The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Union’s primary mechanism for reducing social and economic disparities, support job creation, improve business competitiveness, promote sustainable development and improve citizens' quality of life.
In order to reach these goals and address the diverse development needs in all EU regions, €351.8 billion – almost a third of the total EU budget – has been set aside for regional policy actions for 2014-2020.
In the East of England, the following funds make up the ESIF programme:
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- European Social Fund (ESF)
- European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
- European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
The European Structural and Investment Funds are also directly contributing to the European Commission's Investment Plan run by the European Investment Bank.
All open calls for proposals can be found on the Managing Authority website.