International and EU Projects

​​​​​​​​​The University of Maribor predominantly collaborates in projects co-financed by the following international and EU programmes.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021-2027.


Priority tasks:

An additional horizontal part will introduce measures to expand participation and strengthen the European Research Area.


Budget: EUR 80.9 billion​

More information: Horizon Europe website.

At the same time, programmes within Horizon 2020 (the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014–2020) are still being implemented.

Horizon 2020 is the central mechanism for delivering the strategies of Europe 2020, the Innovation Union and the European Research Area. It responds to the economic crisis by investing in future employment and growth and strengthening the European Union's global role in research, innovation and technology.

Priority tasks:

  • Excellent science (European Research Council, Future and Emerging Technologies, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and research infrastructure).
  • Industrial Leadership (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, Access to Risk Finance, Innovation in SMEs).
  • Societal challenges (seven current challenges are included).

Budget: EUR 80 billion

More information: Horizon 2020 website, information on Horizon 2020 on the website of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZŠ).


Erasmus+ is a unified EU programme in education, training, youth and sport. In the 2021-2027 programming period, Erasmus+ continues to support projects concerning education, training, youth and sport. The European Commission is proposing to increase the budget to EUR 30 billion. 


The main objectives of the programme are:

  • Training, professional and personal development of individuals in the fields of education, training, youth and sport (in the EU and worldwide);
  • Contribute to sustainable growth, employment, social cohesion and the strengthening of the European identity.​

More information: 
Erasmus+ website, Erasmus+ national website, CMEPIUS website.

Cohesion Policy 2021-2027

The updated cohesion policy framework for the period 2021–2027 allocates EUR 2.9 billion to Slovenia in the area of cohesion policy, EUR 1.5 billion under the common agricultural policy and EUR 100 million from The Just Transition Fund. The division into two cohesion regions, namely Western Slovenia and Eastern Slovenia, remains valid. Support is planned for the following five priority areas, which will be the driving force of investments:

  • a smarter Europe (innovative & smart economic transformation);
  • a greener, low-carbon Europe (including energy transition, the circular economy, climate adaptation and risk management);
  • a more connected Europe (mobility and ICT connectivity);
  • a more social Europe (the European Pillar of Social Rights);
  • a Europe closer to citizens (sustainable development of urban, rural and coastal areas and local initiatives).

More information on the cohesion policy after 2020 is available here.


Additionally, some programmes under Cohesion Policy 2014–2020 are still being implemented, with two main objectives:

  • investing in growth and jobs,
  • European territorial cooperation.

Two structural funds, namely the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) provide funding for the implementation of these objectives, in addition to the Cohesion Fund.


Budget: EUR 336 billion. For Slovenia: EUR 3,2 billion, drawn at national level. Of this sum, EUR 1.27 billion will be allocated to Eastern Slovenia and EUR 873 million to Western Slovenia, while about EUR 1.06 billion will be available to Slovenia as a whole for projects concerning transport and environmental infrastructure as well as those concerning sustainable energy use.

More information: Cohesion Policy 2014–2020 website.

European Territorial Cooperation

Specified territorial cooperation programmes will continue to operate during the 2021–2027 programming period, with updated objectives and a new budget.

  1. Cross-border cooperation programmes (Slovenia-Croatia,Slovenia-Austria,Slovenia-Hungary,Slovenia-Italy). 
  2. Transnational cooperation programmes - Interreg (Alpine Space, Central Europe, ADRION, Danube Transnational Programme, Mediterranean). Budget: EUR 9.9 billion
  3. Interregional cooperation programmes (INTERREG EUROPE,INTERACT II, ESPON, URBACT). The possibilities for universities to apply with projects are limited. 

Other programmes

UM's participation in international and EU projects

Ongoing UM projects - August 2021​​​​​​​​

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