Project development in Interreg

Competition among projects applying for EU funding is high. It is not enough to have a brilliant idea for your project. You will have to explain your idea in the application form, which is similar to a business plan. You will need to explain project benefits for the target groups and the programme, and prepare a feasible work plan with a budget.

In this course you will find out how to:

  • efficiently present your project proposal following the Interreg project planning methodology;
  • develop the project intervention logic and how to link it to the programme intervention logic;
  • develop a realistic and detailed work plan where all partners are involved;
  • approach the planning of the project budget.

Interreg programme will then assess and discuss all the projects they receive, to decide which one will receive funding.

In this course we continue to follow the standard project life-cycle stages relevant for any type of project, but we focus on the specific features of Interreg projects.

This course covers Project development, the second stage of the project life-cycle.
It is one of 5 courses developed for Interreg project management.

This part of the project life-cycle depends a lot on the rules and requirements set up by each programme. Any project can be quickly rejected if it doesn’t respect these rules. Because of that, we will only cover the most common parts of the application form, and focus on tips when explaining how to develop these parts.

Please remember to check the official programme guidance documents because this is the only reliable source of information for the specific Interreg programme.

This course is for you, if you:

  • are new to developing and managing projects funded by Interreg programmes;
  • are a project beneficiary who already has some experience in managing EU-funded projects but would like to benefit from the Interreg-specific tips and tools offered in the course;
  • work in Interreg, Interreg-IPA CBC programmes and ENI programmes, especially those who are new in the Interreg world and would like to better understand the challenges a project can face, and get ideas about how to overcome those challenges.

Please note that this course was created for the 2014-2020 programme period. Thus, the EU Regulations and EU rules mentioned in the course are not valid for the 2021-2027 period. We are currently preparing a new set of project management courses for 2021-2027. In the meantime, you are welcome to learn by taking this course, because the main principles of good project management in Interreg will not change from one period to another.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 5 hours

Course Instructors

Polona Frumen Polona Frumen Course developer
Kelly Zielniewski Kelly Zielniewski Course developer

Free of charge


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