Transnational cooperation in the Danube region; application for funding

"Interreg VI B Danube Region" is a funding program of the EU to strengthen the transnational cooperation of the countries in the Danube region. Funding is provided for joint projects of transnational partners in selected thematic areas.



The Interreg program promotes economic, social and spatial cohesion in the Danube region. Transnational cooperation takes place within the framework of joint projects of public and private decision-makers and actors. Interreg offers them the opportunity to develop ideas and test new ways of working. The partners jointly develop strategies and approaches to solutions for their respective core topic and implement them in pilot projects. The international exchange and the different experiences and backgrounds of the project partners provide space for innovative solutions and the mutual exchange of expertise. In addition, developments, investments and networks can be created that have an impact beyond the duration of the project.


A central challenge is the very different economic power of the participating regions. The promotion of economic and social innovations is therefore a focal point. Furthermore, project proposals that meet the challenges of climate change. In addition, the potential offered by the cultural and scenic diversity of the Danube regions must be utilized and preserved. In view of the fragmentation into numerous national and regional administrative units, more efficient administration is also an important issue.


Eligible to apply are public and private actors as legal entities that have their seat in the program area of "Interreg VI B Danube Region", e.g. public authorities (federal government, states, regions, municipalities), public service providers, research institutions, universities, chambers, associations, business development organizations, enterprises and non-governmental organizations.

In addition to the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the EU member states Bulgaria, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and parts of Ukraine are participating.

Eligible costs

Funding is available, for example, for feasibility studies and development strategies, the establishment of information centers, competence, knowledge and technology transfer centers and other joint institutions, and small infrastructure and pilot investments. Eligible costs include personnel and administrative costs, travel costs, external expertise and services, equipment costs, and, to a limited extent, capital expenditures.

Type and amount of funding

Funding is provided in the form of a grant, the amount of which depends on the type and scope of the project. The funding rate is up to 80% of the eligible project costs.


The proposed project is supported by at least three partners from at least three different countries, of which at least one partner is based in an EU member state. This partner takes the lead as "Lead Partner" and is responsible for the application and coordination of the project development and implementation. As a rule, project consortia comprise about 8 to 12 partners from 6 to 10 countries.


Applications are to be submitted online in English on the program's website (see under "Online procedure"; there also detailed information on how to apply).

The German contact points and the secretariats provide potential applicants with information and, if necessary, practical advice during the application process. A monitoring committee composed of national and regional representatives of the participating countries in the respective cooperation area decides on project applications.

Information office for Bavarian project partners

Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy
Josef Huber
Prinzregentenstraße 28
80538 Munich
Phone: 089 2162-2018
Fax: 089 2162-3018

German Contact Point Danube Region

National Contact Point Interreg Danube Program
in the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Tourism
Amir Kalajdzini
Schlossplatz 4 (Neues Schloss)
70173 Stuttgart
Phone: 0711-123 2712
Mobile: 0172 1882983

Joint Secretariat of the Program

Danube Transnational Programme Joint Secretariat
József Nádor Tér 2-4, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36 1795 9193

Special notes

Projects must be transnational in scope and must measurably and sustainably improve regional development on the ground. Infrastructure measures and the acquisition of material resources are generally not funded within Interreg VI B programs.


In the current funding period, the program covers the period 2021 to 2027. Projects must be completed by 2029 at the latest. The calls and deadlines for submitting funding applications can be found on the program's website (see "Related links"). The period between the publication of the respective current documents (start of the project call) and the submission deadline of the concept is usually between eight weeks and four months. The preparation of project proposals should therefore begin before the official start date of the call.

Processing time

The decision on project funding usually takes 8 to 12 months.


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