EU Programs and Calls For Proposals

This section of the website contains useful information on the main European programs and calls for proposals directly managed by the European Commission of major interest to the Italian associative system. The list cannot be considered exhaustive of all the EU’s opportunities in this field: the purpose of this portal is, in fact, to analyze in detail the more interesting financing opportunities offered by the European programs with a specific focus on industry.

Through the banners below, you will get access to the two sections of the European programs and calls for proposals.

The European programs directly managed by the European Commission

In addition to the programs financed by European budget and primarily managed by the Member States (such as the Structural Funds for the common agricultural policy, cohesion funds and regional funds etc.), the European Commission directly implements some European policies co-financing (with a rate around 50% or 75%) those projects or initiatives whose goals and objectives are closer to its priorities.

In accordance with European policies, the Commission defines multi-annual programs related to each sector and implemented by different Directorates-General (DGs).

The Directorates-General, within their respective areas, directly manage the resources of the various programs through the periodic publication of EU tenders in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ).

Almost all eligible projects, with the exception of some cooperation programs with third countries, are directly or indirectly associated with the different European policies: SMEs’ competitiveness, research and technological development, entrepreneurship development, training and mobility, promotion of culture, industrial relations and social dialogue, environment and energy, transport and infrastructure.

As for the European programs directly managed by the Commission, priority is given to innovation, European added-value, trans-nationality and best-practices exchange. In contrast to the structural funds, which are managed at a regional level by each Member State, direct funding allows to develop small projects, not related to infrastructure and development of EU policies.

Through direct funding, the Commission establishes a direct contractual relationship with the beneficiary, who is responsible for project implementation and management of resources.

Direct funding are assigned on a competitive basis: only the best project proposals at European level are funded on the basis of the assessment made by the relevant Directorates-General generally supported by external experts on specific subjects.

Italy is a "net contributor" to the European budget, with a negative balance between contributions and resources received from the European Union.

A better use of all these directed funds could help the country in changing this situation.