EU Funding: Six Essential Insights from the European Research Executive Agency (REA)

Applying for European Union (EU) funding can be a complex process, but with the right guidance, it becomes a rewarding journey. The European Research Executive Agency (REA) offers valuable insights to ensure applicants are well-prepared at every step. Here are six crucial things to know before diving into the world of EU funding:

1. Who Can Apply?

EU funding is designed for collaborative efforts, requiring a team of at least three partner organisations from different EU or Horizon Europe Associated Countries. One of these partners must hail from an EU country. The list of Participating Countries in Horizon Europe serves as a handy reference to confirm partner eligibility. Depending on the specific call, applicants should include diverse stakeholders such as universities, SMEs, NGOs, and law enforcement agencies. Some calls even necessitate a multi-actor approach, emphasising the involvement of various stakeholders.

Find out more about who should apply on the REA website.

2. Join the Info Days

Participating in Horizon Europe Info Days is a golden opportunity to delve into the topics earmarked for funding. These events, coupled with Brokerage Events, offer a chance to network and form or join a consortium for EU funding applications. REA organises Info Days covering specific Horizon Europe topics, and attendance or viewing of recordings is highly encouraged.

Stay updated on upcoming Info Days through the REA events calendar and register to attend or watch recordings.

3. Discover the DOs and DON’Ts

Crafting a successful project proposal demands meticulous planning, accurate budgeting, and seamless collaboration. REA provides a comprehensive list of Dos and Don’ts to guide applicants in preparing a high-quality proposal. Avoiding common mistakes is essential for a smooth application process.

Check out the Dos and Don’ts on the REA website.

4. Follow Open Science Principles

Open Science is a cornerstone of research under Horizon Europe, emphasising the early and wide dissemination of knowledge, results, and tools. Compliance with open access and open data principles is mandatory. EU-funded project data must adhere to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable).

Read the Q&A page on Open Science for guidance on complying with open access, open data, and Intellectual Property Rights.

5. Support Gender Equality

Gender Equality is not just a consideration but a ranking criterion in Horizon Europe. Gender Equality Plans are mandatory for higher education establishments, research organisations, and public bodies applying for the program. Integrating gender aspects is now a requirement in all research and innovation projects unless explicitly specified otherwise.

Access the information package and Q&A series on gender equality to align with Horizon Europe funding principles.

6. Plan the 3 Essentials: Communication, Dissemination, and Exploitation

Visibility is key to the success of EU-funded projects. Communication activities inform and promote project activities and results, while dissemination and exploitation activities make knowledge publicly available and facilitate concrete utilisation of results. Compliance with these activities is a legal obligation under the grant agreement.

Plan your Communication, Dissemination, and Exploitation activities in line with your grant agreement obligations.

For those seeking more information, stay updated on upcoming funding opportunities, timelines, specific advice, news, and events in the Research and Innovation world by visiting the REA website. The path to EU funding becomes more manageable with the guidance provided by the European Research Executive Agency, or just simply contact us, and we will guide you all the way through the process.

Empowering Youth in EU Outermost Regions: YOUTH 4 OUTERMOST REGIONS Launches Initiative for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

In a bid to address the unique challenges faced by the approximately five million European Union citizens residing in the outermost regions, YOUTH 4 OUTERMOST REGIONS has embarked on a mission to empower the youth in these distant areas. Spanning the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Caribbean Sea, and South America, these regions are integral to the EU but grapple with issues such as remoteness, insularity, small size, challenging topography, and susceptibility to extreme weather events.

To address these challenges, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive strategy in May 2022 titled “Putting People First, Securing Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, Unlocking the Potential of the EU’s Outermost Regions.” The strategy aims to enhance the quality of life in these regions while promoting sustainable recovery and growth.

As part of this broader initiative, the YOUTH4ORs project has been developed, aligning with the European Year of Youth (2022). The European Year of Youth underscored the significance of engaging and supporting young people to become active and informed citizens.

The YOUTH 4 OUTERMOST REGIONS project is co-funded by the European Union and carried out by SERN. SERN is a European network of regional stakeholders working to foster a culture of social and economic innovation. YOUTH4ORs focuses on providing financial support for youth-led initiatives within the outermost regions through the launch of two calls for action. The project encourages young individuals or teams, as well as organisations working with young people, to propose actions aimed at enhancing their local communities or regions. This encompasses a broad spectrum of issues, allowing for a diverse range of proposals that address the specific needs and aspirations of these regions.

Young changemakers are invited to apply for financial support to bring their ideas to life and contribute to the overall development and well-being of their communities. To learn more about the initiative and to submit proposals, interested individuals and organisations can visit YOUTH4ORs’ official website.

YOUTH 4 OUTERMOST REGIONS is poised to play a crucial role in fostering positive change, empowering the youth, and advancing inclusive and sustainable development in the outermost regions of the European Union.

Successful Launch of the Rural Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to EU Funding for Rural Development in the European Union

In a stride towards fostering rural development, the European Union has successfully launched the Rural Toolkit today, February 6, 2024. This comprehensive guide serves as an invaluable resource for local authorities, institutions, stakeholders, businesses, and individuals, providing crucial information on EU funding and support opportunities tailored specifically for rural areas within the European Union.

Key Features of the Rural Toolkit:

The Rural Toolkit boasts a funding finder, a user-friendly platform that allows users to explore various financing opportunities. Additionally, the resources section includes detailed guides on EU funding opportunities available from 2021 to 2027, focusing on sectors such as broadband, culture, education, energy, environment, and tourism.

The toolkit aims to guide rural communities in implementing integrated strategies and projects, such as Community-led local development (CLLDs) and Integrated territorial investments (ITIs). By doing so, it facilitates the design and execution of initiatives that address the unique challenges faced by rural areas.

How the Rural Toolkit is Helpful:

The toolkit acts as a unique entry point for all existing initiatives, offering comprehensive information on available resources and explaining their relevance to rural areas. Practical examples featured on the platform encourage knowledge sharing and peer learning among rural communities. The “Get Inspired” section provides insights into successful initiatives implemented in rural areas across the EU, illustrating effective combinations of EU funds to maximise impact and address specific local needs.

Equipped with handbooks and guidance on EU funding opportunities, the toolkit empowers users and applicants with the knowledge and tools needed to tackle the distinctive challenges faced by rural areas. It encourages an effective, integrated, and place-based approach to rural development.

Funding Opportunities Categorised:

The toolkit serves as a gateway to various EU Funding and Financing initiatives, categorised into three main groups:

  1. EU initiatives – direct application
  2. EU initiatives – application via national or regional authorities
  3. Financial Instruments

Why a Funding Guide for Rural Areas:

Although not explicitly designed for rural development, many EU funding programmes and initiatives play a crucial role in revitalising and enhancing the quality of life in rural areas. However, identifying the right source of funding and understanding how to make the best use of it can be challenging.

The Rural Toolkit aims to streamline this process, serving as a guide for local institutions, businesses, associations, and individuals in rural areas. By navigating the diverse EU funding and support options, the toolkit empowers stakeholders to take full advantage of the available resources.

The Rural Toolkit aligns with the European Commission’s long-term vision for stronger, connected, resilient, and prosperous rural areas in the EU. It exemplifies how initiatives and practices supported by EU funding schemes and policies can contribute to the revitalization of rural communities and territories.

Explore the digital toolkit here: https://funding.rural-vision.europa.eu/?lng=en

ATHENAs’ 4th newsletter is ONLINE!

We are glad to announce that the 4th newsletter of the ATHENAs’ project is now online.

Read the newsletter here 👉 https://www.athenaequality.eu/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/ATHENA-Newsletter_issue_04_v3.pdf

ATHENA is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, focused on Gender Equality.

The newsletter summarises the activities implemented during the past months, such as the Webinar on “Synergies among R&I organisations and policy makers for gender equality”, Athena’s participation in 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the Athena’s Consortium meeting and the 3rd Mutual Learning Workshop in Ponta Delgada, Azores, an article on empowering Gender Equality Good Practices in European Research Institution, few interesting documents published on Gender Equality and the list of Future events on Gender Equality.

Discover, engage, and be part of the gender equality movement!

ATHENA project – implementing gender equality plans to unlock research potential of RPOs and RFOs in Europe

In the framework of the ATHENA project, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the 3rd Mutual Learning Workshop was held in the Azores (Portugal) on the 16th of January. Athenas’ project involves 6 Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) and 2 Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), in the development and implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) to generate systemic institutional changes.

During the event the project partners have met to share their experience with the implementation of the Gender Equality Plan so far and with the collection of monitoring data.

The event was opened by Dr. Michelle Perello, project coordinator at Consulta Europa, who emphasised how the ATHENA project made a difference in the adoption of the Gender Equality Plan and who underlined the positive relationship between gender equality and the research and innovation performance of research organisations and countries.

This was followed by speeches from the other project partners, who showed their satisfaction with the results achieved through ATHENA and presented the main lessons learnt, emphasising the importance of respecting the GEP as an essential tool to correct gender gaps at university.

After the individual presentations, a discussion between the partners was then initiated, focusing on the sustainability of the plans and the replicability of the measures included in the plans.

It was remarked how some gender mechanisms in academia meritocracy are still “invisible” and how the trainings and focus groups implemented during the project were helpful to highlight those dynamics.

The discussion was very fruitful and was not limited to the gender gap: it also touched upon the concept of intersectionality, which is essential to understand how different forms of oppression can interact and add up, leading to unique experiences of discrimination and privilege. All partners acknowledge that hardly any measures have been devoted to this aspect in their current GEPs: the next important step is to consider intersectionality in future GEPs, for further inclusiveness and equity.

Erasmus+ Project CARE4YOUTH Begins: Transforming Lives through Inclusion and Outdoor Sports

The CARE4YOUTH Project, co-financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, aims to enhance the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion.

CARE4YOUTH, an acronym for “inclusion for youth through non-formal education, leisure, and outdoor sports,” has embarked on a promising journey towards a better future for a group of young people facing the risk of social exclusion, such as those from low-income backgrounds, disadvantaged ethnic or racial backgrounds, or those who have prematurely left the education system. On September 25, 2023, the first international meeting took place, gathering enthusiastic representatives from various participating organisations in this significant initiative from Spain, Serbia, and Italy.

The CARE4YOUTH Project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, aims to improve the lives of these young people. On the one hand, it provides outdoor sports and leisure activities to enhance their health and emotional well-being. On the other hand, it focuses on improving their employability and skills through non-formal education, all aimed at fostering active citizenship and social inclusion. At the same time, CARE4YOUTH represents a unique collaboration between various organisations committed to creating a more inclusive and sustainable society.

The consortium is composed of four institutions:

  1. Coordinator: Escafandra Diving Club (Spain), a non-profit sports entity in the Canary Islands that engages in sea-related leisure activities, such as diving experiences, aiming to promote social inclusion through sports and contact with nature.
  2. PRISM Impresa Sociale S.R.L. (Italy) is a non-profit social enterprise based in Palermo with the mission of creating equal opportunities.
  3. JUMP (SKOK UDRUZENJE) (Serbia) is a youth association in Prijepolje supporting the development of vital skills for young people through community building.
  4. Consulta Europa Projects & Innovation (Spain) is a SME located in the Canary Islands, specialising in research, innovation, and education projects and promoting European solutions for local issues.

The first meeting commenced with partner introductions, fostering a sense of collaboration and unity among the diverse organizations. Following this, the project overview was presented, outlining CARE4YOUTH’s objectives. Participants emphasised the project’s essential components, concluding the meeting with a roadmap for the upcoming implementation steps.

CARE4YOUTH’s main objectives include a holistic approach to help these young people strengthen their self-esteem and emotional well-being. This involves building positive social relationships through various outdoor sports and leisure activities (including scuba diving, volleyball, and hiking). The project also aims to enhance the youths’ skills by providing opportunities for non-formal education and imparting crucial digital and entrepreneurial competencies for their future.

In the coming months, each participating organisation will conduct an analysis of local needs, existing tools, and approaches to support social inclusion. This will serve as the foundation for creating workshop and activity methodologies. Simultaneously, key stakeholders, including young people and social workers, will be identified to participate in this phase of the project. Furthermore, a workshop at PRISM’s headquarters in Palermo, Italy, next year promises to expand the project’s impact during the co-creation process of the applicable methodology.

Erasmus Success Story Shared by Beatrice Avagnina at the EEN Annual Conference 2023

In a captivating address at the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Annual Conference 2023 held in Bilbao, Spain, Beatrice Avagnina, Managing Director at Consulta Europa Projects & Innovation (CE), shared her inspiring journey of post-Erasmus success. The conference, which took place on November 17, 2023, served as a prominent platform for industry leaders to discuss and emphasise the crucial role of European programmes in fostering cross-border collaboration.

Beatrice Avagnina’s insightful address shed light on the transformative power of European programmes, particularly her discovery through the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme. She underscored the pivotal role played by EEN in expanding cross-border networks and creating invaluable business and funding opportunities.

During her presentation, Avagnina emphasised the critical need for promoting closer synergies between EYE and EEN, citing their highly complementary scopes and activities. Her address aimed to inspire stakeholders to foster collaboration between these programmes to maximise their collective impact on empowering entrepreneurs and businesses.

Avagnina’s success story serves as a testament to the tangible benefits that arise when European programmes are strategically interconnected. Her journey, from the Erasmus programme to the Enterprise Europe Network, exemplifies the potential for sustained and impactful growth when these connections are nurtured.

Since integrating with EEN, CE has experienced a multitude of advantages, including:

  1. Networking and Business Contacts: EEN facilitated partner searches, enabling CE to establish and implement EU or regional projects.
  2. Dissemination of Project Activities: EEN played a pivotal role in disseminating CE’s project activities and key results, enhancing visibility and impact on a broader scale.
  3. Search for Funding Calls and Opportunities: EEN proved instrumental in assisting CE in identifying new funding calls and opportunities, contributing to their financial sustainability and growth.

Beatrice Avagnina’s address at the EEN Annual Conference 2023 serves as a rallying call for continued collaboration, urging stakeholders to recognise the interconnected nature of European programmes and leverage them collectively for the benefit of entrepreneurs and innovators. Her story resonates as an inspiring example of the positive outcomes that can arise from strategic engagement with European initiatives.

Unlocking Rural Potential: Highlights from the High-Level Policy Forum by the Rural Pact

At the recent High-Level Rural Policy Forum convened in Sigüenza, Spain, the Rural Pact Community highlighted the critical need to streamline access to financial opportunities for local actors and communities. This strategic imperative seeks to empower these entities to realise their projects and aspirations, fostering a more unified and comprehensive development of rural territories with a strong emphasis on inclusivity.

A noteworthy initiative in this direction is the Rural Toolkit for EU funding, a collaborative endeavour between DG REGIO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, operating under the Rural Action Plan. This tool, currently under development, is poised to play a pivotal role in assisting rural actors in effectively accessing and utilising EU funds. Crafted to offer practical guidance, tools, and best practices, its goal is to elevate the territorial development of rural areas in alignment with the objectives outlined in the Long-Term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas.

The High-Level Rural Policy Forum, attended by over 200 participants representing all EU Member States, served as a dynamic platform to advance the political agenda for the future of rural areas. The event united European and national high-level political representatives, including European Commissioners, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Secretaries of State, and senior managers responsible for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Cohesion Policy (CP).

The Forum fostered a structured dialogue to explore how EU policies and funds can be optimally deployed to realise the Rural Vision, aligning with the policy priorities of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU. Additionally, it sought to enhance the design of rural policies and encourage active participation within the framework of the Rural Pact. The discussions delved into improving multi-level governance frameworks, participatory structures, and avenues to amplify the voices of rural actors and stakeholders. The overarching goal was to identify pathways through which the Rural Pact can bring added value to rural development.

To delve into the nuanced insights and key messages from this significant event, a comprehensive report has been compiled. This report aims to contribute valuable perspectives to the conclusions of the Council of the EU on the Long-Term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas. For those eager to gain an in-depth understanding of the discussions and outcomes, the full report is available for download. It serves as an informative resource for stakeholders, policymakers, and anyone invested in the sustainable development of rural territories.

Call for Proposals Open for Conservation Actions in the EU Overseas

The European Union’s initiative, BESTLIFE2030, has officially opened its doors to environmental champions and conservation enthusiasts in the EU Overseas. Consulta Europa, as the Regional Focal Point for Macaronesia, is leading the way in this programme, which aims to fund over 220 conservation projects over the next eight years, spanning six regions, including the breathtaking Macaronesia, encompassing the Azores, Canary Islands, and Madeira.

In the wake of the remarkable conservation successes accomplished by the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas (BEST), BESTLIFE2030 is thrilled to announce the launch of its first call for proposals on October 31, 2023. This marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to preserve our planet’s natural heritage.

Why is this call significant?

Overseas entities, especially within the European Union, serve as the vanguard in safeguarding Europe’s biodiversity. The Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) house a staggering 80% of Europe’s biodiversity. As our planet’s biodiversity becomes more diverse and abundant, it also becomes more precious. Unfortunately, these overseas territories find themselves on the front lines of the ongoing climate crisis, facing unique challenges that require urgent attention and action.

The BEST initiative, which had humble beginnings in 2010 with a modest budget of EUR 2 million, has evolved into an integral part of the European Union’s Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE). With BESTLIFE2030, the programme will disburse over 200 grants across the ORs and OCTs, boasting a substantial budget of EUR 23.2 million until 2030.

About the Programme

BEST has made significant strides since its inception, focusing on knowledge acquisition, promotion, and preservation of biodiversity within overseas entities. Local communities and grassroots organisations are the unsung heroes of this endeavour, and their contributions have earned unequivocal recognition and support from European Union representatives at the launch of BESTLIFE2030 in June 2023.

However, these local actors require more than just financial support. The recent Knowledge Sharing Journey, organised to reflect on the grant-making experience, revealed that project implementers also need networking opportunities, collaboration, lesson sharing, and communication support, all of which are core components of BESTLIFE2030.

The time has come to expedite the exchange of solutions and best practices, with a particular focus on fostering cooperation and integrating the ORs and OCTs into the broader conservation narrative.

If you aspire to join this crucial endeavour and become a prospective applicant for BESTLIFE2030, guidelines and application forms are accessible on the BESTLIFE2030 website here:  https://bestlife2030.org/for-applicants/

Guidelines are now accessible here.

Join the Information Webinar for Macaronesian regions

In addition to the call for proposals, we invite you to participate in an Information Webinar designed for potential applicants from the Macaronesia region. This webinar will be held on November 14at 11h00 am GMT and you can register through this formhttps://forms.gle/Q7YWAhDR4t1WUdwa6

If you aspire to be part of this crucial conservation effort and become a prospective applicant for BESTLIFE2030, we encourage you to read the detailed article linked here.
To ensure that your project complements previous BEST-funded initiatives and avoids duplication of activities, please visit the relevant sections of the LIFE4BEST and BEST2.0+ websites.
Your expertise and dedication to conservation can significantly contribute to the success of BESTLIFE2030. We look forward to meet you in the webinar and to hear about your potential involvement in this important conservation initiative.

Interested in submitting a project proposal? Contact bestlife2030@consulta-europa.com for more information and to get involved in preserving the incredible biodiversity of the EU Overseas.

IDEAHL first pilot action in Spain

We are glad to announce that the first activity of the Spanish pilots foreseen within the IDEAHL project will begin on 30th October 2023.

In the framework of this pilot, a dedicated capacity building action – titled ‘Actívate Por tu Salud On-line’ (Take action for your health online) – will be offered by the IDEAHL Coordinator – the Asturias’ Regional Ministry of Health to carers and people suffering from a chronic illness or at risk of suffering from it, although those who wish to acquire self-care tools can also benefit from it.

This training action is based on a self-care education programme so that people suffering from a chronic illness or people responsible for their care, or in general, anyone interested in healthy lifestyle habits, can acquire tools to improve their health and lifestyles habits.

The programme will be held entirely online, without timetables, with connection availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information, you can watch the following videos that will inform about the usefulness of the activity and the experience of some of the people who participated in previous similar editions:

The start date of the training activity is 30th October 2023, and the total duration will be 6 weeks.

ATHENA WEBINAR “Synergies among R&I organisations and policy makers for gender equality”

SAVE THE DATE! ATHENA is promoting a new webinar to facilitate exchange between policymakers and R&I organisations on gender equality! The upcoming webinar aims to understand how the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEP) in research organisations can further support the achievement of gender equality in R&I ecosystems and how policy instruments and initiatives can support the deployment of GEP in research organisations. The event will focus on introducing ATHENA’s partners’ GEPs and its first results, followed by a roundtable of National and Regional policymakers presenting existing initiatives and good practices that are promoting gender equality in R&I in their territories.

  • Kika Fumero. Policy Advisor on equality, Gender-based Violence and Human Rights. Gender Consultant. Former Director of the Canarian Institute for Equality.
  • Silvia Rueda Pascual. Director of the Women and Science Unit. Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Government of Spain.
  • Ivana Radonova. Member of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU team at the Ministry of Education and Science.
  • Sandra Garcia. Regional Directress for the Promotion of Equality and Social Inclusion of the Azores Government.
  • Tomaž Boh. Acting Director-General of the Science Directorate of Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.

Policymakers will be joined by ATHENA representatives and sisters’ projects, MINDtheGEPs and LeTSGEPs, to identify and discuss shortcomings and opportunities and cooperation between R&I organisations and policymakers in the launch and implementation of gender equality initiatives. No registration is needed! On the 27th of October, at 14:00 CEST, just tune in to the YouTube broadcast:

New funding opportunity: BESTLIFE2030 call for proposals

Addressing the need to halt and reverse the global biodiversity decline is a crucial aspect of the European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and associated Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) harbour exceptionally rich biodiversity. However, they also face significant environmental pressures and are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The BESTLIFE2030 Programme represents a key piece of the puzzle, aiming to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the EU’s Outermost Regions and associated Overseas Countries and Territories. The Programme also aims to prevent resource degradation and adapt to the challenges posed by climate change.

This initiative funded under the EU’s Programme for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) will establish a financing facility dedicated to supporting applicants in implementing impactful projects in the field, showcasing the commitment of the EU Overseas territories to regional and global biodiversity and sustainable development strategies.

First call for proposals

We are delighted to announce that the first call for proposals of the BESTLIFE2030 Programme will officially be launched on the 31st of October 2023. Concept notes may be submitted by the 8th of January 2024. Subsequently, by early March, successful applicants will receive invitations to submit their full proposals.

This grant scheme is tailored to provide effective support for locally-driven, small-scale and impactful initiatives by civil society associations, non-governmental organisations, and municipalities.

Project funding is capped at €100,000, constituting 95% of the total budget, with project durations spanning from 18 to 36 months.

Applicants are encouraged to seek the maximum grant amount available. 5% co-funding contribution is required. Co-funding can take the following forms: own resources (resources not directly tied to the action submitted for funding, including volunteering) and financial contributions (funds provided by third parties to a beneficiary for use in the same project action).

Additional information

Guidelines and application forms will be accessible on the BESTLIFE2030 website on the day of the call for proposals’ launch. Prospective applicants include both the implementing partners of IUCN and the eligible territories they represent. They are strongly encouraged to review all documents before submitting their online applications through IUCN’s grants portal.

Additional information regarding lead applicants can be found below. The five regional hubs, collaborating with IUCN, will conduct capacity-building sessions and provide support to applicants during the proposal submission and evaluation processes.

  Regional hub Territories (ORs* / OCTs) Contact details
1 OFB French Guiana*, Guadeloupe*, Martinique*, Saint Martin*, Saint Barthélémy, Réunion*, Mayotte*, French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Scattered Islands, Austral Islands and Adélie Land, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon bestlife2030@ofb.gouv.fr
2 IUCN French National Committee New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia chloe.desmots@uicn.fr
3 IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint-Eustatius, Sint-Maarten caspar.verwer@iucn.nl
4 Consulta Europa Projects & Innovation Azores*, Madeira*, Canary Islands* bestlife2030@consulta-europa.com
5 Nordisk Fond for Miljø og Udvikling (NORDECO) Greenland nordeco@nordeco.dk

 

Lead applicants must be based in the EU’s Outermost Regions and/or associated Overseas Countries and Territories.

Please take note that UK Overseas Territories are not eligible to apply for BESTLIFE2030 grants, as the UK is no longer considered an EU Member State.

Eligibility criteria will be published on the “For applicants” page of the BESTLIFE2030 website (https://bestlife2030.org/). Exact timing and additional clarifications will be communicated at a later stage.

For further information, please contact bestlife2030@iucn.org.

Exploring the Charms of Iceland: A Glimpse into the Erasmus+ Project #EUROPE

From the 11th to the 13th of September, our journey took us to the picturesque town of Þingeyri, nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of Iceland. This adventure marked the second field visit of the Erasmus+ project #EUROPE, and it was an unforgettable experience.

Our gracious host, East of Moon, together with Associacio Uno, Poiomar, Absentia and Open Impact, extended their warm hospitality as we delved into the heart of Icelandic culture. Þingeyri, a remote gem of Iceland, welcomed us with open arms, offering a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in its rich heritage.

During our time in Þingeyri, we had the privilege of engaging in meaningful discussions and sharing invaluable experiences with our project partners. We explored the intricacies of European rural and remote territories, shedding light on both the advantages and challenges they face. This exchange of insights was not only enlightening but also reinforced the sense of unity that the Erasmus+ project #EUROPE aims to foster.

As we bid farewell to Iceland, we carry with us the memories of its breathtaking landscapes and the warmth of its people. Our journey doesn’t end here, though. In November, it will be our turn to play host, as we eagerly await our project partners on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria.

The Erasmus+ project #EUROPE continues to bridge gaps, foster collaboration, and create lasting bonds among diverse regions of Europe. Our adventure in Iceland was a testament to the power of international cooperation and the beauty of exploring remote corners of our continent.

Iceland, you’ve been more than real – you’ve been inspiring. Until we meet again on Gran Canaria, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the hospitality we experienced in this land of fire and ice.

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Consulta Europa Celebrates UK’s Return to Horizon Europe and Copernicus

Consulta Europa is delighted to announce a momentous development in EU-UK relations. On September 7th, the European Commission and the United Kingdom reached a crucial political agreement concerning the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme, and Copernicus, the EU’s renowned Earth observation initiative.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, emphasised, “The EU and UK are key strategic partners and allies, and today’s agreement proves that point. We will continue to be at the forefront of global science and research.”

This mutually agreed-upon solution, crafted after extensive negotiations, promises substantial benefits to both parties. It deepens collaboration in research, innovation, and space, uniting the research and space communities.

The agreement is fully in line with the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The UK will make a financial contribution to the EU budget, subject to the safeguards outlined in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. On average, the UK is expected to contribute almost €2.6 billion annually to both Horizon Europe and the Copernicus component of the Space Programme.

Commencing January 1, 2024, researchers and organisations in the UK will have equal access to Horizon Europe funding, aligning them with EU Member States in tackling global challenges, including climate, energy, mobility, digitalization, industry, space, health, and more.

Association with Copernicus grants the UK strategic participation in a space programme renowned for its state-of-the-art Earth monitoring capabilities, crucial to advancing the European Green Deal and net-zero objectives. The UK will also gain access to services from the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking programme.

The next step for this historic agreement is approval by the Council before formal adoption by the EU-UK Specialised Committee on Participation in Union Programmes.

This milestone builds on the foundation laid by the Windsor Framework Agreement earlier this year, signifying a new chapter in the EU-UK partnership grounded in mutual trust and complete cooperation.

For further information, please refer to the joint statement by the European Commission and the UK Government.

Consulta Europa is the ‘Regional Focal Point’ of the Macaronesia region for BESTLIFE2030

Consulta Europa is the ‘Regional Focal Point’ of the Macaronesia region (Azores, Canary, Islands, and Madeira) for the newly launched BESTLIFE2030 Programme, led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This EU-funded initiative aims to promote biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The programme will provide funding to projects located in Outermost Regions (ORs) and associated Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), grouped into six regions across the world:

  • Amazonia: French Guiana.
  • Caribbean: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint-Eustache, Sint-Maarten, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélémy.
  • Indian Ocean: Réunion, Mayotte, French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Scattered Islands, Austral Islands and Adélie Land.
  • Macaronesia: Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands.
  • Pacific: New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia.
  • North Atlantic: Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Greenland.

BESTLIFE2030 will last 8 years and is expected to launch 4 calls for proposals to award 220+ project grants (100K max, 5% co-financing).

Soon we will release more information about the first call for applications on our Consulta Europa’s website and social media channels. You can also consult the official BELIST2030 website and sign up to their newsletter to stay tuned for more updates!

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