200 potential applicants advised at Interreg Europe workshops
Interreg Europe held two lead applicant workshops: on 2-3 June in Prague and on 10-11 June in Brussels. The two workshops were identical in content. We provided the participants with practical advice on how to prepare a project application for the first call for proposals, which is about to open soon.
207 people took part in the workshops. 71 came to Prague and 136 to Brussels from 16 and 20 countries respectively. Have a look at a visual representation of the thematic focus of their project ideas.
The workshops were practical and interactive in format. They gave the participants an opportunity to ask many questions and clarify their understanding of the programme's expectations. We were happy to see many 'aha moments' in the audience.
Our potential lead applicants worked hard during the day and a half. Hands-on exercises in three different break-out sessions guided them through building a partnership, developing a project methodology and preparing the budget. With our presentations, specific examples and the exercises, we tried to illustrate the links among those three elements.
These links relate closely to the criteria we will apply during the assessment of the submitted projects. We discussed this topic with the participants too.
Interreg Europe will have a new online application form, so we presented a basic overview of the tool at the workshops.
There was also time for networking and discussing specific questions in more detail. We were available for the participants at specially assigned places to answer further questions on project finances, policy learning platforms or the online application system. We also had several lead partners of INTERREG IVC projects ready to share their experience.
37 potential lead applicants also benefited from an individual consultation of their project idea, a detailed 45-minute feedback of our project officers helping to improve the quality of their proposal.
We wish all applicants good luck in the first call for proposals!