STEPS Business Support Programme

(STorage of Energy and Power Systems)

Optimise your product

Receive expert support from top Universities in North-West Europe

Develop your technology

Improve your solution by implementing it in a real testbed

Become a leader in energy storage

Enter new markets
in North-West Europe

Accelerate the sustainable energy transition

Shape the energy sector with your innovative storage solution

About the programme

For whom?

Are you an energy storage solution provider in North-West Europe (NWE) and do you want to bring your product to the market?

Do you want to get connected with end-users and demonstrate your technology at their testbed?

Do you want to receive support from leading knowledge partners in NWE?

Then you are the SME we are looking for!

What support is being provided to SMEs?

  • The programme offers support from universities to 40 SMEs with product enhancement Vouchers (Voucher 1) with a value of €12,5k each. 20 SMEs will be supported in the first call and another 20 SMEs in the second call.

  • The 20 best projects in Voucher 1 will receive additional support for testing and demonstrating (Voucher 2) their technology at an end-user (testbed) with a value worth of €50k each.

  • The programme supports transnational collaboration, support, and networking in NWE.


  • The first call for application is closed. In May-June 2021 the second call will be launched.

  • The Business Support Programme includes two successive vouchers.

  • The first Voucher (€12.500 each) starts from March and can take up to 5 months. The second Voucher (€50.000 each) can start in August and will last 6 to 12 months.

Find out more about the STEPS project here.

Who can apply?

More information on the definition of SMEs (including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) by the EU is available here.

More information about the Interreg North-West Europe programme area is available here.

How to apply?

  • The call for application is currently closed. Approximately in May-June 2021, the second call will be launched, we will keep you updated.

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Support & Help

Please directly contact our local partners to receive help or to ask any of your questions:

Please find the programme guidelines here.

Visit the STEPS Interreg website here,