Support for innovation
The European Commission provides support for innovation through a series of initiatives and actions aimed at providing financial support to innovators, as well as better innovation support services for SMEs, notably start-ups, by developing and testing new forms of business support and facilitating transnational cooperation with a view to mobilising more resources for the creation of a European Innovation Space.
DG Enterprise and Industry support s this aim through the CIP financial instruments, through policy cooperation under the PRO INNO Europe ® initiative, partnership platforms between European innovation professionals under Europe INNOVA and through the IPR Helpdesk that provides assistance on intellectual property issues for EU funded projects.
The Enterprise Europe Network will play a key role in the wider roll-out of the resulting innovation tools and services by providing customised information, guidance and training on the benefits to SMEs and business support providers throughout Europe.
These initiatives are financed by the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).