Many of the economic, social and environmental challenges faced by Europe today are not confined by national borders – their effects are felt and shared across countries. The EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation recognises regional cross-border and transnational cooperation as a key driver to find shared solutions to these issues.
We aim to strengthen transnational cooperation to solve common European challenges.
The €34.5 million Fund supports cooperation projects focusing on knowledge sharing, exchange of good practice and capacity building across the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. Within these sectors, funding is allocated to initiatives such as:
- Inclusive dialogue and the strengthening of transnational/regional networks, knowledge sharing and policy exchange to accelerate innovation
- The development of sustainable transnational cooperation structures between the business sector, public sector, civil sector and academia
- Engagements contributing to and enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in policy development and responses to common European challenges
The projects supported must be regional cross-border or transnational in nature and involve partners and activities in at least three different countries. Entities in the following countries are eligible for funding:
- Czech Republic
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- North Macedonia
Selection of projects
A call for proposals was launched in 2018. Over 700 applications were submitted, involving thousands of entities across Europe. Out of these, 42 project consortia were invited to submit a full proposal for funding before the deadline 4 July 2019. Of those, 40 submitted a full proposal. The final selection of which projects will received funding is expected to take place in late autumn 2019.
No decision has been made yet on future funding opportunities in the Fund for Regional Cooperation.