New ERDF Open Calls are now live!

Three new Open Calls for European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) in the SELEP area went live on Friday 17 March. The calls have been launched on Government’s website and are managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Applications are now invited for projects against all three of SELEP’s ERDF Priority Axes: Research and Innovation (Priority Axis 1), SME Growth and Competitiveness (Priority Axis 3) and supporting a shift to a Low Carbon Economy (Priority Axis 4).

SELEP has a notional ERDF allocation of circa £74.1 million for the ESIF 2014-2020 programme, just over half of which has been awarded or potentially committed to date. SELEP’s priorities and aspirations for ESIF funding during the current programme are laid out in our ESIF Strategy (March 2016), which is available here.

The three calls that are now open offer substantial funding envelopes, within which a minimum value of £500,000 can be applied for. Each call remains open until 12 January 2018, although there are review points throughout the year on 30 April, 30 July and 31 October 2017, which provide interim deadlines for applications to prioritise the assessment process. The envelopes available are given below, together with a summary of the activities that this funding is seeking to support. The links will take you to the relevant webpage on gov.uk for each call, where you can download the detailed call specification for further information.

Research and Innovation - up to £9,600,000 of funding is currently available.

This call is looking to promote research and innovation, specifically: • enhancing research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence, and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest • promoting business investment in research and innovation

SME Growth and Competitiveness - up to £17,500,000 of funding is currently available.

This call is looking to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and specifically: • promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators • support the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development • support the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes

Supporting a shift towards a Low Carbon Economy - up to £6,980,000 funding is currently available.

This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors, specifically: • promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources • promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises • supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector • promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures • promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies

If you are interested in responding to any of these calls or would just like to find out more information, please contact Jo Simmons, our ERDF Technical Facilitator, on 07701 394521 or at jo.simmons@eastsussex.gov.uk