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The second Northern Dimension Day took place in Stockholm, Sweden, back‐to‐back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy…

EuroAccess: New portal to EU funding is now online!

A new portal, EuroAccess,  has been launched acting as a gateway to EU funding, providing the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to!) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others.

EuroAccess is based on the success of DanubeAccess, which promoted funding opportunities from the geographical area covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, it is now extended to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018.

Check out the portal now: www.euro-access.eu.

Open Call: Mobility scheme for Artists & Culture Professionals

This call for tenders aims to define and test a cross-border mobility scheme tailored for artists and culture professionals. The initiative paves the way for the full implementation of such a mobility scheme after 2020 within the proposed future Creative Europe Programme.

A call for tenders has been published (EAC-18-2018) to test an experimental cross-border individual mobility scheme tailored for the needs of artists and culture professionals.
The initiative will allow the testing of a new funding scheme to be scaled up in 2019 and 2020, and implemented on a regular basis from 2021 onwards.
 
The successful bidder will design and test a mobility fund that will complement existing mobility schemes available at local, regional and/or national levels. In particular, it should establish the conditions and criteria to implement an effective funding scheme for the individual mobility of artists and culture professionals across borders. The winning bid should also formulate policy recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States towards its full implementation in the next Creative Europe programme proposed for the period 2021 -2027.
 
All tendering documents can be found here on the dedicated web page.

Call for proposals: Supporting the development and promotion of transnational thematic tourism products—exploiting synergies between tourism and cultural and creative industries

Support for transnational thematic tourism linked to cultural and creative industries

Deadline: 19/07/2018

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has just published a call for proposals
This call encourages the development and promotion of transnational thematic tourism with synergies between cultural and creative industries. It does so by providing co-financing. 
The call especially targets transnational projects with cooperation between tourism and cultural and creative industry (CCI) related SMEs to create innovative and tangible tourism offers. These offers should use the creative potential of CCIs for new tourism experiences or the enhancement of existing ones.

Are you interested in this call?
See EASME's pagefor all the details and documents.

Call for Proposals: Raising awareness of climate change and its impacts among young people of Northern Dimension regions

Raising awareness of climate change and its impacts among young people of Northern Dimension regions - 2018 Call for Proposals

Contributing to the environmental education of young people in the Northern Dimension regions , thus increasing awareness of the population in the environmental issues and ensuring thoughtful handling of the environmental challenges

Deadline: 21/05/2018 at 15:30 (Brussels date and time)

More information can be found here (PDF).

Call for projects that put culture at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation and empower the future-builders of the region

Call for projects that put culture at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation and empower the future-builders of the region: Call open from 15 February – 31 March 2018

Regional Identity is a long-term priority of CBSS aiming to develop and foster the concept of a belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, networks and multilevel governance. We would like to see projects that focus on either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth.

Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The projects shall aim to strengthen children and young people’s influence and participation in organisational, cultural, and educational settings (international labor and student mobility, improved common education and labor market) and to strengthen a sense of “we-feeling” in the Baltic Sea Region.

Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and we welcome projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences. The declaration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 offers a fantastic opportunity to focus on Baltic Sea Region cultural heritage. Looking at our common history fosters mutual understanding and is an important prerequisite for jointly tackling the challenges the Baltic Sea Region faces today.

What are the platforms for cooperation on education in the Baltic Sea Region in the future? CBSS has for years devoted attention to higher education, with projects within this field still remaining of high interests. We also welcome projects in other fields within education and projects that address the need for a strategic approach toward education in the region.

To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Projects supported should provide space for both professionals as well as ordinary citizens to get involved and make their voices heard. Respect for the inviolability of human dignity – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability is implicit and every project should take gender mainstreaming into consideration.

Project Support Facility (PSF) in brief:

  • The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome.
  • The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 65 000 euros.
  • The project proposals may be initiated by individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies in the CBSS Member states, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.
  • The granted projects should have the potential to become a basis for a network, partnership or cooperation model that would become viable beyond the duration of the project life itself.

Apply by 31 March 2018

Read more at: www.cbss.org

Funding available to support transport projects

From 30 October 2017, you can apply for funding under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme through three calls that are open for proposal submission. The total available funding is €267 million.

Open calls:

  • Calls on Mobility for Growth (two stages and single stage)
  • Call on Automated Road Transport
  • Call on Green Vehicles

These calls are part of the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge.

The specific focus of these three calls is to support research and innovation activities in relation with low-carbon and sustainable transport; automated road transport; electrified vehicles; safe and resilient transport systems; European industrial leadership as well as behavioural issues and user needs for mobility solutions.

For more information, please see INEA's website.

‘BONUS call 2017: Synthesis’ call is now open

A competitive ‘BONUS call 2017: Synthesis’ call is now open. Proposals are invited until 9 November 2017 for transnational desktop-studies of up to 18-months and EUR 450 000 of funding. Mandatory preregistration for all applicants is a month earlier on 9 October 2017.

What is expected from a synthesis project?

Knowledge synthesis is central for knowledge translation from research community to practice and for ensuring evidence-based decision making. This call sets out to synthesise the research outputs that address the challenges for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea ecosystem services. As inherent elements of knowledge synthesis, the proposed projects are expected to perform critical review of research outputs as well as identify the knowledge gaps and further research needs. Each project funded will be also expected to analyse how successfully the outputs of science have been taken up at different levels of public governance and management, and by industry, and suggest ways to enhance the societal significance and impact of research and innovation relevant to the specific topic. Topics selected for this call extend across the strategic objectives and themes of the BONUS strategic research agenda (SRA); they require an interdisciplinary approach and shall therefore be examined from different angles, e.g. natural science, technology, economy, social aspects.Projects are expected to analyse as broad body of research outputs as necessary for robust and unbiased review and credible gap analysis, including, but not limited to, the outputs of research done within BONUS. Wherever possible and appropriate, projects are expected to apply systematic review methodology, combined, where necessary, with a narrative approach. If not stated otherwise, each project is expected to produce as its deliverables at least three review papers devoted to different aspects of the problem, each accompanied by a policy brief(s) distributed to the potential users in a targeted manner as well as appropriate, popular dissemination materials targeting broad society.

Link to the Bonus Call.

In the core of BONUS is a long-term collaboration that supports sustainable development and implementation of HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan, the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other national, regional and European policy developments.

BONUS is funded jointly by the eight member countries around the Baltic Sea and the EU by a total of EUR 100 million for the years 2011-2020. A total of 40 projects have received BONUS funding by August 2017.

ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017 for Innovation Projects – Deadline extended

Call for Innovation Projects

Cooperation in innovation, research and development is a key dimension in the relations between the European Union and Russia. In this context ERA.Net RUS Plus has implemented a Joint Call for transnational and scientifically excellent research projects in two funding lines: one for 'Innovation projects', and one for 'S&T projects' between 2014 and 2016. The second call round, the ‘ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017’ will continue the support of ‘S&T projects’ in the fields of Nanotechnologies, Health, Environment/Climate Change, Social Sciences & Humanities and Robotics as well as the support of ‘Innovation projects’.

Call closing: 10 October 2017, 15.00 CEST.

More information at Era.Net RUS Plus.

Fifth Call for Applications is now open: Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme

The Fifth Call for main project applications is open from 1st October 2017 to 28th February 2018.

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme contributes to and aligns with the Europe 2020 Strategy, national and regional policies and development strategies, macro regional and sea basin strategies, and other programmes covering parts of the geographical area.
The programme’s vision is to assist in the generation of vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation, expanding the capacity for entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth initiatives and opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.
To date, the NPA 2014-2020 Monitoring Committee has in total committed approximately 67% of the programme funding to 35 projects.

More information, Terms of Reference, announcement document and contacts can be found on the Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 website.

Supporting the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries

COS-TOURCCI-2017-3-03: Supporting the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries

This call for proposals aims at co-funding projects developing and promoting transnational tourism products related specifically to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) subsector 'cultural heritage'. A particular focus is being placed on using CCIs-related technologies in promoting these tourism products and enhancing visitor's experience.

Eligibility of applicants

Applicants must be legal entities and must correspond to the definition of at least one of the target organisations mentioned in section 6 of the call that are active in the field of tourism, cultural and creative industry (CCIs). Applicants must also be fully or partly public or private bodies; private bodies must be properly constituted and registered under national law.

Only applications from legal entities established in the following countries are eligible:

  • EU Member
  • States countries participating in the COSME programme pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation

The consortium must gather a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 members/partners—different legal entities—covering at least 4 eligible countries.

The consortium must be composed of at least:

  • a) one managing authority of a UNESCO cultural site included in the World Heritage list
  • b) one SME—Small and Medium-Sized enterprise—acting in the tourism or the CCIs subsector cultural heritage
  • c) one national or regional or local public authority

For more details, please consult the text of the call available at EASME website.

Submission of proposals

The deadline for electronic submission is 29 June 2017 17.00 hours (Brussels time).

For more information see EASME website.

Call for Proposals (2017) for “Ageing and Place in a digitising world”

Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”
The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change
Call for research proposals 2017 "Ageing and place in a digitising world"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 03 OF APRIL AT 17:00 (CET)

This Call 2017 “Ageing and place in a digitising world” is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities to learn, and the use of technologies of all kinds. As it is conventional, with “older” we here broadly refer to anyone over the age of 50: from those who are still healthy and active to those in the final stages of life, whether living at home or in long-term institutions. This group is rapidly growing in the population and the experience of later life is changing for many people. Although many older people remain very active, as they age, they are increasingly likely to have particular needs in terms of their living environment. To participate in learning and to have access to new technologies -and to be able to use them- becomes even more important as we age as our conditions, prospects and abilities are changing.

The overarching aim of our JPI is to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, to enable less-active elderly to be more engaged in social life and more active contributors to wider society, and to do this in cost-effective ways. Also, it is important to recognise the diversity of older people and to ensure that practical and policy changes do not unfairly put them at a disadvantage on the basis of factors like gender, ethnic origin, social class, location or disability.

To achieve this, we need a better understanding of how to introduce changes based on a multitude of needs in older people. We are interested, therefore, in understanding the implementation of new technologies in an inclusive manner, to help finding new solutions which accommodate individuals´ needs, aspirations and limitations, as well as the ways in which they learn and interact with others.

Under the umbrella of the JPI MYBL, the 3rd Joint Transnational Call will be launched with funding from the following partner organisations:

  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), Austria
  • Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Austria
  • Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium
  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland
  • Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italy
  • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness – State Agency for Research, Spain
  • National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), Sweden
  • The Swedish Innovation agency (Vinnova), Sweden
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The Netherlands

For more information click here.

 

Nordic Culture Point Culture and Art Programme 2017

The Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. The general aim is to provide support to innovative projects of high artistic and cultural merit, that promote a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region.

The programme grants funding to projects within all areas of art and culture, in all project phases. You can apply for funding for projects that invest in cultural and artistic productions and creative work and to arrange and implement projects that build knowledge within the field of art and culture.

Application deadlines

03.02.2017 - 06.03.2017

18.08.2017 - 20.09.2017

Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.

Nordic Culture Point Mobility Funding for 2017

Mobility Funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by supporting traveling, networking and residential activities.

Mobility Funding is granted for travels and stays within the Nordic region and the Baltic states. It provides individuals and small groups with access to contacts and sources of inspiration, skills and knowledge in different parts of the region. It also provides an opportunity to present artistic and cultural productions and increase interest in Nordic and Baltic arts and culture.

Application deadlines:

12.01.2017 - 13.02.2017

03.03.2017 - 06.04.2017

21.07.2017 - 22.08.2017

22.09.2017 - 23.10.2017

Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.

NORDBUK Grant Programme

The Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ advisory and co-ordinating body for issues relating to children and young people.

NORDBUK funds projects involving children and young people and has established a dedicated programme for this purpose. The main objectives of the grant programme are to strengthen children and young people's organising capabilities, to enhance their influence and participation in political processes, as well as nurturing a sense of Nordic identity.

The target group consists of children and young people under the age of 30 in the Nordic Region.

Application deadlines:

09.01.2017 - 06.02.2017

31.03.2017 - 03.05.2017

08.09.2017 - 09.10.2017

 

Please visit the Nordic Culture Point website for more information.

Northern Periphery and Arctic programme: Checklist for Fourth Call applicants

The Fourth Call will close on 30th November. To help applicants check their application before submission, the Joint Secretariat has developed a checklist for Fourth Call applicants. The checklist focuses on admissibility and eligibility, and aims to prevent that applicants forget anything important.

Read more on NPA website.

Baltic Funding Portal

A new tool for searching funding for projects in the Baltic Sea Region has been developed by INTERACT and Swedish Institute. Baltic Funding Portal is an inventory of more than 300 funding instruments making cooperation possible in the Baltic Sea Region.

Read more about the portal on EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Reagion website.

Registration for Interreg Central Baltic project applicant seminars is open

Project applicant seminars are targeted towards the partnerships that are in an advanced planning phase of their projects and will submit their application for the third call. The Project applicant seminars are working seminars focused on preparing the project application. Seminar day is built on three main blocks: Programme/ project intervention logic, designing a work plan and drafting a budget.

As a part of the third call for project applications the Joint Secretariat organises two Project applicant seminars, in Tallinn and Stockholm. Please visit the programme website for details and registration.

South-East Finland - Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme Info Sessions scheduled

The Managing Authority of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme invites organisations and individuals interested on cross-border cooperation programme and its financing opportunities to the open information seminars held in the programme core regions.  The events are organized in Mikkeli, Kotka and Lappeenranta in Finland andSt. Petersburg in Russia during November-December 2016.

Read more and register on programme website.

New Nordic-Russian co-operation programme on the environment and climate

The Nordic Ministers for the Environment have launched a new co-operation programme aimed at improving the state of the environment and addressing climate change in Northwest Russia. The programme will support a range of projects at the local and regional level and is expected to yield environmental benefits even in in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

The programme will be launched in early 2017 with a call for proposals targeted at non-commercial environmental and climate projects involving partners from the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia. Read more on the Norden website.

Pre-announcement: Joint Call for Proposals NordForsk - NRO

Education for Tomorrow: Inclusive Education Across Borders: Research projects oriented towards practice and policy. Please note: the call will be launched tentatively December 2016, pending funding can be obtained for the call. Application deadline: April 2017 (tentatively).

Read more on NordForsk website.

Call for proposals: strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region

To implement the strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region, internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.

The Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers was tasked by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation with developing a strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region (branding project). As part of the implementation of this strategy, both internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are now invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.

Read more on the Nordic Council website.

Pre-announcement: Karelia CBC Call for Proposals

Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation has announced its first Calls for Proposals.  They will be opened on January 16th and on March 2nd 2017.

In January a Call for Proposal for regular projects in the priority Attractive cultural environmentand calls for proposals for micro projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The micro calls will be open until March 23rd and the regular call until March 31st.

In March Calls for Proposals for regular projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The calls will be closed on May 11th.

Read more on the Karelia CBC website.

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