Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) Eco-innovation
• Get funding for innovative projects which, besides clear and substantial benefits for the environment, take economic concerns into account.
• Priority will be given in 2012 to sectors with important improvement potential (e.g. material recycling and reuse, material substitution and other innovation to assist adaptation to climate change, etc.)
What are the rules?
• Projects must also provide significant replication potential, wider application and broader marketability and demonstrate a European added value and an international project dimension.
• First application or market replication of eco-innovative techniques, products, services or practices of Union relevance, which have already been technically demonstrated with success, but which, owing to residual risk, have not yet penetrated the market.
The target is:
• To increase innovation capacities of SMEs
• To promote the adoption of new and integrated approaches to eco-innovation in fields such as environmental management and environmentally friendly design of products, processes and services.
• To encourage the uptake of environmental technologies by increasing market uptake and removing barriers to market penetration.
SMEs in materials innovation can apply for the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) Eco-innovation: First application and Market Replication Projects grants. Publication of the call for these grants is in the 2nd quarter of 2012 (it usually closes in September).
CIP Info Days
When your interested to apply for a CIP grant, it would be a good idea to start by participating to a dedicated event such as the CIP Eco-Innovation Info Day in Brussels (8th May 2012) or the CIP InfoDay dedicated to SMEs in Amersfoort (23rd May 2012).