European Cooperation Projects Call Opens for 2023

Call under the CULTURE strand of Creative Europe supports transnational cooperation projects involving organisations in the cultural and creative sectors.

Creative Europe is the EU programme dedicated to supporting Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The CULTURE strand of Creative Europe aims to promote and enhance artistic and cultural cooperation at the European level and beyond.

European Cooperation Projects are transnational projects involving cultural and creative organisations from different countries taking part in the Creative Europe programme. The projects give cultural organisations of all sizes the possibility to co-produce, cooperate, experiment, innovate, be mobile and learn from each other. The action aims to improve access to European culture and creative works and promote innovation and creativity. Projects can cover one or more cultural and creative sectors and can be interdisciplinary.

Support is available for the following three types of project:

  • Small scale cooperation projects (minimum three partners from three different eligible countries). Grants of up to €200,000 are available for up to 80% of eligible costs.
  • Medium scale cooperation projects (minimum five partners from five different eligible countries). Grants of up to €1 million are available for up to 70% of eligible costs.
  • Large scale cooperation projects (minimum ten partners from ten different eligible countries). Grants of up to €2 million are available for up to 60% of eligible costs.

Projects must apply under one of the following two objectives:

  1. Transnational creation and circulation: to strengthen the transnational creation and circulation of European works and artists. Projects must take into account the new context such as health or environmental concerns and integrate innovative (digital) ways of producing and disseminating content.
  2. Innovation: to enhance the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to nurture talents, to innovate, to prosper and to generate jobs and growth. Innovation is necessary for the evolution of the sectors and their competitiveness. Innovation is to be understood in a broad way, and is not necessarily of a technological nature but can include the development and experimentation of new practices or new models as well as the transfer and dissemination of good practices.

Applicants must be legal persons and be established and officially registered in a country participating in the Creative Europe Programme. Natural persons are not eligible, with the exception of self-employed persons (ie sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person). The coordinating entity must have had a legal existence for at least two years on the date of the deadline for submission of applications.

The total budget for this call is €60,076,809 to fund approximately 130 projects. Projects can last for up to 48 months.

Applications should be submitted via the Commission’s Funding and Tenders Portal by the 23 February 2023 deadline.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)