Clustering Call for project applications

The Clustering Call for project applications is open from 15th January to 31st March 2021. The Monitoring Committee will decide on Clustering Call applications 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.

Project Budget Indicative total ERDF budget of up to 153.846 EUR plus non-Member State budget, at the regular intervention rates of programme partner countries.

Lump sum grant Maximum ERDF grant of 100.000 EUR plus Non-Member State grants.

Note: Partners from Scotland and Northern Ireland should apply for ERDF co-financing.

Project structure

A clustering project shall include a minimum of 2 ongoing or finalised projects, where the Lead partner or partner are from 2 different programme partner countries, at least one of which is an EU Member State.

The core partnership is expected to consist of NPA Lead Partners (or essential partners) from the original projects, supplemented by other key partners, and if appropriate, a new partner(s) from projects funded by other Interreg programmes, provided that there are clear synergies.

Note: If involving partners from projects funded by other Interreg programmes, project idea developers are strongly encouraged to consult with the Joint Secretariat prior to applying. The Lead Partner should always be an NPA project.

The recommended maximum project size 5-6 partners plus associated partners, if a clear role is defined. Larger partnerships are discouraged, unless duly justified.

Terms of Reference have been formulated including all guidance and requirements. This and all other application documents can be found in the right-hand column.

Guidance to Applicants

An Online Q&A is scheduled on  January 27th, at 14:00 CET to discuss potential clustering consortiums with NPA Desk officers and other NPA projects. Register here.
Registration closes on January 22nd, 2021.

Applications must be submitted through an electronic monitoring system (eMS), which is available on this link.

The application pack with all necessary supporting documents can be found on the right-hand side and in eMS. Applicants are encouraged to study the Programme Manual for a description of the Priority Axes, instructions for how to apply and the NPA eligibility rules. This and all other application documents can be found in the right-hand column. 

Further information

If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you are in touch with the Regional Contact Point in your region. Alternatively, you can contact Christopher Parker at the Joint Secretariat, christopher.parker{at}