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Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions (PPPAs)


Pilot projects and preparatory actions are experimental initiatives designed to test the feasibility of new actions and prepare new programmes.

Pilot projects and preparatory actions (PPPAs) are new initiatives that might turn into EU funding programmes. Pilot projects are designed to test the feasibility of an action, and last not more than 2 years. Preparatory actions last for up to 3 years, and are often the successor of a successful pilot project. They are designed to prepare new EU policies, legislation, programmes etc.

Funding opportunities

You can find open and upcoming PPPA funding opportunities on the European Commission’s Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal (F&TP).

Which PPPAs does EACEA manage?

At EACEA we manage PPPAs under the following topics:

  • Pilot Project - Building investigative capacity to better fight doping in sport in Europe
  • Preparatory action - Grassroots sports programmes and infrastructure innovation
  • Preparatory action - Sport as a tool for integration and social inclusion of refugees
How to get a grant

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Info for applicants