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Risk Sharing Finance Facility

A sound tool for funding research

The Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) is an innovative instrument set up by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide loans and guarantees for investments in research, development and innovation (RDI) projects.

EU contribution to RSFF in 2010
€ 82.02 million

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It specifically targets private companies or public institutions with a higher financial-risk profile. The Commission and the EIB will each make available up to €1 billion for the RSFF for the period 2007-2013. This will enable the EIB to mobilise RSFF loans up to a total of €10 billion from capital markets.

RSFF beneficiaries are European research-intensive entities and research infrastructures, irrespective of size and ownership, which contribute to the objectives of FP7. The RSFF exceeded initial expectations for the period 2007-2010. During this time, a loan volume of more than €8 billion was approved for over 80 beneficiaries and their RDI projects. The total volume of signed RSFF loans (at the end of 2010) amounted to €6.3 billion for 67 projects. The main sectors financed are: engineering/industry (38%), life sciences/chemicals (24%), energy (15%), information and communication technologies (18%), research infrastructures (5%) and risk-sharing with banks (1%).