CIP: The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

The website launched in July 2007 provides information on the CIP:

"The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises. With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as its main target, the programme will support innovation activities (including eco-innovation), provide better access to finance and deliver business support services in the regions. It will encourage a better take-up and use of information and communications technologies (ICT) and help to develop the information society. It will also promote the increased use of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

The programme will run from 2007 to 2013."

The programme includes three operational programmes:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP)

  • Access to finance for SMEs through “EU financial instruments”
  • Network of business and innovation service centres
  • Initiatives to foster entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Eco-innovation
  • Support for policy-making

Information Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP)
* Developing a single European information space
* Strengthening the European internal market for ICT
* Encouraging innovation through the wider adoption of and investment in ICT
* Developing an inclusive information society, more efficient and effective services in areas of public interest

Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)
* Fostering energy efficiency and the rational use of energy sources
* Promoting new and renewable energy sources and energy diversification
* Promoting energy efficiency and new energy sources in transport

Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • International; Other

Entry created by Elke Dall on July 20, 2007
Modified on July 20, 2007