Desert solar farms in Morocco

The Government of Morocco initiated the development of a giant solar power plant, by setting up a public-private partnership with independent power producers. By supporting technology adopters the partnership enabled the procurement of eco-innovation in the shape of pioneering concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The Noor plant has a capacity of 580 MW and will go a long way to helping Morocco achieve its goal of 42% renewable energy penetration by 2020.

Cabeolica Wind Farm in Cape Verde

The Government of Cape Verde brought large scale renewable energy to the archipelago by setting up a public-private partnership (PPP) to develop, build, finance and operate four wind farms. Debt funding was secured from the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank. The partnership succeeded by setting up synergies and creating an effective model to bring the project from conception to realisation.

Korea Environmental Technology & Industry Institute (KEITI)

In order to promote the commercialisation of environmental technologies, KEITI - the Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute – provides a range of support services, including debt funding and innovation and business consulting, to eco-innovative SMEs in South Korea. Additionally, KEITI looks to build demand for eco-friendly or low-carbon products in Korea through a series of activities raising consumer awareness.

The Czech ECO-ENERGY programme 2007-2013

The programme ECO-ENERGY (‘Eko-energie’), was carried out by the Priority Axis 3 ‘Efficient Energy’ of the Czech Republic ‘Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation 2007-2013’. The Programme aimed at stimulating entrepreneurs, particularly SMEs, to reduce the energy demand of their production, to use primary energy sources, and to promote higher utilisation of renewable and secondary energy sources.


Martec ERA NET - funding core article

MARTEC ERA NET is a network of ministries and funding organisations from different countries which aims at promoting R&D activities focused on maritime technologies. The first ERA NET (MARTEC) was created in 2006 with the participation of 12 ministries and funding organisations belonging to 9 European countries. 

MANUNET ERA-Net - Funding core article

MANUNETERA-Net aims at enhancing the competitiveness of Europe’s Manufacturing Industry by funding manufacturing research projects carried out by enterprises (with special focus on SMEs), universities and research centres.

Iberoeka Funding core article

IBEROEKA framework programme supports technological cooperation in South America. This initiative belongs to the Science and Technology for Development Framework Programme (CYTED) in which 19 Latin American countries, Portugal and Spain are involved. IBEROEKA is characterized by a bottom-up principle, whereby participants are free to use their own criteria in order to formulate, develop and budget R+D+i projects while considering their own needs.

EUROTRANSBIO - Funding core article

The EUROpean program for TRANS-national R&D&I cooperation of BIOtech SMEs (EUROTRANSBIO) is a grant funding or debt funding mechanism combining funding from national partners.

Eurostars - Funding core article

EUROSTARS framework programme is a European funding initiative dedicated to research-performing SMEs (i.e. SMEs dedicating at least 10 % of their turn-over - or full-time equivalent- to research activities). EUROSTARS is co-founded by the European communities and EUREKA framework programme.



EUREKA Umbrellas - funding core article

EUREKA Umbrellas are thematic networks conceived under the EUREKA framework programme, and focus on a specific technology area or business. Differences between umbrellas and EUREKA Clusters are slight, yet relying on the ultimate objective of the initiatives.


Eureka Clusters - Funding core article

EUREKA Clusters are long-term, strategically significant industrial initiatives. They usually have a large number of participants, and aim to develop generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness mainly in ICT, energy and more recently in the biotechnology sector.

Eureka - Funding core article

The EUREKA framework programme is a trans-European initiative that aims at supporting SMEs, large industries, universities and research centres to introduce new products, processes and services into the market.

European Investment Bank Funding core article

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union’s bank, i.e. the shareholders consist of the European Union member states.

ECO-INNOVERA ERA-Net - Funding core article

ECO-INNOVERA ERA-Net is a European initiative that focuses on supporting eco-innovation in research and development. The technology readiness levels covered by ECO-INNOVERA are 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the TRL scale.