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The SEUPB performs the role of Regional Contact Point for the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme and an Information and Support Point for the Atlantic Area, North West Europe and INTERREG Europe Programmes. As such, the SEUPB can provide guidance and support for Northern Ireland applicants who are developing and implementing Transnational and Interregional projects.

The SEUPB also carries out First Level Control for Northern Ireland partners for all four Programmes and promotes North-South cooperation and collaboration.

The Northern Ireland Experience in the Transnational Programmes - this booklet provides an overview of the transnational programmes that we manage and includes a number of case studies.

To discuss the Programmes and/or any project idea that you may have in more detail, please contact:

Lisa Kelly, Programme Manager, Transnational and Interregional Programme (2014-2020)


INTERREG VB Transnational - 2014-2020

There are 15 Programme zones for transnational co-operation, three of which are relevant to Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland - the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, the North West Europe Programme and the Atlantic Area Programme.

To download an overview of the Programmes click here.

You can also download an infographic which details Northern Ireland's involvement within the Programme to date here.

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020

Open 20 May the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme opened a call to mobilise its expert community to build on the extensive e-health experience and submit project applications addressing the multiple challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The call is open for projects to draw on the extensive e-health expertise among NPA projects and others, to explore adaptive responses to the COVID-19 virus, to exchange innovative solutions and to pool information for the benefit of the general public and healthcare staff.

To find out more go to:

During the period 2014-2020, the Programme will allocate approximately €56 million of ERDF to Projects and will focus on four priorities:

  • Using Innovation to Maintain and Develop Robust and Competitive Communities;
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area's Competitive Advantage;
  • Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and energy efficiency;
  • Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage

Further information can be found on the Programme website:

North West Europe Programme 2014-2020

During the period 2014-2020, €396 million of ERDF will be provided to projects across the eligible region. The maximum grant rate will be 60%. The NWE will focus on three priorities as follows:

  • Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation;
  • Supporting the Shift towards a Low-Carbon Economy in all Sectors;
  • Protecting the Environment and Promoting Energy Efficiency

Further information can be found on the following webpage: North West Europe Programme

The North West Europe Programme will launch its second call for capitalisation initiatives in mid-October 2020.


The call “Maximising project impact” targets existing project partnerships which have a solid ground for additional activities and where continuation of cooperation brings significant added value. The second call will be open to all projects from calls 1 to 9, as well as the targeted call on renewable energy, whose proposals have not been approved in the first call for capitalisation. This includes both running and closed NWE approved projects from all three priorities. It also includes projects which have already submitted a proposal in the first call.


Proposals for capitalisation initiatives should stem from a well performing and successful project, with solid results to showcase. They should build on existing results (foreseen or unforeseen) that have a strong potential for further uptake and roll-out throughout NWE - and potentially in the rest of the EU.

In order to better achieve their results and impact, existing project partnerships can be adapted or modified. If needed, projects may include new partners in order to better reach the relevant territories, target audiences or economic sectors aimed for. These new partners will need to show how they add value with their skills and knowledge to leverage the project results obtained so far and enhance territorial impact in NWE.

The detailed terms of reference of the 2nd call for capitalisation “Maximising project impact” will be available as from the opening date of the call. Applications will be accepted until the end of January 2021.

Atlantic Area Programme 2014-2020

During the period 2014-2020 a total of €140 million of ERDF will be available to projects across the eligible region. The eligible area will include new regions: Canary Islands (Spain), the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira (Portugal).

The Atlantic Area Programme will focus on four priorities as follows:

  • Stimulating Innovation and Competitiveness;
  • Fostering Resource Efficiency;
  • Strengthening the Territory’s Resilience to Risks of Natural Climate and Human Origin;
  • Enhancing Bio-diversity and the Natural and Cultural Assets.

Further information can be found on the following webpage: Atlantic Area Programme

Atlantic Area Information Seminar Presentations - 28 October 2015 Europa Hotel Belfast

INTERREG VC Interregional – 2014-2020

Interregional funding continues under the new name of 'Interreg Europe' in the 2014-2020 programming period. The aim of the programme is to promote exchange and transfer of knowledge and best practices among the European regions.  


During the period 2014-2020 a total of €359 million of ERDF will be available to projects across all 28 member states plus two non-member states. The Interreg Europe Programme will focus on the following four priorities:

  • Research & Innovation;
  • Competitiveness of SMEs;
  • Low-carbon Economy;
  • The Environment and Resource Efficiency.  

If you have a project idea that you would like to share with other potential partners or if you would like to search for other project ideas please visit the following webpage: