FAQ Interreg NEXT BSB Programme 2021-2027

FAQ 2nd Calls for proposals

I. General Aspects

1. What is the difference between regular and small-scale projects?

Although both types of projects aim to strengthen cooperation in the Programme area, small-scale projects are more focused on people-to-people cooperation in the environmental and governance fields, while regular projects aim to address more complex challenges that require higher budgets to support actions in the blue economy and environmental fields.

II. JeMS

1. The template for the application form, which is part of the Application Pack, slightly differs from the application form in Jems. Which version is the correct one?

The offline template, available in Part III of the Guidelines for applicants for the 2nd calls for proposals, is a document prepared to support applicants in preparing their application form. As mentioned in the disclaimer, there may be slight differences regarding wording, overview tables and character limitation.

Therefore, the application form from the system (JeMS) is the one that should be considered.

III. Activities

1. What is a flagship project?
During the implementation, based on criteria to be developed and agreed upon by the management structures, at least one project from the fields of action mentioned below, which could generate higher visibility and added value, may be labelled as a flagship project and considered as operation of strategic importance according to the definition in Article 2 of the Regulation (EU) 2021/1060:
  • Use of innovative technological developments, including enhancement and application of Artificial Intelligence technologies, in support of the blue economy
  • Measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Black Sea region, including water quality and quantity
  • Investing in green infrastructure to mitigate air, water, noise, soil pollution and degradation
  • Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities across the programme area, to build mutual trust, and to enhance sustainable democracy and support civil society actors

IV. Eligibility Requirements

1. How is it possible for an organization from a participating country to find a partner? Is there any platform for this?

Yes, the Programme website encloses a dedicated section for finding potential partners: https://blacksea-cbc.net/bsb-community . For creating an account and benefiting from all its functions (finding partners, uploading project ideas, browsing for project ideas) please consult the Guideline for Black Sea Basin Community, which may be downloaded from the website section.

Moreover, you may consult https://keep.eu/ , which is a comprehensive online database enclosing aggregated data regarding projects and beneficiaries of European Union cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation Programmes.

V. Financial requirements

1. What size should the budget be for regular projects?

The budget of a project proposal is established by the potential applicants forming the partnership, according to the project needs and proposed activities and by taking into account the budget requirements included in the Guidelines for applicants for the 2nd call for proposals - Part II- section 9, i.e “Any grant awarded under the Interreg NEXT BSB Programme for the implementation of a regular project must fall between minimum EUR 500,001 - maximum EUR 1,500,000 (Interreg funds).”