There were 276 externally funded projects in 2021 with a total budget of 747.3 Million TL. The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (19.3 Million TL), 2 ERC Projects (58.6 Million TL), 9 TÜBİTAK 2247 projects (17.4 Million TL), 4 Marie Curie Projects (9 Million TL), are the most significant additions to the external funding portfolio. Between January-June 2022, 80 projects have been funded with a present value of 207.7 Million TL. With 8 TÜBİTAK 2247-A National Leader Researchers Program Support receipents, Koç University became the most successful institution among other research institutions within the 2021 call of the programme.

At end of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme of Koç University is the most successful organization in Turkey (with 51 projects with a total European budget contribution of 23.1 Million EUR). Under 2021 calls of Horizon Europe Framework Programme, the university continued to its success and received four prestigious grantss: 3 European Research Council (ERC) grants and the first European Innovation Concil (EIC) grant in Koç University as well as in Turkey. As of April 2022, Koç University runs 21 of the 37 ERC awards received in Turkey since 2012. 6 of these awards are ERC Proof of Concept grants awarded to active ERC grant holders for the commercialization of the technologies researched.

As of August 2022, there are 319 externally funded active projects with a total budget of 858.3 Million TL.