Various EU funding programmes are of relevance to the European fur sector given the fur community’s vast representation in all parts of Europe and across the value chain – from fur farms to fur fashion and sales. The EU programmes complementing the principles and strategies of the European fur sector concern societal development, entrepreneurship, market and product development and research and innovation.


Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the largest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion euros of funding in the period 2014-2020. An EU flagship initiative, Horizon 2020 aims at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

Link to Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation  [External link]


Worth – Innovative New Products

EU’s Worth project was initiated to build partnerships from different EU member states between designers and enterprises in fashion, textile, jewellery, footwear, eyewear, furniture, leather and fur businesses with the ultimate objective to create innovative new products. The programme is designed to make connections and crossing borders with design, craft and manufacturer across Europe.

Partners in the Worth programme will be supported to develop their products, define their market position, exhibit their products at trade fairs and manage their Intellectual Property Rights.

Link to the Worth Programme  [External link]


COSME – Entrepeneurship, Competitiveness and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

COSME is an EU programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) established with the purpose to help SMEs in accessing finance, accessing new markets, strengthening entrepreneurship education and improving business conditions. Cosme runs in the period 2014-2020 with a planned budget of 2.3 billion euro.

Link to COSME – Europe’s Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises  [External link]