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Other Funding Sources

Other EU funding opportunities

In Horizon 2020, there are many other funding opportunities and support services available for the research and innovation community beyond the regular calls for proposals. These include the following:

  • Calls for third parties in Horizon 2020 projects
  • Public-Public Partnerships by several Member States
  • Public-Private Partnerships ("Joint Technology Initiatives")
  • Co-funded activities (ERA-NETs; European Joint Programmes)

Further details on currently open calls are available on the Funding & Tenders Portal:
Other funding sources page


Digital Innovation Hubs

Digital innovation hubs are ecosystems that consist of SMEs, large industries, startups, researchers, accelerators, and investors. They aim to create the best conditions for long-term business success for all involved. Around 60% of large industries and more than 90% of SME feel lagging behind in digital innovation. Similarly, there are strong digitisation discrepancies between industrial sectors. Digital innovation hubs can help ensure that every company, small or large, high-tech or not, can grasp the digital opportunities. There are already several initiatives of the EC to shape the pan-European network of DIHs with the focus on helping SMEs to master their digital transformation:

  • Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS)
  • Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)
  • Next Generation Internet (NGI)
  • AI on-demand platform (AI4EU)
  • Open Data Incubator Europe (ODINE)
  • European Data Incubator (EDI)
  • European Institute of Innovation & Technologu (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC),
  • European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development (ECHORD++),
  • Access Center for Photonics Innovation Solutions and Technology Support (ACTPHAST),
  • Supercomputing Exercise for SMEs (SESAME NET),

and the call for tender EU13 DIHs.