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Our priorities

We support cooperation across borders to tackle some of the most profound challenges facing the North Sea Region.

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We channel our funding through four thematic priorities.

Our priorities ensure that our funding is targeted towards pressing issues that are widespread across the North Sea Region. 

Each priority includes one to five specific objectives. To receive Interreg North Sea funding, you must apply in one of the specific objectives.

In addition, you should be aware of our three cross-cutting 'spotlight themes'.

 

Our priorities

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1.0 Robust & smart economies

Innovation plays a leading role in Priority 1. Our main focus is on helping SMEs and the public sector to become smarter.

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2.0 Green transition

Priority 2 projects speed up green transitions within energy, resource efficiency, and urban mobility.

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3.0 Climate resilience and biodiversity

Projects in priority 3 support a cleaner, more liveable world with thriving ecosystems.

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4.0 Better governance

Projects in Priority 4 support multi-level governance, with a special view to marine governance and land-sea interactions.

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Spotlight themes

Our three ”spotlight themes” are additional topics that are very important in the North Sea Region. Each of them may apply across all four priorities. We therefore encourage project developers to pay attention to any spotlight themes that are relevant for their idea. 

If a spotlight theme is relevant to your project, you must consider how your project might contribute to it and explain this in your application.

However, projects that are not linked to any spotlight themes will stand an equal chance of approval.

Learn more out each spotlight theme below.

 

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Find a more comprehensive description of priorities, specific objectives, and spotlight themes in our publications:

Call 2 is open for applications

Apply for regular or small-scale projects