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:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- 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 still ongoing.
No decision has been made yet on future funding opportunities in the Fund for Regional Cooperation.