Capacity Building Strand 2b


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument (I3)

Programme Description

The programme provides financial and advisory support in form of grants to mature joint innovation projects in shared smart specialisation areas structured in value-chain investment portfolios.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Capacity Building Strand 2b


This call aims to test new approaches for increasing the capacity of regional innovation ecosystems in less developed regions to collaborate in EU value chains. Actions under this call will unlock the innovation potential of regional innovation ecosystem actors and will facilitate their participation in calls under the Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument (I3), e.g. for the submission of proposals under the I3 Instrument Strands 1 and 2a.

Detailed Call Description

The Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument (I3) creates linkages for interregional collaboration bringing together actors from different EU regions investing in joint innovation projects along S3 priorities and close to the market.

As output, Strand 2b projects refer to the concrete experimentation of new approaches, solutions and good practices to engage in interregional innovation processes mobilising ecosystems and in particular SMEs. Projects are expected to deliver a pipeline of potential interregional investments as well as business and investment plans. The strengthening of the competitiveness and of the resilience of EU innovation systems will help Europe to face particularly societal and economic challenges on its transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world.

Priorities must be given to actions for capacity building and investment project piloting related to the green and the digital transition and to smart manufacturing including deep tech innovation, such as:

  • Company engagement and identification of a pipeline of investment projects;
  • Increasing investment readiness and capacity to build interregional business and investment plans;
  • Exploring the use of technical assistance from the mainstream programmes to structure and reinforce the local ecosystems internally in order to develop the capacities to connect the local ecosystems at interregional level;
  • Connecting the less developed regions with other ecosystems (reinforcing connections with relevant platforms and EU networks, mobilising the ecosystem in the framework of S3 partnerships) and integration them in EU value chains;
  • Building capacities to understand value chains articulation and implementation.

Actions shall be primarily capacity building measures including ecosystem building, coordination and networking of projects, programmes and policies.

For more information about the activities to be funded, we advise you to visit the call document, pages 8-10.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to range between € 500,000 and € 1,500,000 per project.

Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Industry
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Investment Funds
  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Semi-governmental organisations
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies), established in EU Member States eligible or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the I3 Instrument or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Consortium composition – Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:

  • the coordinator must be established in an EU Member State from a “less developed region” and be either a public body, private non-profit organisation or international organisation.
  • minimum 2 independent legal entities representing 2 different regional ecosystems from 2 different EU Member States.
  • the consortium must represent at least 1 “more developed region” of an EU Member State.
  • The consortium must include innovation actors such as public administrations, research and academia, industry, end users.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


EU Contact Point

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