Third call now open with a thematic focus

With its third call for proposals, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE offers around 60 million EUR ERDF for new transnational cooperation ideas. The programme seeks project ideas that help to improve capacities for urban and regional development in four priority areas: innovation and knowledge development, CO2 reduction, natural and cultural resources, and transport. In some areas the call is exclusively focused on pre-defined topics. It was launched at the programme conference in Berlin on 21 September and stays open until 25 January 2018.

Following the first two calls in 2015 and 2016, 85 currently funded projects are already addressing a wide range of shared challenges across central Europe and helping the programme to reach specific objectives set for its funding. 

Based on an analysis of topics covered by the running projects, the programme monitoring committee decided in their meeting in Vienna on 21 and 22 June 2017 to better target the third call for proposals in some areas. Five specific objectives will be fully open to cooperation ideas, four specific objectives will be focused on exclusive topics and one will remain closed.

One-step procedure and minimum requirements

The third call is designed as a one-step procedure. Project proposals will have to be submitted via the programme's web-based tool, the electronic Monitoring System (eMS).
Transnational partnerships can be formed by both public and private organisations. The minimum requirement for a project partnership is the participation of 3 financing partners from at least 3 countries. The typical project duration is around 36 months. Co-financing rates reach up to 85 percent depending on the geographical location of an institution.
The comprehensive application package was published on 21 September 2017. More information is also available in the application section and in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

Thematic focus of the call

Fully open specific objectives, encouraging transnational project ideas to improve:

SO 2.2 - Low-carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation

SO 3.1 - Capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources

SO 3.3 - Environmental management of functional urban areas

SO 4.1 - Planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to existing networks

SO 4.2 – Coordination among freight transport stakeholders for multimodal environmentally-friendly solutions

Targeted specific objectives, looking for transnational project ideas to improve:
SO 1.1 - Sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems

Proposals shall exclusively target: Bottom-up implementation of smart specialisation strategies; triple and quadruple helix approaches which strengthen the participation of public and civil society; innovative practices such as co-creation approaches and actions that bring innovation closer to the market

SO 1.2 - Skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic & social innovation
Proposals shall exclusively target: Social innovation and the integration of disadvantaged groups and regions through strengthening support infrastructures, services and schemes; development of entrepreneurial competences to strengthen social innovation

 SO 2.1 - Energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
Proposals shall exclusively target: Energy efficiency of public infrastructure other than public buildings and streetlights (e.g. transport, water, waste or ICT infrastructure) including their financing aspects and integration of renewable energy sources

SO 3.2 - Capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
Proposals shall exclusively target: Cultural and creative industries (CCI) such as CCI entrepreneurship, CCI policies, cross-sectoral cooperation and linkages of CCI to other sectors and innovative technologies

Closed specific objective, in which no projects proposals will be selected for funding in the third call:
SO 2.3 - Improving capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions

Remains closed because topics are already sufficiently covered by running projects.  

More detailed information about the thematic focus is available in Annex 1 of the third call application package.


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