European Structural Funds

As part of its cohesion policy, the European Union (EU) aims to strengthen economic, social, and territorial cohesion in Europe, as well as to harmonise different levels of development in different regions. The key financial instruments to achieve these objectives are summarized in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). ESIF contributes to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth in Europe.

As part of its regional policy, the State of Lower Saxony's Operational Programme (OP) identifies four priority areas in which the funds will be used in the funding period 2014 to 2020: Innovation and research, Competitiveness of SMEs, CO2 reduction and climate protection as well as Regional development.

Universities in Lower Saxony can apply for funding from the following funds during the funding period 2014 to 2020:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the following funding lines:

  • Innovation through institutions of higher education and research institutions
  • Energy saving and energy efficiency in public institutions and cultural facilities
  • Climate protection through peatland development (institutes of LUH as partners)
  • Research and development in companies (application by the leading company)

European Social Fund (ESF) with the funding line:

  • Widening participation in higher education
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In the current funding period 2014 to 2020, we continue to support ERDF- and ESF-funded projects at Leibniz University Hannover regarding the application and implementation of projects.

If you have any project ideas or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us!

We offer individual advice on the development of your project idea, support you during the application process, and accompany you throughout the entire duration of the project.

Further information on current funding priorities and framework guidelines


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