Funding Opportunity Details
Within the thematic focus of the Interreg B programs, the federal program promotes transnational Interreg projects that make a clear contribution to sustainable spatial development, that is, deal with the given subject areas through integrated and spatially effective approaches. This means that issues are not viewed purely by sector, but rather that the focus should be on the sustainable development of regions. In addition to economic competitiveness, sustainable spatial and regional development also promotes social and spatial cohesion and the protection of the natural foundations of life. Funded projects are therefore at the interface between the Interreg topics of the respective program area and the requirements for sustainable spatial and regional development.
The overarching goal of the federal program Transnational Cooperation is to strengthen German project contributions in transnational Interreg projects that contribute to integrated spatial development in all sector policies. In addition, the program tracks the:
- Strengthening the European competence of local and regional actors,
- Involvement of new, especially local actors in the transnational cooperation,
- Consolidation, the development of long-term cooperation relationships and structures (e.g. EGTCs, associations),
- Preparation and planning of local and regional follow-up activities,
- Strengthening the resilience of cities and regions
The thematic focus of the federal program Transnational Cooperation is mainly based on the goals of the Territorial Agenda of the EU 20303 as well as on the model of spatial development for Germany4.
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Interreg B projects are partially financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The funding rate is between 50 and 85% depending on the cooperation area. The remaining amount must be raised by the partners involved (so-called national co-financing). This amount is subsidized by the federal program. Here, too, an appropriate contribution from the applicant is expected. Funding from the federal transnational cooperation program should amount to a maximum of 50% of the national co-financing share for state and federal authorities and a maximum of 75% for all other applicants. Funding from the federal program should generally not be less than 50,000 euros or more than 100,000 euros.
Participation in the co-financing by the federal program is primarily aimed at German lead partners.
23rd. April 2021