Cascade Funding Opportunties - April 2023

Are you trying to get some equity-free funding to make your R&D project a reality? Well, guess what? Check out all the Cascade Funding Opportunities closing in April 2023!

Prepare to take your innovative ideas to the next level with Cascade Funding, the game-changing instrument of the European Commission! This April , there are 13 funding opportunities available that are custom-made for SMEs, researchers, and innovators. Don’t let this chance slip by and make a mark in the world of research and innovation.


As a researcher, innovator, SME, startup, or mid-cap company, you can tap into public funds to adopt or develop digital technologies, all while streamlining administrative processes and getting faster access to finance. With Cascade Funding (also known as financial support to third parties (FSTP), you’ll have the tools and financial support you need to take your business to the next level and make a lasting impact in the R&D world.

Cascade Funding Mechanism


  • It simplifies the application, evaluation and justification procedures. 📑
  • Success rates are often higher, as these are less “popular” calls. 💪
  • Financing can range from €10,000 to €300,000, being projects between €100,000 and €150,000 the most common. 💶
  • The financial support is usually equity-free There is no equity or share capital assigned by any party. 👌
  • Most of these programs offer free incubation and acceleration services, specialized mentoring, and access to international networks of contacts. 👩‍🏫
  • It allows the transfer and exploitation of knowledge and the adoption of new technologies. 💻
If you want to know more about how Cascade Funding works, check out our last post where we break down everything you need to know about this funding scheme!
Now that you’ve discovered the benefits of cascading financing, get ready to seize the opportunities coming your way this March! We’re thrilled to present all the exciting possibilities closing this month:

NGI0 Entrust supports independent researchers and developers working on digital commons in order to restore and maintain European sovereignty, and to secure democratic ownership of the digital society.

Among others NGI0 Entrust are looking to deliver architectures, protocols and services to ensure that end-users can exert their rights (e.g. under the GDPR) and benefit from decentralised technological solutions that ensure that they are fully in control of their personal data on the Internet. NGI0 Entrust assists independent researchers and developers to create powerful new technologies, and to help them put it in the hands of future generations as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and a sustainable and open economy that benefits all. 

Max.Funding: 50.000€
Deadline: 01/04/2023
Website: https://nlnet.nl/entrust/

The Tourbit project aims to select innovative digitalisation projects proposed by tourism SMEs to be awarded financial support and participate in the Digital Acceleration Programme.

The European co-funded project TOURBIT (“Fostering digitalisation of European tourism SMEs”) will support tourism SMEs in the uptake of digitalisation and innovation by fostering their skills, knowledge and network until June 2024.

Max.Funding: 9.000€
Deadline: 05/04/2023
Website: https://tourbit.eu/

TrustChain supports innovators to develop the Next Generation Internet protocols. The overall objective of the call is to define and develop a framework for decentralized user-centric identity management and protocols for assessing the reliability of entities and their data through verifiable credentials. 

Max.Funding: 117.000€
Deadline: 10/04/2023
Website: https://trustchain.ngi.eu/

This Call is the first step of the innovation pathway of SocialTech4EU. Selected organizations will be able to make use of training opportunities and in the future possibly scale up and accelerate their innovation efforts.

Max.Funding: 60.000€
Deadline: 12/04/2023
Website: https://clustercollaboration.eu/open-calls/socialtech4eu-call-social-enterprises-europe-financial-support-training

dRural overall goal is to co-develop and implement a digital solution based on the exploitation of data from existing service platforms that deliver multiple innovative services to rural citizens while creating opportunities for economic growth and quality of life improvements. dRural aims to expand its concept, demonstrating its benefits and impacts beyond the current consortium coverage. For this, the project will select 8 Regions (called Mirror Regions) from outside the consortium to come onboard to replicate the dRural platform.


  • 60,000€ grant to single regional promoters to build the business ecosystem and to set up the platform in a mirror region.
  • 120,000€ grant to consortia (regional promoters and SMEs will be funded with 60,000€ each.)

Deadline: 13/04/2023
Website: https://drural.eu/

Change2Twin is a European project which supports manufacturing SMEs in their digitalization process by providing Digital Twin solutions. They are looking for manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps that want to improve their competitiveness by implementing Digital Twinning Technology.

Max.Funding: 90.000€
Deadline: 16/04/2023
Website: www.change2twin.eu/

BioeconomyVentures will set up an assessment and supporting framework aimed to assist innovative bioeconomy start-ups and spin-offs to accelerate their development and to overcome the hurdles they face in terms of access to finance, business skills and networking.

Max.Funding: services and activities
Deadline: 18/04/2023
Website: https://platform.bioeconomyventures.eu/

RESPONSE 1st Hackathon is a competition organized by the Turku University of Applied Sciences and the City of Turku with the purpose of creating a new solution, service, or concept of a prototype for promoting the energy-positive way of living in Turku, Finland.

Max.Funding: 10.000€
Deadline: 18/04/2023
Website: www.h2020response.eu/

The present call aims to facilitate the cross-sectoral and cross-border support needed by manufacturing SMEs to test and adopt the latest digital technologies for transformation towards smarter, greener, and more resource-efficient manufacturing, aligned with the latest EU policies.

Max.Funding: 120.000€
Deadline: 19/04/2023
Website: www.mind4machines.eu/

The IKAT services targeting SMEs in the coastal and maritime tourism sector aim to provide solutions that address and are in alignment with the priorities of the European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism.

Max.Funding: 10.000€
Deadline: 20/04/2023
Website: www.ikatproject.com/ikatcall

This initiative opens opportunities for agri-food SMEs to deploy new business models and bio-based services, creating business continuity for their own players and for other players in the value chain.

Max.Funding: 600€ (Voucher)
Deadline: 24/04/2023
Website: https://clustercollaboration.eu/content/b-resilient-building-biomass-resilience-food-producing-and-processing-smes

The Call for Proposals for tourism SMEs aims to support tourism SMEs by improving their maturity, skills and digital capabilities.

Deadline: 31/3/2023
Max. Funding: 1,000€
Website: www.digitour-project.eu

The first OpenWebSearch.eu call asks for contributions in legally compliant data gathering and in identifying legal or economic aspects that enable or block the development and maintenance of an Open Web Index.

Max.Funding: 120.000€
Deadline: 28/04/2023
Website: https://openwebsearch.eu/


We want to help you make these type of calls more accessible for your organisation. That is why we have designed a series of services to maximise your opportunities of receiving this financing:

  • Identification and analysis of funding opportunities: our team monitors all open calls and make a first check on the eligibility of your organization.
  • Proposals writing and submission management: we support you to land that idea that you have in mind and adapt it to the requirements of the call. In addition, we carry out the management and upload on the different platforms of all the necessary documentation to ensure that your project is eligible for the call.
  • Access to international network: if you have not identified a partner yet, or simply don’t know who to start this adventure with, in consortium projects we take care of finding the partner for your project.
  • Project management support: our service does not end with uploading the documentation, we help you throughout the full life cycle of the project, providing you management support and ensuring that you receive 100% of the grant you have won.

Finally, why limit yourself to just to this month calls? Take a long-term view and explore all the cascading funding opportunities waiting for you on our website! Don’t miss out on the chance to secure your financial future. We also have a free-subscription newsletter to be up to date with all the calls opening.

If you want to know more about our services for startups, do not hesitate to contact us and book a meeting with us through this link!

If you need assistance in the proposal writing preparation, finding the right partners for the call or even having a double-check on what you are currently preparing, do not hesitate to contact us

If you are, on the other hand, managing a cascade grant and want us to promote your call and do a review of this nature, feel free to contact, we can definitely address the topic and help with dissemination within our networks.

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