Clustering Call for project applications

The Clustering Call for project applications opened from 15th January to 31st March 2021.

By the deadline, the Joint Secretariat received 9 admissible applications. An overview of the applications by Lead Partner country and Priority Axis can be found in the picture to the right.

The applications entered a technical assessment procedure involving the Joint Secretariat and the Regional Contact Points in all 9 programme partner countries. Eligible project applications will be presented to the Monitoring Committee for a decision on 8th June 2021.

Scope of Clustering projects

Clustering projects are small projects that combine 2 or more previously successful or ongoing projects. The Clustering call offers a unique opportunity to diversify and to capitalise on outputs and results; further integrating results as well as disseminating their impacts. Thus, reaching a wider group of stakeholders with project outputs, supplementary learning and capacity building. 

The clustering projects are encouraged to:

  • explore transferring of project outputs to other organisations, sectors and/or regions, for example disseminating result and outputs beyond their ongoing or completed project activities.
  • maximize the transnational impact of existing outputs on local level end users or widening the preparedness for transnational cooperation to other beneficiaries, for example by organising collaboration initiatives that connect end users across regions.
  • increase the awareness of the transnational added value and the potential of transnational cooperation. The establishment of a lasting network could be one such activity for example.
  • Use complementary skill sets to focus on improving the uptake of project outputs.
  • gain critical mass to inform decision makers.

All projects are expected to make special efforts to include end users, and underrepresented groups such as young people and indigenous peoples.