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They are Eco-Innovation pilot and market replication projects for the testing in real conditions of innovative products, processes and services that are not fully marketed due to residual risks and that are aimed at reducing environmental impacts, preventing pollution or achieving a more efficient use of natural resources. Through the Eco-Innovation funding scheme, the EU wants to support innovative products, services and technologies that can better use our natural resources and reduce Europe's ecological footprint. With its objective to bridge the gap between research and the market, CIP Eco-Innovation contributes to the implementation of the Environmental Technologies Action Plan.

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This initiative provides funding for projects in various sectors that mitigate environmental impacts or promote a more efficient use of resources. Priority areas include material recycling, buildings, the food and drink sector as well as greener business. It helps good ideas for innovative products, services and processes that protect the environment to become commercial prospects, ready for use by business and industry. 

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Calls are open to all legal persons that are based in eligible countries but the priority will be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Clusters of applicants and projects which demonstrate a European added value and have a high potential for market replication are strongly encouraged.

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Although priority will be given to SMEs and private beneficiaries, the calls for proposals are open to all legal people located in one of the following countries:

  • 27 EU Member States
  • Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein
  • Albania, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
  • Other non-EU countries provided they have an appropriate agreement with EU in force

Potential applicants should carefully check their suitability for this initiative.

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Eco-Innovation as a cross-cutting issue through three subprogrammes: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Information and Communication Technologies, and Intelligent Energy Europe.

It aims to foster the competitiveness of enterprises and promote eco-innovative, market oriented activities which benefit the environment.

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Yes. Under article II.3.2 of the Grant Agreement, beneficiaries grant EACI the right to make free use of the results of the action as it deems fit, provided it does not thereby breach its confidentiality obligations or existing industrial and intellectual property rights.

Thus, beneficiaries should have this obligation in consideration when making arrangements concerning the ownership and use of results.