In a response to a ‘Bridging Call’ which was launched by the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme in August of this year, 13 Irish organisations including Public, Private and non-profit bodies have successfully secured funding for an additional 15 projects worth over €1.2m.
The projects have a range of innovative goals, from turning marine waste into an alternative to plastic, to the use of augmented and virtual reality, for the reconstructions and digital restoration of cultural and heritage sites for museums. Bridging projects are preparatory projects funded by the current programme (2014 – 2020), targeting main projects in the future programme.
Commenting on the projects, Patrick Devine from the NWRA said ‘all the successful projects in this call have two common characteristics, Sustainability and the utilisation of digital technologies in their Implementation’. The projects demonstrate how the Northern and Western Regional Assembly and its stakeholders continue to strive as a Smart Region, capitalising on emerging opportunities and market developments in order to build a competitive advantage by developing and matching research, digital technologies and innovation strengths to business and community needs.
These projects play an important role in implementing the Regional Policy Objectives set out in the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies prepared by the Regional Assemblies. Mr Minton, Director of the NWRA commended the strength of the project proposals and says that ‘those within the northern and western region shall ensure the region continues to grow as a Smart, innovative and sustainable region.’
The Irish Organisation that have been successful in securing funding are:
- Western Development Commission
- BIA Innovator Campus CLG
- Mayo County Council
- European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT)
- Munster Technological University
- SCCUL Enterprises CLG
- Údarás na Gaeltachta
- Waterford Institute of Technology
- Cork County Council
- NCE Insulation Ltd.
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- Central Solutions Ltd. (Limerick)
- Trinity College Dublin
For more information on the Interreg NPA Programme, and upcoming calls for the new programme, visit https://www.interreg-npa.eu/ or contact the NPA Regional Contact Point for Ireland, Patrick Devine firstname.lastname@example.org