European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)


The Enterprise M3 area has been allocated €50m of European Structural and Investment Funding for the 2014-2020 funding period. This is made up of €25.2 of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), €20.46m of European Social Fund (ESF) and €4.4m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) funding.

Enterprise M3 has developed an EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy which sets out the broad programmes of activity the economy needs this funding to be used for in order to achieve sustainable, inclusive economic growth over the period of this programme.

The programme is primarily focused around support for skills and employment, as well as support for our small and medium enterprises and the facilitation of innovation, building on the strengths of our businesses and universities.

On 24th July, Government confirmed an extension to their previous guarantee, which covers the full 2014-2020 ESIF programming period. It means that ERDF and ESF projects will be signed until 30th December 2020 and they can run up to 31 December 2023 beyond Brexit.

Details of the open calls

European Social Fund (ESF)

There is one call open supporting Not in Education, Employment, Training (NEETs) worth £1m ESF closing on 17th September 2018, the link to the specification can be found here

European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)

There are some new calls due to open on 5 October and closing on 23 November 2018. These can be found here.  

  • Low Carbon £2m ERDF - supporting projects to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy and the adoption of Low Carbon Technologies
  • 5G worth £600k ERDF- seeking actions to help local businesses seize opportunities to participate in developing 5G technology programmes
  • Internationalisation £1m ERDF - seeking collaborative actions to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs and their capacity to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes
  • Digital Growth £1.5m ERDF - focusing on SME competitiveness through increase uptake of superfast braodband and more efficient use of digital technologies
  • Access to Finance £500K ERDF - seeking proposals to increase access to finance and investment readiness for SMEs
  • Life Sciences and Advanced Engineering £500k ERDF - seeking innovative approaches to strenghten the MedTech Cluster in the Enterprise M3 area and encourage supply chain co-operation and sector partnerships between digital technologies and E-health in particular

Further details and supporting documentation for all calls currently open in England are available on the Managing Authority website.

We are hosting an ERDF Information and Partnering Event on the new rounds of specifications on 11th October 2018 in Woking. To register to attend, click here

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The EAFRD calls for projects closed on 31st May 2018.   Further information on rural funding can be found on the Managing Authority website. There are no further EAFRD calls planned at this stage.

Important information on how to apply for ERDF Funding

If you want to apply for ERDF Funding, you will need to register your interest with the Managing Authority. To do this, send an email to The subject line of the email needs to be ‘Register to apply for ESIF’ and the email needs to include the following information: - your full name - full name of your organisation - email address - phone number (including extension)Technical Assistance

Enterprise M3 manages two Technical Assistance projects which support the main ERDF and ESF programmes.

COMERDF3 is a project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund which promotes the main ERDF programme through publicity, awareness raising and facilitation.

COMESFEM3 is a project part funded by the European Social Fund which promotes the main ESF programme through publicity, awareness raising and facilitation.