Fund for Regional Cooperation

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About

The Fund for Regional Cooperation supports projects tackling common European challenges through regional cross-border and transnational cooperation.

The Challenge

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.

Our Approach

Our goal

We aim to strengthen transnational cooperation to solve common European challenges.

How?

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:

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

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.

An infographic illustrating the number of shortlisted applications by priority sectors

 

View the infographic for a full overview of the geographical participation in the shortlisted projects.

No decision has been made yet on future funding opportunities in the Fund for Regional Cooperation.