All themes covered
71 lead applicants of 75 concept notes that were selected for the second step submitted a full application. These applications include more than 900 partners and cover all objectives of the Programme priorities 1-3 (see figure). The most popular themes were non-technological innovation (14 applications) and research and innovation infrastructure (12 applications). The MA/JS had put a special emphasis on attracting applications for energy efficiency (six applications) and renewable energy (eight applications) as well as urban mobility (seven applications), as these themes had not been covered well during the first application round.
Not all available funds will be spent
The applications will be assessed by the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) in the upcoming three months. On 23-24 May 2017, the Monitoring Committee will select applications for funding. The funds requested by the 71 applications submitted surpass the amounts available after the first call. There are no formal restrictions in terms of the funds that can be allocated to the second call. However, “we expect the Monitoring Committee to reserve enough funds for at least a full third call”, says Eeva Rantama, team leader of the Project Unit at the the MA/JS.
Russian partners on board
For the first time since Interreg IIIB, Russian partners can participate with a budget in Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects. Russia has made available EUR 4 million of national funding. In the future, funds from the European Neighbourhood Instrument are planned to be added. In this call, 35 partners from Russia participated in submitted project applications.