We make CENTRAL EUROPE more innovative and competitive

The innovation priority addresses key socio-economic challenges and needs within central Europe that are related to smart growth as defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. It aims at more effective investment in research, innovation and education. The projects funded under this priority help strengthening potentials of technology-oriented areas that are destinations of foreign investments and capital flows, notably through better linking actors of innovation systems.  They also address regional disparities in knowledge and education such as brain drain, and strengthen capacities and competences for entrepreneurship and social innovation, also responding to challenges related to demographic change.

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specific objective 1.1

Linking innovation actors


Improving sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe.

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specific objective 1.2

Improving skills for economic and social innovation


Improving skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions.

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innovation PROJECTS

After two calls for proposals, we are funding 25 transnational cooperation projects on innovation topics. With around 46 million Euro ERDF co-financing, partnerships from central Europe are addressing shared regional challenges. 

Projects working on RIS3 priority areas, industrial sectors and other innovation policies

Industry 4.0/Advanced manufacturing
3DCentral     |     AMiCE    |    FabLabNet    |    KETGATE     |    NUCLEI     |   SYNERGY    |    TRANS³Net   

Agro- and Bio-Economy, Environment & Energy 

Public procurement andICT

Health (incl. social and elderly care)
Research and development policies

Urban innovation

Projects working on entrepreneurship support and skills development and social innovation

Entrepreneurial skills
 I-CON     |     CERIecon     |     CROWD-FUND-PORT    |    ROSIE    |    THINGS+

Qualification programmes
InnoPeer AVM

Social entrepreneurship, including financing
ENTER-transfer    |    INNO-WISEs    |    Social(i)Makers    |    SENTINEL    

Health support
Focus IN CD   |    INTENT

innovation in numbers


Million ERDF in total


Specific objectives


Projects so far


Project partners so far

The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:

CENTRAL EUROPE projects 2007-2013

To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database

innovation ComMUNITY

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