The European Research Executive Agency[1] (REA, formerly Research Executive Agency) is a funding body mandated by the European Commission to support the EU Research and Innovation policy. It has been established by the European Commission, based on Council Regulation (EC) No 58/2003.


The REA was set up by the European Commission in December 2007 (via Decision 2008/46/EC) to implement parts of the Seventh EU Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (FP7). In 2013, the European Commission extended REA's mandate further, delegating a significant part of Horizon 2020 actions to the agency. In February 2021, the Commission renewed and extended the agency’s mandate once again through the Commission implementing decision (EU) 2021/173, which establishes the six executive agencies. Under the 2021-2027 EU long-term budget, the agency manages several EU programmes, as well as services that support the implementation of EU funded projects in research and innovation, and beyond. In addition, REA handles procurement activities for the European Commission. REA’s emphasis remains on research and innovation activities.

Research Executive Agency
FormationDecember 14, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-12-14)
Key people
Marc Tachelet (Director)
WebsiteEuropean Research Executive Agency website

Responsibilities & Programme implementation

Since 1 April 2021, the REA is responsible for:


The REA has its own legal personality, but is supervised by the European Commission. The agency is managed by its current director Marc Tachelet, together with its steering committee.


The REA manages a budget of €22.7 billion between 2021 and 2027, which is a substantial increase from the two former seven-year budgets it has managed:

Under the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, the budget managed by the REA was €17 billion for the period 2014–2020. Under the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (2007–2013), the total budget managed by the REA was €6.4 billion.


  1. ^ [1] COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/173 of 12 February 2021 establishing the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency, the European Research Executive Agency, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, the European Research Council Executive Agency, and the European Education and Culture Executive Agency and repealing Implementing Decisions 2013/801/EU, 2013/771/EU, 2013/778/EU, 2013/779/EU, 2013/776/EU and 2013/770/EU published on 15 February 2021

2. "EUR-Lex - 32008D0046 - EN - EUR-Lex".

3. "EUR-Lex - 32013D0778(01) - EN - EUR-Lex".

4. "Eur-Lex - 32021D0173 - EN - EUR-Lex"