This programme aims to implement joint solutions to shared challenges in the fields of innovation, resource efficiency, environment and cultural assets, supporting regional development and sustainable growth.

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EU Budget

€140 million ERDF (up to 75% support per project).

Eligible areas

All of Ireland plus eligible (Atlantic coast) regions of the UK (including Northern Ireland), France, Spain and Portugal.

Priority Axes

Stimulating innovation and competitiveness (€47.1 million)

Objective 1.1 Enhancing innovation capacity through cooperation to foster competitiveness

Objective 1.2 Strengthening the transfer of innovation results to facilitate the emergence of new products, services and processes.

Fostering resource efficiency (€29.7 million)

Objective 2.1 Fostering renewable energies and energy efficiency

Objective 2.2 Fostering green growth, eco-innovation and environmental efficiency

Strengthening the territory’s resilience to risks of natural, climate and human origin (€15.3 million)

Objective 3.1 Strengthening risk management systems

Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets (€39.5 million)

Objective 4.1 Improving the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems’ services

Objective 4.2 Enhancing natural and cultural assets to stimulate economic development

Note: this programme has operated two calls for proposals, the most recent of which closed on 1 June 2018 and which is expected to exhaust its funding allocation. Under the first call (2016-2017) 45 projects were approved. These involve 90 Irish partners who have been awarded a total of €12.226m in ERDF backing.

Contact

Brendan Mooney  bmooney@nwra.ie

Northern & Western Regional Assembly, The Square, Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 094 9862970