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INSPIRE open call for early adopters from local and public authorities in associated regions

Are you a local or public stakeholder from an Associated Region eager to tackle Detection, Collection, and Prevention (DCP concept) of litter, including macro- and microplastics, in your rivers? Then apply for the INSPIRE Open Call to become one of the Early Adopters and receive a grant between 60k EUR and 100k EUR!
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INSPIRE intends to boost the deployment of technology and actions for Detection, Collection and Prevention (DCP concept) of litter, including macro- and microplastics, in European rivers.

For that, INSPIRE is seeking to select local and public stakeholders from Associated Regions (AR) and managing the Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) for scaling up, replication and exploitation of the lessons learnt from the project use cases. A total budget of € 500.000 has been attributed to this FSTP scheme for supporting five to eight projects.

Apply for this open call, and team-up with INSPIRE partners implementing 20 technologies and action and become one of the Early Adopters of an INSPIRE solution deployment and replication in your region. If granted, the insights gained from your own project will be integrated in the modular Master Plan of INSPIRE.

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Open Call information

Showcase the feasibility, replicability and scale up of the DCP solutions developed within INSPIRE in Associated Regions

Eligible Sectors and Countries

Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) can only be awarded to:

  • Eligible sector: Projects must be led by local and public authorities, i.e. public entities that manage, regulate and supervise public welfare at local or regional level (e.g. city council, regional council, etc), from an Associated Region.
  • Eligible countries: European Member States (excluding the EU Member States where an INSPIRE partner is located), EU Outermost Regions (Martinique, Mayotte, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Saint-Martin, Madeira, Azores, the Canary Islands) or Horizon Europe associated countries (Association to Horizon Europe – European Commission). UK is an eligible country.

Note: Applicants from the following countries where a project partner of INSPIRE is located are ineligible for this call (i.e. Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden).

Funding and Eligible Costs

The amount of the Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) ranges from minimum €60,000 to maximum €100,000 at 100 % of the total costs of the project. Each project must include an implementation plan including milestones and deliverables, and a cost estimate justifying the costs and resources in relation to the implementation plan.

Commitment

The selected beneficiaries commit to carrying out the following activities in their role as part of an Associated Region to the INSPIRE project:

  • Participation in workshops and meetings for knowledge transfer during the INSPIRE implementation
  • Participation in developing blueprints and business roadmaps for the replication sites

Application Process

  1. Call opening date: June 17, 2024
  2. Call closing date: November 29, 2024, 17h00 Brussels time
  3. Download the application template
  4. Complete the application form and upload the completed application template in PDF
  5. Send your submission via TypeForm
  6. English language should be used for the application
  7. Each applicant can only submit one single application

Timeline

  • Evaluation and selection: December 2024 – February, 2025
  • Granting completed: May 1, 2025
  • Project implementation (18 months): June 1, 2025 – November 30, 2026
  • Project reporting (6 months): December 1, 2026 – May 29, 2027
  • Total project duration: 24 months

Evaluation

Applications received will be checked against the Eligibility Check Criteria:

  • Eligible country;
  • The application is led by a local and public authority;
  • Only applications making use of the template will be evaluated.
    Experts will evaluate the applications by using the following guidelines, of which each has a 25% weight in the total evaluation:
    1. CONCEPT AND INNOVATION
    2. EXPERTISE AND EXCELLENCE OF THE PROPOSED TEAM
    3. ALIGNMENT AND PROJECT PLANNING
    4. IMPACT AND SUSTAINABILITY

For more complete and other Open Call info:

Evaluation

Email: inspire-project@vliz.be

Personal data will be collected, processed and published in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679, also known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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