September 14, 2023

Practical information about the Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument

The Interregional innovation investments (I3) initiative as part of the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) aims at promoting innovation through Smart Specialisation and interregional collaboration. The I3 supports stronger interregional cooperation in investments and makes sustainable connections by linking regional ecosystems in shared smart specialisation areas vital to accelerate market uptake of research results and stimulate innovation. Therefore its focus is on:

Strand 1 - Financial and advisory support for investments in interregional innovation projects

It targets mature partnerships to help them accelerate market uptake and scale-up of innovative solutions in shared smart specialisation priority areas, as well as to develop a portfolio of investment projects. Partnerships should be able to build on existing assets such as cluster initiatives supported by the Commission, participation in Horizon 2020 and, where applicable, Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

See call document for Strand 1:

Strand 2a - Financial and advisory support to the development of value chains in less developed regions

It is focused on increasing the capacity of regional innovation ecosystems in less developed regions to participate in global value chains, as well as the capacity to participate in partnerships with other regions. This strand has a strong cohesion dimension and focuses on creating linkages between less developed regions with those regions where such regional innovation capacity is more advanced. It supports both foreign direct investment-driven value chains and other emerging sectors.

See call document for Strand 2:

On 9 December 2021, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) organised an informative webinar to learn more about the Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Instrument. It is highly recommended to watch the I3 Info Day recording to get practical information about the calls and how to apply.

Watch the I3 Info Day recording:

I3 Info Day presentation


Applications are open and the deadline for submissions is:

YEAR 2021:  22 February 2022 for both strands (1 and 2a), total budget for both strands: EUR 75 800 571

YEAR 2022: 18 October 2022 for both strands (1 and 2a), total budget for both strands: EUR 69 660 725

Looking for partners?

If you are interested in creating a consortium based on an existing innovation or solution in the agrifood sector related to traceability, big data and/or technologies associated both for Strand 1 or 2a, please contact to

The S3P Traceability & Big Data can deploy its vast network within 24 regions to find the perfect partners on your I3 proposal.