Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP) or Cascade Funding. Updated 4th August 2020.

What is Cascade Funding?

Cascade Funding, also known as Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP), is a mechanism of the European Commission to distribute public funds in order to create new companies, increase their scalability, SMEs and / or mid-cap companies, in the adoption or development of digital innovation.

The main objective of this financing method is to simplify administrative procedures with SMEs, thus allowing some projects financed by the EU to issue, in turn, open calls to obtain more funding.

On the 27 March 2020, KTN and Innovate UK hosted a Horizon 2020 Webinar on Cascade Funding which is available to view here.

Current opportunities for the next two months are listed below and will be updated monthly.


Open Calls with a deadline in August 2020


DIH4CPS Open Call 1: Experiments
Experiments in sectors where Cyber Physical and Embedded systems are underdeveloped are of special interest – digital twins, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and dashboard controls.
Deadline: 31st August 2020


Open Calls with a deadline in September 2020


agROBOfood Open Call 1 for Innovation Experiments
We are looking for robotic solutions that address challenges for the agrifood sector.
Deadline: 1 September 2020


European Social Catalyst Fund ‚ call for proposals
The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities. The ESCF will provide financial and capacity building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations.
Deadline: 11 September 2020


Innovation vouchers for SMEs ‚ Digital Innovation in the Food Industry
SMEs (food processing SMEs or technology providing SMEs) can apply for funding up to € 60,000.
Deadline: 15 September 2020


ATLAS Open Call
ATLAS is developing an open, distributed, and extensible data network based on a microservice architecture. It will offer innovative, data-driven services in agriculture to everything from single farms to an entire global community. The technology developed in ATLAS will be tested and evaluated within pilot studies at a variety of agricultural operations across Europe. The open call aims to establish these pilot studies in alignment with agricultural use cases at the farming operations of the consortium’s end-user partners. It will also establish Innovation Hubs around these pilots in order to implement a sustainable ecosystem of innovative companies.
Deadline: 15 September 2020


1st Open Call for Focused Technology Transfer Experiments (FTTE)
Deadline: 30 September 2020


ENEN+ project: Call for grants
The European Nuclear Education Network provides mobility grants for learners, who would like to improve their knowledge, skills and competitiveness for career opportunities in the nuclear fields.
Deadline: 30 September 2020


European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform

For continuously updated information about Horizon 2020 call deadline extensions, specific or related to Coronavirus funded and ongoing projects, FAQs and other useful links.

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