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Strategic Projects The Ireland Wales Experience INTERACT – Rome, November 10 th 2011 . Ireland Wales Programme Area. Programme Focus. Programme Budget . ERDF Grant €52.7 million Match Funding €17.6 million Total Budget €70.3 million

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Strategic Projects

The Ireland Wales Experience

INTERACT – Rome, November 10th 2011




Programme budget
Programme Budget

  • ERDF Grant €52.7 million

  • Match Funding €17.6 million

  • Total Budget €70.3 million

  • Max 75% grant for BOTH Irish and Welsh project partners




Strategic call why
Strategic Call – Why?

  • Respond to need for greater strategic impact in Cohesion Policy

  • Assist with meeting N+2


Strategic projects what
Strategic Projects – What

  • Aim for increased impact, influence and visibility

  • Leave a legacy beyond the life of the programme

  • Achieve a balance between top-down and bottom-up approaches

  • Additional set of criteria/conditions


Strategic call criteria
Strategic Call – Criteria

  • Highly developed levels of cross border cooperation

  • Clear relevance with the Programme’s Priorities and Themes

  • Strategic impact beyond the life of the Ireland Wales funding

  • Originality – It represents a chance to shape discussions regarding policy development in areas directly relevant to the programme.

  • Ability to commence operations speedily and spend to profile from the beginning


Strategic projects how
Strategic Projects – How

  • Exploratory discussion with PMC (January 2010)

  • Background research by JTS (February 2010)

  • Detailed discussion with the PSC (March 2010)

  • Detailed proposal sent to the PMC (April 2010)

  • Agreement to launch a Strategic Call (April 2010)


Strategic projects generation
Strategic Projects – Generation

  • Development Officers

  • Standard Communication Channels

  • Intense levels of support pre-submission

  • ‘Normal’ call launched in 2010 also


Strategic call process
Strategic Call – Process

  • Call Launched – April 23rd 2010

  • Call Closed – May 21st 2010

  • Applications Received – 3

  • Applications selected by PMC June 16th

  • Applications selected – 2

  • Projects started – July/August 2010


Strategic call appraisal
Strategic Call – Appraisal

  • Similar to main calls but with some changes

  • Comply with Strategic conditions

  • Core selection criteria only

  • Projects selected by PMC not Steering Committee

  • Other parts of process remain the same


Winning in tendering
Winning In Tendering

  • Partners – Bangor University, Dublin City University, IIPMM

  • Total Cost €3.74 million

  • Total ERDF Grant €2.54 million

  • Timeline 08/2010 – 12/2013

  • Website http://www.youtube.com/user/winintendering


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Winning In Tendering

  • 'Winning in Tendering' (WIT) is a strategic project aimed at transforming the public tendering experience of SME’s in Ireland and Wales. WIT will address skill gaps of SME’s (&public procurers) which inhibit the region's competitiveness & sustainable development via unique, innovative & complementary targeted interventions.


Smart coasts
Smart Coasts

  • Partners – Aberystwyth University, University College Dublin

  • Total Cost €4.35 million

  • Total ERDF Support €3.27 million

  • Timeline 07/10-06/13

  • Website www.smartcoasts.eu


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Smart Coasts

  • The core aim is to equip Irish and Welsh communities to maintain the economic and strategic value of near-shore waters to their economies. This will be done by facilitating application of new real-time management systems, first suggested by WHO and soon to be allowed within EU Directive criteria.


Strategic projects latest
Strategic Projects – Latest

  • Conditions broadly complied with

  • External and internal challenges re quick spend

  • Strategic doesn’t just mean big

  • Subject to close JTS/MA monitoring

  • Optimistic regarding outputs, results, impacts

  • Can only judge success at a later date

  • New regulations allow time to consider next move


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