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ERDF I3 – Innovation Investments Strand 2a – GREEN – 2021

The Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) instrument is a funding instrument under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) regulation aiming to encourage the development of European value chains by mobilising innovation ecosystems to scale up and commercialise interregional innovation projects.

Detailed budget below

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Agriculture & Fisheries Buildings & Public Works Energy Environment & Climate Territorial Development Transport
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Local Authority & Affiliated Entity Research centre & university Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees) State administration & affiliated entities
Regions European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To support innovative value chain investment;
  • To boost the economy through green technology;
  • To create sustainable industry/transport;


  • Priority 1: Innovative investments in decarbonisation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to improve air quality, health and wellbeing;
  • Priority 2: Innovative investments in SMART cities;
  • Priority 3: Innovative business investments related to smart, sustainable/efficient transport solutions and/or alternative fuels;
  • Priority 4: Investments in climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Priority 5: Investments in the management of natural resources, including the use of recycled materials, especially construction materials, plastics and textiles, to stimulate demand for secondary markets raw materials;
  • Priority 6: Business investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency to make industry more sustainable;
  • Priority 7: Business investments related to energy efficiency in buildings;
  • Priority 8: Business investments related to a sustainable blue economy, contributing to the coastal protection;
  • Priority 9: Business investments in circular economy to replicate and scale up successful circular economy solutions, which can generate EU added value;
  • Priority 10: Investments in bioeconomy, efficient and sustainable agriculture and forestry, innovation in marine/ maritime and inland water sustainable solutions.

Among financed activities

  • Advisory support for investment (developing or implementing interregional business and “go to market” investment plans in specific value chains);
  • Financial support for producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services such as demonstrating, testing and piloting activities by companies, large-scale product validation and market replication (new to Europe and new to the application sector);
  • Adaptation of existing prototypes (i.e. by combining two or more key enabling technologies) and tailoring them to the companies’ needs for the demonstration in real environment (ex-novo prototyping is not eligible);
  • Development of portfolios of projects for close-to-market investments that deploy new or improved technologies or processes;
  • Activities directly aiming at producing plans, arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services (adaptation to the companies’ needs);
  • Activities connecting or making complementary use of testing and demonstration facilities to accelerate market uptake and scale-up of
    innovation solutions in shared smart specialisation areas;
  • Innovation services for the development of the business investment interconnecting value chains;
  • Test beds related activities, needed to improve regulations and/or to remove barriers and bottlenecks to innovation;
  • Activities bringing innovative ideas and new products to the market.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the project: between 30 and 36 months.


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries;
  • Be part of a consortium composed of at least 5 entities, established in at least 5 different regions in 3 eligible countries.
  • Available call budget (for all three topics):
    • 2021: 36 005 271 euro
    • 2022: 32 897 448 euro
  • Maximum grant amount: between 2 million euro and 3 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 70% of the total eligible costs

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