Friday 31 July 2015

With the second call for projects opening in a few weeks (7th of September to 19th of October), the Joint Secretariat would like to draw the attention of project partners to a few lessons learnt from the first call for projects.

Contacting the local facilitator

  • Applicants are advised to contact their local facilitator as early as possible in the development of their project. Facilitators can provide feedback on project ideas, help with partner searches and give advice on Programme procedures.
  • Projects are strongly encouraged to notify the Joint Secretariat of their intention to submit an application at least one week in advance of the call opening, in order to plan and manage the facilitators’ diaries.

Project’s strategic fit with the Programme priorities

  • Applicants need to think about the long term economic impact of their project, and be able to measure it.
  • For example, a project that will develop a new product, will need to have developed a business case for it, demonstrating that there is a real demand for the product, and a market for it to be commercialised.
  • A project that wants to work on tourism will need to think not only in terms of increasing the number of visits to the area, but also visitor spend and return visits, to ensure that there is a sustainable positive economic impact on the local businesses.
  • A project on social innovation should consider both the market potential for their innovation and the economic impact of improving services delivered to the most disadvantaged people in terms of costs savings.

Online application on Synergie CTE

  • Access to Synergie CTE will be provided to project applicants once the call is opened and once the applicants have provided all relevant information to their local facilitators.
  • All the sections of the application form must be filled in and translated. Failure to do so will result in the project being ineligible. Applicants should also make sure that the translations provided are accurate. The character limit is including spaces, any text above the limit will be automatically cut out of the application form.
  • On the deliverables table, applicants should put the name of each output in the first column and in the other columns, indicating the years, they should indicate the deliverables which lead to each output.

Deadline – Online submission

  • Applicants are advised not to wait until the last minute to submit their application. This will enable the JS to have some flexibility if an issue arises before the deadline.
  • It is not possible to submit additional information or to modify the application form after the closure of the call.

Deadline - Paper copy

  • A paper copy of the application form (extracted from Synergie CTE after the online submission) and of the letters of intent has to be received by the JS within five working days after the online submission at the latest.
  • Applicants should make sure they track their parcel and contact the JS as early as possible if there is an issue in the delivery of their documents, as the proof is the reception date, not the postmark. Failure to do so will result in the project being ineligible.