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 emerge that have an impact beyond the project duration.
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.