European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance (2023)

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European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance (1)

Branding and publicity requirements for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund

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European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance (2)

Selection criteria for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund

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European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance (3)

ESIF gender equality and equal opportunities mainstreaming plan

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(Video) The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): challenges 2021-2027 - Jorge Núñez - CEPS

European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance (4)

Guidance on identifying, managing and monitoring conflicts of interest with ERDF and ESF

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European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance (5)

Conflicts of interest statement of requirements for Intermediate Bodies

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Logos, press notices and poster templates relating to branding and publicity guidance

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European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme is funding for projects that create jobs and supports local growth. The funds include:

  • the European Social Fund
  • the European Regional Development Fund
  • part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development helps with improving the environment and improving farming and forestry competitiveness. It also supports rural businesses to grow and expand, improve knowledge and skills and get started. Read more information and access documents on this fund.

ERDF and ESF programmes continue to invest in projects after the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. All funding must finish by the end of 2023.

Read more on the European Structural and Investment Funds.

(Video) Introduction to EU Funding Programmes

Published 16 July 2015
Last updated 15 December 2020 +show all updates

  1. The ERDF and ESF Selection Criteria was updated to version 2 on 15 December 2020. The document has been amended to provide details on the requirement for projects to present clear evidence that it contributes to the needs / opportunities identified in the Call for Proposals or Application Invitation to which it is responding and the achievement of the specific objectives, outputs and results of the relevant priority axes set out in the Operational Programme.

  2. ERDF and ESF documents moved to own programme guidance related pages

  3. ESIF Branding and Publicity Requirements have been updated to version 8 to include an additional requirement for ERDF projects only regarding the acknowledgement of domestic funding. This relates to projects that have received ERDF funding with a Grant Funding Agreement drafted on or after 1 August 2019 (Version 13 for Capital GFA and version 11 for Revenue GFA and subsequent version), including ERDF projects with an extension for 1 year or more only (Version 2 of Funding Agreement Variation and subsequent versions).

  4. The ESF Scoring Framework has been updated to explain how it applies to the Single-Stage Full Application process.

  5. ERDF Priority Axis 4 Guidance has been updated to version 5.

  6. The ESF Scoring Framework has been updated, additional narrative has been added to clarify that the use of the numerical scores does not apply for some types of ESF Project applications

  7. Revised version of the ESF cross cutting themes Guidance, updated to version 3. This version corrects references to sustainable development and equality.

  8. The ESIF Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Plan has been added.

  9. The Cross-Cutting Themes Guidance for European Social Fund (Sustainable Development and Equality) has been updated.

  10. ERDF General Example Timesheet updated with version 2 to amend formatting issues.

    (Video) European Structural Investment Fund Masterclass Session One with Andy Luff

  11. ERDF Priority Axis 4 guidance has been updated.

  12. Branding and publicity guidance has been amended to include information on YEI posters and community-led local development project publicity.

  13. The ESF Scoring Framework has been updated to version 5. The main changes are a new scoring criteria and a number of layout changes.

  14. ESF Operating Policy has been updated with a minor update to ensure it is clear this document is applicable to both Outline and Full Applications.

  15. Published a revised version of the ESF underperformance methodology (version 4).

  16. Published a revised version of the European Social Fund scoring framework (version 4, dated 17/01/2017). It has been updated to make it clear that it relates to Funding Calls only. Also revised version of the ESF underperformance policy (version 4, dated 17 January 2017) This now includes a link to appendix 2 (underperformance methodology).

  17. Published The European Social Fund underperformance methodology and a revised version of the European Social Fund programme 2014 to 2020 guidance on state aid. This has been updated to correct a broken link - still version 1 (14 November 2016).

  18. Version 5 of the ERDF Eligibility Guidance updated on 11 January 2017

  19. ERDF Counter Fraud Policy updated to version 2 on 16 December 2016.

  20. Published revised ESF 2014-2020 programme guidance (version 2, December 2016).

  21. The ESIF National Procurement Requirements has been published and Procurement Aide Memoire for Applicants and Grant Recipents has been updated.

  22. The ERDF and ESF Performance Management Strategy Guidance has been added.

  23. ESF 2014-2020 - Guidance on State Aid has been added.

  24. ESIF Branding and Publicity Requirements has been updated to version 6.

  25. Added 'Responsibilities of ESF beneficiaries in the prevention and detection of fraud in ESF projects' (version 1).

  26. The following documents have been added or updated on this page:ERDF Counter Fraud Policy (v1)ERDF Eligibility Guidance (v4)ERDF Priority 4 Guidance (v3)One the Spot Verification Visit Guidance for ERDF Financial Instruments (v1)

  27. ESIF Branding and Publicity Requirements updated to version 5. ESF Underperformance Policy updated to version 3.

  28. ESIF Branding and Publicity Requirements document has been updated.

  29. Added guidance for Member States on the selection of bodies implementing financial instruments.

    (Video) Webinar on EU Structural Investment Funds and COVID 19

  30. Published a revised European Social Fund Scoring Framework (version 3).

  31. Revised version of the ESF underperformance policy (version 2) published.

  32. ESF Data Evidence requirements - eligibility and results guidance v2 added.

  33. New ESF data evidence requirements - eligibility and results guidance added.

  34. Guidance on document retention including electronic data exchange, for the 2014-2020 ESF projects has been published.

  35. New European Social Fund Scoring Framework added for applications made against calls published from 24 March 2016 onwards. In addition have republished version 1 of the European Social Fund scoring framework with a revised document title of 'ESF scoring framework- relevant to calls published prior to 24 March 2016'.

  36. ESF programme guidance added.

  37. Updated procurement guidance to reflect the new procurement thresholds that came into force from 1st January 2016. Some clarity has also been provided in Chapter 6 to set out when the Treaty Principles and National Rules apply

  38. European Social Fund national eligibility rules updated to provide clarification on indirect costs.

  39. Supplementary guidance for Community Led Local Development moved to Community Led Local Development page.ESF Eligibility Rules updated.

  40. Funding agreement, community led local development and output indicator documents moved to separate pages

  41. Added information on Community Led Local Development: Use of ‘Lump Sum’ Simplified Costs Methodology for Phase 1 European Social Fund project activity.

  42. Added output and result indicator definitions guidance for ESF.

  43. Revised Funding Agreement for the European Social Fund

  44. ESF Eligibility Rules have been revised and published. The Operating Policy for ESF Applications and the Example ESF Funding Agreement has also been added.

  45. Supplementary Guidance for Community Led Local Development and the Guidance for development of Community Led Local Development Strategies for the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund has been published.

  46. Output Indicator Definitions Guidance document for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund in England added

  47. First published.

FAQs

What are EU structural funds? ›

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI funds) consist of five funds: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); European Social Fund (ESF); Cohesion Fund (CF); European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD); European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

What are EU Structural funds used for? ›

The purpose of these funds is to invest in job creation and a sustainable and healthy European economy and environment. The 2014-2020 ESIF mainly focus on 5 areas: research and innovation. digital technologies.

What replaces ESF funding after Brexit? ›

The UKSPF is a successor to some EU Structural Funds. Specifically, the European Regional Development (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF). Other European Funds, such as the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), are being replaced separately.

Is ERDF part of esif? ›

ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

How do I get a grant from the EU? ›

How to apply?
  1. Find a suitable call.
  2. Find your partners (where applicable)
  3. Register to EU Funding and Tenders Portal.
  4. Write your application.
  5. Convince the evaluators.
  6. Where to get help?

What funds are used by the European Union to finance the cohesion policy? ›

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions.

Who is eligible for ESF funding? ›

ESF is primarily aimed at people who are available to work in the job market. The following eligibility criteria applies to people in custody: people sentenced to less than three years can access ESF at any point during their sentence.

What is ECIF Microsoft? ›

Microsoft ECIF

The End Customer Investment Funds (ECIF) program (formerly known as Business Investment Funds (BIF) or Customer Investment Funds (CIF)) is such a fund, and allows Microsoft to set-aside funding in fiscal budgets to pay for services to end-customers in support of Microsoft products and solutions.

What is the European Social Fund UK? ›

The European Social Fund

Each year the ESF helps millions of Europeans improve their lives by learning new skills and finding better jobs. Learn about the ESF: what it does, how it helps and who benefits.

Is the UK still in the European Social Fund? ›

This comes hot on the news that following an agreement reached between the UK Government and the European Union (EU) on the draft Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in all EU programmes in the 2014-2020 period (subject to overall agreement being reached between the UK and EU on our exit from the ...

Is the UK still part of the European Social Fund? ›

The UK government plans to replace EU structural funds with a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), due to launch in April 2022.

What is SPF funding? ›

The Strategic Priorities Fund is an £830 million investment in multi- and interdisciplinary research across 34 themes. It is funded through the government's National Productivity Investment Fund and managed by UK Research and Innovation.

What happens to ERDF after Brexit? ›

Existing managing authorities in the UK will continue to manage ERDF grants after Brexit. The ERDF programmes are managed by: the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in England. devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How does ERDF funding work? ›

The ERDF finances programmes in shared responsibility between the European Commission and national and regional authorities in Member States. The Member States' administrations choose which projects to finance and take responsibility for day-to-day management.

What are 5 Esifs? ›

The European structural and investment funds are: European regional development fund, European social fund, Cohesion fund, European agricultural fund for rural development, European maritime and fisheries fund.

Who controls EU funding? ›

direct management: EU funding is managed directly by the European Commission. shared management: the European Commission and national authorities jointly manage the funding. indirect management: funding is managed by partner organisations or other authorities inside or outside the EU.

What is startup funding? ›

Startup Funding. Funding refers to the money required to start and run a business. It is a financial investment in a company for product development, manufacturing, expansion, sales and marketing, office spaces, and inventory.

What is Horizon Europe Programme? ›

Horizon Europe is an EU research and innovation programme. It has a budget of €95.5 billion and runs until 2027. If you're a UK-based researcher or innovator, you can apply to most Horizon Europe funding opportunities on the same terms as EU-based applicants.

What is the main aim of EU regional policy? ›

The objective of the regional policy, otherwise known as – economic, social and territorial – cohesion (Articles 158-162 of the Treaty) policy aims at reducing regional development disparities within the EU, decreasing disparities in living standards, i.e. for the European Union to ensure a dignified average standard ...

What is the mission of the cohesion policy in the European Union? ›

EU Cohesion Policy contributes to strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union. It aims to correct imbalances between countries and regions.

What are cohesion countries? ›

The so-called Cohesion countries, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Ireland, are the less developed countries on the periphery of the European Union.

What is an ESF project? ›

The European Social Fund Programme (ESF) provides help and support to develop the skills and confidence you need to find work. It offers a variety of projects which are delivered within the community. Taking part is voluntary.

What is E CIF registration? ›

ELECTRONIC CASE INVESTIGATION FORM (E-CIF) AND AVAILABLE

QUARANTINE FACILITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES.

What is Microsoft PoE? ›

After you get paid for your incentives work, you must submit a detailed proof of execution (PoE) to Microsoft. Your PoE may include details about any related campaign, the date an incentives activity occurred, and the amount claimed. Learn more about preparing proofs of execution.

What is an azure landing zone? ›

An Azure landing zone is the output of a multi-subscription Azure environment that accounts for scale, security governance, networking, and identity. An Azure landing zone enables application migration, modernization, and innovation at enterprise-scale in Azure.

What is ESF full form? ›

Environmental and Social Framework (ESF)

What is Cohesion Fund Cyprus? ›

The Cohesion Fund provides support to Member States with a gross national income (GNI) per capita below 90% EU-27 average to strengthen the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the EU.

What is the European Social Fund UK? ›

The European Social Fund

Each year the ESF helps millions of Europeans improve their lives by learning new skills and finding better jobs. Learn about the ESF: what it does, how it helps and who benefits.

What is the InvestEU Programme? ›

The InvestEU Programme supports sustainable investment, innovation and job creation in Europe. It aims to trigger more than €372 billion in additional investment over the period 2021-27. The InvestEU Programme builds on the successful model of the Investment Plan for Europe, the Juncker Plan.

What is Cohesion Fund Cyprus? ›

The Cohesion Fund provides support to Member States with a gross national income (GNI) per capita below 90% EU-27 average to strengthen the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the EU.

What is the Just Transition Fund? ›

The Just Transition Fund is a new financial instrument within the Cohesion Policy which aims to provide support to territories facing serious socio-economic challenges arising from the transition towards climate neutrality.

Who is eligible for ESF funding? ›

ESF is primarily aimed at people who are available to work in the job market. The following eligibility criteria applies to people in custody: people sentenced to less than three years can access ESF at any point during their sentence.

How does ERDF funding work? ›

The ERDF finances programmes in shared responsibility between the European Commission and national and regional authorities in Member States. The Member States' administrations choose which projects to finance and take responsibility for day-to-day management.

What is an ESF Programme? ›

The European Social Fund (ESF) Programme can help and support you develop the skills and confidence you need to find work. ESF projects are delivered within the community and taking part is voluntary.

Where is European Investment Bank located? ›

With its headquarters in Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank also has offices in the different regions in which it operates.

What is the innovation fund? ›

What is the Innovation Fund? The Innovation Fund is one of the world's largest funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

How is social insurance calculated in Cyprus? ›

National Health Insurance System (NHIS).

Employers and employees contribute 1.85% and 1.70% on the employee's gross earnings respectively for the NHIS. For the self-employed individuals the contribution is 2.55% on their gross earnings.

How much is social security in Cyprus? ›

Social security contributions

The rate of 8.3% applies for both employee and the employer up to 31 December 2023. Thereafter, the rate will increase every five years until it reaches 10.7% as of 1 January 2039.

What is social insurance Cyprus? ›

The Social Insurance Scheme covers every person gainfully occupied in Cyprus, either as an employed or as a self-employed person, persons called up for military service, and every other person who is considered to be a voluntarily insured person.

What is an example of just transition? ›

One recent example is the EU's Just Transition Fund. With the strengthening of its Just Transition Fund as part of the COVID-19 recovery package, the European Union is sending a powerful signal to its members and beyond: moving towards renewables make economic sense and can be designed in a socially just and fair way.

What is just transition EU? ›

The EU Just Transition Fund will support European regions most affected by the transition to climate neutrality by enabling economic development and diversification and helping people adapt to a changing labour market.

Why is a just transition important? ›

A Just Transition presents many opportunities to achieve social objectives. It has the potential to be a new and sustainable engine of growth, in lower, middle- and higher income economies. It can be a net generator of decent green jobs that can contribute significantly to poverty eradication and social inclusion.

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4. The next generation of EU Funds programmes
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