The Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme has launched a Covid-19 Call for project applications.
The call is open from 20th May until 30th September, the NPA is opening this call to mobilise its expert community to build on the extensive e-health experience and submit project applications addressing the multiple challenges posed by this health crisis.
The projects should look at ways in which cooperation can effectively help address the multiple challenges posed by this COVID-19 crisis across the NPA programme area.
Six themes have been identified, where joint collaborative efforts could be beneficial:
- Clinical aspects: Comparing the different response measures taken by the respective countries, map the rate of infections and observe differences in comparison to national and local COVID strategies; e.g. in rural vs urban areas
- Health and well being: The impact of self-isolation on people and their mental health – elderly people and other vulnerable groups who already suffer isolation will be impacted even worse from this situation, but there is a wider effect on the entire population which shall be investigated
- Technology solutions: What e-health solutions already exist and what should be put in place? How can technology be brought to those people who need it and/or don’t know how to use it? What are the technologies with the lowest threshold? How can we fast track innovation?
- Citizen engagement/ Community response: Small peripheral communities are more self-sufficient, what lessons can they share?
- Economic impacts: What will be the impact on the public health system now and next year? In what ways have our societies and economies been transformed already? And how will they be transformed in the medium and long term?
- Emerging themes: project ideas that fit in the rationale of the call, but do not fall within the themes outlined at the time this Call has been opened. Considering that the situation is constantly developing and that new relevant themes might appear at a later point in time, the Programme will consider applications falling under this category, that reflect a change in the situation or an aspect which has been disregarded.
Project Budget: Indicative maximum budget of up to 45.000 EUR at an intervention rate of 100%. The budget will be paid on a lump sum basis upon completion of the project and meeting the conditions for funding expressed in the Grant Offer Letter.
Indicative Project duration: 2-4 months
Decision process: Decisions on preparatory projects are made by the Joint Secretariat with input from Regional Contact Points. The approval process takes approximately 1 month from submission.
If you wish to discuss or require any assistance, please contact Brendan Mooney.
For More Information on the Application Process please use the following link http://www.interreg-npa.eu/for-applicants/covid-19-call/