INTERREG EUROPE is the new Interreg IVC programme from 2014 to 2020. More than 800 people met last week (2nd and 3rd December 2014) in Bologna (Italy) for the launch of the new programme. See

With a total budget of €359 million and 4 priority themes (Research and Innovation / SME competitiveness / Low carbon economy / Environment and resource efficiency), Interreg Europe is dedicated to improving public policies. It will support the design of strategies for influencing policy making in regional priority areas.

Here are 10 key points to take into account for developing a project:

  1. At least 3 countries (of which 2 EU member states at least)
  2. Preferably 5 to 10 partners maximum per project (financial beneficiaries).
  3. Maximum project duration: 5 years (4 years minimum).
  4. Between €1 to €2 million of ERDF per project (75% co financing rate for non-profit private sector / 85% co financing rate for public bodies).
  5. Policy makers, such as Local authorities, are key project partners and they need to be directly involved in the projects.
  6. The Lead partner can only be a public body.
  7. The project governance structure is extremely important: a Regional partnership board has to be set up. It will be composed of the competent organisations in the field tackled by the project. This group will need to be informed about the project development and to be brought into peer review visits, workshops, events, etc.-
  8. 5 budget lines: staff costs, administrative costs, travel & accommodation costs, studies, small equipment (office equipment).
  9. 15% of the envelope will support the administrative costs of the project. A €15,000 lump sum will be provided for the preparation cost. Both won’t need any proof or evidence to be claimed.
  10. The first call for proposals will open in April 2015, and will close in Sept 2015. No geographical criteria, no thematic criteria.

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Case Study: ARBOR




External Projects Team: Enterprise and Commercial Development











Staffordshire University, United Kingdom (Lead Partner)

Lead contact

Prof Tarik Al-shemmeri,

 Funding body/ amount received

ARBOR budget is €7.361.958

ARBOR has received European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IVB

Project Partners

Project /Scheme title ARBOR – Accelerating Renewable Energies through Valorisation of Biogenic Organic Raw Material


Summary ARBOR aims to foster trans regional knowledge sharing to exploit the biomass potential of both the rural and the industrialised North West European regions through promotion of best practice examples

Reduce territorial disparities that exist in regulations and policies that stimulate and/or inhibit the development of a harmonised biomass based renewable energy policy

Reduce technological barriers to the development of an efficient value chain for the conversion and optimisation of biomass to energy and subsequent recovery of residues from biomass conversion processes

Evaluate the sustainability and economic aspects of various biomass conversion technologies

Boost local economies and contribute to the development of a green, low carbon economy in NWE

Inform local, regional and European stakeholders on the potential of biomass feedstock and biomass conversion technologies in achievement of the EU 2020 renewable energy targets

Raise public support through a range of communication tools and activities

Timescale 25th September 2009 to 31st March 2015
Outcomes Publications, radio interviews, newspaper articles. Short courses, open days
Future / ongoing activities as a result of this project A six month extension has been approved until September 2015 to ensure all aims are fully realised and outcomes are widely publicised to key stakeholders and the general public. Due to the success of the project so far, the consortium has already begun looking at future EU funding opportunities for projects that could build on the achievements of ARBOR.
Top tips for working with this funder – The right balance of partners, from as many countries as possible, including different professional backgrounds.
How easy was the application process? Lengthy but easy to follow, provided work is shared at the outset, and there was good regional EU reps to help, use them, they are very helpful.
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Staffordshire University ARBOR project in the running for European Commission Award

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A huge congratulations to the ARBOR project team in our Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences who have been named as finalists in the European Commission’s RegioStars Awards for 2014.  They have been shortlisted from 80 projects from across the EU which have been supported by EU cohesion policy funding on the basis of their delivery of innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.

ARBOR is an Interreg IVB NWE funded project aiming to develop regional strategies and new technological solutions for more sustainable biomass use.  It is led by Staffordshire University and involves 12 other partners from 6 different European regions.

ARBOR Project Manager Dr Sacha Oberweis traveled to Brussels to showcase the ARBOR project last week to the awards jury (pictured below). The final decision will be made by the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn in March at an award ceremony on 31st March 2014.

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