NEW TEES VALLEY ERDF CALLS – LAUNCH EVENTS
Four Tees Valley ERDF calls are expected to be launched on Friday 28th June 2019 under the following themes:
- ENHANCING ACCESS TO, AND USE AND QUALITY OF ICT
- SME COMPETITIVENESS
- LOW CARBON
The closing date for all four calls is likely to be Monday 30th September 2019.
Three Launch events have been arranged as follows:
Wednesday 3 July 2019 – 9am to 12 noon at the National Horizons Centre, 38 John Dixon Lane, Darlington, DL1 1GP
Tuesday 9 July – 9am to 12 noon at TVCA Cavendish House, Teesdale Business Park, Thornaby, TS17 6QY
Wednesday 10 July – 9am to 12 noon at the BIS Centre, 13-17 Whitby Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7AD
EACH EVENT IS THE SAME AND WILL COVER ALL FOUR PRIORITIES/THEMES SO YOU NEED ONLY ATTEND ONE.
To register for one of the events please do so here
OPEN CALLS – EXPECTED ACTIVITY To be updated once live
PROMOTING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION – PRIORITY AXIS 1
The call is likely to state that the focus is on revenue support, particularly the provision of intensive support leading to an increase in innovative capacity for new and established businesses innovating in smart specialisation areas. Consideration will be given to limited capital investment that addresses the key priorities identified within the Tees Valley Innovation Strategy. Capital investment should provide improved innovation facilities/business space to enable research, development and innovation where robust evidence of market failure is provided, and where this investment is fundamentally linked to the provision of intensive support to new and established innovating businesses.
ENHANCING ACCESS TO, AND USE AND QUALITY OF ICT – PRIORITY AXIS 2
Projects under this call should look to enhance the access to, and use and quality of, Information and Communications Technology including:
- extend broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks and support the adoption of emerging technologies and networks for the digital economy
- develop Information and Communications Technology products and services,
e-commerce, and enhancing demand for Information and Communications Technology
SME COMPETITIVENESS – PRIORITY AXIS 3
This call looks to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and specifically:
- Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
- Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
- Supporting the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes,
Local priorities will be:
- Increasing Productivity
- Start-up/Scale up
- Supply Chain Development
- Access to Finance and Investor Readiness
LOW CARBON – PRIORITY AXIS 4
This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors and in particular:
- promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
- increase energy efficiency particularly in SMEs including through the implementation of low carbon technologies
- support the take up of low carbon energy solutions
- promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures promote research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies
EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL INVESTMENT FUNDS
The ESIF Programme 2014 – 2020 was designed by the European Union (EU) to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and cohesion across different areas of the EU. They bring significant investment into local areas across a range of activities, including supporting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), improving access to finance for SMEs, enhancing innovation capacity, supporting access to employment, developing the skills base and promoting social inclusion.
The funds available to the United Kingdom are:
- The European Regional Development Fund
- The European Social Fund
- The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
- The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Tees Valley Combined Authority has received an allocation of European Structural and Investment Funds for the full seven-year period.
- £197million from the ERDF, ESF and YEI (Youth Employment Initiative)
- £1.1million from the EAFRD
The Tees Valley European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy sets out the key priorities for the investment of the European Funds. It is available to download here
TEES VALLEY ESF CALL LAUNCHED – CLOSING DATE 25 JUNE 2019
Call to run a project supporting SMEs operating in the Tees Valley priority, high demand, and replacement demand sectors, to better meet their current and future skills needs.
The call will support Investment Priority 2.2 Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems.
Approximately £3.09m of funding is available. Open Call applicants are required to bring forward their own match funding of 40%.
For full details of eligible activity the call document can be accessed here.