10 websites you need to know about before responding to a call for tender

A large part of your time as a researcher is likely to be spent preparing tenders – it’s where the majority of research funding comes from. Maybe you’ll be working on a call for tender from one of these bodies?


1. European Commission, Tenders

The Commission uses public contracts to buy goods and services – studies, technical assistance and training; consultancy, conference and publicity services; books and IT equipment etc. The providers are selected via calls for tender, which are issued by Commission departments, offices and agencies around Europe.



2. European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation's mission is to develop and implement European research and innovation policy with a view to achieving the goals of Europe 2020 and the Innovation Union.



3. European Research Centre

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding, and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.



4. Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle.



5. Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

INEA’s mission is to support the Commission, project promoters and stakeholders by providing expertise and high quality programme management to infrastructure, research and innovation projects in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications. The Agency also promotes synergies between these activities, to benefit economic growth and EU citizens.



6. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

EFSA is the cornerstone of European Union (EU) risk assessment for food and feed safety. In close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks.



7. Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea)

Chafea manages relations with some 2 800 beneficiaries and contractors involved in close to 400 projects/service contracts in the fields of health, consumer protection and food safety



8. Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR)

As the technological pillar of Europe’s ambitious Single European Sky (SES) initiative, SESAR is the mechanism charged with coordinating and concentrating all EU research and development activities in Air Traffic Management (ATM), pooling a wealth of experts to develop the new generation of ATM.




EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial R&D.  It is a decentralised network facilitating the coordination of national funding on innovation aiming to boost the productivity & competitiveness of European industries. The network integrates over 40 pan-European economies, but also includes Israel, South Korea, and Canada.



10. COST

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.