The EU Innovation Fund

With the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU has set itself the goal of being climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal, the EU is supporting companies to bring climate technologies – “clean tech” – to market with the Innovation Fund.

In total, the EU is investing over 10 billion euros in a climate-neutral future. This makes the funding programme one of the largest for climate protection technologies. Funded projects can receive millions in funding with the help of the programme.

EU Innovation Fund DORUCON

Does your technology have the potential to help shape European climate protection? Start your funding application with DORUCON as your funding expert at your side and thus increase your chances of market entry.

What does the EU Innovation Fund support?

Funding is provided to companies whose innovative projects are on the threshold of market maturity, such as the distribution of new technologies to pilot customers. The Innovation Fund supports pioneering demonstration projects in the areas of:

  • Renewable energies
  • Energy intensive industries
  • Energy storage
  • Carbon capture, use and storage

The Innovation Fund is therefore not funding for research and development projects, but for demonstration projects. The aim is also to promote and commercialise the first industrial implementations, i.e. to enable companies to enter the market.


The Innovation Fund supports two types of projects:

Large-scale projects

The funding call for large projects already started in October 2021. Projects with a volume of more than 7.5 million euros will be funded. The EU is providing 1.5 billion euros in funding for this purpose, which is 50 percent more than in the last funding call in 2020. This is 50 percent more than in the last funding call in 2020. The deadline for submission is 3 March 2022.

We therefore recommend: Start planning your funding early. Get in touch

Small-scale projects

Der zweite Förderaufruf für kleinere Projekte startet am 15. März 2022 und wird voraussichtlich bis August 2022 zur Einreichung von Förderanträgen geöffnet sein. In diesem Förderaufruf werden Projekt mit einem Investitionsaufwand zwischen 2.5 und 7.5 Millionen Euro mit 60 Prozent des Kapitalaufwands bezuschusst. Das Antragsverfahren ist einstufig. Insgesamt wird ein Budget von 100 Millionen Euro bereitgestellt.

Who can apply for the EU Innovation Fund?

Antragsberechtigt sind Unternehmen, die die Verantwortung des Innovationsprojektes tragen. Projekte sind also einzelbetrieblich oder auch in kleinen Verbundprojekten möglich. Das Unternehmen muss einen Sitz in einem EU-Mitgli

The second funding call for smaller projects will start on 15 March 2022 and is expected to be open for funding applications until August 2022. In this funding call, projects with a capital expenditure between 2.5 and 7.5 million euros will be subsidised with 60 percent of the capital expenditure. The application procedure is single-stage. A total budget of 100 million euros will be made available.

How DORUCON supports you with your Innovation Fund application

EU Innovation Fund Consulting DORUCON

DORUCON has over 10 years of experience in applying for funding for companies. This means that you benefit from our expertise in project evaluation, application and project management. This allows you to focus on your project and we take care of the preparation of the application so that it convinces the reviewers.

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Info from the EU

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