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Communicating about your EU-funded project

How to communicate your project

Do you receive EU funding to carry out a project under Horizon 2020Horizon Europe, or any other EU programme? Then you should not forget to communicate about your project and its outcomes.  

Making your project visible is crucial to reach out to relevant stakeholders, build new collaborations or find your way into the market. It is also a legal obligation under your grant agreement. 

Project website 

All EU-funded projects are required to have a web presence (either a dedicated website or to be part of an existing website). It should provide details about the project objectives, actions, progress and results.  

Social media 

All EU-funded projects are encouraged to share their news and stories via social media. The Research Executive Agency (REA) has a Twitter account and all REA-managed projects are welcome to engage with it. There is also a dedicated Twitter account for Horizon Europe Cluster 6 – Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment.  

You can also use this search tool to find further EU social media accounts

Success stories 

If your project has achieved outstanding results relevant to EU citizens, then it could be promoted via some of the European Commission’s channels such as: 

Liaise with your Project Officer for further information. 

How to acknowledge EU funding

Acknowledging EU funding is a legal obligation of each beneficiary under Horizon Europe (Article 17) and Horizon 2020 (Article 38) model grant agreements. 

All EU programmes 2021-2027 

As of 2021, all EU programmes including Horizon Europe, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel, and the Promotion of agricultural products programme follow the same rules. These apply to all new grants that result from calls for proposals published from 2021 onwards. 

Project communication activities (including media relations, conferences, seminars, information material, such as brochures, leaflets, posters, presentations, etc., in electronic form, via traditional or social media, etc.), dissemination activities and any infrastructure, equipment, vehicles, supplies or major result funded by the grant must acknowledge EU funding: 

  1. Display the European flag (emblem)  
  2. Add the funding statement (translated into local languages, where appropriate) 
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You can download the ready-to-use EU emblem including the funding statement in all EU languages, Arabic, Islandic, Norwegian, Turkish and Russian from the European Commission’s webpage. 

Please also consult the operational guidelines for recipients of EU funding.

Horizon 2020 

Any communication activity related to the action and any infrastructure, equipment and major results must mention the EU funding: 

  1. Display the EU emblem in high-resolution 
  2. Include the text: This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No [number]  
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All you need to know about communicating your Horizon 2020 research project is summarised in this leaflet.  

For specific guidance on social media under Horizon 2020 refer to the Social media guide for EU funded R&I projects

EU emblem 

Make sure to use the EU emblem and not the European Commission logo

Download the EU emblem

Communication, dissemination and exploitation

Communication, dissemination and exploitation are interlinked concepts that are sometimes being confused. Check this handy flyer to find out what is the difference between them.  

If you receive funding under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe, please also consult our page on dissemination and exploitation

Be aware that European Commission dissemination and exploitation services are free of charge in case you are approached by aggressive publishers offering expensive services. 

Data protection and GDPR

Since May 2018, anyone who collects or in any way uses personal data of individuals for professional purposes must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Find out more about EU data protection rules for businesses and organisations.