INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE First call for Proposals

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Interreg_Central_EuropeThe First Call for Proposals under the INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE 2014-2020 Programme has been published at 12th of February 2015. Public and Private organisations are invited to submit their applications.

The First Call is open to all programme priority axes and all specific objectives

Priority axis 1 – Cooperating on innovation to make CENTRAL EUROPE more competitive.
Specific objectives:
1.1 To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe
1.2 To improve skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in central European regions

Priority axis 2 – Cooperating on low carbon strategies in CENTRAL EUROPE
Specific objectives:
2.1 To develop and implement solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures
2.2 To improve territorially based low carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
2.3 To improve capacities for mobility planning in functional urban areas to lower CO2 emissions

Priority axis 3 – Cooperating on natural and cultural resources for sustainable growth in CENTRAL EUROPE
Specific objectives:
3.1 To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
3.2 To improve capacities for the sustainable use of cultural heritage and resources
3.3 To improve environmental management of functional urban areas to make them more liveable places

Priority axis 4 – Cooperating on transport to better connect CENTRAL EUROPE
Specific objectives:
4.1 To improve planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to national and European transport networks
4.2 To improve coordination among freight transport stakeholders for increasing multimodal environmentally-friendly freight solutions

The CENTRAL EUROPE programme area includes all regions from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as eight Länder from Germany (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, 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).

Up to EUR 80 Million ERDF will be allocated to the first call for proposals. Partnerships must involve:
– at least three financing partners,
– from at least three countries and
– being at least two of the partners located in CENTRAL EUROPE regions.

Eligible applicants are:
– National, regional and local public bodies (including EGTCs in the meaning of Article 2(16) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013)
– Private institutions, including private companies, having legal personality
– International organisations acting under the national law of any CENTRAL EUROPE Member State or, with restrictions, under international law.

The first call for proposals is organised according to a two-step procedure.
Step 1 Applicants have to submit a light application form providing an outline of the proposed project. The light application form goes beyond a mere expression of interest, which means that applicants have already in the first step to present a comprehensive picture of the project characteristics.
Step 2 Proposals pre-selected within step 1 of the call are invited to submit a “full application form” which includes additional details on the project work plan and budget.

The recommended financial size of projects to be submitted in the framework of the Call is in the range of EUR 1 to 5 million total cost and the recommended project duration is 30 to 36 months.

Applications for step 1 of this call must be submitted at the latest by Monday 13 April 2015, 18.00 CET

Synergy European Consulting can assist you all the way through the procedure, from the development of the initial idea, to a successful application.

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