Second call of Interreg North West-Europe (NWE) will be opened soon!

The second call of the EU programme Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) 2021-2027 will be opened on 14 November 2022. The call covers five priorities subdivided into nine specific objectives of the Interreg NWE programme. When the call opens additional information and relating documents will be published. Interested in Interreg NWE? You have until 9 February 2023 to submit an application (step 1).

Who can apply for Interreg NWE?

Collaborating parties from the new programme area 2021-2027 (see the figure below) are invited to apply for funding. Within this Interreg programme, ‘quadruple helix’ cooperation is key: cooperation between companies, governments, education / knowledge institutions and communities / end-user representatives.

Interreg NWE map

Figure 1. The Interreg NWE programme area

Which activities are eligible?

This Interreg NWE programme supports innovation & development through grant support of:

  • technology development;
  • pilot-projects;
  • roll-out of proven innovative concepts; and
  • the creation of strategies and action plans.

Large scale infrastructure development and fundamental research activities are not eligible. The awarding-grant rate of this Interreg programme is 60% of project costs, which means that applicants will need to co-finance the remaining 40% of the projects costs themselves.

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What are the priorities and objectives?

The priorities and specific objectives addressed by the second call have already been published. Do you have a project idea in mind? Find out via the table below whether your project fits one of the priorities or objectives:

Priority Specific objectives
Climate and environment


  • Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience taking into account ecosystem-based approaches;
  • Enhancing nature protection, biodiversity and reducing all forms of pollution.
Energy transition
  • Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Promoting renewable energy.
Circular economy Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy.
Innovation and resilience Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies.
Inclusive society
  • Enhancing the effectiveness and inclusiveness of labour markets and access to quality employment through developing social infrastructure and promoting social economy;
  • Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family-and-community-based care;
  • Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation.

Table 1: Thematic Priorities and Objectives of INTERREG NWE 2nd Call

What type of projects?

Interreg NWE projects generally concern so-called ‘regular projects’. These projects have to meet the following requirements:

  • the consortia consist of 10 to 15 partners;
  • the partners have to come from at least 3 different countries that are part of the programme area;
  • there is no maximum duration for regular projects, but in general an Interreg project has a duration between 2 and 5 years;
  • there is no set maximum amount for the project budget either. However, it is important to consider the relation between project budget and the goals of the project to ensure that the project provides a cost effective contribution to the NWE programme area.

There is a possibility that the second call will include a call specifically targeting ‘small scale’ projects on certain priorities / objectives. Small-scale projects meet the following aspects:

  • maximum project duration of 1.5 years;
  • maximum project budget between € 000 and € 500.000; and
  • a consortium consisting of 3 to 7 partners from at least 3 countries that are part of the NWE programme area.

What does the application process look like for Interreg NWE?

The application process for Interreg NWE consist of two steps.

  1. Step 1 consists of showing the necessity and justification for the project, the goals and added value of the approach used in the project and the relevance of the consortium members. Projects that are selected after step 1 will be asked to submit a more detailed application during step 2.
  2. Step 2 consists of a more detailed application that needs to be accompanied by a complete workplan and detailed budget overview.

Kick-off event for this Interreg NWE call

On 29 November 2022 a kick-off event for the second call will be organised in Düsseldorf Germany. During this event project ideas can be pitched and there is an opportunity to meet potential consortium partners.

In need of advice or support?

Hezelburcht has supported several Interreg applications in the recent past. We are therefore in an excellent position to increase the success rate of your application. If you would like to know more about what we can do for you, please contact one of our specialists!

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