Interreg NPA 2021-2027 2nd call for PREPARATORY projects is now open!

The Second call for preparatory projects is open from 15th February to 8th March 2023 12:00 (noon) CET. The Interreg NPA Monitoring Committee will decide on the successful project applications on 17th May 2023.

Preparatory projects are an important tool for development of strong and well-balanced main project applications. The purpose of preparatory projects is to develop project ideas in a more specific and focused direction, to examine the need for the project outputs among end users and stakeholders and to build up transnational partnerships.

Both, experienced and inexperienced project partners are encouraged to apply and use the preparatory projects for establishing new connections and discussing the project ideas.


Preparatory projects in nutshell

Preparatory projects are small and short projects designed to support partners developing a successful main project application. In general, preparatory projects:

  • Focus on actions such as feasibility studies, stakeholder mapping, and recommendations with the purpose of developing main project ideas (aiming to prepare the main project application for Fourth or Fifth call)
  • Address PRIORITY 1: Strengthening the innovation capacity for resilient and attractive NPA communities or PRIORITY 2: Strengthening the capacity for climate change adaptation, and resource sufficiency in NPA communities
  • Have a duration of either 6-months (receiving up to 50.000 € budget) or 12-months (receiving up to 100.000 € budget) The funding is disbursed as a lump-sum payment at the end of the project.
  • Shall involve a minimum of 2 partners from at least 2 Interreg NPA partner countries, at least one of which from an EU Member States. Partnerships are recommended to include at least 2 of the 3 geographical zones of the programme area: Finland-Sweden-Norway; Ireland; Faroe Islands-Greenland-Iceland.
  • The Lead partner must be a public organisation located inside the Interreg NPA Programme Area (unless they have a national remit that covers the Programme area). Project partners can be either public or private.

Go to the 2nd call for preparatory projects webpage.


Online “drop-in” Q&A session for project applicants

The Joint Secretariat will host an online Q&A session for project applicants. Participants are welcome to join the Zoom session on 22nd February between 14:00 and 16:00 CET. The JS staff will be available to answer the questions and provide the guidance in the application process. No registration needed, just drop in!


Further information

If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you check the CALL PAGE with more detailed information. We also recommend to get in touch with the Regional Contact Point in your region, or you can contact Christopher Parker at the Programme Secretariat, christopher.parker{at}