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Knowledge category: Funding and financing

European Investment Bank investments in infrastructure and environmental funds

Updated on 18.11.2022

The European Investment Bank (EIB) provides investments in equity and debt funds and/or equity and hybrid debt co-investments focused on projects dealing with climate action and/or infrastructure.

Financial entity: European Investment Bank

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The EIB funds provide large investment sizes of up to € 200 million, with typical investment sizes between € 25 million and € 60 million. Among the funds, several are focusing on circular bioeconomy and other environmental priorities that can provide sufficient support to Circular Systemic Solutions or their specific components in cities and regions.

Applicant criteria

Investments are open to private and captive funds or investment platforms sponsored by public sector entities.

Eligible projects/themes

Projects must be aligned with one or more priorities of the EIB, which include climate and environmental sustainability, innovation and skills, infrastructure, small and medium-sized enterprises, cohesion and development. Depending on a specific fund, projects must be focused on specific themes. For example, the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund focuses on bioeconomy, specifically targeting the manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors.

Amount of funding

From € 25 million per project (up to € 200 million under certain conditions)

Application process

The application process depends on the specific fund. Please consult the following webpage for more details about funds:


There is no set deadline, or the deadline is set on a needs basis.

Financing type


Equity & quasi-equity

Territories involved

Rural areas

<5 000


large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000

Metropolitan areas

large metropolitan area >1.5 million, metropolitan area 1.5 million-500 000



predominantly urban regions, intermediate and predominantly rural regions, refer to TERCET typology NUTS 3 region




Intra-territorial areas

Industrial zones

Agricultural zones

Brown field zones

Coastal areas

Mountain areas


Cross-border areas


Water areas


e.g. commercial, residential, service, industrial