The application process will have two phases:
- Expression of interest, with a first assessment on the project effectiveness, innovation and maturity level. Projects that meet only the first two criteria may qualify for project development assistance.
- Full application, where projects are assessed on all the criteria, including scalability and cost efficiency.
The EU Commission aims to launch the first call of the Innovation Fund in 2020. The Environment Advisory Unit (EAU) in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is the National Contact Point (NCP) for the Innovation Fund. The NCP will hold a workshop for interested stakeholders in the coming weeks. To be placed on the distribution list for more information please email to InnovationFund@dccae.gov.ie