October 7th is the day of the fourth open call for the Interreg Sudoe´s program. Funded through one of the European regional policy funds – the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this call has a budget of 12.9 million euros, distributed among the Environment and Resource efficiency (€ 4.2 million). €) and Research and Innovation (€ 8.7 million) areas.
The first phase of the fourth and last call of the Program, that aims to promote a transnational cooperation, ends on 25th October 2019. Intended for all Portugal’s continental regions, Spanish Autonomous Communities (except the Canary Islands), Southwestern France (Auvergne, Occitanie, Nouvelle Aquitaine), United Kingdom (Gibraltar) and Principality of Andorra, these projects must be organized by a transnational partnership – beneficiaries from at least three Member States. May be part of the partnership and consecutively be beneficiaries of this call:
- Public bodies;
- Public Law bodies;
- Non-profit private entities;
- For-profit private entities and/or enterprises (with some exceptions)
The types of project are divided according to the call areas of intervention, which aim to: – protect the environment and promote resource effectiveness – Environment and Resource efficiency– and promote innovation capabilities for smart and sustainable growth – Research and Innovation.
The application process is organized in two phases: during the first phase, the bodies or entities must submit a “project proposal” (relevance and expected results), which in case it is validated goes to the second phase, in which they must submit the full form application.
Since 2014, the Interreg Sudoe Program has allocated over € 120 million to projects in the areas of Research and Innovation, Competitiveness of SMEs, Low-carbon Economy, Combating Climate Change and Environment and Resource Efficiency.
Over the last three calls, Portugal has already beneficiated in numerous projects, in different areas. Projects such as NABITEX (I&I) and VALUEPAM (Environment and Resource Efficiency) have had their projects approved having as main beneficiaries the Technological Center of the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal and the Association for the Study and Defense of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Municipality of Mértola, respectively.