Cascade Funding Opportunities - October 2023

Don't Miss Out: 17 Cascade Funding Opportunities Ending in October 2023!

October 2023 brings with it a crisp breeze of possibilities, as 17 distinct opportunities emerge on the horizon, inviting researchers, SMEs, startups, and innovators to breathe life into their pioneering ideas. These opportunities are the stepping stones towards converting your innovative visions into tangible accomplishments..

Within this all-encompassing compilation, we unveil these 17 cascade funding opportunities, each poised to close their doors during this autumnal month. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a devoted scientist, or a creative mind, the time has arrived to grasp these October opportunities and navigate your R&D journey towards triumph. 

If the concept of Cascade Funding is new to you, we urge you to explore our recent article, an essential compass to steer you confidently through the funding landscape. Seize this moment to push your dreams closer to reality. Discover these available opportunities and embark on your application process today, setting the wheels of your ambitions in motion for a promising future!


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NGI Search: Funding the next generation of web searching tools.

NGI Search is a cascade funding project designed to help beneficiaries, such as start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs, and mid-sized companies to adopt and develop digital innovation in the domain of searching and discovering data and generally resources on the internet. NGI SEARCH will fund up to €150,000 per project. On top of this financial support, NGI Search will also provide technical and business support in an open and agile environment.

Max.Funding: 150.000€
Deadline: 02/10/2023
Website:  LINK 

Lookup EU Project

LookUP: Supporting Tourism SMEs Triple Transition by Uncovering the Value of Sky as Destination.

The LookUP project launches an acceleration programme to support your enterprise in developing its sustainability strategy and innovation capacity. Tourism experiences connected to the sky such as astronomy, northern lights, night-less nights, birdwatching, etc. are at the core of the LookUP project. These tourism activities hold great development potential in the targeted areas of the project, which are Kuusamo in Finland, Sibiu in Romania, and Extremadura in Spain

Max.Funding: 8.800€
Deadline: 05/10/2023
Website: LINK

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IntellIoT:Looking for European Micro-SMEs interested in the Industrial Metaverse

IntellIoT’s mission is to enable the execution of semi-autonomous IoT applications for AI-enabled systems.
The 3rd Open Call focuses on exploitation activities and highlights the technical impact and sustainability of the developed solution, the IntellIoT framework. Hence, the consortium would like to attract candidates that can develop technological approaches that apply the IntellIoT framework specifically in the novel space of “Industrial Metaverse”.

Max.Funding: 7.000€
Deadline: 08/10/2023
Website: LINK 


FutuResilience: Creating future societal resilience through innovative, science-based co-creation labs

The FUTURESILIENCE project aims to strengthen Europe’s economic and social resilience and, thereby, its ability to respond to future crises rapidly. As part of the experimentation phase, the FUTURESILIENCE project will provide financial support to third parties to achieve its objectives. Third-party projects (pilot cases) may only receive financial support if they work on areas that foster societal resilience. The experimentation will result in the uptake and tailoring of existing solutions and design of novel ones to address the challenges of the pilot case, looking to increase future preparedness and resilience.

Max.Funding: 60.000€
Deadline: 12/10/2023
Website: LINK

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TourINN-Act: TourINN-Open Call for Innovation of Tourism SMEs

The TourINN-act partnership is publishing the present Open Call for tourism SMEs registered in Italy, Romania, Greece, Spain and Cyprus (accommodation and travel intermediaries) for the assignment of at least 60 vouchers to be spent on innovations activities, digital tools and sustainable solutions

Max.Funding: 10.000€
Deadline: 12/10/2023
Website: LINK

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UTTER: Unified Transcription and Translation for Extended Reality.

Call objectives: Develop and/or pilot applications using XR models in new sectors, with a focus on enabling new types of human-human and human-machine interaction. Examples of welcome project objectives include:
-Improving or demonstrating efficiency of XR model inference;
-Improving or demonstrating efficiency of XR model training;
-Designing interfaces for usability;
-Extending XR models to new languages, domains or modalities;
-Applying XR models to new tasks;
-Building resources for XR models;
-Evaluation of XR models.

Max.Funding: 60.000€
Deadline: 15/10/2023
Website: LINK


SocialTech4EU:SocialTech for Europe for Resilient and Responsible Ecosystems

The Call SocialTech4EU Call for Social Enterprises – Financial Support for Innovation aims to contribute to strengthen the resilience, innovation capacity, competitiveness, and sustainability of Social Enterprises (SEs), so as to enable them to embrace the twin digital and green transition. The Call provides financial support to SEs to carry out a feasibility study, in collaboration with innovation providers, for the development of an “innovation project” for their organisation.

Max.Funding: 20.000€
Deadline: 18/10/2023
Website: LINK

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E-BOOST: Mobility Lump Sum to SOLUTRANS mission Open Call

E-BOOST consortium is organising a mission to SOLUTRANS, Lyon, France. The Mobility Lump Sum covers the expenses to attend all activities included in the program mission. SOLUTRANS is a biennial fair for haulage and urban professionals where innovation and information in the HGV sector come together, for all businesses. Gathering 55 000 professional visits from 57 countries on 95 000m² and 1 000 exhibitors; SOLUTRANS is committed to tackle 5 major themes: Urban deliveries, New Energies, Tyres, Retrofit and Embedded intelligence.

Max.Funding: 1.500€
Deadline: 18/10/2023
Website: LINK

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STAGE: Sustainable Transition to the Agile and Green Enterprise.

The STAGE project focuses on transforming EU SMEs into sustainable, agile and green enterprises, to become leaders of the European economy. The STAGE Financial Grant programme will provide up to 50 000 EUR funding per SME in different funding stages to develop and acquire investment for sustainability transition in the company. During a competitive process, 5 evaluation and selection phases will be executed in which 100 SMEs will start the programme with a goal to receive the funding of private investment for transition to sustainable ways of operating.

Max.Funding: 50.000€
Deadline: 20/10/2023
Website: LINK

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I-STARS:Grants Scheme for Tourism Businesses

The I-STARS Grants for Tourism Businesses aim to assist Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), especially those operating on islands, from the tourism sector shift towards more sustainable and responsible management through the uptake of appropriate solutions ranging from resource management (energy, waste, water, carbon), sustainability initiatives, sustainability certification schemes to strategies and implementing measures, providing them as such with heightened resilience to shocks, enhanced social, economic, and environmental awareness and responsibility. MSMEs will receive customized services from Consultants, experts on Sustainability, tailored to each individual MSME’s particular case.

Max.Funding: 5.600€
Deadline: 15/10/2023
Website: LINK


SURE5.0: Support for SMEs in a sustainable and resilient transition towards Industry 5.0

New aid program aimed at SMEs that need to adopt technologies or services for their transition towards Industry 5.0. SMEs in the Mobility, Transport, and Automotive ecosystem will be able to access numerous services and a grant of up to 50,000 euros to transform their production processes and make them more digital, sustainable, and resilient.

Max.Funding: 50.000€
Deadline: 25/10/2023 (1st cut-off)
Website: LINK

FORWARDS project

FORWARDS: Establishing Climate-Smart Forestry and forest restoration pilots in Europe.

FORWARDS is a project funded by the European Union that will prototype the ForestWard Observatory, a pan-European monitoring and evaluation tool that will help in demonstrating the impact of climate change on forests, guiding decision-making for practical forest management. As part of its activities, FORWARDS will establish a network of CSF and restoration pilots to provide science-based reference knowledge to guide forest management.
The aim of this Call for grants is to set up CSF and restoration pilots across Europe as a basis for developing an evidence-based understanding of effective CSF and restoration management practices in supporting climate change mitigation, adaptation, and biodiversity

Max.Funding: 140.000€
Deadline: 31/10/2023
Website: LINK

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POLREC: POLREC Innovation Open Call to financially support European SMEs working in the field of polymer and elastomer industries

The POLREC Innovation Open call focuses on the mechanical or chemical recycling of polymer waste and the digitalisation of recycling processes, with the overall aim to foster the adoption by European SMEs of recycling innovative solutions to reduce their CO2 emissions. Applications shall be submitted by individual SMEs for a project focusing on the recycling of polymer waste or implementation of a digital solution that must use the services of a service-provider (which should preferably be a private enterprise or/and Research and Technology Organisation concerning the chemical recycling sub-grant).

Max.Funding: 30.000€
Deadline: 31/10/2023
Website: LINK


GEMSTONE: Call for SMEs that provide manufacturing, technology and solutions, and in particular suppliers of industrial equipment and tools.

  • GreenAdopt Call: The GEMSTONE GreenAdopt Call aims to facilitate the adoption of green smart solution by industrial European SMEs. The ambition of the call is to foster the implementation of a new green technology, service, product or business production process in a real operational environment. Proposals will aim at implementing functional solution and demonstrate the green transition of the SMEs
Max.Funding: 40.000€
  • GreenInnov Call: The GEMSTONE GreenInnov Call aims to support SMEs in the exploration and development of an advanced green solution for industries. The main goal of this instrument is to support the development of a new green technology, service, product or production process with focus on prototyping in an industrial environment.

Max.Funding: 60.000€
Deadline: 31/10/2023
Website: LINK

SERMAS Project

SERMAS: Call for XR Innovators.

SERMAS is looking for a consortia of 1-3 partners representing innovators, devices manufacturers, technology providers and integrators, aiming to develop, integrate, deploy and validate applications and services to the SERMAS Toolkit. The third parties need to provide solutions to these topics:
-Runtime Avatar Generator
-3D Object Generator
-Privacy-Preserving Facial Recognition
-Multilingual Automatic Speech Recognition
-Artificial Empathy
-Opinion Leader Identification

Max.Funding: 100.000€
Deadline: 31/10/2023
Website: LINK

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E-BOOST: Call for Products & Services Development (bottom-up).

E-BOOST is a funding instrument that supports high-profile SMEs by funding innovation projects addressing unmet needs in electromobility and having a real potential of implementation to reduce dependency on critical inputs and technologies in the electromobility value chains.
Participating organisations can access public funding for innovative projects in all electromobility fields. Applicants must propose their own challenge or choose one of the ‘ready-made’ challenges pre-defined by the consortium on:
1) Batteries design and integration into vehicles,
2) Hydrogen,
3) Energy storage infrastructure and transport,
4) Life cycle assessment.


Max.Funding: 61.000€
Deadline: 31/10/2023
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.

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.

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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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