The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) is one of the main EU funding instruments to support research and innovation. It aims, in general, to achieve the following objectives:
- foster the competitiveness of enterprises, in particular of SMEs;
- promote all forms of innovation including eco-innovation;
- accelerate the development of a sustainable, competitive, innovative and inclusive information society;
- promote energy efficiency and new and renewable energy sources in all sectors, including transport.
The CIP is divided into three operational programmes. Each programme has its specific objectives, aimed at contributing to the competitiveness of enterprises and their innovative capacity in their own areas, such as ICT or sustainable energy:
The EIP, one of the specific programmes under the CIP, seeks to support enterprises, in particular SMEs, entrepreneurship, innovation including eco-innovation and industrial competitiveness.
This programme aims to achieve the following objectives:
(a) improve access to finance for the start-up and growth of SMEs and investment in innovation activities;
(b) the creation of an environment favourable to SME cooperation, particularly in the field of cross-border cooperation;
(c) all forms of innovation in enterprises;
(e) entrepreneurship and innovation culture;
(f) enterprise and innovation-related economic and administrative reform.