What makes a good project

Every project should be planned using the intervention logic below as a guideline. Scroll down for ten more important points to consider when putting together your project.

A well defined need

The first condition to fund a project is that it will improve something on the territory and that a segment of the population will benefit from it in the long run.

Focus on one Programme objective

Each project must contribute to one of the Programme's Specific Objectives, defined in the Cooperation Programme. This is what we call "thematic fit". To succeed in your application, include a clear reference to this objective and define in specific terms the specific issue it intends to address and the territory where it will operate.

Risk management

You need to understand the risks involved in the implementation of your project and make a plan to mitigate them. Examples of risks: changes to the project plan, partners dropping out, etc.

Measure, measure, measure

Use the Programme's indicator system to measure if you have achieve your project objectives. The system looks at both outputs (how much and how well did the project do?) and results (is anyone better off and has anything improved?)

Value for money

We allocate public funds to projects. This is a precious commodity so if your project is selected you must use them according to the principles of:

  • Economy = Minimising the costs of resources
  • Efficiency = Getting the most from the available resources, and
  • Effectiveness = Meeting the objectives and achieving the intended results

Cooperation at heart

We basically finance cooperation across borders so each project needs to show how partners will work together towards a common goal. If the project could have happened without this cooperation, then it is not an Interreg NWE project.

Evaluating and applying lessons learned

Keep monitoring your project results. You should be able to tell if anything has improved or anyone is better off thanks to your project. Evaluations should be part of the action plan in a way that allows you to learn from them and act accordingly during the project's life time.


Interreg NWE plays a role in the intermediate stages of the innovation chain that goes from fundamental research to the commercialisation of a product or service or the application of a new process. Projects should focus on applied research and include a testing or implementation phase, while commercialisation should be left to the market.

Do not reinvent the wheel

Keep abreast with recent developments and results achieved in your project's sector or field and build on these. Make sure you explain in the application form why the project requires transnational cooperation to take the sector or field forward.

A strong partnership

Analyse the territory to select the most suitable partners for your project. A strong partnership includes different types of organisations at different levels of governance that complement each other with different types of experience and levels of expertise.

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