European Funding for Research & Enterprise

​​​​​The European Commission is the largest single funder of university research, innovation and mobility in the world. It offers opportunities for collaborations not only with other European Partners but also with partners outside Europe.

Cardiff Met's Research and Enterprise European Office aims to exploit these opportunities and forge strategic partnerships with universities, businesses and other organisations within the UK and throughout the world.

In addition to supporting Cardiff Met's academic community to access European Funding streams, the team also takes an active role in the delivery of some of the projects listed below.

In general European funding across all Schools, Units and Centres at Cardiff Met encompasses three broad areas:

  • Research and Development Projects
  • Multilateral Transnational Mobility Projects
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Although the UK will be leaving Europe Cardiff Met intends to continue and indeed extend its successful engagement with Europe through Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and the Structural Funds over the remainder of these programme's duration. A statement from Cardiff Met Research and Enterprise on the UK exit from the European Union can be found here.

The European Projects Director (Research), Huw Merfyn Hughes and European Projects Director (Enterprise), Leila Gouran are located in the Research and Enterprise Services European Office on Llandaff Campus.  ​





Below is a list of previous European Research & Enterprise projects at Cardiff Met, for detailed information click on the headers:​


European funding for staff and student mobility is administered through the International Office. ​​​​​​


​The Research and Enterprise Services European Office (RESEO) has a process of support and review to help write the best applications for Cardiff Met staff who are applying for EU funding.   More information on the support on offer to Cardiff Met staff is made available on the Staff Portal, please click on the links below for more information:

​​​​Support events for Cardiff Met Staff

(please note these links are available to Cardiff Met staff only).​​​​​



Once your grant has been announced, the Research and Enterprise Services European Office team will contact you to arrange a project set up meeting.    During this meeting the team will give you a 'Project Initiation Pack' which contains information you'll need during the running of your project, and provide a place for you to keep documentation relating to your project.  The meeting will be tailored to your particular funder and will cover the following:

  • Financial reporting

  • The record keeping required for the project

  • Agree a schedule for meetings throughout the project

  • Issues around employing staff and taking on PhD Studentships

  • Ethical considerations

  • Data protection and data mangement requirements

  • Procurement processes

  • ​Collaboration agreements

The Project Initiation Management Pack is made available on the Research and Enterprise Services European Office internal staff portal here:   Project Initiation & Management (please note this is available to Cardiff Met staff only).​

For more information please contact the European Office team, contact details are located in the next drop down list.​


Huw Merfyn Hughes, European Projects Director (Research)

Huw-Web.jpgHuw is Cardiff Met's key advisor on European Policy and supports the institution at a strategic level on all European funding matters related to research and enterprise activities, developing relevant policies and initiatives. He is responsible for keeping abreast of and influencing the funding climate where possible, networking with external stakeholders especially in Brussels, sharing information and promoting calls internally, supporting applicants to develop proposals, advising on initiating then being proactive in the monitoring of funded projects.

Prior to joining Research & Enterprise Services in September 2014, Huw worked in a similar role at Aberystwyth University for 5 years, building the number of on going funded research projects from 16 to 44, enabling academics primarily to unlock over €18M from Framework Programme 7 and to secure €25M from Structural Funds. Previously, Huw worked for a range of public sector and community organisations. With a wealth of project and funding management experience, Huw's previous roles include Co-ordinator of Environment Wales (a Welsh Assembly funded partnership and provider of grants to community groups) and Corporate Projects Manager of a fee earning Project Manager 'pool' within Gwynedd Council. A graduate of Cyncoed, Huw has also held roles as a Teacher, Countryside Manager and Head Warden and Learning and Interpretation Officer for Wales within the National Trust.

Huw is a member of the General Teaching Council Association of Project Managers and the European Community Project Manager's Association. Located in Room 01.36b in Cardiff School of Management, Llandaff Campus, Huw is contactable on ext5861 or .

Leila Gouran, European Projects Director (Enterprise)

Leila Gouran.fw.pngLeila supports Cardiff Met at a senior level on all European research and innovation funding matters, supporting the development and implementation of strategies to ensure Cardiff Met optimises the benefits of European research and innovation initiatives, in particular the Framework Programmes and Convergence funding opportunities. Leila advises and supports projects from conception to completion and acts as a key liaison point for the Welsh European Funding Office and the European Commission where she gathers information and influences funding opportunities where possible.

Prior to joining Cardiff Met Leila w​or​ked for Torfaen County Borough Council where she project managed a number of learning and employment projects worth in excess of £10million. Commissioning bodies included Welsh Government, Welsh European Funding Office, Department of Work and Pensions and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Previously Leila worked for a number of years across the private and charity sector managing training and employment contracts and teaching adults and children.

Leila also serves as a committee member for the Wales Charity Advisory Forum and as Vice Chair for Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau.

Leila can be contacted on 029 2020 5972 (ext 5972) or​​​​

Research and Enterprise Team ​​


The UK voted to leave Europe in the referendum on 23rd June 2016. However, the UK will remain a member state of the EU for an estimated two years while a withdrawal agreement is negotiated with the EU. Barring unilateral action from the UK government there will be no immediate material change to the UK university sector's participation in programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding.

Cardiff Met encourages our researchers to continue to develop and submit proposals for European programmes and our current and potential European partners to continue to collaborate with us. 

Throughout this transition period Cardiff Met continues to be global in its outlook, internationally networked and a welcoming and attractive destination for European research and enterprise activity. 

Leaving the EU will create significant challenges for universities. Working with other UK universities and organisations such as Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, UK Research Office, Universities UK, Universities Wales and Wales Higher Education Brussels Cardiff Met is prioritising influencing the UK and Welsh Government to ensure that staff and students from EU countries can continue to work, study and collaborate with UK universities.

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