Interreg Va 2 Seas

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Interreg is a European Union funding programme that supports cross-border co-operation projects between neighbouring regions. The programme allows areas that are divided by a border to work together in a variety of fields.

The Interreg Va 2 Seas programme

The Interreg Va 2 Seas programme is one of two cross-border programmes that Brighton & Hove organisations are eligible to take part in, the other being the Channel programme which covered projects with the French channel coastal areas. Brighton & Hove City Council is actively involved in the programme development of the two new Interreg Va cross-border programmes.

Submission deadlines

Deadline 1 (closed)

  • Step one - concept note - 16 February 2015
  • Step two - application form submission - 13 July 2015

 Deadline 2 (closed)

  • Step one - concept note - 4 January 2016
  • Step two - application form submission - 9 May 2016.

 Deadline 3

  • Step one - concept note October 2016
  • Step two - application form submission February 2017

Deadline 4

 The next call will open in the summer 2016 and close in November 2016. Fuller details will be released later.

The February 2015 deadline proved very popular with 79 eligible concept notes submitted with a total estimated budget of €356 million.Of these, 36 decided to submit full applications based on the feedback on their concept notes. The concept notes covered all programme priority areas but priority 1.2: 'Enhance the delivery of innovation by relevant actors in 2 Seas key sectors' and priority 1.3: 'Develop social innovation in response to 2 Seas key societal challenges' were the most popular with 21 and 18 applications respectively. Budgets ranged from €0.6 million to €11.6 million with an average of €4.6 million. The average number of partners was 8.

  • 46 proposals under the Priority axis 1 "Technological and social innovation"
  • 12 proposals under the Priority 2 "Low carbon technologies"
  • 10 proposals under the "Adaptation to climate change" priority
  • 11 proposals under the "resource-efficient economy" priority

Eligible areas

The UK eligible area stretches from Cornwall to Norfolk. A project would need to involve at least one partner in either Nord-Pas de Calais in France or the eligible areas of the Netherlands or West Flanders in Belgium. For further information please download the Two Seas map (PDF 841KB). Swindon, Peterborough and some regions in The Netherlands around the hook of Holland are new additions to the programme area.

Cooperation corner is a website where you can share details of your project idea or look at others, is now open. Not all projects are already listed but it is worth looking at if you are interested in getting involved in the programme. As of September 2015 there have been some new project ideas added here.


The Interreg 2 Seas Cooperation Fair is dedicated to organisations that have an interest in crossborder cooperation between England, France, Belgium (Flanders) and the Netherlands. 
This event takes place at the Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, UK, on 2 & 3 June 2016.
The overall objective of the event is to inspire people to participate in a 2 Seas project and to boost relevant project ideas and develop adequate partnerships.
As soon as you are registered, you may plan appointments with other registered participants in the dedicated networking tool available on the event website

The budget

The budget for the Interreg Va 2 Seas programme is expected to be around €252 million, up from €167 million for the previous programme and match funding has goe up to 60%.

Priority areas

The priority areas are:

  • technological and social innovation
  • low carbon technology
  • adaptation to climate change
  • resource efficient economy.

2 Seas programme facilitator

There is now one 2 Seas programme facilitator based in the UK. Contact the programme for further details.