The Interreg North-West Europe Programme fosters transnational cooperation to make Northwestern Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion.
Seven countries belong to the Interreg North-West Europe Programme area: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
This call aims to promote a green, smart and just transition for all NWE territories with the aim to support a balanced development and make all regions more resilient.
To deliver this ambition, the Programme has identified five thematic priorities, each of which is sub-divided into Specific Objectives (SO).
The Programme developed factsheets for each SO with a summary of the territorial challenges and opportunities, objectives, target groups, activities, and results.
The factsheets provide for each Specific Objective (SO) a summary of the territorial challenges and opportunities, objectives, target groups, activities, and results. These are designed to help potential applicants understand what is expected from projects under each topic.
The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Programme is one of the fourteen transnational cooperation programmes financed by the European Union. It is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ERDF is one of the funds designed to improve EU Cohesion.
The Programme encourages public, scientific, private and civil society organisations to cooperate with a view to promote a green, smart and just transition for all NWE territories. The aim is to support a balanced development and make all regions more resilient. The Programme co-finances these organisations to work together in transnational projects on specific themes.
All projects financed by the Programme will need to 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.
To deliver its aim, the Programme has identified five thematic priorities, each of which is sub-divided into Specific Objectives (SO). These priorities and Specific Objectives are:
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 smarttransformation
Priority 5 –Transition towards a socially inclusive and resilient society
The current call for proposals is open to all five thematic priorities. Transnational partnerships are invited to submit their project application under one priority, and within this chosen priority, under one Specific Objective.
The Programme targets all or parts of seven participating countries, including six EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) and the non-Member State Switzerland.
A wide range of public and private (non-profit and profit making) organisations are welcomed to take part in NWE project partnerships including national, regional and local authorities (or EGTC’s, or public equivalent organisations), universities, R&D centres, SMEs and business support organisations (BSOs), sectoral associations, NGOs, lobby organisations and citizens groups.
Projects should bring together at least three partners from three different countries (usually more) of which two need to be from within the NWE Programme area.
The ‘lead partner principle’ will apply to the project management system, meaning that one partner takes the lead in the project. The lead partner must be an organisation which is public, non-profit or governed by public law, and it must be located in the NWE Programme area.
The lead partner is the link between the project partnership and the Joint Secretariat, Programme bodies, the European Commission and other interested parties. Furthermore, it will supervise the administrative and financial management of the project and bear legal responsibility and liability for them.
Over the lifetime of the Programme, € 287 million of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)will be allocated to projects. No ceiling is set for this call.
All projects need to have a partner contribution (provide match-funding). The maximum ERDF grantrate for partners is 60% of the total project budget. The partnership needs to contribute the remaining 40%.
Project applicants should start by having a close look at the Interreg NWE Programme Manual.
Continuous assistance will be provided by the Interreg NWE network of contact points during both stages of project development. They are available to respond to any queries. All contact details can be found on the here.
Project applicants can also register to the NWE online community to find partners, join partnerships or network with other organisations from the North-West Europe area. They are also invited to sign up for updates on the NWE website and follow the Programme’s social media channels to be informedof any updates concerning the call.