The Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's contributes to and aligns with the European Cohesion strategy of a Greener and Smarter Europe, and a Europe closer to citizens, National and Regional policies and development strategies, macro regional and sea basin strategies, and other programmes covering parts of the geographical area.
This call aims to support communities cooperating with each other to harness opportunities, find common solutions to shared challenges and together become more prosperous and resilient.
Main projects are expected to develop concrete and durable project outputs, leading to a positive impact on the project’s target groups in the Programme area. An output should be captured by an output indicator, and directly contribute to the achievement of the result envisaged by the programme objectives, as outlined in the annexed Programme and project logic.The Monitoring Committee is looking to fund projects in the following Priorities:
PRIORITY 1: Strengthening the innovation capacity for resilient and attractive NPA communities
1.1 - Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies
1.2 - Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities and
1.3 - Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments
PRIORITY 2: Strengthening the capacity for climate change adaptation, and resource sufficiency in NPA communities
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 and
2.3 - Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy
PRIORITY 3: Strengthening the organisational capacity among NPA communities to make use of cooperation opportunities
3.1 – Enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders to implement macro-regional strategies and sea-basin strategies, as well as other territorial strategies
Besides main projects in Priorities 1 and 2, the Monitoring Committee is looking to fund capacity building small-scale projects in Priority 3. The purpose of these small-scale projectsis to strengthen the organisational capacity among NPA communities to make better use of cooperation opportunities, and thereby develop more resilient communities. This includes working with natural and cultural heritage to protect, promote and develop these important features for the programme area and developing wider territorial synergies and links to the benefits of the programme area. In addition, this type of project is aimed at building up cooperation capacity and experience for representatives of specific underrepresented groups (e.g. young people, and indigenous peoples) in the programme area. The ambition is that partners become better suited for engagement in main projects as partners in the future.
In the second call, project applications addressing the development and transfer of capacity building concepts to engage young people in cooperation are of particular interest.
Main projects involve partners from at least 3 programme partner countries, at least one of which from an EU Member States. Partnerships are recommended to include at least 2 of the 3 geographical zones of the programme area: Finland-Sweden-Norway; Ireland; Faroe Islands-Greenland-Iceland. Partners from other countries such as Russia, Canada, and the UK are also invited to consider their participation. In addition to expectations outlined in the Interreg Regulation (Article 26, Regulation 2021/1059), Lead Partners have to meet the following criteria: they are a public sector organisation and are based in the NPA Programme area, unless they have a national remit that covers the Programme area.
Main projects: 3 years for project activities.
An average main project is expected to have a budget of 1.500 000 EUR.
Capacity building small-scale projects applying under Priority 3 have a total budget of no more than 200.000 EUR. The support to the beneficiaries will be handled as a lump sum based on a draft budget established on a case-by-case basis and agreed ex ante by the Managing Authority.
In general, all partners regardless of whether they are located in an EU Member State or not may apply for a grant rate of up to 65%, except for partners from Norway who may apply for a grant rate of up to 50%.
Partners from outside the programme area are eligible for receiving ERDF grant up to 65%, if the necessary national agreements are in place.