Fund title: EU Interreg Programmes
Focus of fund/fund aims:
To support international collaboration.
From 2014 to 2020, Devon has access to funding from five separate Interreg programmes which support co-operation and sharing of good practice between European regions:
France (Channel) England – for co-operation between areas of England and France bordering the English Channel. The priorities are to: support innovation; support the transition to a low-carbon economy; enhance and protect the area’s natural and cultural heritage; ensure balanced and inclusive development.
Now using an open call system: next deadlines are 4 September 2017, 9 October 2018
Atlantic Area – for co-operation between regions along Europe’s Atlantic coasts. The priorities are to: stimulate innovation and competitiveness; foster resource efficiency; strengthen risk management systems; and enhance biodiversity and natural/cultural assets.
Guillaume Le Palud Guillaume.Le-Palud@communities.gsi.gov.uk is the UK contact point for the Atlantic Area.
2 Seas – to promote co-operation between the coastal regions of NE France, southern & eastern England, Belgium (Flanders) and the Netherlands (south coastal area).
The 5th call for project proposals is now open and closes 27 October 2017.
North West Europe – the whole of the UK and Ireland are included in the North West Europe programme along with Belgium, Luxembourg and parts of France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
The next call deadline is 17 November 2017. Information and advice is available from the UK contact point
Interreg Europe – this programme covers the whole of the EU plus Norway and Switzerland.
The breadth of these programmes means that they can be very useful in funding joint initiatives with other countries in the areas of research & innovation, competitive businesses, low carbon technologies and resource management. Projects do need to be genuinely transnational – establishing a network or shared approach, or developing a joint product or service.