European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

We are currently in the 2014 - 2020 programme for European Regional Development Funding (ERDF). The South East LEP has been notionally allocated £74.1 million to deliver projects within this programme that support research and innovation (priority axis 1), SME growth and competitiveness (priority axis 3) and a shift towards a low carbon economy (priority axis 4).

The objectives of all projects are to support SMEs and create jobs.The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) focuses on supporting business competitiveness, creating jobs, investment in research and innovation, and the low carbon economy.

SELEP’s notional allocation for the 2014-2020 programme (using the recognised 2015/16 exchange rate of 0.78) is £74.1m.

Click here to view our approved projects

Open Calls

SELEP currently has one call open for applications against Priority Axis 1 - Research and innovation

The above link will take you to the individual call on, where you can find further information and download the detailed call specification.

The call closed on the 20th April 2018.

Applying for ERDF funding

Applications for ERDF are submitted directly to DCLG for consideration in a two-step process.
An outline application is submitted in response to an Open Call and is assessed for eligibility.
If the project application is deemed eligible, the application is invited to submit a full application, which is fully appraised for compliance and strategic fit.

Detailed information on the application process can be found at GOV.UK or by following the links below:


For further information on ERDF or to discuss a potential project idea, please contact our ERDF Technical Facilitator:

Jo Simmons
07701 394 521

Further reading & links

Click here for a short guide to the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund

Click here to read the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme

Click here for Government’s webpages on European Structural Investment Funds

Click here to subscribe to email alerts for European Structural Investment Funds

Click here to see a list of all open and closed ERDF calls across England