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SNI Event: EU Funding Project Ideas Lab

 EU Funding Ideas Lab

09:00 - 15:00 | 28th March 2018 | Belfast

This regional Project Ideas Lab, organised by Sustainable Northern Ireland in partnership with SEUPB, focused on promoting EU funding streams and identifying and developing sustainable development projects which may be elegible for EU funding. After hearing about various EU programme's priorities for funding and case studies of succesfully funded projects, participants were able to ask questions, network, find partners and identify project ideas. A range of sectors attended including universities, local government and central government departments and bodies.

The speakers were:

Gerry Bradley, Project Manager, Special EU Programmes Body

SEUPB help facilitate the positive impact that European Regional Development Funding will have on the lives of people living across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland. SEUPB is responsible for the implementation of the EU’s PEACE IV (€270m) and INTERREG VA (€283m) Programmes. They also have a signposting role to promote involvement in the INTERREG VB Transnational and INTERREG VC Interregional Programmes. Gerry Bradley gave an overview of the current funding for sustainability projects within Interreg VB & VC and how to apply.

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Mark Sweeney, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is a government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Mark Sweeney, National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5, provided an brief overview of the current EU funding availability for sustainability projects covering H2020, LIFE and ERDF programmes.

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Dr Caterina Brandoni, Lecturer in Energy, Ulster University

Caterina Brandoni has been successful in drawing down Horizon 2020 funding for the ALICE project. Caterina explained more about her experience applying for funds through H2020 MSCA RISE, from application to implementation. She also provided tips on applying for Horizon 2020 and Interreg funding, based on her experience with both funding streams.

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