Participant Identity Code (PIC)

A 9-digit number serving as a unique identifier for organisations (legal entities) participating in EU funding programmes.

National Technical University of Athens – NTUA: 999978142

Erasmus Charter

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within Erasmus +.
For National Technical University of Athens – NTUA:
Erasmus Code : G ATHINE02
Application Reference Number : 101012619
ECHE Valid: from 01-01-2021 to 31-12-2029

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

The three main axes of the programme are:

  • Εxcellent Science
  • Ιndustrial Leadership
  • Societal Challenges


The European Research Council supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which introduce unconventional and innovative approaches. 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 of research, on the basis of scientific excellence. A total budget of 13 095 million euro is available for the implementation of the ERC funding schemes under Horizon 2020.


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Πρόγραμμα LIFE

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of €3.4 billion.


The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, this EU body is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.

Clean Sky2

Clean Sky is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.


The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-clean energy system.

The FCH 2 JU is set up for a period lasting until 31 December 2024. On 6th May 2014, the Council of the European Union formally agreed to continue the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework with a total budget of  €1.33 billion, provided on a matched basis between the EU represented by the European Commission, industry, and research.

Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)

The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) supports research and innovation projects in coal and steel sectors.

Every year around €40 million is made available to universities, research centers and private companies to fund projects.

These projects cover:

  • production processes
  • application, utilisation and conversion of resources
  • safety at work
  • environmental protection
  • reducing CO2 emissions from coal use and steel production