The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme, managed by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice (DG JUSTICE) defends the rights and freedoms that people are entitled to under EU law.

The programme aims to: 

  • promote non-discrimination;
  • combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance;
  • promote the rights of people with disabilities;
  • promote gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • prevent violence against children, young people, women and other groups at risk;
  • promote the rights of the child;
  • ensure the protection of personal data in the EU;
  • promote EU citizenship rights;
  • enforce consumer rights.

The programme launches an annual call for projects, which also include research activities.

For whom?

For public authorities, NGOs, universities and other organisations that propose activities supporting the above mentioned objectives.

The project subsidy is meant for training, mutual learning and analysis – including  studies and surveys. The results of the activities need to benefit more than one EU Member State. In other words, activities need to added value at EU level.

Duration and budget

The duration of projects usually do not exceed 24 months.

The EU-contribution covers in principle only a part of the eligible costs (no more than 80%).

Interested researchers should timely contact the Grants Office of Research, Innovation &Valorisation Antwerp (RIVA) to discuss co-funding arrangements and to get clearance.

Application procedure

Proposals are submitted electronically through the European Commission’s Participant Portal. It allows applicants to register, to download application forms and to submit their proposals.

Information about the calls can be found on the European Commission’s Participant Portal and on the website of DG JUSTICE.