E.2.1 Calls for applications
The Programme allocates its funding to projects through calls for applications. The MC defines the timing and specific conditions of the calls. These conditions may include for example the amount of funding dedicated to the call or its thematic focus. The MA/JS publishes this information on the Programme portal in an announcement note.
The calls for small projects are organised in one step. The announcement note for each call defines the focus and particular requirements for each call. The MA/JS will ask applicants to provide a complete application by a given deadline.
Table 9 Application stages in one step call for small projects
Publishing of the announcement note on the Programme portal
Who takes the action
Call for application
Development of the applications
Submission of the applications to the MA/JS
MA/JS and lead applicant
Approval of applications
Information about the outcomes
(Approval or rejection letter)
Contracting of projects
MA/JS and Lead applicant
Applicants have at least two months to prepare their complete application. The MA/JS provides further guidance in events, tutorials and consultations. In addition, the application form contains guiding questions. The announcement note contains information on what to submit and when.
E.2.2 Admissibility check
During the admissibility check the MA/JS verifies if the applications fulfil the minimum technical requirements. The table below includes the list of applied criteria. As part of the admissibility check, the MC verifies the compliance of the legal status of all project partners with the Programme requirements. These requirements are listed in chapter C. The MC members or the MA/JS might contact lead applicants and request additional documents.
The MA/JS will assess the application in accordance with the quality criteria only if it fulfils the minimum technical requirements.
Table 10 Admissibility check criteria for small projects
Minimum technical requirements
1 Application is submitted via BAMOS+ by the deadline
2 Application is written in English
3 Application is complete
4 All partner declarations have been submitted to the document center
5 Minimum requirements regarding the transnational approach are met
6 Legal status of the lead partner is in accordance with the Programme requirement
7 Geographical eligibility of the lead partner is in line with the Programme requirements
8 The application fits with the focus of the call (only relevant for focused calls)
E.2.3 Quality assessment
The MA/JS carries out the quality assessment of the application in accordance with the criteria presented in table 11. To ensure equal treatment of all applicants, the MA/JS does not request any additional clarifications during the quality assessment process. The assessment sheets summarise the assessment outcomes. Lead applicants will receive the assessment sheet of their projects after the selection of the applications, regardless of whether their project is successful or not.
Table 11 Quality assessment criteria for small projects
I. Relevance of the proposal
Does the specific challenge described in the application match the selected Programme objective and the focus of the call?
Are the selected target groups relevant to address the described challenge?
Is the planned project objective in line with the needs of the target groups?
Is the need for transnational cooperation clearly explained?
Complementarity with CBC programmes
Does the application sufficiently demonstrate the need for the project to be financed under the Interreg Baltic Sea Region instead of the CBC programmes in the region?
Are the competences and roles of the partners clearly explained?
Does the partnership reflect the focus of the project on the needs of public authorities and/or NGOs?
Is the involvement of the partners planned in accordance with the requirements of the Programme?
Does the partnership include newcomers to the Programme?
Do the partners have sufficient human and financial capacity?
III. Work plan
Activities and outputs
Is it clear that the planned activities and outputs help reach the project objective?
Is the involvement of the target groups to develop the outputs clearly explained?
Is the uptake of the outputs by the target groups clearly planned?
Is the budget appropriate in relation to the planned activities, outputs, results and involvement of partners?
Are there any indications of ineligible costs in the work plan and/or ineligible project partner structures?
Have the State aid rules been followed?
V. Project’s contribution to specific aims for small projects
Is the project clearly contributing to the selected specific aims for small projects?
E.2.4 Selection of applications
The MC selects applications for funding. The MC bases its strategic assessment on the results of the quality assessment. The MC might take additional factors into account such as existing portfolio of approved projects or availability of funds in each priority of the Programme. At the time of the selection, the MC may set requirements to be addressed during the contracting phase.
The applicants will be informed about the outcome of the MC selection as soon as possible.