ADRION Third Call for Proposals for Priority Axis 1 is now open

Submitted by alinadanielescu on 02 June 2019

The Interreg V- B Adriatic- Ionian Programme – ADRION 2014 -2020, set up in the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) - one of the objectives of the cohesion policy, is launching its third call for proposals for Priority Axis 1 and invites all interested eligible public applicants to submit project proposals.

The overall objective of the ADRION Programme is to act as a policy driver and governance innovator fostering European integration among Partner States*, taking advantage from the rich natural, cultural and human resources surrounding the Adriatic and Ionian seas and enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Programme area.

The third call for proposals on Priority Axis 1 - Innovation (Smart Region) is focused on 2 targeted topics, which have been selected on the basis of their strategic relevance for both the ADRION Programme and the EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region - EUSAIR. With an indicative financial allocation for each topic of about EUR 3,2 MIL (ERDF + IPA + national co-financing), the third call for proposals on Priority Axis 1 is open only to the following two topics indicated below:

1. Topic 1: Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) on Blue Growth

The overall goal of this topic is to improve the capacities of public actors on innovation policies, strategies and actions in order to promote and support Blue growth through Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3). This form of cooperation among ADRION regions and Partner States will allow public actors to explore whether and to which extent S3 priorities currently being implemented and/or envisaged in national and/or regional contexts differ or complement each other in order to build a new one at transnational/macro-regional level.


  • Exploitation of potentials for transnational cooperation to support the implementation of a S3 on Blue growth in the Adriatic Ionian area, focusing on topics/sectors of macro-regional interest;
  • Establishing and/or enhancing linkages to support macro-regional S3 on Blue Growth in the Adriatic Ionian area, with a particular focus on exchange of good practices towards relevant institutions of IPA Partner States.

2. Topic 2: Social Innovation

The overall goal of this topic is to contribute to the creation of a favourable ecosystem in order to tackle the emerging needs and challenges in the area of social inclusion, fight against poverty, migrants integration into society and labour market, demographic changes and ageing population.


  • Development and implementation of innovative social policies and/or tools aiming at the integration of marginalized communities, migrants and disadvantaged groups in the society and in the labour market;
  • Fostering social entrepreneurship through the development of skills and entrepreneurship competences;
  • Enhancing the cooperation among different actors dealing with social services of general interest.

The Call Announcement on Priority Axis 1 will be opened from 20th May to 29th July at 15:00 (CET).

Please find the call announcement here; the call documents are available on the Programme website here.

The call was published on the programme website here. © Copyright - Interreg ADRION

* EU Partner States: Croatia (NUTS regions: Jadranska Hrvatska; Kontinentalna Hrvatska), Greece (NUTS regions: Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki; Kentriki Makedonia; Dytiki Makedonia; Thessalia; Ipeiros; Ionia Nisia; Dytiki Ellada; Sterea Ellada; Peloponnisos; Attiki; Voreio Aigaio; Notio Aigaio; Kriti), Italy (NUTS regions: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia, Sicilia, Umbria, Veneto), Slovenia: (NUTS regions: Vzhodna Slovenija; Zahodna Slovenija).

Non-EU Partner States: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia.

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