funding programme to bring scientific talent into research posts in Wales. The Sêr Cymru programme is a suite of schemes part funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND scheme or the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Sêr Cymru funding opportunities are focused on further developing Wales’ academic and industrial partnerships, both in the UK and globally, to futureproof continued research excellence. In addition the Capacity Building Awards will ensure continued strength and resilience in Wales’ research and innovation thereby equipping Welsh research organisations to meet future challenges https://gov.wales/ser-cymru
The Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) is a non-profit, educational charity. The project providing students with the opportunity to gain practical experience working with industries, businesses and higher education https://www.stemcymru.org.uk/home/
Science in Wales – Welsh Government video:
Research Networks (Ser Cymru funded):
Low Carbon Energy & Environment
Life Sciences research Network Wales
Advanced Engineering & Materials