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