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I3 – Capacity Building Strand 2b – 2023

I3 - The interregional innovation investments aims to provide advisory and financial support to mature joint innovation projects in jointsmart specialisation areas organised in value-chain investment portfolios.

13 million euro

Appeal framework

Call reference I3-2023-CAP2b
Program Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument (I3)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Business & Industry Cooperation & Development Employment Services to organisations Territorial Development
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To build capacity in less developed regions to develop and strengthen their regional innovation ecosystems and value chains through coordinated and interlinked investments in several regions
  • To improve the capacity of public authorities and innovation intermediaries (e.g. clusters) to support companies in the identification of investment portfolios at an interregional scale e.g. in particular by tackling EU burning challenges and fostering deep tech solutions


  • Priority 1: Creation and reinforcement of an interregional innovative and resilient ecosystem
  • Priority 2: Company engagement and identification of a pipeline of investment projects
  • Priority 3: Increasing investment readiness and capacity to build interregional business and investments plans
  • Priority 4: Exploring the use of technical assistance from the mainstream programmes to structure and reinforce the local ecosystems internally
  • Priority 5: Connecting less developed regions with other ecosystems
  • Priority 6: Building capacities to understand value chains articulation and implementation

Among financed actions

  • Ecosystem building and connection
  • Supporting the development of interregional investment projects
  • Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Networking and staff exchange schemes

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 18 and 24 months
  • Total budget of the call: 13 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 500.000 and 1.500.000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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