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Queen's Research in Europe


On 24 December 2020, the UK government announced that they will associate to the new programme Horizon Europe (2021-27). This means that UK participants are eligible to lead and participate to Horizon Europe proposals.

Read the UK announcement on Gov.UK

Research Excellence in Europe

Working collaboratively across Europe

We are a world-class international university built on teaching excellence, leading-edge research, innovation, collaboration and engagement.

Our mission is to be recognised globally for our academic strengths and impact through our research.

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We deliver a significant level of research and impact, through engagement with our valued European partners, and strive to build on our European successes.

Making a global impact through excellence in research and innovation across a range of disciplines is central to what we do at Queen's. We hope that you will work together with us, in partnership, to make vast advances in European Research tackling global issues.

Research Excellence in Europe
Building on our European Successes

We have had significant success in EU Research Programmes, most notably under Framework 7 and Horizon 2020.

To date, we have engaged in more than 120 Horizon 2020 projects, across 52 countries and in more than 800 collaborations.

Our EU projects

Promoting PhD Talent

We are committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.

The Graduate School at Queen’s is about intellectual challenge beyond disciplinary borders, personal effectiveness and skills development, promoting a culture of opportunity and enterprise, and a rich, diverse, inclusive social community.

We have a range of PhD opportunities, research projects and doctoral programmes:

SPARK is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND Doctoral Programme that supports 20 interdisciplinary PhD students at Queen’s.

The ICONIC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement.

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Research talent at Queen’s

We recruit, develop and nurture outstanding researchers who will deliver world-leading research and become our research leaders of the future.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Postdoctoral Fellowships

"An exciting place to conduct research"

“Queen’s University has strong connections both across the European Union and with other Irish universities. The University has an international focus and a strong vision for the European Union. Furthermore, Northern Ireland is uniquely placed in terms of the European Union and is an exciting place to conduct research.”

Professor Dagmar SchiekSchool of Law

"Queen’s attracts some of the best research students in Ireland, UK and Europe"

“Queen’s has a strong tradition in atomic, molecular and optical physics, which is my main field of investigation. Queen’s attracts some of the best research students in Ireland, UK and Europe alike, and this is an enormous asset for my group. I am grateful to the University for the enduring support to my group, which has been invaluable. As a working environment, the School of Mathematics and Physics is up where the best institutions in Europe belong.”

Professor Mauro Paternostro, School of Mathematics and Physics


The University’s research priorities are underpinned by four Global Research Institutes focusing on: health sciences; peace, security and justice; global food security; and future technologies. These map strongly across future EU priorities, supporting Sustainable Development Goals, tackling climate change and boosting competitiveness and growth.

We are also leading on the Innovation Strand of the Belfast Region City Deal, a UK Government funded, ambitious plan of around £350million to deliver excellence through innovation in clinical trials, advanced manufacturing, creative industries and digital technologies.


If you have any queries on the research we are doing in Europe, our European partnerships or working at Queen's, please get in touch.