The Danube Transnational Programme
The second call for the Danube Programme is expected to be launched at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.
The programme strengthens joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural assets in the Danube region as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies. Moreover, the programme is envisaged to invest in the creation and/or maintenance of ecological corridors of transnational relevance in the Danube region. This intervention is directly interlinked with water management and the control of environmental risk factors, such as flood risks. Furthermore, disaster prevention and disaster management (risk management) is addressed in relation to risks that are caused by non-functioning ecosystems and man-made changes in climate conditions.
The specific objectives covered by Priority 2 are:

  • Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention
  • Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources
  • Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors
  • Improve preparedness for environmental risk management

The total budget for Priority 2 is: €83,423,830. You can find further information at:

Creative Europe
There is an open call for expressions of interest for the establishment of a pool of experts to potentially become members of the Panel for the EU action "European Capital of Culture". Interested experts are invited to send their application at any time before 31/12/2020.
You can find further information at:

Horizon 2020
CULT-COOP-03-2017: Cultural literacy of young generations in Europe 
Cultural diversity is one of Europe’s most valuable assets and European educational and cultural systems need to cater for diversity and enable all citizens to build the skills and competencies needed for effective inter-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The challenge is about understanding how young people make sense of Europe and its differing cultures. The influences on young people are wide ranging, including formal education, family and cultural background and media. The aim is to gain a greater understanding of cultural literacy itself as a non-normative concept covering relevant culture-related knowledge, skills and competencies and how young people in particular acquire it.
The research to address this challenge should focus on one or two dimensions that have to be comprehensively addressed. The research may also cover other issues relevant for addressing the specific challenge.

  1. Promoting cultural literacy through formal education
Research under this topic should address concepts of cultural literacy by performing a comparative analysis of cultural literacy of young Europeans of diverse origins and backgrounds as well as their inter-cultural competencies. It should address the role of formal education regarding knowledge, skills and competencies needed for effective inter-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding as well as for becoming informed and responsible users and producers of the European cultural heritage and culture. It should study whether "European culture" as a possible common set of cultural and conceptual models is emerging for young generations. It should pay particular attention to early childhood (pre-primary), primary and secondary education, due to their importance in building cognitive, emotional and civic bases and study also how cultural literacy developed in formal education influences, actual attitudes and behaviours of young people.
2. The role of non-formal and informal education and other factors in the development of cultural literacy
Based on a comparative analysis of cultural literacy of young Europeans of diverse origins and backgrounds as well as of their "inter-cultural" competencies, research should investigate the role and impact of informal education in the broadest sense, by family, gender, communities of origin, peer-groups or society at large on the development of cultural literacy. Representations of culture and the role of the Internet, social and digital media in the development of cultural knowledge and skills should equally be investigated, as many ideas related to issues of cultural diversity, popular culture, ethnic groups, minorities, discrimination and segregation are conveyed by such media. Research should identify successful actions that have already proven to have improved cultural literacy and awareness in order to provide recommendations on best practices and make suggestions on how informal forms of education can contribute to enhancing the level of cultural literacy among the young.

The European Commission considers that proposals in the order of €5,000,000 would be considered sufficient to address the challenge, but requests for other amounts for contributions from the EU may also be considered.
Expected Impact: Research under this topic will contribute to better understanding and enhancing cultural literacy for the young generations, which will lead to greater appreciation of diversity. Moreover, it will contribute to reinforcing demand for sustainable and creative uses of European cultural heritage. The research will involve policy-makers, stakeholders and educational practitioners for the development and uptake of teaching material and tools both for formal and informal education. This will also include testing innovative practices for enhancing cultural and inter-cultural competencies in their real-life context making reference also to the fight against stereotypes.

Type of Action: Research and Innovation action, opening: 04 Oct 2016, deadline 02 Feb 2017 

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Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme
The overarching objectives of the MED programme are to promote economic and social development and to address common challenges for the environment in countries in or around the Mediterranean Sea. Eligible countries are Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. 
More than €209,000,000 has been granted by the EU for the period 2014-2020. The call will address standard projects and be open to the four thematic objectives and 11 priorities of the Programme. The four thematic objectives are:

  1. Small and medium-sized enterprises development
  2. Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
  3. Promotion of social inclusion and fight against poverty
  4. Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation

There are three types of projects possible: standard projects, strategic projects and capitalisation projects. Standard projects will have a demonstration character, providing pilot examples in a specific field of expertise, while ensuring networking among relevant stakeholders. Strategic projects will guarantee a deeper focus on emerging needs identified by Terms of References. They will support an extended impact on the selected priorities and a clear contribution to EU and national policies in the region. Capitalisation projects will promote the exploitation and/or widest dissemination of the successful practices and results of previously financed projects.
The first call for proposals will be launched by the end of 2016. You can find further information at:

To cite this article:
Papathanasiou-Zuhrt, D. (2016) ’Current opportunities from European funding programmes‘. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 2-2016, 24

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