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Interreg Baltic Sea Region opens third call for project applications

Based on the decision 1003 interreg balticof the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region, which met from 27-28 September in Turku, Finland, the Programme launched the third call for proposals in three thematic fields (capacity for innovation, management of natural resources, sustainable transport) as well as a call for a new instrument, the project platforms. In this way, the Programme intends to financially support transnational projects contributing to the development of a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region.
Interreg Baltic Sea Region aims at stimulating transnational cooperation by addressing issues that require a joint response by partners from several countries of the Baltic Sea region. The Programme area covers eight EU Member States (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, parts of Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden) and three partner countries (Belarus, Norway and parts of Russia). The funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument and the financial contributions of the Kingdom of Norway and the Russian Federation.
After as many as 74 projects were selected in the three thematic priorities of the Programme, there is still €57.5 million ERDF funding available for new projects, in particular: €23.3 million for innovation projects; €18.5 million for natural resources projects; and €15.7 million for transport projects. In addition, there are €2.6 million for partners from Norway and €5.0 million for partners from Russia.
The third call for applications, which focuses on projects that increase institutional capacity of public authorities at all levels of governance, is held as one-step application procedure that includes a compulsory consultation with the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) staff. First, all applicants are requested to submit a project idea form to the MA/JS by 15 January 2018 at the latest as a prerequisite to be invited for a consultation. Only after a consultation lead applicants can obtain access to the online application system (BAMOS) where they can submit a complete project application not later than 9 April 2018.
Project platforms, as a new instrument, serve as a framework for cooperation of core partners of projects funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region and other funding programmes in a selected thematic field. In a platform project, at least three partners from three different EU funded projects can cooperate to contribute to institutional capacity building in the region as well as to maximise the effects of projects' results.
The total budget for a project platform can be up to EUR 1 million. In total 4-6 platforms are expected to be funded depending on the quality of the applications. The call for project platforms is open for applications in the following specific objectives of the Programme: smart specialisation for priority 1 (Capacity for innovation); clear waters and blue growth for priority 2 (Efficient management of natural resources); as well as interoperability, maritime safety and environmentally friendly shipping for priority 3 (Sustainable transport).
Similarly to the above-mentioned procedure, all applicants are required to consult their project platform idea with the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat as a prerequisite for obtaining access to the online application system (BAMOS). The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.
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