Interreg Baltic Sea - first call for project platform applications
Interreg Baltic Sea Region is launching the first call for applications for project platforms in selected specific objectives in its priorities 1-3.
A project platform is a framework for cooperation of core partners of projects funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region and other funding programmes in a certain thematic field. It involves cooperation with other stakeholders in that thematic field beyond project partnerships, for example coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The main aim of project platforms is to increase the impact of Interreg Baltic Sea Region and other EU-funded projects in the area.
A project platform will be implemented as a project within the framework of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Platform partners will have to provide their own contribution in order to receive Programme co-financing. The Programme is designed under the territorial cooperation goal of the European Union. In practice, the Programme combines financing from the European Union provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)1 as well as the financial contribution of the Kingdom of Norway and the Russian Federation.
Topics of project platforms
This call for project platforms is open for applications in selected specific objectives of the Programme, as detailed below. This means that each project platform has to be in line with the thematic focus of one of these objectives and contribute to the selected Programme results. More than one project platform may apply and be selected within each specific objective described below.
Priority 1 Capacity for innovation
Specific objective 1.2 Smart specialisation
Priority 2 Efficient management of natural resources
Specific objective 2.1 Clear waters
Specific objective 2.4 Blue growth
Priority 3 Sustainable transport
Specific objective 3.1 Interoperability
Specific objectives 3.3 Maritime safety
Specific objectives 3.4 Environmentally friendly shipping
The project platform consortia should be built strategically, involving partners who demonstrate good knowledge of outputs of their regular projects (e.g. lead partners or leaders of work packages) and engaging coordinators of the EUSBSR. The platforms are encouraged to combine expertise, where thematically suitable, from different thematic priorities of the Programme e.g. transport with innovation or environment. Platforms have to follow the same principles of composition of the partnership as regular projects. They have to involve at least three project partners from three different countries of the Programme area: a lead partner and at least two project partners. Lead partners must be located in the territory of an EU Member State in the Programme area or in Norway. At least one of the partners has to be located in the territory of an EU Member State in the Programme area. An additional requirement is that the partners have to represent at least two different regular projects co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region and at least one project of another EU funding programme. The overall number of partners depends on the character of the platform. The number of partners should allow for efficient daily cooperation.
The project platform duration consists of three phases: a contracting phase, an implementation phase and a closure phase. The contracting phase lasts three months and starts the day after the MC approval. The closure phase lasts three months.
The duration of the implementation phase of the project platforms may vary and can last up to 36 months (but end no later than September 2021).
The total budget for a project platform can be up to EUR 1,000,000. Platforms with smaller budgets are encouraged to apply, too.
Project partners have to provide their own contribution to receive Programme co-financing. The level of these contributions depends on the Programme co-financing rate which varies between countries and funds. Partners from Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden are entitled to receive 75% ERDF co-financing, while partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are entitled to 85% ERDF co-financing. Norwegian partners will receive 50% co-financing from Norwegian national funding. Russian partners will receive 85% Programme co-financing, combining the EU funding from the European Neighbourhood Instrument and the financial contribution of the Russian Federation. Partner organisations located outside of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region area are entitled to receive 75% ERDF co-financing when joining the platforms as partners.
The Programme rules for eligibility of costs apply. The majority of the platform funding is expected to cover staff costs, travel and accommodation costs as well as costs related to organisation of events and other communication activities. External expertise may be included, if needed.
The official Programme documents are available on the Programme website: www.interreg-baltic.eu and include:
• Interreg Baltic Sea Region Cooperation Programme;
• Programme Manual;
• Application package for project platforms; and
• Guidance for Russian partners.
The MA/JS offers the following assistance to applicants:
• For general advice please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org;
• The MA/JS offers consultations at its offices in Rostock and Riga, as well as during a platform development event and via telephone/skype. If interested, please write to: email@example.com;
• The MA/JS organises an event to facilitate the project platform development process. Information about the upcoming event is available at the Programme website: http://www.interreg-baltic.eu/events.html.