Interregional Innovation Investment (I3)

For the past years, ERRIN and its members have been closely following the development of the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3), formerly known as Component 5. I3 is a new programme funded under ERDF that aims to support the commercialisation and scaling-up of interregional innovation projects in shared smart specialisation priority areas. 

Together with other partner organisations, we voiced the regions’ interest for the scheme as well as their concern regarding its implementation and budget. I3 was designed as a new funding scheme to accelerate innovation market uptake. It is even more relevant in the current context of COVID-related challenges.


I3 Expert Group

ERRIN was selected to join the European Commission's expert group on Interregional Innovation Investment - the I3 Expert Group. One of the co-leaders of the Smart Specialisation Working Group, Lucie Durocher from Region Sud, represents ERRIN within this expert group. This close contact with the European Commission (DG REGIO) helped us to have a better grasp of the nature of the I3 and share with DG REGIO our suggestions and remarks. 

The first call of the new instrument was supposed to open in October, but has been postponed to November 2021. The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) will be in charge of the call and will organise an Info Day on the call after its launch.

Learn more about ERRIN's work on place-based innovation ecosystems here

Latest Updates

  • By Ewa Chomicz

ERRIN I3 Project Development Session: Call for project ideas - deadline extended

A call for project ideas to be presented in pitches during the ERRIN's I3 Project Development Session planned on 23 May is currently open. The deadline for sending ideas by ERRIN members and their stakeholders has now been extended until 13 May.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

I3 Instrument calls now open

The Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Instrument opened calls under two strands with a total budget of EUR 145 million for the period of 2021-2022.

  • By Hilary Webb

ERRIN selected to join the European Commission's I3 Expert Group

ERRIN has been selected to join the European Commission's expert group on Interregional Innovation Investment - the I3 Expert Group.

  • By Hilary Webb

Interregional Innovation Investment (Component 5) consultation

The Commission has proposed the new initative to help actors involved in smart specialisation (S3) strategies to cluster together, scale-up and bring innovation to the European market.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

EU Interregional Innovation Investments: towards EU economic recovery

European regions and innovation stakeholders jointly call on the European institutions to use the EU Interregional Innovation Investment instrument to unleash the innovation potential available in Europe’s regions for Europe’s recovery.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Smart Specialisation WG meeting: New opportunities for interregional collaboration in 2021 – 2027

We are happy to welcome you to the first Smart Specialisation WG meeting for 2021 which will focus on S3 and interregional collaboration. The meeting will take place on 17 May between 14:00-15:30.