Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Small-scale projects

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

The Innovation Fund is also open to small-scale projects with total capital costs between EUR 2.5 and 7.5 million. Applicants can benefit from simplified one-stage application and selection procedures.

How to apply

The first call for small-scale projects is open until 10 March 2021 at 17:00 CET, Brussels. Submission will open soon.

You can already find all information and documentation needed at the Funding & Tenders Portal, including the call text, application forms and Frequently Asked Questions.

Key elements of first call for small-scale projects

The first call will fund innovative clean energy and clean industry projects to contribute to the green recovery of Europe’s economy and maintain the momentum in its transition to climate neutrality. Key elements of the first call for proposals for small-scale projects:

  • Size: EUR 100 million + project development assistance (PDA)
  • Publication: 1 December 2020
  • Open to small-scale projects from all eligible sectors: energy-intensive industries, including CCUS, renewable energy, energy storage, substitute products and cross-cutting projects
  • Beneficiaries: single applicants (companies) or consortia
  • Form of support: grant, maximum size per project of up to 60% of the capital costs.
  • Capital costs: between EUR 2.5 and 7.5 million


Event Timing

Launch of small-scale call

1 December 2020 at 12:00 CET, Brussels
Deadline for submission of applications 10 March 2021 at 17:00 CET, Brussels
Information on evaluation results August 2021 (indicative)
Award of the grants Q4 2021 (indicative)





09/12/2020 - Innovation Fund webinar 1: small-scale call application step-by-step


19/11/2020 - Small is beautiful: How can the Innovation Fund foster innovative clean tech small-scale projects?

Ahead of the upcoming call for small-scale projects of the Innovation Fund, DG CLIMA organised a virtual conference to discuss how to bring small innovative clean tech projects to the market.

Further information here.