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access to eu funds alexander foidl

Phare Business Support Programme III

of the European Union


Access to EU FundsAlexander Foidl

This project is funded by the European Union under the Phare Business Support Programme and implemented by UEAPME and its partners. The content of this document does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Commission.

frequent misunderstandings
Frequent Misunderstandings
  • “My company is exporting to Croatia...”
  • “I have made an invention with European impact...”
  • “My firm wants to set up a Joint Venture in China...”
eu funding in general
EU Funding in General
  • Nearly all funding within programmes – few opportunities to create “own projects”
  • Majority of funds managed at decentralised level
  • Competitive selection
  • In general not for profit
  • Strict rules and procedures apply
  • European Added Value needed
3 basic types of eu funding
3 Basic Types of EU Funding
  • Structural Funds
    • Only for EU Member States
  • Thematic/Action/Community Programmes
    • For EU Member States and Canidate Countries
  • External Aid Programmes
    • For Candidate Countries and Non-Member States
2 basic types of implementation
2 Basic Types of Implementation
  • Grants – Calls for Proposals
    • Own ideas
    • Co-Financing necessary
    • Selection criteria: contribution to EU goals
    • Publication: DG websites, Official Journal C
  • Tenders / Public Procurement – Calls for Tenders
    • Specific Requirements for Supplies/Services/Works
    • No Co-Financing needed
    • Selection criteria: Price vs. Quality
    • Publication: Tenders Electronic Daily, Europeaid-Website
structural funds
Structural Funds
  • Implementation decentralised in Member States (co-financing needed)
  • National Calls for Proposals or on-going submission and national or international Tenders
  • Beneficiaries: typically enterprises, public bodies
  • Projects do not need to be transnational
thematic programmes 1
Thematic Programmes (1)
  • Implementation centralised by Directorate General (DG) or Agency of the European Commission
  • EU-wide calls for proposals
  • Beneficiaries: typically public institutions, universities, research institutes, associations, NGOs, chambers (as INTERMEDIARIES)
  • Projects need to be transnational
thematic programmes 2 research
Thematic Programmes (2) - Research

Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7)

  • Budget 2007-2013: 50.5 bn Euro
  • 4 Supported Activities:
    • Cooperation (ICT, Aeronautics etc.)
    • Ideas (SME research)
    • People
    • Capacities
thematic programmes 3 competitiveness
Thematic Programmes (3) - Competitiveness

Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)

  • Budget 2007-2013: 3.6 bn Euro
  • 3 operational programmes:
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP)
      • Access to Finance for SMEs
      • Business and Innovation Service Centers
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Ecoinnovation
      • Support for Policymaking
    • ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP)
    • Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE)
thematic programmes 4 other examples
Thematic Programmes (4) – Other Examples
  • SMEs and Internationalisation:
    • Gateway and Excecutive Training Programme (Japan, Korea)
    • Asia Invest /AL-Invest
  • Education: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Transport: Marco Polo II
  • Environment: LIFE +
  • ICT: eContent+
  • Media: MEDIA 2007
external aid programmes 1
External Aid Programmes (1)
  • Implementation decentralised in Beneficiary countries with supervision of the EU Delegation
  • EU-wide Calls for Tender for Supplies, Works and Service Contracts or Twinning
  • Beneficiaries: typically public institutions of Candidate Countries or Third Countries
  • Projects not transnational
external aid programmes 2 examples
External Aid Programmes (2) Examples
  • IPA – Instrument for Pre-Accession
    • Budget 2007-2013: 11.5 bn
    • Countries: Candidate Countries, potential Candidate Countries
    • 5 Components:
      • Institution Building
      • Territorial Cooperation
      • Regional Development
      • Human Ressources
      • Agriculture
  • ENPI – European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument
how to find partners
How to find Partners
  • Enterprise Europe Network
  • Programme project database, CORDIS partner service
  • National Contact Points for programmes
  • European Associations, Chamber platforms
  • TED award notice: Successful Tenderers and short-listed candidates
  • “Sector Seminars” in Brussels
  • Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels
how to be successful 1
How to be successful (1)
  • Gather information early and act early
  • Build up permanent partnerships
  • Keep standard documents, CVs etc. up-to-date and on file
  • Pay attention to all formal requirements, deadlines etc.
  • Study work programme/tender dossier and award criteria very carefully
how to be successful 2
How to be successful (2)
  • Stress the European dimension and the EU policy development
  • Be innovative and sustainable
  • Be consistent in your proposal and budget
  • Proof-reading by “outsiders”is useful
  • Put yourself into the position of an evaluator – make it easy for him/her!
information sources 1
Information Sources (1)
  • Structural Funds – Managing Authorities

  • EU Grants

  • Europen Portal for SMEs – EU Funding (DG Enterprise)

  • Calls for Proposals (Thematic Programmes) or the Directorate Generals (DGs) of the European Commission

  • Official Journal C Series

information sources 2
Information Sources (2)
  • FP7 – CORDIS

  • EU Tenders – Official Journal Supplement - TED

  • External Aid Tenders and Grants (including Pre-Accession Programmes)

  • Microsoft EU Grants Advisor

thank you

Phare Business Support Programme III

of the European Union


Thank you!

Alexander Foidl

Austrian Federal Economic Chamber