Interreg Europe - Fourth call for projects
The Interreg Europe programme, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is designed to support policy-learning among the relevant policy organisations with a view to improving the performance of regional development policies and programmes. It allows regional and local public authorities and other players of regional relevance across Europe to exchange practices and ideas on the way public policies work, and thereby find solutions to improve their strategies for their own citizens. This fourth call for proposals is addressed at interregional cooperation projects.
The Interreg Europe programme is divided into four priority axes related to the Europe 2020 strategy. Applicants are invited to submit their project application under one of the specific objectives corresponding to the four priority axes.
Priority 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
- Specific Objective 1.1: Improve the implementation of programmes in the field of research and innovation infrastructure and capacities notably in the framework of Smart Specialisation Strategies.
- Specific Objective 2.1: Supporting the delivery of innovation by players in regional innovation chains in areas of “smart specialisation” and innovation opportunity.
Priority 2: Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
- Specific Objective 2.1: Supporting SMEs in all stages of their life cycle to develop and achieve growth and engage in innovation.
Priority 3: Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
- Specific Objective 3.1: Addressing the transition to a low-carbon economy notably in the framework of Smart Specialisation Strategies.
Priority 4: Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
- Specific Objective 4.1: Improve the implementation of programmes in the field of field of protection and development of natural and cultural heritage.
- Specific Objective 4.2: increasing resource-efficiency, green growth and eco-innovation and environmental performance management.
The detailed descriptions of funding priorities can be found in the Programme Manual.
The Call is targeted at public authorities and non-profits:
- Public authorities
- Public law bodies (bodies governed by public law)
- Private non-profit bodies
(Private non-profit bodies cannot take on the role of lead partner)s
Projects have to involve partners from at least three countries, of which at least two partners must be from EU Member States and financed by the Interreg Europe programme. At least three out of the four areas (North, East, South, West) have to be represented with at least one project partner. In each project, at least half of the policy instruments addressed by the EU regions must be Structural Funds programmes.
The detailed descriptions of partner eligibility and can be found in the Programme Manual.
Under the Interreg Europe programme, the eligible project activities are co-financed by the ERDF at a rate of either 75% or 85% depending on the legal status of the project partner. Partners from Norway and Switzerland are not eligible to receive ERDF but can receive co-financing from their respective national funds.
The detailed descriptions of co-financing rates and the application process can be found in the Programme Manual.