With small and medium-sized enterprises as its main target, the Competitiveness an Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) supported innovation activities, provided better access to finance and delivered business support services in the regions.
It encouraged a better take-up and use of information and communication technologies and helped to develop the information society. It also promoted the increased use of renewable energies and energy efficiency.
The CIP ran from 2007 to 2013, with an overall budget of € 3.621 billion. It was divided in three operational programmes having their specific objectives:
Enterprises (small, medium or large), research centres, universities and public bodies.