Interreg Atlantic Area is a European funding programme that promotes transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions in five European countries.
The aim of this call is to fund projects that make regions more resilient to common challenges.
The first call for proposals intends to select high quality transnational projects, in which relevant organisations cooperate to make regions more resilient to common challenges that know no borders and which cannot be solved alone. Within the first call, project proposals can be submitted under the three thematic Programme priorities and seven specific objectives:
1. Blue innovation and competitiveness (Smarter Europe)
1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitalisation for citizens, companies, research organisation and public authoritities
2. Blue and green environment (Greener Europe)
2.1 Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
2.2 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system-based approaches
2.3 Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy
2.4 Enhancing protection and preservation of nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure, including in urban areas, and reducing all forms of pollution
3. Blue sustainable tourism and culture (Social Europe)
3.1 Enhancing the role of culture and tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation
Projects financed by the Atlantic Area Programme must demonstrate high transnational cooperation intensity throughout their lifetime with a clear focus on results. This means that partners must work together to deliver, disseminate and roll-out the results of their project.
Moreover, a special emphasis will be placed on promoting partnerships involving a high diversity of actors covering the quadruple helix approach, including the relevant social and civil society actors, to achieve better linkages between public, private and research actors.
Projects must include at least one partner from each Member State of the cooperation area which is as follows:
Projects should involve 4 to 12 full partners, taking into account that projects must include at least partners from the 4 MS of the cooperation area, one per country.
Lead Partner organisations can be public bodies, universities, education and research organisations, private institutions (not-for-profit) and international organisations acting under national law. The Lead Partner must be located in the Programme eligible area.
The indicative duration is up to 36 months.
The total project amount should preferentially be, for this call in a range between EUR 1 and 3.5 million. Projects will be co-financed and reimbursed up to 75%.