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Question:

What types of activities should a project cover?

Answer:

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.