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Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-20

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

    The funding is invested in the S&E region of Ireland under five priority areas, Strengthening RTDI, ICT Infrastructure, SME Supports, Low Carbon Economy, and Sustainable Urban Development.  

  • Programme Overview

    This is the third Regional Programme for the S&E region.  The S&E region is a NUTS II region which accounts for 53% of the land area of Ireland, 73% of the population and 81% of GVA.  The region is made up of five NUTS III regions.Programme investment concentrates on research and innovation, ICT infrastructure, entrepreneurship in SMEs, promoting the low carbon economy, and on sustainable urban development.

    The Programme was prepared in collaboration with a wide range of partners and stakeholders as required under Art. 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.

    The Programme has a Monitoring Committee which meets annually to review the implementation of the Programme's priorities.  The Regional Assembly is the Managing Authority for the Programme and provides the Chair and Secretariat for this Committee. 

    One of the European Structural & Investment Funds, the ERDF aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion by creating better balance between the regions of the EU and to contribute to the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

  • Priority 1 Strengthening RTD&I

    Total Public Funds

    • €180,000,000 (50% ERDF & 50% Irish Exchequer)
    • Share of the total EU 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 & 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

     

    Five schemes are supported under Priority 1


    Intermediate Body: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) 

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

    To find out more about the schemes visit Science Foundation Ireland

     

    Intermediate Body: Enterprise Ireland 

    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.

    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.

    To find out more about the schemes visit Enterprise Ireland

     

    Intermediate Body: Marine Institute 

    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.

    To find out more about the schemes visit Marine Institute

  • Priority 2 ICT Infrastructure

    Total Public Funds

    • €60,000,000 (50% ERDF & 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 & Programme Specific Result Indicators

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

     

    One scheme is supported under Priority 2 

    Intermediate Body: Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

    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.

    To find out more about the scheme visit Dept of Communications, Climate Action & Environment 

  • Priority 3 SME Competitiveness

    Total Public Funds

    • €69,200,000 (50% ERDF & 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 & Programme Specific Result Indicators

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

     

    There is one scheme under Priority 3

    Intermediate Body: Enterprise Ireland

    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.

    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: Local Enterprise Offices

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

    Total Public Funds

    • €133,000,000 (50% ERDF & 50% Irish Exchequer Funding)
    • Share of the total Union support to the OP: 26.70%

     

    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.

     

    There are two schemes under Priority 4 

    Intermediate Body: Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

    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.

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

     

    Intermediate Body: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

    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.

    To find out more about the scheme visit: Dept of Housing, Planning & Local Government 

  • Priority 5 Sustainable Integrated Urban Development

    Total Public Funds

    • €52,000,000 (50% ERDF & 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 & 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.

     

    There is one scheme under Priority 5 

    Intermediate Body: Southern Regional Assembly 

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

    Find out more about the projects which are funded under this scheme:

  • Priority 6 Technical Assistance

    A Technical Assistance budget of €4,018,700 is available for implementing, managing, monitoring and evaluating the Regional Programme (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer)

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

    Intermediate Body: Southern Regional Assembly

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