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Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have collected the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) by our applicants.

Answers are widely based on our cooperation programme document and application manual. Please refer also to these document in case of doubt or contradiction. 

The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme is a funding programme of the EU Cohesion Policy objective “European Territorial Cooperation”. Between 2014 and 2020, it co-finances cooperation projects that strengthen regional innovation, promote low-carbon strategies, protect and sustainably utilise natural and cultural resources and improve sustainable transport. Funds come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Covering an area of over one million square kilometres, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE is home to around 146 million people. Nine EU Member States cooperate in the programme, including all regions from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as eight Länder from Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, and Thüringen) and nine regions from Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma Bolzano, Provincia Autonoma Trento, Valle d’Aosta, and Veneto).

The main decision-making body of the programme is the monitoring committee, which is composed of representatives of the nine central European programme countries. The Department for EU Strategy and Economic Development of the City of Vienna is the managing authority and thus responsible for the operational management of the programme. It is supported by the joint secretariat, an international bureau which is also located in Vienna, and by the network of national contact points in the Member States.

Please consult the contacts section for more details.

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE’s main objective is to cooperate beyond borders in central Europe to make our cities and regions better places to live and work. Put more precisely, transnational cooperation should become the catalyst for implementing smart solutions that answer to regional challenges in the fields of innovation, low-carbon economy, environment, culture and transport.  

The programme will build regional capacities following an integrated bottom-up approach involving and coordinating relevant actors from all governance levels. In doing so, it will coordinate with other efforts in the regions including national and regional programmes, macro-regional strategies, the Horizon 2020 programme, the LIFE programme or the European Investment Bank.

The total programme budget is 246 million Euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 231 million Euros out of this are available for financing transnational cooperation projects.

Maximum ERDF co-financing

  80%    
     85%  80%

   No co-financing

Member State

Austria

Germany

Italy

Croatia

Czech Republic

Hungary

Poland

Slovakia

Slovenia

Other EU         
countries
Outside the EU

On national levels, general guidance is provided by the network of national contact points. It functions as a first point of contact for applicants seeking individual guidance.

On transnational level, the joint secretariat offers individual consultations on project ideas and partnerships in both steps of the application procedure.

The fourth call will be open from 4 March to 5 July 2019.

With this call, the programme aims to facilitate the exploitation of transnational project outputs and results, in order to increase their impacts in central European regions. It is organised in a one-step procedure and proposals have to be submitted via a web-based tool, the electronic monitoring system (eMS)

To be eligible, project proposals must demonstrate that they:

  • Focus on one of the seven pre-selected topics (as listed in chapter 2.1 of the application manual and further described in annex 1)
  • Coordinate the exploitation of outputs and results obtained from:
    • At least two projects funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme and listed in annex 1, even if they belong to different topics. 
    • And at least one thematically relevant project funded by a programme directly-managed by the European Commission (e.g. Horizon 2020/FP7, LIFE, Connecting Europe Facility, Creative Europe, …)

Further requirements regarding the partnership are:

  • At least 50 % of the partnership consists of institutions and bodies that have been involved in the pre-selected Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects (even if they belong to different topics - see annex 1) whose outputs and results are going to be exploited. 
    Please note: If an institution or body has been a partner in more than one of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects being exploited in a proposal, it only counts as a single partner for the fulfillment of this requirement.
  • At least one partner has to be included from a project funded by a directly-managed EU programme, who brings in additional project outputs and results that will be exploited by the partnership
    Please note: If an institution or body has been a partner in both an Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project and a project funded by a directly-managed EU programme, this minimum requirement is regarded as fulfilled. 


Due to the experimental character of the call and its limited budget, the thematic focus of the call has been restricted to seven topics. These topics were chosen on the basis of thorough analyses and a survey that was addressed at all Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project partners.

List of pre-selected topics:

  • Industry 4.0/advanced manufacturing
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Energy efficient renovation of public building in cities
  • Low carbon mobility and urban air quality
  • Climate change adaptation and risk prevention
  • Cultural heritage (sites & buildings) at risk
  • Accessibility for peripheral and border regions to TEN-T and CNC networks/nodes 


The topics were chosen because they:

  • Reflect challenges that are relevant for central European regions and most urgently need transnational solutions;
  • Represent a critical mass of outputs and results with a high potential to influence the design and improvement of territorial and sectorial policies or strategies (upstreaming); or to improve the situation of local and regional target groups (downstreaming).
  • Show a good potential to coordinate with projects funded by other EU programmes, which are directly managed by the European Commission.

More information about the topics can be found in the annex 1 of the application manual.

Due to the experimental character of the call and its limited budget, the thematic focus has been restricted to seven topics. These topics were chosen on the basis of thorough analyses and a survey addressed at all existing project partners. 

These seven topics are specifically addressed by 44 Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects, which were approved in the first and second call:

 TOPIC
PROJECT ACRONYM
Industry 4.0/Advanced manufacturing 3DCentral
AMiCE
FabLabNet
InnoPeer AVM
KETGATE
NUCLEI
SYNERGY
THINGS+
TRANS³Net
Social entrepreneurship ENTER-transfer
INNO-WISEs
ROSIE
SENTINEL
Social (i) Makers
Energy efficient renovation of public building in cities BOOSTEE-CE
eCentral
ENERGY@SCHOOL
FEEDSCHOOLS
TOGETHER
Low carbon mobility and urban air quality AIR TRITIA
AWAIR
LAirA
LOW-CARB
MOVECIT
SMART COMMUTING                                                                                                    
SOLEZ
SULPITER
Climate change adaptation and risk prevention FramWat
PROLINE-CE
RAINMAN
SUSTREE
Cultural heritage (sites & buildings) at risk BhENEFIT
Forget Heritage
HICAPS
Protecht2save
RESTAURA
RUINS
VirtualArch
Accessibility for peripheral and border regions to  TEN-T and CNC networks / nodes CONNECT2CE
Pheripherial Access
RUMOBIL
SHAREPLACE
SUBNODES
TRANS-BORDER

Annex 1 of the application manual provides for each topic a description of the thematic focus, a summary of the challenges and policy framework, the expected results, and a reference to the respective programme specific objective. 

Additional outputs and results developed in Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects other than those mentioned in annex 1 of the application manual can also be exploited within the fourth call as long as the minimum requirements are satisfied and the enlargement to additional project outputs and results is duly justified. The same applies to outputs and results of projects funded by any other Interreg programme (cross-border, transnational and interregional), or national and regional programmes of the Investment for Growth and Jobs Objective.

 

“Exploitation” is any action that makes use of promising outputs and results already achieved by funded projects in the concerned central European regions, thus increasing their impacts for the benefit of those same regions and/or other regions of the programme area. Exploitation goes beyond the mere duplication of existing outputs and results. Project outputs and results shall be tailored to the needs of the regions and target groups that will make further use of it.

Projects funded within the fourth call shall exploit transnational outputs and results by following two different approaches:

  • Upstream of results: existing outputs and results are taken up and tailored in a way that they can be concretely integrated into relevant territorial or thematic policies and strategies. This should happen at the most appropriate level, i.e. European, national, regional or local. 
  • Downstream of results: existing outputs and results are tailored in a way that they can be further rolled-out at the regional and/or local level (e.g. to local authorities, SMEs, …) or even going beyond the regions or sectors initially addressed. This will give regions an easier access to transnational outputs and results. 

The above two approaches are complementary, a combination of these in one single project of the fourth call is possible.

When planning project activities it is important to focus these on the exploitation of existing outputs and results. This means that:

  • Proposals could aim at downstreaming of outputs and results, i.e. they should focus on the implementation of tools and pilot actions
  • Proposals could aim at upstreaming, i.e. they should focus on the implementation of strategies and action plans.
  • Preparatory activities and deliverables such as studies or analyses should be limited. If foreseen in a proposal it has to be demonstrated clearly why they are necessary for the exploitation of already existing outputs and results.
  • Communication activities have to contribute to the exploitation of outputs and results but shall not be the main focus of a proposal.

When planning activities, projects have to apply a result-oriented approach. They have to define expected results (i.e. desired changes) and explain how this is linked to the addressed territorial challenges and needs.

With their activities, projects should also tackle those factors that have so far limited the full exploitation of existing outputs and results. Projects should contribute to closing the gap between outputs and results already obtained (within a given thematic field) and their uptake into policies or further deployment in central European regions.

Successful project proposals in the fourth call have to go beyond a mere combination of various outputs and results.

They have to further develop, improve and adapt existing outputs and results by making use of experiences of more than one project. They have to put together knowledge, to increase outreach, visibility and political attention or to improve existing networks,. They should address the limiting factors for effective exploitation of good outputs and results. Above all, they have to demonstrate how their project will create synergies and add value beyond what was already achieved.

The fourth call offers the opportunity to exploit Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE outputs and results and those delivered by projects funded under other EU programmes. The focus here is on programmes directly managed by the European Commission (e.g. FP7/Horizon 2020, LIFE, Connecting Europe Facility, Creative Europe, …).

When forming a project partnership, the following minimum requirements have to be met:

  • At least three financing partners
  • From at least three countries
  • With at least two of the partners located in the programme area


In addition, in the fourth call partnerships have to ensure that at least:

  • 50 % of the partnership consists of institutions and bodies that were involved in 44 pre-selected Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects (see Annex 1 of the Application Manual), whose outputs and results are going to be exploited.
    Please note: If an institution or body has been a partner in more than one of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects being exploited in a proposal, it only counts as a single partner for the fulfillment of this requirement.
  • 1 partner has to be included from a project funded by a directly-managed EU programme, who brings in additional project outputs and results that will be exploited by the partnership.

        Please note: If an institution or body has been a partner in both an Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project and a          project funded by a directly-managed EU programme, this minimum requirement is regarded as fulfilled. 

The following institutions can participate in projects:

  • National, regional and local public bodies (including EGTCs)
  • Private institutions, including private companies, having legal personality;
  • International organisations acting under the national law of any Member State participating in the programme or, with restrictions, under international law 


In the fourth call, the same institution or body shall not be involved in more than one proposal within the same topic. If this call-specific requirement is not fulfilled, the affected institution or body will be excluded from all proposals in which it is involved in the concerned topic.

Please note: One and the same institution could nevertheless be involved in more proposals in the fourth call as long as the proposals belong to different topics. This could be the case, for example, for larger organisations with many departments working in different thematic areas.

The involvement of competent institutions and bodies located in regions that did not yet participate in Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects is encouraged.

In exceptional and duly justified cases also organisations from outside the programme area (but inside the European Union) can become project partners and receive co-financing.

Their participation needs to bring clear added value and expertise to the implementation of a project and has to benefit the programme area. The ERDF allocated to a single project for such partners together with the ERDF spent outside the programme area cannot exceed 20 % of the total ERDF contribution to this project. Partners from non-EU countries can participate in a project but will not receive any ERDF funds from the programme. They could act as associated partners.

Please note: If a project proposal is selected for funding and, during the contracting phase, a partner leaves the partnership and, as a consequence of this, it does not meet the minimum requirements for partnership, the leaving partner has to be substituted with another suitable institution or body. If the partnership fails in substituting the leaving partner with a suitable one, the entire proposal becomes ineligible and cannot be funded even if it was selected.

German and Italian institutions located outside the programme area can act as assimilated partners in the projects if they:

  • Are competent in their scope of action for certain parts of the eligible area (e.g. ministries, national agencies, national research bodies etc.)
  • Fulfill the basic partner requirements
  • Carry out activities which are for the benefit of the regions in the programme area

Institutions willing to be involved in a project without financially contributing to it are can participate as associated partners. Please note that they will not account for the fulfillment of partnership requirements.

The “lead partner principle” means that each partnership appoints one organisation to act as lead partner. The lead partner takes full financial and legal responsibility for the implementation of the entire project.

The following institutions can act as lead partners if located in the programme area:

  • Public bodies
  • Private institutions
  • International organisations acting under national law

Private lead applicants, in order to be eligible, have to demonstrate that they have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain their activity throughout the project implementation period and to participate in its funding.

The programme will check the financial capacity of private lead applicants by applying specific criteria. When submitting the application form private lead applicants have therefore to provide additional documents as listed in the application manual.

In case a project with a private lead partner is selected for funding, the lead partner will have to provide proof that a valid financial guarantee is in force (issued by a primary financial institution, e.g. bank or insurance), before the signature of the subsidy contract.

The number of partners shall reflect the scope of a project and be related to activities foreseen in the work plan. Accordingly, there is no recommended minimum or maximum size of a partnership. 

The maximum duration of projects funded in the fourth call is 24 months.

Projects are expected to start their implementation in early 2020. The latest possible end date for funded projects will be 30 June 2022.

The project intervention logic defines the project objectives and expected results. It is the most important step when starting to develop a project proposal. Project objectives and results should be defined in a specific way and clearly express what kind of changes the project intends to bring about in comparison to the initial situation.

The project intervention logic has to be coherent and shall provide necessary information on how the project contributes to the selected programme priority axis, in particular in relation to the targeted programme specific objective and its expected result.

Intervention logic



Project activities related to "upstreaming"

Activities should focus on the uptake and adaption of existing outputs and results with the aim to integrate them into relevant territorial or thematic policies and strategies. This should lead to the creation of new policies or the improvement of existing ones as well as to their concrete adoption and implementation.

Main output types to be exploited: Strategies and action plans

  • Strategies should be defined on the basis of problems which are relevant for the participating regions. A strategy should provide a common vision and set objectives and priorities in a mid- to long-term perspective. The formulation of a transnational or regional strategy should be carried out in cooperation with stakeholders from the policy level and aim at its subsequent implementation.
  • Action plans should break down the strategy goals and objectives into specific tasks. They should include the sequence of steps to be taken, or activities that must be performed, for a strategy to succeed. Therefore, action plans should include a timeline, financial resources and responsible actors.


Project activities related to "downstreaming"

Activities should focus on further developing, adapting and rolling out existing project outputs and results at the regional or local level, going even beyond the regions or sectors initially addressed.

Main output types to be exploited by projects of the fourth call are: Tools and pilot actions

  • Tools to be exploited can be methods, concepts or services, analytical tools, management tools, technical tools, software tools, monitoring tools, decision support tools, etc.
  • In pilot actions, tools are practically implemented and tested. A pilot action should:
    • Have an experimental or demonstration character, i.e. it should test, evaluate or demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel solution. If a project foresees several pilot actions, these should differ from each other in order to maximise mutual learning among the whole partnership.
    • Be limited in its scope, i.e. in its area, duration, scale, etc. It should be unprecedented in a comparable environment.
    • Be jointly evaluated in terms of results as well as jointly exploited and transferred to other institutions and territories. 

Each project can target only one programme priority and within the priority one programme specific objective, addressing in particular one of the seven selected topics of the fourth call.

I. Industry 4.0/advanced manufacturing
II. Social entrepreneurship
III. Energy efficient renovation of public buildings in cities
IV. Low carbon mobility and urban air quality
V. Climate change adaptation and risk prevention
VI. Cultural heritage (sites & buildings) at risk
VII. Accessibility for peripheral and border regions to TEN-T CNC networks/nodes

The online application form will not allow for choosing multiple priorities and specific objectives. 

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE has pre-defined the following categories of project outputs, which focus on policy support and implementation activities:

  • Strategy and action plan development and/or implementation
  • Tool development and/or implementation
  • Pilot actions
  • Trainings
  • Innovation networks (in case of SO 1.1)

Communication is about raising the awareness and informing target audiences as well as changing their attitudes and behaviour towards project activities and outcomes.

Communication plays a strategic role in successful projects. It will help projects to achieve the change they aim for with their activities. When developing project communication objectives it is important to bear in mind that these have to be intrinsically linked to the developed project outputs.

The project budget shall reflect the scope of a project and be related to activities foreseen in the work plan. Accordingly, there is no recommended minimum or maximum for the project budget, however, the minimum requirements set by the call for proposals have to be satisfied.

The share of project expenditure that is not covered by ERDF budget, has to be guaranteed through national co-financing. This can be provided as follows:

  • "Public national co-financing" is public funding at national, regional or local level, obtained via specific co-financing schemes set up by the Member States or provided directly with own funds by the partners having a public status. Co-financing of international organisations falls under this category.
  • "Private national co-financing" refers to the amount of own funds provided as match funding by private institutions.

Three levels of rules apply to the eligibility of expenditure in the framework of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme:

  • EU rules: As the programme is co-financed by the ERDF, all general rules concerning the eligibility of expenditure regarding structural funds are applicable.
  • Programme rules: Additional rules on eligibility of expenditure for the cooperation programme, as outlined in the programme implementation manual.
  • National (including institutional) eligibility rules: These rules apply for matters not covered by eligibility rules laid down in EU and programme rules.

Expenditure is eligible in following periods:

  • Costs for the implementation of an approved project are eligible from its start date until its end date as set in the subsidy contract. At the earliest, costs are eligible as from the day after the submission of the full application form, provided that this day is the official start date of the project as indicated in the application form. On this basis, partners may decide at their own risk to start the implementation of the project even before the monitoring committee decision for funding.
  • Costs for project closure (e.g. preparation and submission of the last progress report, final report and costs for control of expenditure) are eligible, and must be paid until the deadline for submission of the final report as set in the subsidy contract (i.e. three months after project end).

Approved projects which signed the subsidy contract with the managing authority can receive a lump-sum reimbursement of their preparation and contracting costs according to the following principles:

  • The lump sum amounts to EUR 15.000 of total eligible expenditure per project
  • The lump sum covers all costs linked to the preparation and/or contracting of the project until the day on which the final application form fulfilling all conditions for approval set by the programme have been finally accepted by the managing authority.

The ERDF contribution effectively granted to the project will be linked to the actual co-financing rate applicable to the partner(s) to whom the lump sum is allocated (in accordance to the approved application form).

Please note: In order to apply for the reimbursement of preparation costs, the preparation costs budget must be indicated in the application form, giving information on the amount allocated to the project partner(s).

Project budgets must be structured according to the following budget lines that have been simplified and harmonised with other Interreg programmes:

  • Staff costs
  • Office and administrative expenditure
  • Travel and accommodation costs
  • External expertise and services costs
  • Equipment expenditure
  • Infrastructure and works expenditure

The practice of splitting cost items among project partners (i.e. sharing of common costs) is not allowed. Accordingly, the budget allocated to a project partner shall fully reflect the activities actually implemented by that partner.

Acquisitions by means of public contracts of works, supplies or services from economic operators are subject to rules on public procurement. These rules aim at securing transparent and fair conditions for competing on the common market and have to be respected by beneficiaries.

Rules differ depending on the kind of goods and/or services to be purchased, as well as the value of the purchase and the legal status of the awarding institution. They are set at the following levels:

  • EU rules
  • National rules
  • Programme rules

Please note that with public procurement, differing from the hierarchy of rules concerning the eligibility of expenditure, all applicable EU and national rules are on a higher hierarchical level than the rules set by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme.

Institutions that do not fall under the scope of public procurement laws (e.g. private companies in case of procurement activities as defined under the “classical directive”) are exempt from the application of public procurement laws.

Notwithstanding this, such institutions have to observe the basic principles on which the procurement norms are based and ensure the best value for money or, if appropriate, the lowest price.

Please check national rules and guidelines in this respect (if available) which may set specific/stricter rules applicable also to institutions not falling under the scope of application of the public procurement laws. The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme has developed specific procedures to be followed by such institutions when procuring works, supplies or services. These are laid down in chapter C.1.5.1 of the implementation manual.

Applicants have to complete and submit the application forms via the electronic monitoring system (eMS) which can be accessed at https://ems.interreg-central.eu/

To use the online submission system, prior to submitting the application, the lead applicant must register and create a set of credentials. To register, applicants have to connect to the system at https://ems.interreg-central.eu/ and click on “Register”. The person registering should preferably be the contact person of the lead applicant institution. Please note that automatically generated emails (e.g. on successful submission) will be sent to this email address only. 

The person who creates the application in the electronic monitoring system must represent (or be authorised by) the lead applicant institution. This person can then add other registered users to an application (i.e. the project partners). After completing the application form, the lead applicant can finally submit it.

To a certain extent, it is possible for different users to simultaneously work on one application form in the electronic monitoring system (eMS). However, when working in parallel, users have to make sure though that they are not working in the same section or sub-section (in case that the section is divided).

Once the application form is at an advanced stage - but well before its final submission - it is recommended to perform the automatic check on completeness and correctness of data entered. This check is done by pressing the “Check Saved Project” button. The system then performs several automatic checks of the formal requirements (e.g. completeness of information). If all automatic checks are successfully passed, the message “Success” will be displayed. In case of automatic checks showing deficiencies, the system indicates these in an error message and the partnership can then amend the application form accordingly.

Please note: The electronic monitoring system will not check automatically the additional requirements on content and partnership in the fourth call!

Our general helpdesk provides basic information on contents and procedures of the call and can be reached by phone at +43 1 8908088-2403 or per e-mail at helpdesk(at)interreg-central.eu.

In addition, a technical helpdesk can be reached during office hours for any questions or problems related to the electronic monitoring system (eMS). Please contact the eMS helpdesk at +43 1 8908088-2405 or send an email to helpdesk(at)interreg-central.eu.

For further support measures offered by the programme please refer to the application manual.

Formal/administrative requirements to be observed by proposals are the following:

1. Submission of the proposal before the deadline set in the call announcement;
2. Submission of the application form completed in all its parts and in English language;
3. Submission of the lead applicant declaration signed and filled in in all its parts using the template provided by the programme without any modification, as further explained in chapter 5.1 of the application manual
4. Submission of all partner declarations filled in in all their parts using the template provide by the programme without any modification, as further explained in chapter 5.1;
5. In case of private lead applicant, availability of all other supporting documents as liste in chapter 5.1. of the application manual.

Proposals failing in any of the above requirements will be regarded as non-eligible and will not be further processed.

The fourth call sets additional specific requirement to be fulfilled by project proposals in order to be considered as eligible. They are summarised in the following table.

Requirement Explanation

A. Thematic focus

The project proposal focuses on one of the 7 selected topics 
B. Coordination

The project proposal coordinates the exploitation of outputs and results obtained from:

  • at least two projects funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme and listed in annex 1 (even if they belong to different topics);
  • And at least one thematically relevant project funded by a programme directly-managed by the European Commission (e.g. Horizon 2020/7th Framework Programme, LIFE, Connecting Europe Facility, Creative Europe, …)
 
C. Partnership

The partnership must respect the following minimum requirements:

  • At least 50 % of the partnership consists of institutions and bodies that have been involved in the pre-selected Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects (even if they belong to different topics - see annex 1) whose outputs and results are going to be exploited.
  • At least one partner is included from a project funded by a directly-managed EU programme, who brings in additional project outputs and results that will be exploited by the partnership.
D. Compulsory consultation The project proposal must have been consulted with the JS in the framework of a “compulsory consultation”. For further information on compulsory consultations please see chapter 7.
E. Multiple participation A same institution/body cannot be involved in more than one proposal within a same topic.


After the finalisation of the quality assessment, lead applicants are notified about the outcome.  Decisions on applications are taken by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE monitoring committee on the basis of the quality assessment. 

The network of National Contact Points provides support in national languages on primarily national application issues (through phone/Skype or personal meetings).

On the transnational level, inquiries are answered by an experienced helpdesk team that can be reached by phone +43 (0) 1 8908 088 2403 or at info(at)interreg-central.eu

Online matchmaking and partner search

The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE applicant community is an online platform where project ideas can be presented and shared for attracting additional partners.

In addition to the web community, a LinkedIn group for partner search offers support and networking opportunities. It has nearly 1 000 members already and applicants can discuss their project ideas here. 

Online applicant training

Hands-on tutorials will be regularly published on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel for update notifications.

 

Lead applicants have to book compulsory consultations between 8 April and 28 June 2019. The main aim of these consultations is to advise lead applicants on the relevance of their project ideas and to clarify technical questions on content, communication and finances.

Compulsory consultations can be held on the phone, online or in person by the programme Joint Secretariat in Vienna. They will last a maximum of one hour and it is recommended to book a consultation only when a project idea is developed in some detail. Not more than one individual consultation will be offered to the same project proposal.

Compulsory consultations will cover content issues as well as finances and communication. Consultation slots have to be requested via email through the Helpdesk, which can be reached at helpdesk(at)interreg-central.eu. For questions of a more general nature the permanent helpdesk can be addressed any time.

Requests for a compulsory consultation from a lead applicant must be accompanied by a preliminary concept already. Otherwise a slot cannot be booked. This concept must be based on the project idea form, which is available in the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Community (see above). Please note that consultations will not be based on the application form as such and cannot be regarded as a pre-assessment.

After a compulsory consultation, the programme will issue to the lead applicant an e-mail confirming that the individual consultation took place.

IMPORTANT: Project proposals submitted without participating in the compulsory consultation will become ineligible and will not be further processed.

Cross-fertilisation and matchmaking workshops (2-3 April 2019 in Vienna)

The workshops will provide basic information about the call and increase awareness of exploitable results from other Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects. The event will encourage initial matchmaking among projects as well as the discussion of ideas for project proposals. 

Who should attend: Beneficiaries of approved Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE projects


Info Day with European Commission (7 May 2019 in Brussels)

This joint event with Horizon 2020 will primarily aim at facilitating the matchmaking between Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE partners and partners from H2020/FP7 research projects. To achieve this, the event will offer interested lead applicants to pitch their project ideas to research institutions and involve them in the proposal. In addition, side meetings can be held among applicants.

Who should attend: Beneficiaries of approved projects from Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE and FP7/Horizon 2020.