Lessons learnt from the second call for projects

Wednesday 17 February 2016

With the third call for projects opening from 23rd of February to 24th of March, the Joint Secretariat would like to draw the attention of project partners to a few lessons learnt from the first call for projects: 


Application quality

  • Applicants need to have a short and clear description of their project, in simple terms. The project description should send a clear message of what the project is, what it will do, how it will do it and what result it will deliver. 
  • The translation needs to be of high quality. The Programme is working in both French and English and to have the best possible representation of their project at the committee, project partners need to make sure the translation of their Application Form is of very high quality. The Committee members also noted that a poor quality translation reflects a poor quality partnership, as partners have not proof read properly the translation of the application in their own language. 


Projects’ synergies with other policies

  • If projects are linked to directives, it needs to be explained how and what national bodies have been consulted and how the project contributes at the right level of decision making. Failure to identify this in Phase 1 application form might lead to rejection of the project.


Projects’ strategic fit with the Programme priorities

  • Social innovation projects need to be tailored around outcomes for the individual – and not be  generic
  • Projects need to focus on real tangible outputs that can contribute to the Programme output indicators


Projects’ business case

  • The need for projects, or market failure needs to be better evidenced
  • In the application form projects not only need to demonstrate there is a need for their project, but also how that need will be addressed and how the identified results will be achieved 
  • The relevance of the partnership needs to be explained and justified
  • When an increase in tourism is expected, it needs to be explained what economic impact is expected by calculating the expected spend according to the length of the stay (1 day, overnight, 1 week…), and this should take account of displacement
  • When job creation is expected, it needs to be explained the type of jobs (skilled / not skilled, permanent / seasonal / temporary), and what the career prospects look like.
  • When an innovative process is produced, it needs to be explained and quantified what the aim for the innovative process is (for example in terms of percentage of increased production, or of cost reduction, or amount of natural resources preserved, or…) 
  • Baselines need to be better set out – for example, partners could have market research carried out prior to Phase 1. It is essential that the programme knows you have done your research and and that you demonstrate that you know where you stand at the moment and where you plan to get to by the end of the project. You need to be able to measure the change.