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.
The overall objective of Strand 2a is to provide financial and advisory support for demonstration activities, the commercialisation and upscaling of interregional innovation projects in shared or complementary smart specialisation areas, and the development of value chains in less developed regions.
The objective of the I3 Instrument 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.
This call for proposals seeks to bring together regions at different levels of development and less and more innovative regions, which share an ambition to become Regional Innovation Valleys and reinforce coordination of research and innovation activities towards EU priorities and the most burning challenges facing the EU (namely reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, increasing global food security, mastering the digital transformation including cybersecurity, improving health care and achieving circularity). This call is about accelerating the development and deployment of innovation, including deep tech innovation. This call for proposals is launched in coordination with the 2023-2024 Horizon Europe European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) Work Programme on “Implementing co-funded action plans for connected Regional Innovation Valleys”.
Proposals must address one of the following thematic priorities:
linked to the burning challenges identified in the New European Innovation Agenda.
Each project application under this call must address only one thematic priority and at least one burning challenge.
Projects selected under this call for proposals are implemented through a portfolio approach, which foresees the identification, within a specific thematic/technological area of cooperation, of a number of investment-ready sub-projects that address one or several bottlenecks identified in the application by the consortium coordinator.
Target investments can be both tangible and intangible investments in the form of one the following activities:
On 25 May 2023, the EIC and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is organising an informative webinar to learn more about the Regional Innovation Valleys (RIVs) calls for proposals under both the European Innovation Ecosystems and under I3. More information about the info day can be found at the following link: https://bit.ly/3Oh5o1u.
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rates fixed in the Grant Agreement (100% for the costs of providing financial support to third parties and 70% for all other cost categories).
Project budgets (maximum grant amount) are expected to range between €2 000 000 and €10 000 000 per project.
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.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:
For individual questions on the Portal Submission System, please contact the:
Non-IT related questions should be sent 3 working days before the submission deadline to the following email address: EISMEA-I3-INSTRUMENT@ec.europa.eu