A call for proposals under the eco-innovation strand of the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (one of the specific programmes under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) is expected to be published in April 2008.
The objective of the eco-innovation strand is to make sustainable development become a business reality. Actions to be supported could include: supporting the take-up of environmental technologies and eco- innovative activities; co-investment in risk capital funds that provide equity for companies investing in eco-innovation; fostering eco-innovation networks and clusters, public-private partnerships in eco-innovation and developing innovative business services, facilitating or promoting eco-innovation; and promoting new and integrated approaches to eco-innovation in fields such as environmental management and the environmental-friendly design of products, processes and services. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme has a budget of EUR2.17 billion for the period 2007-2013. Further details at: http://ec.europa.eu/cip/eip_en.htm