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Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020

    The Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 was prepared in co-operation with a wide range of partners and stakeholders as required under Article 5 of the Common Provisions Regulation and as detailed in the ‘Code of Conduct on Partnership’ which is intended to support and facilitate Member States and Managing Authorities in the implementation of the partnership principle.

    Programme overview

  • Priority 1. Strengthening Research, Technology Development and Innovation

    Total Public Funds: €180,000,000 (The public funding is comprised of 50% ERDF and 50% Irish Exchequer Funding)

    Share of the total Union support to the OP: 36.13%

    Priority objectives:

    • To increase the level of research taking place in the S&E region with Company engagement by supplying applied research
    • To increase the level of commercialisation of research by the higher education institutions in the S&E region

     

    Common and programme specific result indicators:

    • Number of industry partners engaged with funded strategic research centres in the S&E region
    • Annual number of Licenses as a result of research in S&E Region

     

    Priority 1 Schemes

    Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Schemes

    Research Centres Programme: The objective of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres Programme is to develop a set of world-leading, large-scale research centres aligned with the 14 priority areas of research identified in the Research Prioritisation Exercise that will provide major economic impact for Ireland. 

    Spokes Programme: The objective of the Spokes Programme is to promote the further development of existing Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres to incorporate new areas of research, new industrial and academic collaborators. 

    To find out more about the scheme visit the Intermediate Body’s website: Science Foundation Ireland

    Enterprise Ireland Schemes

    Commercialisation Fund: The objective is to foster and grow a dynamic and commercially aware research community and to create an environment that promotes entrepreneurship.  In so doing an accessible route to commercialisation is established for the transfer of knowledge from the research base into industry.

    Innovation Partnership: The objective of the Innovation Partnership Programme is to propel the use of key technologies by Irish companies by encouraging them to work with Irish research institutes resulting in mutually beneficial co-operation and interaction.

    To find out more visit the Intermediate Body’s website: Enterprise Ireland

    Marine Institute Scheme

    Marine Research Programme: The objective of the Marine Research Programme is to provide funding to the marine sector in Ireland that will:

    • build new research capacity and capability;
    • enable sharing of existing knowledge and technology transfer;
    • increase competiveness and opportunities for sustainable economic growth;
    • protect and conserve marine resources;
    • inform public policy; and
    • increase public awareness of our maritime heritage. 

     

    Read more detail about the scheme here.

  • Priority 2. Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure

    Total Public Funds: €60,000,000 (The public funding is comprised of 50% ERDF and 50% Irish Exchequer Funding)

    Share of the total Union support to the OP: 12.04%
     

    Priority objectives:

    • To increase the provision of fibre optic links to all unserved settlements in the S&E Region.

     

    Common and programme specific result indicators:

    • Settlements with high-speed next generation broadband in the S&E Region

     

    Priority 2 Schemes

    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Scheme

    National Broadband Plan: The objectives are to overcome identified gaps in the provision of high speed broadband services and consequently harness the potential development opportunities afforded by high speed connectivity in terms of growth, competitiveness, entrepreneurship, jobs and social inclusion. Provision of the enabling infrastructure will ensure that the benefits of the digital economy will be evenly spread and will allow all citizens and businesses to participate fully in, and maximise the benefits of, a digitally enabled economy and society.

    To find out more about the scheme visit the Intermediate Body’s website: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment 

  • Priority 3. SME Competitiveness

    Total Public Funds: €69,200,000 (The public funding is comprised of 50% ERDF and 50% Irish Exchequer Funding)

    Share of the total Union support to the OP: 13.89%
     

    Priority objectives:

    • To increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the S&E Region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises

     

    Common and programme specific result indicators:

    • Employment in the micro-enterprise sector in the S&E Region

     

    Priority 3 Scheme

    Enterprise Ireland Scheme

    Entrepreneurship in Micro-Enterprise: The specific objective of this priority is to increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the S&E Region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises.

    It will support innovative and growth oriented micro-enterprise business start-ups and expansions, with a particular emphasis on high-growth and potentially high-growth sectors through the provision of business information, advisory services, capability building, mentoring and financial supports.  The ERDF co-financed financial supports will be targeted at value added micro-enterprises in the manufacturing and traded services activities, with a particular emphasis on high-growth and potentially high-growth sectors which do not lead to deadweight and or displacement. The non-financial supports are broader and more generally focussed but will meet the specific needs of high growth and potential high growth companies.

    To find out more about the scheme visit the Level 1 Public Body’s website: Local Enterprise Offices

  • Priority 4. Support the shift towards a low-carbon economy

    Total Public Funds: €133,000,000 (The public funding is comprised of 50% ERDF and 50% Irish Exchequer Funding)
     

    Share of the total Union support to the OP: 26.70%

    Priority objectives:

    • To improve energy efficiency in the housing stock.

     

    Common and programme specific result indicators:

    • The average thermal performance of housing units in the S&E Region.

     

    Priority 4 Schemes

    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Scheme

    Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme: The objectives of the scheme are to improve the energy efficiency of the household at risk and in the process reduce the amount of expenditure that is required to be spent on energy.  Other secondary objectives are to improve health and well-being, while reducing the amount of disposal income spent on energy.  A reduction in spend on energy will also make a positive contribution to reducing poverty in at-risk households.

    To find out more about the scheme visit the Level 1 Public Body’s website: Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

    Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Scheme

    Social Housing Retrofit: The principal objective of the retrofitting proposal is to meet Ireland’s commitments in relation to carbon emissions reductions and energy reduction targets for 2020.  Implementation of energy efficiency measures in buildings will make a significant contribution to Ireland’s carbon emissions reduction targets and energy reduction targets for 2020.  The frameworks within which these measures are being implemented are provided by the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Energy Efficiency Directive.

    Energy savings in buildings will contribute 45% of Ireland’s total energy savings targets for 2020.  The energy retrofitting of buildings in the private and public sector hold the greatest potential for energy savings.

    It is intended that this retrofitting proposal will fully meet the stringent requirements and ambitious targets of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

    Secondary objectives of the retrofitting proposal include:

    • Stimulating employment generation within the construction/energy retrofitting sector. This measure will support some 4,167 jobs, taking account of both direct and indirect jobs, over the implementation period;
    • Demonstrating the importance of public sector bodies leading by example as required by the Recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive.

    To find out more about the scheme visit the Intermediate Body’s website: Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government 

  • Priority 5. Sustainable Integrated Urban Development

    Total Public Funds:  €52,000,000 (The public funding is comprised of 50% ERDF and 50% Local Authority match funds)


    Share of the total Union support to the OP: 10.44%


    Priority objectives:

    • To support low carbon sustainable, multimodal urban mobility in designated urban centres.
    • To revitalise, regenerate and improve the urban environment in the designated urban centres as part of integrated urban strategies.

     

    Common and programme specific result indicators:

    • Non private car commuting levels in the designated urban centres.
    • Improvement in the social, economic and physical conditions in selected urban centres, based on an urban development index.

     

    Priority 5 Scheme

    Southern Regional Assembly Scheme

    Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme: The objective is to increase the number of integrated urban regeneration initiatives to improve the urban environment and revitalise urban areas

    Click on the following links to find out more about the funded projects: Dublin Gateway (Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council), Cork Gateway (Cork City Council), Waterford Gateway (Waterford City and County Council), Limerick-Shannon Gateway (Limerick City and County Council), Killarney Tralee Hub (Kerry County Council), Mallow Hub (Cork County Council) Ennis Hub (Clare County Council), Kilkenny Hub (Kilkenny County Council), Wexford Hub (Wexford County Council).

  • Priority 6: Technical Assistance

    A Technical Assistance budget of €4,018,700 is available for the implementation, managing, monitoring and evaluation of the regional programme (The public funding is comprised of 50% ERDF and 50% Irish Exchequer Funding)

    The overall objective of the priority is to support the effective implementation of the Regional Operational Programme.

    Intermediate Body: Southern Regional Assembly