INTERREG is an EU programme aimed at fostering and supporting cooperation between different regions of the European Union.
The programme, which was originally launched in 1989, covers all of the EU’s Member States, together with other partner and neighbouring States.
INTERREG V is the latest phase of the initiative for the period 2017-2022. This Department co-funds its “Research and Innovation” strand, in conjunction with our counterpart Department in Northern Ireland.
All funding has now been committed and a range of projects have been approved in the designated “Health and Life Sciences” and “Renewable Energy” sectors. These projects involve research by relevant academic institutions which will also bring business benefits to companies in those sectors. In addition, the Programme assists SMEs to pursue Research and Innovation for the benefit of their specific operations. All projects are now underway.