Schuman Associates is a leading EU business advisory firm in Brussels with 30 years’ experience in European funding and public affairs securing business for our clients. Our key to success across our Policy and Funding activities has been a proactive and solutions oriented approach. Our reputation is built on our clients’ success and trust in our expertise across a wide range of sectors. A major element of this is listening to the organisations that we work with, understanding their real needs.

We are in a constant learning mode, innovating and adapting solutions for clients enabling them to respond to the dynamic EU business environment.

At Schuman Associates, we have been delivering measurable value for our clients from day one.

Our clients

  • Prof.dr. Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies

    The Time Machine consortium has been working with Schuman to draft a proposal for the EU Horizon 2020 FET Flagship. On the basis of their excellent knowledge of European policy and extensive network in Brussels, they have supported us in the extension of the consortium with relevant social and industrial partners and in effectively synthesising the content provided into a clearly structured and well-written proposal.

  • Christophe Merer, Vice President Government & Public Sector Europe, Mastercard”

    Schuman’s agency expertise has been instrumental to prioritize and support Mastercard’s role and activities in the EU Funds eco-system. 
    The know-how, flexibility and professionalism of the team contributes to create an effective, qualitative and enjoyable collaboration environment.

  • Diarmaid Mac Mathúna , Head of Client Services, Agtel

    We needed a partner who would work with us to spread the word about Agtel's creative video and digital services to European clients. The team at Schuman Associates has been very pro-active in helping us win work with a wide range of European institutions, agencies and associations.

  • Volodymyr Peregudo , Deputy Chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, Ukraine

    Together with the consultants from Schuman Associates we started to develop the pre-feasibility search to find the ways of financing the modernization of heating boilers on the enterprises which belong to the regional council. We were advised to enlarge the scale of the projects. We merged several different projects into one with the total costs of 22 million USD. Schuman Associates also gave concrete recommendations of what to mention in our feasibility studies and presentations for lFl. Following given recommendations, our heating enterprise received the loan in World Bank. Dnipropetrovsk regional council thanks Schuman Associates, and personally, head of operations Mr. Jan Droge, who was involved into the project fully in challenging time range.

  • Joël Toussaint, Director Public Sector , Hewlett-Packard EMEA

    We have been working for years with Schuman and have been always enjoying their professional support on planned and unplanned missions to detect business opportunities. Thanks to their daily work, we keep a continuous control on long term initiatives, even at the very early stage. Schuman always finds who to contact in the sometimes complex EU organization. This partnership is very valuable.

  • Krzys Jurek, Head EU Office , British Council Brussels

    The British Council commissioned Schuman Associates to perform a strategic analysis of the impact of the EU Referendum on the access to funding for the UK's Education and Culture sectors. The work done by Schuman Associates was of outstanding quality for its clarity in quantitative and qualitative terms, and offered insightful proposals to address this impact. This no doubt stems from their extensive experience of the EU as well as their astute understanding of the British Council requirements in this study.

  • Faustine Gaymard, Junior Affaires Publiques, Akuoenergy

    Akuo Energy has worked with Schuman Associates to develop an innovative renewable energy project. Thanks to high reactivity and professionalism of Schuman's consultants, we have built together a solid project. Schuman has provided a very qualitative and accurate work, by bringing in clarifications and useful insights. They have been a decisive support by working closely with Akuo's team, always being highly challenging and supportive.

  • Miroslav Saban, Head of Government/Public Affairs, Philips Central and Eastern Europe

    We have been working with Schuman in EU healthcare domain in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 3 years. 
    I have to emphasize very professional approach of complete Schuman Team, possessing high level of knowledge on strategic initiatives in HC in CEE as well as very deep particular knowledge on country specific EU opportunities and projects. We benefit from regular knowledge updates from Schuman to our Teams on EU processes as well as from scheduled country reviews on EU legislative changes and EU project announcement/follow-up. Great Team composition of experienced professionals located in countries of CEE. Inspiring dedicated support and partnership spirit of Schuman Team members is highly appreciated. We have been learning while doing tasks together and we do look forward for some great examples of wins in EU deals in 2018.

EU budget proposal boosts allocations for direct grants funding programmes

MFF Central Programes


On 2nd May the European Commission revealed its awaited proposal on the new multiannual budget for the period 2021-2027. This Communication officially marks the starting point of inter-institutional negotiations that will top the EU agenda in the coming months.


Although the figures included in this document are far from being final, looking at the proposed allocations for the EU funding programmes centrally managed by the European Commission (i.e. mainly disbursed via direct grants), it is interesting to observe a general and widespread increase. Except for the Internal Security Fund (ISF), whose overall envelope got cut by almost 35% and reduced to €2.5 billion, the indicative budget for all the other most relevant programmes is higher than in 2014-2020, as illustrated in the graph below.

2014-2020 vs 2021-2027 budget allocations (billion € - current prices)




Erasmus+ is probably the programme that comes out stronger from the MFF proposal and will see its budget doubled to €30 billion. Under the same overarching priority “Investing in people”, both Creative Europe and the Justice programme will also experience a considerable budget increase in the next funding cycle. Creative Europe will get a +27% increase, from the current €1.46 billion to €1.85 billion in 20121-2027, while the Justice programme will see its allocations grow around 2.5 times, for a total budget around €947 million. This is also due to the fact that this programme will also focus on a new thematic priority dedicated to rights and EU values and will be rebranded as Justice, Rights and Values Fund.

In the areas of research and innovation, the successor of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, will benefit of a €100 billion budget. Despite the almost 30% increase compared to the current period, the Commission’s proposal falls short of the €120 billion to €160 billion budget that was expected by the research community. As for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), while the general envelope will suffer a 20% reduction compared to the ongoing funding cycle, the programme total budget will increase from €30.4 billion to €42.3 billion thanks to contributions from the Cohesion Fund (€11.3 billion) and support for military mobility (€6.5 billion) for transport-related projects.

Another programme reinforced by the MFF proposal is the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) which will have triple the budget of the current AMIF and will not focus on integration activities as this portfolio will be included in the renewed European Social Fund.

The Commission’s Communication also included several interesting novelties such as:

  • The creation of a new Digital Europe Programme dedicated to the digital transformation of public services and businesses, covering areas such as high-performance computing and data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and advanced digital skills, as well as large-scale deployment of digital technologies across European economic sectors. This new programme, that builds on existing actions such as ISA2 and pilot projects in cybersecurity and high-performance computing, will have a budget around €9.2 billion.
  • The launch of a €13 billion new European Defence Fund to incentivise cooperative defence capability development projects and complement national investments in this field.
  • The establishment of a €9.3 billion Integrated Border Management Fund that will cover border management, visas and customs control equipment.

For more information on EU direct grants do not hesitate to contact Schuman Associates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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