Our fourth (and last) call for project proposals opens today, on 7 May. It will close on 22 June. A few things have changed compared to the previous calls. See what is new:
- An additional rule was introduced, concerning the geographical coverage. While the programme has always encouraged projects with a broad geographical coverage, this rather vague notion is now translated in a clear rule. The eligibility area of the programme (28 EU countries, Switzerland and Norway) was split into four geographical areas. In order to be eligible, your project partnership needs to include at least one partner from at least three of the four areas.
|North||Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden|
|East||Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia|
|South||Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain|
|West||Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
Also, you should avoid focusing on existing transnational or cross-border cooperation areas. Such proposals bring only limited added value to Interreg Europe, the only programme covering the whole territory of the EU.
- In the online application system iOLF you will have to submit partner declarations, which commit each partner to a specific co-funding. In the past, many errors occurred with regards to the amount of co-funding, stated in the document. Therefore, the template no longer mentions the amount but refers to the relevant section of the application form instead.
2. Smart(er) application form
We encourage you to use the iOLF system to have the annexes to the application filled in automatically (partner declarations and letter(s) of support, if applicable). That way you can ensure consistency in names of institutions and policy instruments between the application and the annexes.
The iOLF system generates these documents as pre-filled PDF files. Remember that they need to be signed and uploaded back to the system before the submission.
Caution: Once the annexes are generated, the relevant sections in the application form (such as budget, names of institutions, names of policy instruments) should not be updated anymore. Otherwise, the annexes would need to be generated anew.
3. Innovative projects
Your project proposal has to demonstrate its innovative character. So far 184 projects have been approved in Interreg Europe. They tackle various topics, so being innovative becomes more and more difficult. However, we have some tips for you on how to overcome this:
- focus on an underrepresented topic such as renewable energy, water quality or waste management
- include an underrepresented region in the partnership and/or newcomer partner organisations
4. Project implementation, phase 2
The second phase of your project will be dedicated to the action plan implementation and its monitoring. As previously, the activities included in this phase are predefined. In order to ensure timely results, the duration of phase 2 is shortened to one year for all fourth call projects.
Moreover, you will not need to budget phase 2 anymore. We will finance the activities through a lump sum. The lump sum is defined in relation to the number of policy instruments/ action plans to be monitored (for example, for three policy instruments, the total sum for the whole partnership for phase 2 activities is 51,000 EUR). See all details in the programme manual, page 120.
Approved projects from the fourth call will benefit from a new simplification measure: the costs of phase two will be paid in a lump sum.
Read our latest article on page 43 in this 2019 summer edition of Panorama.
The first step of the fourth call assessment is officially finalised. We have 139 proposals to assess on their strategic and operational quality.