Transnational cooperation in Northwest Europe; application for funding
"Interreg VI B Northwest Europe" is an EU funding program to strengthen transnational cooperation between the countries of Northwest Europe. Funding is provided for joint projects between transnational partners in selected thematic areas.
The Interreg program promotes economic, social and spatial cohesion in Northwest Europe. Transnational cooperation takes place through joint projects between 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.
The program area Northwest Europe comprises some of the economically strongest regions in Europe and is characterized by a coexistence of numerous metropolitan regions and large cities as well as rural, economically weaker regions. The main challenges of this region are climate neutrality, resource conservation, and economic resilience through locally based innovation drivers. In addition, social issues such as access to labor markets, health and culture also play a major role.
Eligible for funding are public and private actors as legal entities that are located in the program area of "Interreg VI B Northwest Europe". Eligible partners are e.g. public authorities (federal government, states, regions, municipalities), public service providers, research institutions, universities, chambers, associations, business development organizations, companies and non-governmental organizations.
In addition to the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria (the administrative districts of Upper, Central and Lower Franconia and Swabia), Bremen, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony (the Leine-Weser region), Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, the EU member states Belgium, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and parts of the Netherlands and France are involved.
Funding is available, for example, for the development and implementation of strategies, concepts, instruments and transnational innovation networks or clusters as well as, to a limited extent, infrastructure and pilot investments.
Eligible costs include personnel and administrative costs, travel costs, external expertise and services, costs for events and materials, and, to a limited extent, investments.
Type and amount of funding
Funding is provided in the form of a grant; the amount depends on the type and scope of the project. The funding rate for Bavarian project partners is up to 60% 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 two partners are based in the program area. One of them 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" and "Related links"; detailed information on submitting applications is also available there).
The German contact points and the secretariats provide potential applicants with information and, if necessary, practical advice during the application process. A monitoring committee consisting 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 for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy
Dr. Thomas Bonn
Phone: 089 2162-2023
Fax: 089 2162-3023
German Contact Point Northwest Europe
Interreg NWE Contact Point
in the Ministry of the Interior and for Sport Rhineland-Palatinate
Joint Secretariat of the Program
"Les Arcuriales", 6th Floor, 45 rue de Tournai, Entrée D
59000 Lille, France
Phone: +33 (0)3 20 78 55 00
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 six weeks and three months. The preparation of project proposals should therefore begin before the official start date of the call.
The decision on project funding usually takes 6 to 10 months.
Links to more information
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, locally limited
- Fees, Bavaria-wide
- Fees, locally limited