EU Funding Instruments and Programmes

EuroAcess Macro-Regions Tool – The database for EU funding opportunities!

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EuroAccess is a central online information point on EU funding opportunities in the Macro-Regions. It collects and disseminates data of more than 200 EU funding programs that operate within the geographical scope of the Macro-Regions.

EuroAccess has supported project ideas in the Danube Region since 2016. Due to the success of the pilot initiative, it has now expanded to all four EU Macro-Regions:

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region EU Strategy for the Danube Region EU Strategy for the Alpine Region EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region
EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
EU Strategy for the Danube Region
EU Strategy for the Alpine Region
EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region

EuroAcess Macro-Regions has been initiated by EUSDR Priority Area 10 (Institutional Capacity & Cooperation).


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EU Funds & Programmes to consider:



European Structural and Investment funds (ESIF)

Five main funds (ERDF, CF, ESF, EAFRD, EMFF) work together to support economic development across all EU countries, in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.

  • ERDF focuses its investments on several key priority areas: innovation and research; the digital agenda; support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); the low-carbon economy. This is known as “thematic concentration”.

  • CF is aimed at member states whose GNI per capita is less than 90% of EU average. It aims to reduce economic and social disparities and to promote sustainable development. For 2014-2020 period, the CF concerns Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

  • ESF invests in people, with a focus on improving employment and education opportunities across the European Union. It also aims to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people at risk of poverty. ESF investments cover all EU regions. For the 2014-2020 period, ESF focuses on four of the cohesion policy’s thematic objectives: promoting employment and supporting labour mobility; promoting social inclusion and combating poverty; investing in education, skills and lifelong learning; enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration.

  • EAFRD is the EU instrument for funding the EU’s rural development policy, which helps rural areas in the EU to meet the wide range of challenges and opportunities they are faced with in the 21st century – in economic, environmental and social terms. Member states build their programs based on at least 4 of the 6 common EU priorities: fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas; enhancing the viability / competitiveness of all types of agriculture, and promoting innovative farm technologies and sustainable forest management; promoting food chain organisation, animal welfare and risk management in agriculture; restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry; promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift toward a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors; promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.

  • EMFF is the EU instrument for funding the Common Fisheries Policy, which is a set of rules for managing European fishing fleets and for conserving fish stocks. Designed to manage a common resource, Common Fisheries Policy gives all European fishing fleets equal access to EU waters and fishing grounds and allows fishermen to compete fairly. EMFF is largely managed by the EU member states. The fund is used for: Reducing impact of fishing on the marine environment, more market tools for professionals and consumers; joint stewardship of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites; special support to small-scale fishermen.

European Territorial Cooperation (ETC)

ETC, better known as Interreg, is one of the two goals of cohesion policy. It provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different member states. It aims at helping to ensure that borders are not barriers, bringing Europeans closer together, helping to solve common problems, facilitating the sharing of ideas and assets, and encouraging strategic work towards common goals. All this demonstrates its clear European added value. Interreg is built around three strands of cooperation: cross-border (Interreg A), transnational (Interreg B) and interregional (Interreg C).


The EU’s Research and Innovation (R&I) programme for 2014-2020 supports the implementation of theInnovation Union, a EUROPE 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. This R&I Framework Programme with a budget of nearly € 80 billion focuses on industrial leadership and tackling major societal challenges, maximising the competitiveness impact of research and innovation and raising and spreading levels of excellence in R&I.

For funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 please consult:

See also: Horizon2020 Official Website:

Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)

With a budget of € 2.3 billion for the period 2014-2020, COSME will focus its financing on projects strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the Union’s enterprises, particularly SMEs. The Programme aims at reducing the administrative and regulatory burden on SMEs by creating a business-friendly environment. It also supports businesses to be competitive by encouraging them to adopt new business models and innovative practices. This complements actions in areas with high growth potential such as the tourism sector.

For funding opportunities under COSME please consult:

EU Programme for education, youth and sport (Erasmus+)

The EU’s  programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020 aims at boosting skills and employability, as well as modernising and fostering cooperation across all concerned sectors. With nearly  14.5 billion in the current funding period, it supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to bridge the worlds of education and work in order to tackle the skill gaps European countries are facing.

For funding opportunities under Erasmus+ please consult the Programme Guide:

See also:   Erasmus+ Official Website:

EU Programme for Culture & the Audio-Visual Sector – Creative Europe

With a budget of €1.46 billion for the period 2014-2020, the Programme aims at fostering European cultural and linguistic diversity and at promoting European heritage. It supports artists and cultural professionals to develop their skills, competences and know-how, work across borders and develop transnational cultural activities within and outside of the EU.The programme consists of two sub-programmes: the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audio-visual sector.

For funding opportunities under Creative Europe please consult:

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

With a budget of € 33.2 billion for the period 2014-2020 the new EU instrument for targeted infrastructure investment at European level aims at better connecting and integrating the Union and all its regions, in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors. By focussing on smart, sustainable and fully interconnected transport, energy and digital networks, CEF helps to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness. The CEF Programme is divided into three sectors:

For funding opportunities under CEF please consult:

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI): Investment Plan for Europe

EFSI aims at overcoming the current investment gap in the European Union (EU) by mobilising private financing for strategic investments which the market cannot finance alone. With a budget of € 315 billion for the period 2015-2017, the fund will focus its financing on investments in infrastructure and innovation, as well as risk finance for small-and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs).

If you are looking for finance please consult:

The Marguerite Fund – 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure

Marguerite is an independent European fund investing in infrastructure i.e. greenfield: new projects and facilities, with typical development risks largely mitigated and brownfield: replacement, modernisation and capacity enhancement of existing assets. Established with the backing of six major European financial institutions (namely the EIB, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, PKO Bank Polski SA, KfW), Marguerite targets long term institutional investors to finance projects aimed at achieving major objectives and strategic projects of the European Union in the areas of transport, energy and climate, as well as energy renewable. For funding opportunities under Marguerite please consult:


The EU’s funding programme for the environment and climate action for the period 2014-2020 contributes to sustainable development and to the achievement of the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 7th Union Environmental Action Programme and other relevant EU environment and climate strategies and co-finances projects with European added value by means of €3.4 billion. The European Commission (DG Environment and DG Climate Action) manages the LIFE programme. The Commission has delegated the implementation of many components of the LIFE programme to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). External selection, monitoring and communication teams provide assistance to the Commission and EASME. The European Investment Bank manages the two new financial instruments: Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF) and the Private Finance for Energy Efficiency instruments (PF4EE).

For funding opportunities under LIFE please consult:

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)

From January 2007 onwards, IPA replaces a series of EU programmes and financial instruments (PHARE, PHARE CBC, ISPA, SAPARD, CARDS and the financial instrument for Turkey) for candidate countries (Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) or potential candidate countries in the Western Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99). IPA is made up of five different components: assistance for transition and institution building; cross-border cooperation (with EU Member States and other countries eligible for IPA); regional development (transport, environment, regional and economic development); human resources (strengthening human capital and combating exclusion); rural development.