A warm welcome to all participants and an introduction to the Programme and its third call for applications were presented by Eeva Rantama, Team Leader at Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Soon thereafter, three sessions dedicated to the Programme’s thematic priorities (i.e. capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport) helped satisfy the participants’ curiosity about possible topics for projects and already funded projects by the Programme.
Further the seminar focused on explaining potential applicants the approach and technicalities towards setting a project’s objectives and results, as well as building a good work plan that would lead to meeting the set aims. How to shape an efficient partnership and put communication in focus complemented the discussions on work plan. Financial aspects and project management were also discussed in great detail. “The presented information was very interesting to me,” said Viktoria Åström from Sweden, who developing a project idea dealing with an infrastructure for high power chargers.
Networking and direct feedback appreciated
Apart from informative sessions, thematic corners helped the participants to meet new potential partners and discuss project ideas in the fields of innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport. Along with a friendly informal environment, the thematic corners turned out to provide an excellent opportunity for networking.
The participants proved their eagerness to learn more about the Programme and become part of the Interreg family. Not only did they asked questions throughout the sessions but also took the chance to consult their project ideas with the Joint Secretariat/Managing Authority staff. “We got a lot of good input and feedback to our application and hints how to progress,” admitted Anne Dederichs from Germany. “We appreciate that we got a chance to not only receive information but also to develop our idea further,” added Dr Oskars Redbergs from Latvia.
About the third call
From 5 October 2017 to 9 April 2018, applicants are invited to apply for funds within the third call for applications of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Along with an overarching aim to contribute to the development of a more innovative sustainable and better connected Baltic Sea region, applicants need to identify their project idea with one of the three thematic priorities: capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport. A prerequisite to applying for funds is an individual consultation with the Joint Secretariat/Managing Authority based on a submitted project idea form. For more information about the requirements, time frames and supporting documents, please go here.
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