CIP Eco-innovation

The programme CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) was established by the European Parliament with the aim of improving the competitiveness and the innovation potential in the Countries of theUnion.

It runs from 2007 to 2013 and is targeted to the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in view of contributing to fill the gap between research and innovation, favour the development of a “knowledge society”, promote a sustainable development based on a balanced economic growth.

The actions sustained by the Programme are focused on the following objectives:

  • promote the competitiveness and the innovation capacity of the enterprises, in particular of the small and medium ones (SME);
  • encourage all the forms of innovation;
  • favour the development of a sustainable, competitive and innovative information society;
  • stimulate the use of renewable energetic sources and promote the energy efficiency.

Based on the specific objectives targeted, the CIP Frame Programme is articulated in three operative programmes:

  • The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP)
  • The Information Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT-PSP)
  • The Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE)



Eco-innovation: when the business meets the environment


Within the EIP (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme), the programme CIP Eco-Innovation is specifically aimed at joining innovation, market and environmental sustainability. Supporting pilot projects, the initiative promotes the diffusion on the market of eco-innovative technologies, products and services, that could determine a better use of natural resources and reduce the European ecological footprint

In particular, the Eco-innovation programme gives support to projects with a relevant innovative nature, aimed at developing sustainable products and processes, in line with the European environmental politics in terms of evident and substantial environmental advantages.

To join, by means of industrial innovations, economic advantage for the enterprise and benefits for the environment: this is the message that the Eco-innovation programme intends to disseminate among Europe.