Interreg NWE for collaborative projects will open for applications in March!
The EU grant programme, Interreg NWE (North-West Europe), will soon open for applications. Organisations from parts of North-West Europe can collaborate and apply for funding for their projects. The first call opens on 22 March 2022 and the deadline for submitting project ideas (Step 1) will be on 15 June 2022. Read all you need to know about this call here:
- Priorities of Interreg NWE
- For whom is this programme?
- Which projects are eligible for funding?
- The application procedure
- Deadlines and other important dates
- In need of advice and support?
Priorities of Interreg NWE
Based on the latest draft version of the Interreg NWE programme 2021 – 2027 (dated 10 February 2022), your project should meet one of the following priorities:
- Priority 1 – Smart climate and environmental resilience for NWE territories;
- Priority 2 – Smart and just energy transition for NWE territories;
- Priority 3 – Transition towards a place-based circular economy;
- Priority 4 – Improving territorial resilience in NWE through innovative and smart transformation;
- Priority 5 – Transition towards a socially inclusive and resilient society.
More information on these priorities can be found here.
For whom is this programme?
All types of organisations that are located in the programme area (see below) can – as part of a partnership – submit an application. These include local, regional & national authorities, knowledge institutions, SMEs and public institutions. A partnership usually consists of 5 to 12 parties from 3 to 5 countries.
The programme area
The Interreg NWE programme area builds on the programme area of the 2014 – 2020 period, with two important changes:
- The United Kingdom is no longer participating in the programme;
- New regions in the Netherlands and Germany have been added to the programme area. As a result, the whole of the Netherlands is now included in the new programme area.
An overview of the new programme area can be found in below:
Which projects are eligible for funding?
You can get funding for so-called ‘soft’ actions. These include actions such as testing, pilot actions, capacity building and demonstration of innovation projects. The actions must be aimed at cross-border collaboration or a shared transnational problem /opportunity.
In addition, a distinction is made between:
- Typical projects: relatively large, complex, task-oriented and with an execution time between 2 to 5 years;
- Small-scale projects: 3 to7 partners, project budget range is € 200,000 – € 500,000 and the execution time is maximum 1.5 years.
The application procedure
The application procedure consists of two steps:
- Submit a project idea in which you outline the project need, objective and relevance of the partnership;
- Submit the full application in which you elaborate on the components of Step 1, with the addition of a full workplan and budget.
Deadlines and other important dates
The first Interreg NWE call will open on 22 March 2022. The deadline for Step 1 takes place on 15 June 2022. The deadline for Step 2 has not been announced yet. The aim is to open 1 or 2 calls per year in the coming years.
On 31 March 2022 an online opening event will take place (from 14.00 to 16.00 CET). You can register for this event here.
In need of advice or support?
Hezelburcht has supported several Interreg applications in the (recent) past. We are also regularly called in to find additional partners. Is your organisation considering taking part in the first Interreg NWE call? Then contact us for a one-on-one meeting and make use of our expertise to draw up a successful application!