The Northern Periphery and Artic Programme 2021-2027 plans to open the first call for main projects on 17th March, with closing date on 20th June 2022. Projects in the call are expected to develop concrete and durable project outputs that lead to a positive impact on the target groups in the Programme area.
The focus of the first call will be on two priorities:
- PRIORITY 1: Strengthening the innovation capacity for resilient and attractive NPA communities; and
- PRIORITY 2: Strengthening the capacity for climate change adaptation, and resource sufficiency in NPA communities.
About the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme
For 20 years, the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) has provided a framework for regions to work together with a focus on promoting sustainable development in remote and sparsely populated communities. The aim of this European Territorial Cooperation programme is to expand the programme area’s horizons, building on concrete outcomes and enabling the region to be a first class place to live, study, work, visit and invest. The programme’s vision is to help to generate vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation, expanding the capacity for entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth initiatives and opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.
Geographical Coverage 2021-2027
Like all European Territorial Cooperation programmes, projects must be developed in partnership with organisations from at least 3 programme partner countries (regions of Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway).
Of note for Ireland, in a change to the programme geography for this next programming period (2021-2027), the entire Northern and Western region of Ireland is now eligible to participate. Other regions in Ireland eligible to participate remain as was in previous programme, Southern (only NUTS 3 regions IE051 Mid-West and IE053 South-West). Further requirements can be found in the draft Terms of Reference for the call.
Upcoming events for the call
There will be workshops via two online events to support projects development. These will be held on 17th March and 11th May.
A networking event, “NPA in-person”, is planned to take place on 19th May at the premises of the Joint Secretariat in Copenhagen.
If you are interested in applying, please contact the Irish Regional Contact Point, Patrick Devine based at the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or alternatively, contact Christopher Parker at the Programme Secretariat (email@example.com).