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This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 in England.

European Regional Development Fund

This section of the D2N2 ESIF Technical Assistance website is for partners and organisations that have an interest in applying for projects that are supported by the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) elements of the wider ESIF programme.

The primary aim is to give partners and organisations information that will allow them to understand the nature, range and scope of ERDF opportunities and make them better equipped to successfully contribute to the delivery of D2N2’s strategy for jobs and growth.

ERDF can fund activity designed to make SMEs more competitive, develop ICT infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support companies to develop and strengthen research and innovaiton programmes.


The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), have the following pages on their website to support applications:


Timings of calls

D2N2 is working closely with the Managing Authority for ERDF, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), to ensure that we are making calls for ERDF funding opportunities at the most appropriate times to support the delivery of the priorities outlined in the ESIF strategy.

Further information on all appropriate calls for ERDF funded opportunities within D2N2 will be posted on the ERDF calls section of the D2N2 Technical Assistance ESIF website.


Summary of ERDF Priorities

Priority Axis 1 – Innovation

The primary aim of calls under Priority Axis 1 is to increase the number of SME’s engaged in either product or process innovation and enhance their capacity and propensity to innovate and invest in internal capacity.

D2N2’s Innovation Strategy, ‘Time to Innovate’ sets out the LEPs strategic framework for supporting Innovation, particularly through the allocation of European Structural and Investment Funds.

It sets out three key areas of focus for activity which are

  • Business support for innovation,
  • Infrastructure for innovation and
  • Exploiting the knowledge base.

The D2N2 Innovation Strategy can be downloaded from the following link

Priority Axis 2 - ICT

The primary aim of this call is to enhance access to, use and quality of ICT.

Priority Axis 3 - SME Competitiveness

The primary aim of calls under Priority Axis 3 is to improve the competitiveness of SMEs by increasing the capacity and capability of SMEs and promoting entrepreneurship.  The priority axis will support D2N2’s commitment to support SMEs and in doing so strengthen the pipeline of high growth business across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

More information on the D2N2 priority sectors and action plans can be found at the following link

Priority Axis 4 - Low Carbon

The primary aim of calls under Priority Axis 4 is to support the action to move D2N2’s economy towards a low carbon model by reducing the levels of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy, and enhancing the energy efficiency of homes, businesses and transport across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

D2N2’s Low Carbon plan sets outs our plans to use our competitive advantage to build on expertise in the low carbon transport technologies and dual fuels sector.

ERDF Call and Application Process

To access ERDF funding, projects are selected through calls.

A call is an open invitation for applicants to submit outline applications against a published specification. This sets out the value of funding available, the outputs and type of activity sought, and the timetable and process by which projects will come forward and be assessed and selected.

Calls will be published at regular intervals through the lifetime of the programmes with the timing of calls and their scope discussed between DCLG and the D2N2 ESIF Programme Board.

As a result it is likely that many calls will be individualised to a LEP area, although where possible the managing authorities may coordinate calls to ensure that similar calls in neighbouring areas have the same start and end date so that applicants may respond once to multiple calls.

All calls which are relevant for the D2N2 area will be published in the ESIF 2014-2020 Calls Guidance and Applications section of this website -

Calls for other LEP areas will be available at the website 


For ERDF there will be a two stage application process as follows:

Working with the D2N2 ESIF Programme Board, DCLG will issue a call for proposals, which sets out the expenditure, outputs and other details to take account of local needs.

The relevant local call documentation will be available in the ESIF 2014-2020 Calls – Guidance and Applications section of the D2N2 website and other LEP area calls will be available on the website here

The call will be published on the website and more local information will be available in the ESIF section of the D2N2 website.

Applicants submit an outline application via the on-line gateway which is being developed by DCLG in response to the call.

The D2N2 Programme Board reviews the outline applications and advises DCLG on fit with local strategic needs.

DCLG assesses the outline application against the selection criteria.

Selected proposals are invited to submit a full application on-line via the DCLG gateway.

The D2N2 ESIF Programme Board reviews the full applications and advises on fit with local strategic needs. DCLG appraises the full applications against the selection criteria.

DCLG enters into a funding agreement with the successful applicant for delivery of the approved project.

No application will receive a funding agreement until after the ERDF Operational Programme has been approved (which is anticipated by June). 


Intervention Rate & Match Funding

ERDF is the funding used where no other funding can be obtained (the funder of last resort) and the maximum ERDF intervention rate for the operation is 50%.

This means ERDF can contribute up to 50% of the total eligible project costs, subject to State Aid regulations. The remaining 50% or more, must come from other eligible sources identified by the applicant.


Cross Cutting Themes

All applications for ERDF projects should demonstrate how the Cross Cutting Themes have been addressed in the project design and development. Cross cutting themes for ERDF are

  • ‘equality and anti-discrimination’ and
  • ‘sustainable development’.


Further Information

For further information about future ERDF calls, please contact:

Richard Kirkland, European Structural and Investment Fund Coordinator, on 07867178967 or email him at