European Cascade Calls

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European Cascade Calls, also known as Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP), are funding mechanisms introduced by the European Commission to foster innovation and research across Europe. This scheme allows projects funded under larger EU programs (like Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe) to distribute financial support to smaller entities, such as startups, SMEs, and other third parties, through open calls.

How Cascade Calls Work

  1. Primary Grant: The European Commission awards a large grant to a consortium of organizations (usually universities, research centers, or large companies) working on a specific project.
  2. Sub-Grants: The consortium then issues open calls for proposals, inviting smaller entities to apply for funding to contribute to specific tasks or innovations within the larger project.
  3. Application and Selection: Interested third parties submit their proposals. These are evaluated based on criteria set by the consortium, such as innovation potential, technical feasibility, and impact.
  4. Funding and Implementation: Selected third parties receive financial support (typically ranging from €20,000 to €200,000) to carry out their proposed activities. They become part of the larger project, contributing their expertise and innovations.

Benefits of Cascade Calls

  • Accessibility: Cascade Calls lower the entry barrier for smaller entities to access EU funding.
  • Flexibility: They offer flexibility in terms of the types of projects and activities funded.
  • Innovation: By involving diverse and smaller players, these calls stimulate innovation and ensure a wider reach of EU research initiatives.

Identify a cascade call relevant for your organisation!

On the following link you can access ongoing or forthcoming European cascade calls.

Women TechEU isa cascade programme supporting women leading deep tech startup companies from Europe. Each beneficiary will receive €75k grants (non-dilutive finance) as well as a personalised business development programme which includes mentoring, coaching and targeted training among other options.

At Euro-Funding we are particularly keen to support Women led start-ups, winning such grant is also an excellent first step prior applying to the EIC Accelerator instrument.

Scope: Europe

Organism: Organisation: European Commission

Naturaleza de proyecto: Nature of the project: Business Development - R&D


Vaidas Palinauskas
Nature Research Centre
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A perfect example of a 3 in 1 company: smooth process, professional and pleasant to work with.
Elena Casiraghi
Università degli Studi di MIlano
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Kindness, experience, ability to understanding and integrate different research languages/views
Manuel Menéndez Muñiz
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Very close team and well managed.
Jose Manuel Rodriguez
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Well organized work, with filtered request to what really matters.
David Martín Gómez
- Charles III University of Madrid
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I would like to point out that the elaboration of the proposal was steered with a lot of detail and efficiency.
Tania Tisheva
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It was great meeting you and I am looking forward to working with you in the future. The professionalism of your team is excellent. I am very thankful for the guidance and cooperation during the whole process.
Alberta Aversa
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cooperation rapid and effective.
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Excellent team in place which has been instrumental in assisting the creation of a robust application, which otherwise would have been very difficult for us to complete it. Their understanding of the process, deliverables required, and key areas to consider, is essential to increase the application success probability.
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I couldn't have done the application without the support from Euro-Funding Their expertise and guidance was invaluable.
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Very positive to have strength in both business development and technology at the same time. Now we have a really good business plan.
Pablo Pérez
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The experience of working with Euro-Funding has been both exciting and demanding because. The level of the consultants has been professional from an emotional intelligence and technical speaking perspective.
Manuel Grases
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I would recommend working with Euro-Funding. The level of professionalism is evident in the company. The process was exactly what we required.
Cristina Ferreras
Venter Pharma
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Euro-Funding helped us in a very professional and efficient way in all the steps of the preparation of the proposal. We consider the proposal to be of a very high standard. Without their help, we would not have been able to have the proposal in time and with such high quality.
Mátyás Péter
Medres Kft. / Cardiosight Ltd.
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Despite a tight deadline, the team at Euro-Funding managed to accomplish the task and delivered an excellent grant proposal. It was a pleasure working with them.


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