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Communicating about your EU-funded project

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

Making your EU-funded project visible is crucial to reach out to relevant stakeholders and build new collaborations. It is also a legal obligation under your grant agreement. 

Read this page and find out why and how you should communicate about your work. We have also compiled all you need to know in a leaflet - check it out below.

Are you communicating your Horizon Europe project?
General publications22 August 2022
Are you communicating your Horizon Europe project?

Six reasons to communicate about your EU-funded project

Watch the video below that highlights the importance of communication.

How to communicate about your EU-funded project

Looking for tips? This video gives six top tips to enhance your visibility. 

Social media

Social media is an effective and engaging tool that allows you to instantly communicate to your audiences at a low-cost. Check out our leaflet on social media below to get started and take your communication to the next level!

Screenshot of the leaflet on using social media to communicate about research projects
General publications19 September 2023
Communicating about your research project using social media

Social media is an effective tool that allows you to communicate about your research at low-cost. Find out how to make the most of this communication tool to enhance your project and its results.

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) has a Twitter/X and a LinkedIn account. All REA-managed projects are welcome to connect with us. 

There is also a dedicated Twitter/X account on EU green research (dedicated to Horizon Europe Cluster 6 – Food, bio-economy, natural resources, agriculture and environment).

In an interview with two EU-funded research projects, we talked about the challenges and the opportunities of communicating about research using social media. 

Being on social media does not replace the obligation of having a web presence. This can either be a dedicated website or integrated within a pre-existing one. This online presence should provide details about your project's objectives, actions, progress and results.

When using Social Media to communicate about your research project, try to think to:

  • Display the EU flag
  • Acknowledge EU funding, e.g.: This project is funded/co-funded by the European Union under @HorizonEU research and innovation programm.
  • Add a disclaimer, e.g.: Any related tweets reflect only the views of the project. 

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 free-of-charge channels such as: 

Liaise with your REA Project Officer for further information.

Acknowledge EU funding

Obligations for recipients of EU funding programmes 2021-2027

Since 2021, all recipients of EU funds have the legal obligation to acknowledge that their action has received EU funding.

This requirement applies to all programmes, including Horizon Europe (Article 17), the Research Fund for Coal and Steel and the Promotion of Agricultural Products.

All beneficiaries, managing authorities and implementing partners have to display prominently the EU emblem and funding statement on all the communication materials, dissemination activities and any equipment, infrastructure, vehicle, supply or result financed by the grant.

How to display the EU emblem and funding statement

eu funded
eu co funded

Make sure to display the European flag (official EU emblem), do not use the European Commission logo. Add the funding statement next to the official EU emblem (in local languages, where appropriate)

Actions or beneficiaries that receive 100% EU funding should use funding statement 1 – Funded by the European Union (even though there may be other ineligible costs for the action or other participants who bring their own resources and funding, such as the associated partners). Actions or beneficiaries that are not funded by the EU at a rate of 100% are considered co-funded and should use funding statement 2 – Co-funded by the European Union

Third-party funding (including associated partners from other national sources) can be acknowledged by displaying relevant logos next to the EU emblem (the principle of proportionality should be respected).

Support kit for EU visibility

Communication, dissemination and exploitation

Communication, dissemination and exploitation are interlinked concepts that are sometimes confused.

Check out our leaflet to learn what the difference between these concepts is and what European Commission tools are available to support your project.

Communication, dissemination & exploitation what is the difference and why they all matter
General publications16 June 2023
Communication, dissemination & exploitation what is the difference and why they all matter

More information is also available on the dedicated page on dissemination and exploitation

How to comply with EU data protection rules

Did you know that data protection should be part of your communication activities? 

No matter what activity we perform, we have the obligation to protect people’s fundamental right to privacy and their right to access, rectify or delete data collected about them. This has a legal basis, as personal data are protected under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

You may still wish to use personal data in your communication, but there are some actions you can take to comply with data protection and protect people’s rights. 

  1. Identify the communication activities or products (videos, photos, articles, events, etc.) for which you would use people’s personal data. 
  2. List what data you will collect such as names, emails, images, etc. This must be done even if they are your colleagues.
  3. Prepare a Data Protection Record for each activity (events, newsletters, videos, etc.) to describe how you are using the personal data (i.e. processing of data).
  4. Prepare a Data Protection Notice to inform people that their data is being collected for a particular end (e.g. a communication campaign, a video, and event, etc.). 
  5. Share with them the corresponding DP Record and DP Notice and ask for their consent. 
    People can physically sign an authorisation form or accept the privacy statement in an online form.  
  6. Keep track of all your Data Protection Records, Notices and authorisation forms signed during the entire lifecycle of the project.
  7. Data must be stored for the shortest time possible. Establish the time limit to erase that data. As a reminder, you may want to add in your calendar when you should delete the data you have collected.  
  8. Keep the personal data safe: take appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of personal data and take immediate action in case of complaints or breaches. 
  9. Be careful with the use of images! Do not save in your device, neither re-use images from external sources where people are recognisable. You cannot be sure they comply with data protection rules. The same applies to any personal data. 

You may want to get inspired by our Public Central Register and the guidance/checklist get ready to comply with data protection rules. 


Authors also have rights! Even if you are paying a license with an image provider, every time you use an image add the name of the author and the provider in a corner of the image preceded by: ©