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 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 Anonymous

Policy Working Group meeting

The first Policy Working Group meeting of the autumn will focus on the state of play with the post 2020 proposals, in particular Horizon Europe and the Interregional innovation investment.

  • By Hilary Webb

Smarter 2020 Conference: Place-based responses to the COVID-19 economic crisis

An uncomping webinar will focus on short-term reactions to the COVID-19 crisis that relate to S3/S4 governance and what role it will play in the longer recovery.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

EWRC session: Interregional Innovation Investments

By bringing quadruple helix stakeholders together and stimulating key actors of the interregional innovation ecosystems, the intention of the workshop is to animate the debate on how to use public money to de-risk cooperation, accelerate innovation and unlock private investments.