Cascade Funding Opportunities - March 2024

Explore 22 Exclusive Cascade Funding Opportunities to Boost Your March 2024!

Step lively into March 2024 with excitement! We’ve rounded up a dynamic collection of 22 Cascade Funding opportunities designed specifically for small businesses, startups, university researchers, and innovators throughout Europe!

These opportunities offer the perfect platform to propel your ideas and studies forward. Embrace the new year with optimism and take substantial strides toward your passions. So, gear up, explore these avenues, and kickstart your journey towards success and innovation in research!


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NGI Search: Funding the next generation of web searching tools

The Scope of this Open Call is to fund and support projects that will develop technologies and solutions centred on internet and web related activities as well as privacy and trust for users who are searching and discovering information and resources on the internet/web.

Max.Funding: 150.000€
Deadline: 01/03/2024
Website:  LINK 


AI REDGIO 5.0: Regions and (E)DIHs alliance for AI-at-the-Edge adoption by European Industry 5.0 Manufacturing SMEs

The objective for the first open call of AI REDGIO 5.0 project is to select up to 10 SME-driven experiments focused on the implementation of AI at the Edge and Industry 5.0 systems with the aim of improving existing solutions, products or processes in the manufacturing area. Additionally, the open call will contribute to extend the domains of AI REDGIO 5.0 and benefit directly manufacturing SMEs and small mid-caps.

TOPIC 1: AI at the Edge applications and edge-to-cloud continuum
TOPIC 2: Industry 5.0 and human-centric, resilient and sustainable manufacturing
TOPIC 3: TERESA (Technology Regulatory Sandboxes) experiments

Max.Funding: 60,000 €
Deadline: 01/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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X2.0: Driving Deep tech growth

X2.0 Open Call 5 is seeking Deeptech startups on the edge of the Latest Tech Frontiers in Big Data and AI domains. The focus of the program are startups, scaleups and SMEs, operating in the deeptech domain (innovations with significant scientific advances or high-tech innovations coming from the Digital Agenda technologies, with a particular focus on A.I. and its adjacent technologies.


Max.Funding: 30,000 €
Deadline: 04/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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EP PerMed: Identification or Validation of Targets for Personalised Medicine Approaches.

The EP PerMed JTC2024  overall objectives are to:
-Support research projects in human health
-Encourage and enable interdisciplinary collaborations by combining pre-clinical and clinical research in translational projects
-Encourage cross-sectorial collaborations, by including the private sector (e.g. SMEs, small and medium-sized enterprises), industry, as well as regulatory/HTA agencies and patient organisations.
The core of each application must be the identification or validation of a target for personalised medicine approaches in combination with companion biomarker research. In addition, the consortia can address accompanying research if this is necessary for the identification or validation of the target and if appropriate to the development status of the project.

Max.Funding: Depends on the Country
Deadline: 05/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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CLIMAAX: Open Call for regions and communities

Through the 1st Open Call, CLIMAAX will support regional/local authorities and communities in regions/areas with high vulnerability to climate change impacts requiring the implementation of Climate Change Adaptation strategies and/or updated Risk Management Plans. The selected beneficiaries of the CLIMAAX 1st Open Call will participate as sub-projects in the CLIMAAX project and will have up to 22 months to carry out their projects.

Max.Funding: 300,000 €
Deadline: 08/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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EmpoWomen: Acceleration Programme empowering women-led deep tech startups in Widening Area countries.

The purpose of EmpoWomen OC#1 is to actively involve women-led deep tech early-stage startups in the widening areas. This call seeks to identify and choose promising startups to participate in a customized acceleration programme. The overarching goal is to offer support that nurtures the development and investment potential of these startups, with the ultimate aim of cultivating them into leading female figures in deep tech innovation within Europe.

Max.Funding: up to 60,000 €
Deadline: 08/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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COASTOUR: Sustainable and Resilient Transformation of the Rural Coastal Tourism Industry.

COASTOUR is a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Single Market Programme(SMP), which aims to develop a sustainability monitoring framework to support a sustainable transition of at least 80 tourism SMEs and monitor their sustainability performance across 5 countries (Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, and Lithuania), whilst boosting their awareness, development, and capacity in the area of sustainable innovations. It will be implemented through Calls I and II. Besides 80 SMEs receiving funding grants through third-party support, the project consortium aims to facilitate the sustainable transition of around 300 rural coastal tourism SMEs. This will be achieved by providing complimentary sustainability advisor services, including workshops and one-on-one assessments with recommendations reports, to drive further sustainability-driven innovation management within the organizations.

Max.Funding: 9,000 €
Deadline: 12/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

InTransit Open Call

InTransit:  Strenghtening the resilience of Textile, Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction SMEs.

In Transit project is launching its first Open Call INNOVATE with the goal to support and guide SMEs of aerospace, textile, construction and advanced manufacturing in the self-exploration of the current business model towards a new circular business model, improving processes or developing new products.
INNOVATE call focuses on customised advisory services, including assisted self-assessment and circular/ digital diagnostic, coaching/ training at a strategic level (business model).

Max.Funding: 98,000 €
Deadline: 13/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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SynergistEIC: Open Call for GreenTech startups

The call is looking for an individual entity (SME) or a microconsortium made up of 2 SMEs.
The exact amount of financial support to be granted to each selected entity under the 2nd TARGET-X Open Call is a fixed lump sum of up to €60 000 per entity. If you apply as a Consortium composed of 2 entities, you can get up to €120 000 (max €60 000 per entity).

Max.Funding: 50,000 €
Deadline: 13/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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IMPETUS: Recognizing the role of Citizen Science in Europe.

This open accelerator call is for funding and support for citizen science initiatives.
Challenge 1: Citizen Science for Sustainable Lifestyles
Challenge 2: Citizen Science for Justice and Equity
Challenge 3: Citizen Science for and with Communities

Max.Funding: 20,000 €
Deadline: 14/03/2024
Website:  LINK 


EUCF: Call for European City Facility Beneficiaries

The European City Facility (EUCF) aims to support municipalities and local authorities in developing Investment Concepts related to the implementation of actions identified in their climate and energy action plans. The ultimate objective of the EUCF is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy investment projects across municipalities in Europe.

Max.Funding: 60,000 €
Deadline: 15/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

NetZeroCities Open Call

NetZeroCities: Call for Pilot Cities.

The aim of the selected cohort of Pilot Cities is to explore and test pathways to accelerated change towards 2030 climate neutrality goals — relevant to a city’s key emission domains — and to generate accelerated learning that can inform subsequent replication and scaling efforts in all other EU cities.

Max.Funding: 1,500,000 €
Deadline: 18/03/2024
Website:  LINK 


A-A AGORA: 2nd Call for Associated Regions

A-AAGORA is looking for 7 “Associated Regions” to join the project and thus contribute to the achievement of the EU Mission to Rescue our Ocean and Waters.
With a financial support of to 70 000€, and ranging the 4 reference basins (Atlantic-Arctic, Baltic, Mediterranean, Danube & Black Sea), A-AAGORA expects to select at least 1 region for each basin, and at least 2 for the Atlantic-Arctic basin.

Max.Funding: 70,000 €
Deadline: 20/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

6G Bricks

6G-BRICKS: Building Reusable testbed Infrastructures for validating Cloud-to-device breakthrough technologies.

6G-BRICKS aims to deliver a new 6G experimentation facility, building on the baseline of mature ICT-52 platforms, that bring breakthrough cell-free and RIS technologies, which have shown promise in beyond 5G networks. Moreover, novel unified control paradigms based on Explainable AI and Machine Reasoning are explored.
The objective of the Open Calls is to validate the capabilities, functionalities and performance of the 6GBRICKS experimental facility in extended domains which will complement those of the internal Use Cases.
With a financial support of to 70 000€, and ranging the 4 reference basins (Atlantic-Arctic, Baltic, Mediterranean, Danube & Black Sea), A-AAGORA expects to select at least 1 region for each basin, and at least 2 for the Atlantic-Arctic basin.

Max.Funding: 120,000 €
Deadline: 22/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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UASEEDs: Financial support for Ukrainian tech start-ups Support Programmes.

Seeds of Bravery will allocate €12 million in non-refundable grants. They will accept applications to the following four different programs that could lead up to €60,000 in total grant:
-Entrepreneurship UP TO 25K€
-Deep tech incubation UP TO 25K€
-Rebuilding Ukraine UP TO 25K€
-DeepTech Scale-UpUP TO 50K€.

Max.Funding: up to 60,000 €
Deadline: 25/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

Sileo Project

SILEO: 2nd Open Call for Business Digital Transformation Projects

SILEO Open Call for Business Digital Transformation Projects aims to support lighting and furniture SMEs to facilitate collaboration with digital technology providers/facilitators to implement business digital transformation projects that address the main challenges of the green and digital transition.

Max.Funding: 5,000 €
Deadline: 25/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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HIGHFIVE: Open Call for Innovation Projects

Projects submitted in this call need to address one or more digital priorities such as the installation of sensors to monitor real time critical control parameters, integration and implementation of sensors in the existing infrastructure, and smart data management and analysis – in order to convert data into information and eventually into action and interoperability between food companies and in the food value chain.

Max.Funding: 120,000 €
Deadline: 28/03/2024
Website:  LINK 


ULTFARMS: Associated regions funding call

The ULTFARMS Project is seeking project proposals lead by Regional or Local Authorities (consisting either of only authorities or with others in a consortium lead by an authority) to submit proposals for funding in order to develop low trophic aquaculture in their regions. The activities which can be funded are broad and relate to developing aquaculture activities, scoping potential, engaging with local actors and beyond. Proposals and granted projects will make use of the knowledge in the ULTFARMS project and share developments and insights with 6 active site introducing mussel, algae, and oyster aquaculture into off-shore wind parks.

Max.Funding: 100,000 €
Deadline: 29/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

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Perform Europe: Call for proposals to tour performing arts works in greener, more diverse, and more inclusive ways.

This is a call to the sector to create partnerships and propose impactful ideas that can generate real change, focusing on at least one of the Perform Europe priorities:
In addition to addressing one or both of these priorities, all Perform Europe proposals should aim for quality and innovation, and be built on fair principles.

Max.Funding: 120,000 €
Deadline: 31/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

OFFER: Civil nuclear research and innovation funding call.

The overarching objective of OFFERR is to support the SNETP Association to establish an operational scheme facilitating access for R&D experts to key nuclear science infrastructures – hereinafter referred to as “User Facilities” – through the channelling of financial grants provided by the Euratom programme.
Its primary function is to serve as a conduit for financial support from the Euratom programme. This support is allocated by paying and granting access to user institutions that offer services to selected projects through OFFERR calls. Additionally, the project offers assistance to successful research teams who have applied through the calls and will engage in collaboration with the research institution.

Max.Funding: 1,000,000 €
Deadline: 31/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

Fair Impact Project

FAIR-IMPACT: Support the improved management and use of scientific data and promote open science and collaboration in the research community through mentoring, workshops and financial assistance for applicants.

Topics for the call are:
Support action #4: Recommendations for producing FAIR research software and metrics for assessing FAIRness
Support action #5: FCRE Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT) and Persistent Identifiers (PID) policies
Support action #6 Recommendations for trustworthy and FAIR-enabling data repositories
Support action #7 Improving the availability and machine readability of data policies with FAIRsharing.

Max.Funding: 10,000 €
Deadline: 31/03/2024
Website:  LINK 

Olamur Project

OLAMUR: Offshore Low-Trophic Aquaculture in Multi-use Scenario Realisation in North and Baltic Seas

OLAMUR will provide the selected Associated Regions with technical assistance to develop roadmaps and plans for low-impact marine aquaculture and multi-purpose use of marine space addressing possible barriers and showing the feasibility of implementing innovative solutions in the region.
The types of activities that can receive financial support are marine spatial planning, lowtrophic aquaculture in wind farms, robotics, governance, or carbon-neutral aquaculture.

Max.Funding: 100,000 €
Deadline: 31/03/2024
Website:  LINK 


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.

  • 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. 💻


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.

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