The innovation priority addresses key socio-economic challenges and needs within central Europe that are related to smart growth as defined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. It aims at more effective investment in research, innovation and education. The projects funded under this priority help strengthening potentials of technology-oriented areas that are destinations of foreign investments and capital flows, notably through better linking actors of innovation systems. They also address regional disparities in knowledge and education such as brain drain, and strengthen capacities and competences for entrepreneurship and social innovation, also responding to challenges related to demographic change.
Our third call for proposals was launched on 21 September and stays open until 25 January 2018. Around 60 million EUR will become available for new transnational cooperation ideas. Around 20 million EUR ERDF from this budget will be allocated to the project ideas that help to improve capacities for urban and regional development in innovation priority.
In innovation, both specific objective 1.1 and 1.2 will be targeted, encouraging transnational project ideas to exclusively improve:
We offer around 60 million EUR ERDF for new transnational cooperation ideas in the third call for proposals which is open 25 January 2018. We are also looking for project ideas in innovation priority that will help linking innovation actors and improve skills for economic and social innovation.
The European Commission's Horizon Prize for Social Innovation will reward the best solutions for improving the travel mobility of older people: €1 000 000 will be awarded to the best solution and the four runner-up prizes will receive €250 000 each. Submissions will be accepted until 28 February 2019 and the prize will be awarded in the second or third quarter of 2019.
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The funding programme CENTRAL EUROPE 2007-13 was our predecessor. More than 1.300 public institutions and private businesses closely
cooperated in 124 transnational projects for the benefit of our regions. Take a look at what Interreg achieved already back then:
To find out more about projects and beneficiaries of other cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation programmes within the European Union visit the KEEP database