The innovation priority addresses key socio-economic challenges and needs within central Europe that are related to smart growth as defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. It aims at more effective investment in research, innovation and education. The projects funded under this priority help strengthening potentials of technology-oriented areas that are destinations of foreign investments and capital flows, notably through better linking actors of innovation systems. They also address regional disparities in knowledge and education such as brain drain, and strengthen capacities and competences for entrepreneurship and social innovation, also responding to challenges related to demographic change.
Our third call for proposals will be launched on 21 September and stay open until 25 January 2018. Around 60 million EUR will become available for new transnational cooperation ideas. Around 20 million EUR ERDF from this budget will be allocated to the project ideas that help to improve capacities for urban and regional development in innovation priority.
In innovation, both specific objective 1.1 and 1.2 will be targeted, encouraging transnational project ideas to exclusively improve:
We offer around 60 million EUR ERDF for new transnational cooperation ideas in the third call for proposals which is open 25 January 2018. We are also looking for project ideas in innovation priority that will help linking innovation actors and improve skills for economic and social innovation.
According to the latest Digital Society and Economy Index there are significant differences between Member States when it comes to citizens’ digital skills. In the future, 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills. At the same time, 169 million Europeans between 16 and 74 years – 44% – do not have basic digital skills.
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The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database