Call on "Regional Innovation Valleys": Commission launched €122 million calls for proposals to close innovation gaps in the EU and strengthen innovation ecosystems

As of 17 May, the Commission is making €122 million available under the European Innovation Ecosystems initiative of Horizon Europe* and the Interregional Innovation Investment Instrument (I3)** of the European Regional Development Fund. These calls for proposals aim to strengthen and advance European innovation ecosystems, connecting all EU territories to respond to societal challenges and foster stronger cohesion. They also contribute to a key initiative of the New European Innovation Agenda, which aims to promote interconnected ‘regional innovation valleys’ across the EU.

The New European Innovation Agenda aims to position Europe at the forefront of the new wave of high-tech innovation and start-ups. It will help Europe develop new technologies to address the most pressing societal challenges and bring them to the market. 

The Regional Innovation Valleys aim to harness the full innovation potential, including cutting-edge technology, in the different EU territories to address societal challenges and the innovation divide in the EU. Its objective is to identify up to 100 regions committed to strengthening the coordination of their research and innovation investments and policies. The Commission has recently launched a call for expression of interest inviting European regions to become regional innovation valleys.

More information

Apply now (until 17 October 2023)

More details


Publication date: 17 May 2023

Author: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation


For more information on this announcement, please consult the source page here.

* The budget under Horizon Europe is €60 million, for which the Western Balkans are eligible.

** The Western Balkans are not eligible to participate in I3.

Geographical focus
  • Europe
  • International; Other
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Admin on May 22, 2023
Modified on May 23, 2023