EU programmes and other financing instruments offered by public institutions represent an important opportunity to turn good ideas into effective initiatives. Keeping updated on these opportunities can help avoid missing an occasion for financing a project. The programmes Starter usually provides specialised support for are:
It is the instrument to finance EU innovation policies that aim to develop knowledge and increase competitiveness. This programme will fill in the gap between research and market, including the promotion of partnerships between public and private entities, with the purpose of putting the necessary resources into play. International cooperation is one of the programme priorities that support the EU strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation. The general objective of the Programme is pursued through three mutually reinforcing priorities dedicated to (1) Excellent science, (2) Industrial leadership, (3) Societal challenges.website
It is the instrument to finance projects and initiatives for the preservation of nature along with the development and spread of processes and technologies that are environment-friendly and facilitate mitigation as well as adaptation to climate change. It particularly addresses public entities, universities and research centres, but it also considers the participation of enterprises. The programme area includes all EU Member States. It is divided into two strands. (1) The sub-programme for Environment has the following priority areas: Environment and Resource Efficiency – Nature and Biodiversity – Environmental Governance and Information. (2) The sub-programme for Climate action has the following priority areas: Climate Change Mitigation – Climate Change Adaptation – Climate Governance and Information.website
It is the instrument to facilitate the mobility of young people, teachers and volunteers, favour cooperation between education & training institutions and companies as well as to promote the reform of policies for education & training, youth and sport. The programme is based around Key Actions aiming to support learning mobility, cooperation for innovation and good practices and policy reform, respectively. Beside the 3 Key Actions, “Jean Monnet” favours academic institutions and other associations active in the field of European integration studies, while “Sport” provides support to organisations active in the field of sport.website
Interreg Central Europe Programme
The Central Europe Programme is the instrument for territorial cooperation in European central area. It aims at making cities and regions better places to live and work through the streaming of projects and solutions in the sectors of innovation, low carbon economy, environment, cultural heritage and transports.
The programme covers a large area including Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as eight Länder from Germany and nine regions from Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma Bolzano, Provincia Autonoma Trento, Valle d’Aosta, and Veneto).
Interreg Mediterranean (MED) Programme
The MED Programme is the instrument for territorial cooperation in the Mediterranean area. It pursues the goal of promoting sustainable growth, promoting innovative approaches and practices and a reasonable use of resources, favouring social integration.
The Programme features 3 Thematic Priority Axes besides one defined as strategic (enhancing Mediterranean Sea governance) because it promotes initiatives to coordinate different intervention sectors. The three Thematic Priority Axes concern promoting innovation capacity to develop smart and sustainable growth, fostering low carbon strategies and energy efficiency, protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources.
The Programme includes 13 countries: Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy (except Trento and Bolzano provinces), Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Gibraltar, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.
Interreg Alpine Space Programme
The Alpine Space Programme is the instrument for territorial planning in the Alpine area, and it has reached its third programming period. It aims at guiding the development and regional improvement through the financing of projects, the debate on the future of the Alpine area, and the research of common solutions to common problems.
The Programme features 4 axes (Innovative Alpine Space, Low carbon Alpine Space, Livable Alpine Space and Governance) and includes seven countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy (Lombardia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte and Liguria), Liechtenstein, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Interreg Europe Programme
It is the new interregional cooperation programme for the period 2014/2020.
Differently to other regional programmes, it is not oriented to homogeneous groups of regions, but it involves all European Union. Moreover, Switzerland and Norway can also participate, as associated countries.
The main target group that the programme addresses is constituted of regional public authorities that want to cooperate and exchange experiences as well as to promote the transfer of good practices. It includes the following 4 thematic objectives: research and technology, SMEs competitiveness, promotion of a low carbon economy and environment protection.
Italy-Austria Interreg Programme
The Italy-Austria Interreg Programme is the instrument for cross-border cooperation between Italy and Austria. It aims at promoting sustainable and harmonized development as well as harmonious integration in the border area between the two Member States.
The programme foresees 5 thematic axes: innovation and research, SMEs competitiveness, nature and culture, institutional capacity and CLLD (Community-Led Local Development) approach and an axis for technical assistance.
The cooperation area includes six regions on the border between Italy and Austria: the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Alto Adige, the provinces of Belluno, Treviso and Vicenza in the Veneto Region, and all the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, together with the Austrian “Länder” of Carinthia, Salzburg, and Tirol
Italy-Slovenia Interreg Programme
The Italy-Slovenia Interreg Programme is the instrument for cross-border cooperation between Italy and Slovenia. It aims at promoting innovation, sustainability and cross-border governance to create a more competitive, cohesive and livable area.
The programme foresees 4 axes corresponding to 4 objectives (Promoting innovation capacities for a more competitive area, Cooperating for the implementation of low carbon strategies and action plans, Protecting and promoting natural and cultural resources, Enhancing capacity building and cross-border governance) beside a technical assistance axis.
Compared to the 2007-2013 programming period, the cooperation area has been reduced. Now, includes 5 Italian provinces (Udine, Pordenone, Gorizia, Trieste, and Venezia) and 5 Slovenian statistical regions (Notranjsko-primorska, Osrednjeslovenska, Gorenjska, Obalno-kraška and Goriška).
Italy-Croatia Interreg Programme
The new cooperation programme Italy-Croatia has the main objective of increasing the prosperity and the blue growth potential of the cooperation area, by stimulating cross-border partnerships that can achieve tangible changes.
The operative programme, which is available in draft version at present, includes 4 axes (Blue Innovation, Safety and resilience, Environment and culture heritage Maritime transport) and a technical assistance axis.
The cooperation area encompasses the Adriatic Sea and includes 25 Italian provinces (in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia) and 8 Croatian counties.
Interreg Adriatic-Ionic (ADRION) Programme
The ADRION Programme is a new transnational Programme that covers a large cooperation area including 4 Member States (Italy, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia) and 4 non-EU states (Albania, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia). Italy participates with 12 regions and the 2 autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
The general objective is to is to act as a policy driver and governance innovator fostering European integration among Partner States, taking advantage from the rich natural, cultural and human resources surrounding the Adriatic and Ionian seas and enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Programme area
The Operative Programme foresees 3 thematic axes (innovative and smart region, sustainable region, connected region) and a governance axis.