Other European funding programs

European programs are organized on the basis of EU policy priorities and are implemented through the publication of calls or calls for proposals in various thematic areas, including technology, health, employment and social inclusion, environment, development and cooperation. Each program allocates European contributions to specific areas, defining specific objectives and according to its own funding rules: transnationality is the common denominator. Given the variety of thematic areas on which the European Union legislates, the landscape of funding programs is vast and offers numerous opportunities for different stakeholders. Accessing European funds therefore requires a thorough understanding of the various programs and funding opportunities.


INTERREG is a set of European territorial cooperation programs organized in homogeneous geographical areas that support territorial development projects targeting countries participating in the program.  INTERREG programs are grouped into 3 main types:

  • Cross-border cooperation programs aim to support regional development and integration between neighboring regions of one or more member states;
  • Transnational cooperation programs for large geographical areas of cooperation, such as the Baltic Sea, the Alpine Area, the Mediterranean Area;
  • Interregional cooperation programs aim to strengthen cohesion, integration and exchange of best practices among all EU Member States.


The LIFE program provides grant funding to support projects related to environment. Specifically, it aims to:

  • contribute to the transition to a green economy that is resilient to climate change; 
  • support environmental protection, including combating biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation;
  • improve the development, implementation and enforcement of EU environmental policies and promote climate goals in all sectors to foster the green transition;
  • raise awareness of environmental and climate issues and support governance in these matters at all levels, strengthening the participation of civil society organizations.


It’s the European funding program in support of business competitiveness, particularly promoting the activities of SMEs. Specifically, it aims to:

  • encourage the creation of new enterprises and the growth of existing ones at the European level;
  • increase the competitiveness of European enterprises;
  • facilitate access to new markets;
  • facilitate access to finance for SMEs.