The Program Department of the Sicilian Region, as Management Authority of the IEV Program for Italy-Tunisia Cross-border Cooperation 2014-2020, has issued Public Notice n. 02/2019 for the submission, with the “one-step” procedure, of strategic cooperation projects within the framework of the three thematic objectives of the program.
The Community financial envelope allocated to the Public Notice amounts to 14 million euros, divided between the following three thematic objectives:
- SME and entrepreneurship development: EUR 1,800,000.00 for priorities 1.1 and 1.2
- Support for education, research, technological development and innovation: EUR 4,849,735.86 for priorities 2.1 and 2.3
- Environmental protection and climate change adaptation: EUR 7,350,264.14 for priorities 3.1 and 3.2
The deadline for submission of project proposals is December 17th, 2019.
As part of the Notice they may participate in project proposals of public and private organizations with headquarters in the territory of Sicily and Tunisia, with the restrictions provided in the notice n. 01/2017, as well as Italian ministries and national organizations under governmental control, based in Rome, with both the competence and a national interest.
The maximum duration of projects is 24 months and a project partnership must be formed by a minimum of 4 partners (including the Applicant), of which at least 2 are established in Italy and 2 in Tunisia in the targeted territories, while the maximum number of partners per project is 8.
The contribution per project varies between a minimum of € 1,200,000 and a maximum of € 1,800,000 up to 90% of the total cost.
With strategic projects, the Italy Tunisia program aims to promote innovations relevant to policies and effects beyond the project duration. Project proposals must be able to intercept and satisfy the needs of the territory and involve national, regional and local public and private actors with extensive consolidated experience and skills capable of determining the evolution of the sectors concerned. At the same time, they will have to carry out capitalization actions aimed at ensuring systematic management of the knowledge acquired under the program.