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Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-20
  • Programme Overview

    The Programme focus is on specific growth opportunities ans sectors identified in Ireland's smart specialisation strategy to build on the S&E region's strengths.

    The Programme has invested in the S&E region under five priority areas:

    • Strengthening RTDI
    • ICT Infrastructure
    • SME Supports
    • Low Carbon Economy
    • Sustainable Urban Development  

    The Programme aims to complement wider investment programmes in targeted high growth and innovative sectors to support the creation of new quality jobs, boost innovation, increase licenses granted, as well as helping to grow the local economies in the Southern & Eastern region of Ireland.

    This is the third Regional Programme for the S&E Region and all have been managed by the Southern Regional Assembly.

    The Southern & Eastern (S&E) Regional Programme 2014-20 is a funding package of approx. €500 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Irish Exchequer. 

    Programme Overview
    Southern & Eastern NUTS II Region
  • 1. Strengthening RTD&I

    Priority 1 has approximately €180 million in public funds (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer) for five schemes which support activity to strengthen research, technology, development and innovation in the S&E region.  Approximately 36% of the programme's ERDF funding is allocated to this priority.

    Priority Objectives

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

     

    Common & Programme Specific Result Indicators

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

     

    Five schemes are supported under Priority 1

    1. Research Centres Programme

    To develop a set of world-leading, large-scale research centres aligned to the 14 priority areas of research identified in the Research Prioritisation Exercise that will provide major economic impact for Ireland. 

    2. Spokes Programme

    To promote the further development of existing SFI Research Centres to incorporate new areas of research, new industrial and academic collaborators. 

    Science Foundation Ireland is the Intermediary Body for the roll-out of the Research Centres Programme and the Spokes Programme.

    3. Commercialisation Fund

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

    4. Innovation Partnership

    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.

    Enterprise Ireland is the Intermediary Body for the roll-out of the Commercialisation Fund and the Innovation Partnership.

    5. Marine Research Programme

    To 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.

    The Marine Institute is the Intermediary Body for the roll-out of the Marine Research Programme.

  • 2. ICT Infrastructure

    Priority 2 has approximately €60 million in public funds (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer) for one scheme which supports the increase of broadband services in the S&E region. Approximately 12% of the programme's ERDF funding is allocated to this priority.

    Priority Objectives

    • To increase the provision of fibre optic links to all unserved settlements in the region

     

    Common & Programme Specific Result Indicators

    • Settlements with high-speed next generation broadband in the region

     

    One scheme is supported under Priority 2 

    National Broadband Plan

    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.

    The Dept of Communications, Climate Action & Environment  is the Intermediary Body for the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

  • 3. SME Competitiveness

    Priority 3 has approximately €69 million in public funds (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer) for one scheme that supports micro-enterprises in the S&E region.  Approximately 14% of the programme's ERDF funding is allocated to this priority.

    Priority Objectives

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

     

    Common & Programme Specific Result Indicators

    • Employment in the micro-enterprise sector in the region

     

    One scheme is supported under Priority 3

    Entrepreneurship in Micro-Enterprise

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

    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.

    Enterprise Ireland is the Intermediary Body for this Scheme, which is rolled out by the Local Enterprise Offices

  • 4. Shift to a low carbon economy

    Priority 4 has approximately €133 million in public funds (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer) to support two schemes that are aimed at improving energy efficiency in the housing stock of the S&E region. Approximately 27% of the programme's ERDF funding is allocated to this priority.

    Priority Objective

    • To improve energy efficiency in the housing stock

     

    Common & Programme Specific Result Indicator

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

     

    Two schemes are supported under Priority 4 

    1. Better Energy Warmer Homes

    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.

    The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment is the Intermediary Body for the scheme, which is rolled out by Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland

    2. Social Housing Retrofit

    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 & 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.

    The Dept of Housing, Planning & Local Government is the Intermediary Body with responsibility for this scheme.

  • 5. Sustainable Urban Development

    Priority 5 has approximately €52 million in public funds (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer) to support sustainable, integrated urban development in the S&E region. Approximately 10% of the programme's ERDF funding is allocated to this priority.

    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 & 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.

    One scheme is supported under Priority 5 

    Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme

    To increase the number of integrated urban regeneration initiatives to improve the urban environment and revitalise urban areas.

    The Southern Regional Assembly is the Intermediary Body for this scheme. Find out about the projects which are funded under this scheme:

  • 6. Technical Assistance

    A Technical Assistance budget of approximately €4 million is available for implementing, managing, monitoring and evaluating the S&E Regional Programme (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer).

    The objective of the priority is to support the effective implementation of the Regional Programme. The Southern Regional Assembly is the Intermediary Body for this priority.