Funding Instrument

InnovFin – EU Finance for innovators

InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators” is a joint initiative launched by the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) in cooperation with the European Commission under Horizon 2020.

InnovFin consists of a series of integrated and complementary financing tools and advisory services offered by the EIB Group, covering the entire value chain of research and innovation (R&I) in order to support investments from the smallest to the largest enterprise.

InnovFin is available across all eligible sectors under Horizon 2020, in EU Member States and Associated Countries.

InnovFin website:

European Innovation Pilot

The EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.

EIC Pilot website:

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is an initiative to help overcome the current investment gap in the EU. Jointly launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission, it aims to mobilise private investment in projects which are strategically important for the EU.

EFSI website:

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network helps small companies make the most out of business opportunities in the EU. It is a one-stop-shop for all business needs. It provides support on access to market information, overcoming legal obstacles, and identifying potential business partners across Europe.

EEN website:


COSME aims to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle – creation, expansion, or business transfer.

COSME website:


The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes in the fields of SME support & innovation, environment, climate action, energy and maritime affairs.

EASME website:

EDA European Funding Gateway provides the Defence sector (industry, research-and-technology organisations, academia, Ministries of Defence/Armed Forces) information how to access funding at European level.

EDA European Funding Gateway website:


Links of enterprise funding (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment) and Guide for starting business in Finland which includes also financing for start-ups:


Funding instruments of the Italian Ministry for University, Instruction and Research (MIUR):
The National Research Program (PNR: Programma Nazionale della Ricerca) 2015-2020

Funding instruments of the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE):

United Kingdom

Finance and support for your business:

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