Frequently asked questions
! All calls for project proposals in the programming period 2014-2020 are now completed. A new programme is under preparation and this FAQ will be updated once the new programme is adopted!
Who can participate?
Which parts of Switzerland are covered by the programme?
The whole territory of Switzerland (alpine and non-alpine) is part of the Alpine Space Programme.
Which kinds of project partners are entitled to participate?
Alpine Space projects are open for all kinds of project partners: federal, regional or local authorities, research institutions, private partners (SMEs, etc.), associations, etc. However, project partners must have the administrative capacities to work during two or three years on a transnational project.
May a private enterprise participate to an Alpine Space project?
Yes, private partners are welcome. It is however important to remember that it is not allowed to do benefits in the framework of a project and that the results of a project belong to the whole partnership, and not only to the partner who has elaborated them. Moreover, specific rules apply to the participation of Swiss private enterprises if they wish to get national funding in the framework of the NRP. Interested enterprises are invited to contact the Swiss Alpine Space Contact Point.
How does a project look like?
How many project partners may take part in a project?
The minimum number of project partners is four, the maximum is fifteen.
How many countries have to be represented in a project?
Project partners have to come from at least four different countries. There are usually more than four countries represented in a project.
How long does a project last?
The maximal duration is three years.
Calls for proposals
When will the next call for proposals take place?
All calls for project proposals in the programming period 2014-2020 are now completed.
Where can I submit my project?
Projects are submitted on the programme's website. There is no need to submit your project in Switzerland as well. However, if you wish to ask for funding in the framework of the New Regional Policy (NRP), a form has to be submitted between step 1 and step 2 of the call for proposals. This form will be sent to you if your project is selected at the end of the first step.
Who will assess my project?
Projects are assessed by the Joint Secretariat, with some additional information from the Alpine Space Contact Points. The methodology is explained in detail in the factsheet "Project selection: procedure and criteria".
Who will decide on my project?
The project selection is done by the Monitoring Committee. All Alpine states, including Switzerland, are represented in this Committee. Decisions are taken by consensus.
Funding in Switzerland
Do Swiss partners get European funding?
No, Swiss partners are not entitled to get European funding in the Alpine Space Programme (neither project funding itself, nor preparation costs). However, there are funding opportunities within the framework of the Swiss New Regional Policy (NRP) under some conditions.
What is the funding rate in Switzerland?
There is no fixed funding rate for Swiss partners. The federal funding within the framework of the NRP cannot exceed the amount allocated by the cantons and municipalities. Third party funds (other federal ministries, private funds, etc.) are eligible.
How do I apply for funding?
If you wish to ask for funding under the New Regional Policy, a form has to be submitted between step 1 and step 2 of the call for proposals. This form will be sent to you if your project is selected at the end of step 1. However, Swiss potential project partners are encouraged to contact their contact point as soon as possible in order to have a first discussion on this topic.
First level control in Switzerland
Who carries out first level controls?
First level controls are carried out in Switzerland by the Alpine Space Contact Point.
What does first level control cost?
The First Level Control is free of charge in Switzerland. However, Swiss partners getting national funding in the framework of the New Regional Policy are requested to submit additional documents at the end of the project, as stated under point 5 of the contract established between the project partner and the Swiss Confederation. The establishment of these documents may create additional costs.
Who is reponsible for the programme in Switzerland?
The Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE represents Switzerland in the Alpine Space Programme Monitoring Committee. It also functions as a liaison office (Alpine Space Contact Point). To this end, the ARE is responsible for publicising the programme in Switzerland, supporting partners involved in the projects, and providing information to those interested in participating in new Interreg projects. Don't hesitate to contact the ARE!
More generally, the New Regional Policy - in the framework of which Switzerland is participating to the Alpine Space Programme - is placed under the responsability of the State Secretariate for Economic Affairs (SECO).