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Call: Seed Money Facility

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Programme
Acronym DTP
Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"Interreg Danube Transnational Programme"

The cooperation programme is structured across four priority axes (a fifth priority axis is related to the Technical Assistance of the Danube Transnational Programme) that intend to develop coordinated policies and actions in the programme area reinforcing the commitments of the Europe 2020 strategy towards the three dimensions of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The projects supported by the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) must form transnational partnerships to cooperate together in the following four thematic priorities and specific objectives:

INNOVATIVE AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE DANUBE REGION

In order to contribute to the implementation of the flagship initiative “Innovation Union of the Europe 2020 Strategy” in the Danube Region countries, the programme pays specific attention to a number of innovation topics of broad relevance in the cooperation area such as eco-innovation, knowledge transfer, cluster policy, social innovation and skilled entrepreneurship including technological and non-technological innovation aspects. The social dimension in innovation (social innovation, educational aspects, and entrepreneurship skills) is given high importance. Research and innovation is interlinked with other thematic objectives addressed by the programme.

Specific Objectives:

  • Improve framework conditions for innovation
  • Increase competences for business and social innovation

ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE RESPONSIBLE DANUBE REGION

The Danube Transnational Programme strengthens joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural assets in the Danube region as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies. Moreover the programme envisages investing in the creation and/or maintenance of ecological corridors of transnational relevance in the Danube region. This intervention is directly interlinked with water management and the control of environmental risk factors such as flood risks. Furthermore, disaster prevention and disaster management (risk management) is addressed related to risks that are caused by non-functioning ecosystems and man-made changes in climate conditions.

Specific Objectives:

  • Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention
  • Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources
  • Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors
  • Improve preparedness for environmental risk management

BETTER CONNECTED AND ENERGY RESPONSIBLE DANUBE REGION

The cooperation programme tackles common challenges related to environmentally-friendly (including low-noise), low-carbon and safe transport systems including inland waterways & ports and multimodal links in order to contribute to sustainable regional and local mobility, modal integration and intelligent transport. The programme intends also to support the regional connectivity and the balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas. Better management of regional mobility and better permeability of borders at the regional level should ensure that urban and rural areas benefit from the opportunities created by the major transportation networks which are developed at the European level. On the other hand, energy is a typical issue in which a transnational approach is essential in order to ensure the security of supply of the countries, market integration and more effective regional planning, as well as to jointly identify the most critical infrastructure developments. Regional energy planning and coordination should be improved across the Danube region within the wider context of EU energy policy-making to safeguard the security and efficiency of energy supplies. Another aspect is the development of smart distribution systems where the programme area is still in the early stages. The programme aims to contribute within its specific scope to the development of smart energy distribution systems to make the significant investments of regions in renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and smart grids more efficient.

Specific Objectives:

  • Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas
  • Improve energy security and energy efficiency

WELL-GOVERNED DANUBE REGION

Institutional cooperation and capacity is a key target and the vital element of the programme at the same time. Institutional capacity is not just a technical matter of training civil servants, but it relates to how public authorities interact with and deliver services to businesses and citizens. "Good governance" is the basis and ultimate objective for institutional capacity building. Good governance builds trust and social capital. States with a high level of social capital tend to perform better economically. The need has been identified by the analysis to develop the capacities of the public authorities and other public and civil society stakeholders to become able to tackle more effectively the challenges of highest relevance for the region. Establishing institutional cooperation by the programme should lead to improving legal and policy frameworks, developing strategies and action plans, development of joint capacities and coordinated delivery of services in areas with major societal challenges such as labour market policies, education systems and policies, demographic change and migration challenges, inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups, participatory planning process and involvement of civil society, urban-rural cooperation and partnership, cooperation on safety, justice and security issues. In addition, Priotity 4 addresses the need to strengthen the governance and to ease the implementation of the EUSDR through targeted support measures. 

Specific Objectives:

  • Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges
  • Support to the governance and implementation of the EUSDR
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Call
Seed Money Facility
Description of call
" Seed Money Facility"

One of the direct financial supporting schemes that the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) offers to support the EUSDR in reaching its targets is the establishment of a seed money facility, meant to provide support for the development of comprehensive, strategic and transnational projects in some Priority Area of the EUSDR.
The development phase of a project funded by the Seed Money Facility covers the analysis of the needs and challenges addressed by the main project, the preparation of the work plan for the main project, the setting up of the partnership as well as the analysis of the possible funding instruments (any other EU, national or other funding sources) for the main project.
 

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Thematic Focus Building, Employment, Education, Biotechnology, Services, Energy, Development Cooperation, EU- Enlargement, Food & Healthy Diet, European Citizenship, Finances, Fishery, History, Research, Health, Trade, Equal Rights, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Justice, Capacity Building, Climate, Disaster Prevention, Youth, SME, Art and Culture, Agriculture and Forestry, Rural Development, People with Disabilities, Media, Human Rights, Mobility, Migration, Sustainability, Regional development, Natural ressources, Security, Social sciences & humanities, Social affairs, Sports, Urban development, Technologies, Telecommunication, Tourism, Transport, Environment & biodiversity, Consumer protection, Traffic, Administration, Competitiveness
Funding area Austria / Österreich
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Germany / Deutschland Baden-Württemberg
Germany / Deutschland Bayern
Hungary / Magyarország
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Romania / România
Serbia / Сpбија
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant Austria / Österreich
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria / България
Croatia / Hrvatska
Czech Republic / Česká Republika
Germany / Deutschland Baden-Württemberg
Germany / Deutschland Bayern
Hungary / Magyarország
Moldova
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Romania / România
Serbia / Сpбија
Slovakia / Slovensko
Slovenia / Slovenija
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants NGO / NPO, International Organization, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Public Services, Association
Applicant details The Lead Partner, responsible for the submission of the Application Form, has to be located on the territory of an EU Member State of the Programme area.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details Each project has to involve at least two financing partners from two different countries of the programme area to a maximum of five financing partners.
Recurring Call unknown
Project duration max 12 months
Further info Applicants shall submit as well a Declaration of alignment signed by the relevant EUSDR PAC(s), stating that the proposal is in line with the restricted topics identified by the EUSDR PACs (included in the SMF Programme Manual). In order to timely receive the declaration before the submission deadline, applicants are strongly recommended to contact the related EUSDR PACs and send to them the developed proposal (through the PDF version generated by the eMS) not later than 08.11.2017.
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

The programme will allocate for this Call 1,53 Mio. € of EU funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI). The maximum number of proposals approved per Priority Area is 3 (for a maximum of 36 proposals). Each proposal will have an overall budget limit of 50 000 €, EU co-funding rate is 85% (42 500 €) for ERDF, IPA and ENI project partners.

Submission through the eMS DTP monitoring system online
Contact Details

National coordination and contact points:
http://www.interreg-danube.eu/contacts/national-coordination-and-contact-points


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