How to apply

Applying is easier than you think. On this page, we'll take you through the steps and clarify the process. Discover if your idea is a good match, connect with potential partners, how to submit your project proposal, and access valuable resources.

1. Focus your project

Is your project idea a good match?

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2. Find your partners

Build the right transnational team

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3. Develop your project

Work together to shape your project

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4. Run the checks

Check and double check

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5. Submit your application

Complete the application form in Jems

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1. Focus your project

It all starts with seeing what we have in common in the Northern Periphery and Arctic! You share a problem or see an opportunity that affects people specifically in the NPA region, and you have an idea how to address it. Good start! The first thing you need to do is to check if that idea fits well within our programme vision and objectives.

Focus: What you need to do

Your project idea should be rooted in the strengths and needs of the communities living in remote and sparsely populated areas. And, it should fall within the strategic priorities of the programme, taking into account any call restrictions. Check what you need to do to focus your project idea.

2. Find your partners

Ensuring the correct mix of transnational partners in a project is crucial to achieving genuine transnational cooperation and successful results. You look for qualified partners who can bring different competences, experiences and are directly affected by the challenge or opportunity you are working with. You should be selective and make sure that the partnership has the capacity to engage and deliver the envisaged project outcomes. Make sure you have the right organisations on board to make change happen!

Partnership: What you need to do

A good partnership can set you on the path for success. Check what you need to do to keep in mind when building a strong transnational team.

3. Develop your project

One key ingredient to success is that partners are all on the same page when they start a cooperation project. Take time to include all partners in the discussion about the project objectives, split the tasks and agree on who will do what. Don't forget to include communication and thematic experts in the development, as well as the stakeholders who will eventually make use of the project tools and solutions. At this point you should also dive into the nitty gritty and learn the programme rules.

Development: What you need to do

Developing a transnational project takes time and resources. The steps below describe how to familiarise yourself with the programme rules and expectations, invest time to work with your partners and pave the way for a good project experience.

4. Run the checks

It is always a good idea to double check, because everybody knows the devil is in the details. A pair of fresh eyes can spot inconsistencies, forgotten details or a missing logic link. And, there are so many things to keep in mind when preparing a transnational project that a little help from technology can also make life easier.

Checks: What you need to do

Below you can read a list of recommendations to proof your project application before submitting it.

5. Submit your application

You have nearly made it! Submitting a project application in Jems is a simple process, but it takes time. The system supports you with automatic checks and we have a step-by-step guidance to assist you through the entire process. Make time to complete the application form online and upload the attachments well before the deadline.

Submission: What you need to do

You have done a great job and it is time to finally submit your project proposal. Here are the last steps before clicking on "submit"!

Launch your project

View our open calls

The call is launched and stays open for a predefined time. During this time frame, the applicant must submit the Application Form to the Joint Secretariat through the joint electronic monitoring system Jems.

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All templates & guidance documents

These templates and guidance documents serve as navigational tools, providing structured frameworks and insightful advice. From project proposals to reporting mechanisms, this comprehensive collection is crafted to foster clarity, consistency, and efficiency in your Interreg NPA endeavors.

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Photo credit: Picture used in Step 3 has been provided by INNOCAP project.

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