When business meets the environment


The projects are selected through annual calls for proposals. They receive grants covering up to 50% of the eligible project costs. The money can be used to fund actions including equipment and infrastructure as well as materials, processes, techniques and methods linked with the innovative action.

The Eco-innovation initiative is for organisations that have developed an environmental product, service, management practice or process which has a proven track record, yet is not fully marketed due to residual risks. It helps participants overcome those barriers to further market penetration and turn these products and processes into Europe's future eco-innovation successes.

In order to meet the objectives of CIP Eco-innovation, your project will have to:

  • have an innovative character;
  • show clear and substantial benefits in support of Europe's environmental policy objectives while taking economic concerns into account;
  • achieve significant environmental improvements;
  • provide significant replication, wider application and broader marketability;
  • demonstrate a European added value and international project dimension;
  • be well thought-through from a technical and project management perspective;
  • be cost-effective delivering higher quality through appropriate effort levels;
  • and match with the contents as described in the Call for proposals.

Applying for funding

Applicants have to reply to an official 'call for proposals' which is published annually by the EACI on this website. The call documents set out the criteria for funding and include the official documents each applicant has to provide.

Call for proposals 2013

Check if the initiative is suitable for you

Eco-innovation is just one of a series of EU schemes that funds projects working to improve and protect our environment. While each one contributes to the EU's wider environmental and economic objectives they all have their own set of goals and criteria. Before applying for funding check that the Eco-innovation initiative is suitable for you. 

LIFE logo If you are a public or private body registered in the EU and your project proposes environmental solutions with a public dimension, go to the LIFE website to find out more about the EU's LIFE programme.

Intelligence Energy Europe logo Your project focuses on energy efficiency or renewable energy. Go to the Intelligent Energy - Europe website.

RTD FP7 logo Your project is at an early research or development stage, or has a high technology risk : Go to RTD FP7 website.

Have a look at our projects database EU Eco-innovation Action Plan

Last update: 08/01/2015 | Top