Focus on European funding opportunities: “Cascade Funding”

12 . 05 . 2023

Third-party financial support, also known as “Cascade Funding”, is a European Commission funding mechanism that grants certain European-backed projects to launch, which then could issue calls for additional funding. This support is currently implemented within the framework of the Euroclusters programme, which aims to contribute to the resilience and acceleration of the green and digital transition.

Six specific objectives have been put forward:

  • Networking: to improve the resilience of the European industrial ecosystem by developing the links and interactions of value chains in the European single market
  • Innovation concerning strategic autonomy: to improve the capabilities of critical technologies and requirements in the ecosystem
  • The adoption of processes and technologies: to reinforce the transformation towards a green and digital economy
  • Training: to improve and update workforce skills, and attract talent
  • Internationalisation: to improve global access to the value and supply chains
  • Communication: to attract those involved economically, especially small/medium enterprises outside the Eurocluster regions

There are many advantages to be derived from these strategies:

  • Lighter files: on average 10 to 15 pages
  • Short projects: between 6 and 18 months
  • Funding not taken into account in the “minimis” (European funding) rules
  • Evaluations managed by project teams and carried out by independent experts
  • Easier access via local or national partners
  • More agile management of European funds

Among the calls currently open, we find in particular:

DREAM Eurocluster  – Innovation Open Call to financially support small and market-oriented projects involving SMEs
🔔Deadline: 25 May 2023

Epicentre Eurocluster – Call for proposals to support SMEs and Start-ups in the development of innovative solutions
🔔Deadline: 29 May 2023

CircInWater – Innovation lump sum to support SMEs in developing new products, services, or methods, addressing water challenges
🔔Deadline: 31 May 2023

PIMAP4Sustainability – Call for innovation funding for SMEs from the Photonics, Advanced Materials & Advanced Manufacturing value chains
🔔Deadline: 31 May 2023

METASTARS – Open calls for Innovation Projects in the Aerospace & Defence ecosystem
🔔Deadline: 6 June 2023

xBUILD-EU – Call for proposals for Innovate, Global & Digital and Green grants
🔔Deadline: 7 June 2023

EuroBoosTEX – 1st Call- Individual Innovate Boost Grant for textiles
🔔Deadline: 7 June 2023

SILEO Eurocluster – Open Call for Business Digital Transformation Projects
🔔Deadline: 20 June 2023

RESIST Eurocluster – Open-call to provide financial support to Automotive, Transport & Mobility SMEs, start-ups and/or mid-cap companies
🔔Deadline: 21 June 2023

RE-CENTRE – Call for innovation funding to financially support small cross-sectoral partnerships
🔔Deadline: 27 June 2023

METASTARS – Call for innovation services for SMEs from the Aeronautics, Space, Defence and ICT sectors
🔔Deadline: 31 December 2023

Friend CCI – Call for Expression of Interest for Service Providers
🔔Deadline: 6 August 2023

Contacts: Issam CHAOUKI – – Julie RAFTON-JOLIVET –

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