Enterprise Europe Network Energy Efficiency Action


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Single Market Programme (SMP) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Enterprise Europe Network Energy Efficiency Action


This action will increase the long-term sustainability of European SMEs, by reducing their environmental impact and increasing their resilience to current or future energy market crises.

It will also lead to new commercial opportunities for SMEs offering technological or non-technological solutions to energy-efficiency related issues, inter alia by giving these SMEs the possibility to test, commercialise and deploy such innovative solutions, and connect with other SMEs needing their solutions.

Detailed Call Description

This action is compatible with the following specific objectives of the SMP that aim at strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs and achieving additionally at Union level through measures to:

  • provide energy efficiency support to SMEs thereby fostering their sustainable growth and resilience;
  • facilitate commercialisation and deployment of innovative technologies for energy reduction in the Single Market;
  • promote a favourable business environment for SMEs, support their transition to more energy efficient and digital business models and promote new business opportunities for SMEs, especially those offering innovative business models and solutions;
  • support the competitiveness and resilience of industrial ecosystems and sectors, particularly the ones that are more energy intensive;
  • promote the modernisation of industry, contributing to a green, digital and resilient economy.

Call Total Budget

€10 000 000. Of this amount: • Minimum 90% of the eligible costs must be dedicated to direct financial support to SMEs; • Up to 10% of the eligible costs may be allocated to operating and administrative costs of the consortium necessary to implement the action (including data collection for RCT-based impact evaluation).

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

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement (100% for the costs for providing financial support to third parties and 90% for all other costs categories).

The selected consortium will need to select SMEs among the Enterprise Europe Network’s client-base or new clients that can benefit from direct financial support to third parties of up to €10 000 through a dedicated open and transparent call open to eligible companies (cascade funding). The financial support may be used to cover costs such as: specific energy efficiency audits, contribution to the adoption of energy efficient technologies in production lines, and contribution to investments to increase the energy efficiency of company facilities in view of reducing energy demand and consumption.

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Legal Entities
  • Private Bodies
  • 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)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
  • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (see the list of participating countries)
  • be member of the Enterprise Europe Network 2022-2025 with an ongoing grant agreement signed with the EISMEA.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry
Industry and Technology Service
1421, Nicosia, Cyprus
Email: sit@meci.gov.cy

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333
Email: striantafyllides@meci.gov.cy

(Publish Date: 06/04/2023-for internal use only)