Donor: European Commission (EC) - INV
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: I3-2024-INV2a
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 05.12.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 31.000.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia


1) Objective

The objective of the I3 Instrument Strand 1 call for proposals is to support interregional innovation investments by offering consortia of innovation actors from the quadruple helix ecosystems the necessary financial and advisory support to bring their innovations to a mature level, ready for commercialisation and scale-up, while bridging and reducing the innovation divide in Europe with a strong cohesion policy focus of integrating all regions and in particular the less developed regions into European value chains.

Thereby, applications under this call seek to facilitate:

  • the development of already existing or the creation of new interregional and cross-border value chains and a better connection between regional innovation ecosystems;
  • the collaboration between innovation actors, especially SMEs, from less developed regions and innovation actors, especially SMEs, from more developed regions, contributing to cohesion policy objectives.
  • Active participation of the less developed regions and outermost regions is strongly encouraged. Participation of innovation actors is based on shared or complementary innovation priorities, as defined in their regional and/or national smart specialisation strategies. Projects shall show a balanced participation of regions with varying levels of development and innovation performance.

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies).

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU member states.

4) Budget

The estimated total available call budget for 2024 is €31,000,000.

5) Application

The application deadline is 5 December 2024. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.

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