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Innovation Fund (ETS Innovation Fund)

Target group
SMEs, Large Enterprises, Government, Knowledge Centers
Type of funding
Project type
Research, Innovation
Energy, Environment & Climate Action, Innovation, International Cooperation
Info last updated 6 months ago


Funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies


€10 billion over 10 years (2020-2030)

Official information source




More information for Flanders and contact person details can be found on the website of NCP Flanders: https://ncpflanders.be/other-eu-funding/innovation-fund


Link to VLEVA funding guide: https://www.vleva.eu/nl/programma/europees-innovatiefonds

Link via VEKA: https://www.vlaanderen.be/veka/veka/nieuwsberichten/eu-financiering-voor-vlaamse-energie-en-klimaatprojecten-update-december-2023 


Innovation Fund


What is the Innovation Fund?

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.


Legal framework

The Innovation Fund was established by Article 10a(8) of Directive 2003/87/EC to support across all Member States innovation in low-carbon technologies and processes.


Innovation Fund projects

In the EU, polluters have to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions via the Emissions Trading System (ETS). The money raised via the ETS is reinvested into the Innovation Fund: one of the world’s largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon technologies.


Large-scale calls

‘Large-scale’ are projects with a capital expenditure above EUR 7.5 million.


Small-scale calls

‘Small-scale’ are projects with total capital costs below EUR 7.5 million.


Innovation Fund Expert Group

The Innovation Fund calls for proposals are prepared with the active involvement of the Innovation Fund Expert Group.


Events and webinars

The European Commission and/or CINEA organise regularly events and webinars on the Innovation Fund for presenting lessons learned or relevant policy developments.


National Contact Points

The list of National Contact Points for the Innovation Fund, who are available to provide further information on the Fund and in particular its interactions with national funding instruments and other EU programmes


Project Development Assistance

Have you applied to the Innovation Fund, but not been awarded a grant? You may have the possibility to benefit from our Project Development Assistance (PDA).

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