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Welcome to the REGIOSTARS Awards 2020 online submission platform

The REGIOSTARS Awards are a yearly competition, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy. It aims at identifying good practices in regional development and highlighting innovative, EU-funded projects, which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions and project managers

 

There are five REGIOSTARS Award categories for 2020


Public Choice Award now open : vote for your favourite project among the finalists !

Smart growth

Industrial transition for a Smart Europe

METAL 3D INNOVATIONS (Me3DI)
METAL 3D INNOVATIONS (Me3DI)
Finland

Me3DI forms an industrial knowledge cluster of metal 3D printing in South Karelia, Eastern part of Finland. Transition of companies towards digital business transformation is supported by educational and RD resources of LUT University. Key set of technologies for metal parts production are adopted by every major advanced manufacturing segment. Regional metal 3D printing ecosystem enables students and companies to develop skills for shaping the future they want, one layer at a time.


Sustainable growth

Circular economy for a green Europe

Fibrenamics Green
Fibrenamics Green
Portugal

Under the motto 'from waste to market through knowledge', Fibrenamics Green is an innovative platform for the development of innovative products from industrial waste, through the incorporation of design and engineering. The platform's activities are based on the generation and sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge that creates new waste recovery projects, incorporating science and technology, based on continuous synergies between universities and enterprises from different fields.


Inclusive growth

Skills & Education for a digital Europe

E-SCHOOLS, PILOT PROJECT
E-SCHOOLS, PILOT PROJECT
Croatia

Purpose of the project was to improve digital maturity of schools and digital competences of teachers and students, focusing on 10% of all Croatian schools. It piloted organizational, technological and educational concepts of introducing ICT in the education and administrative processes. The current shift to remote learning, although challenging, was significantly mitigated by the core project results, helping some 50.000 teachers and 500.000 students switch to a new level of education.


Sustainable growth

Circular economy for a green Europe

EcoDesign Circle
EcoDesign Circle
Germany, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Poland

Reusable, repairable, recyclable products? They are possible if you consider the products’ environmental impacts already at the design phase. In EcoDesign Circle, we equipped design centres and entrepreneurs in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden with practical tools and knowledge in ecodesign to bring the Baltic Sea region closer to a circular economy.


Urban development

Citizens engagement for cohesive European cities

VILAWATT: boosting energy transition
VILAWATT: boosting energy transition
Spain

Vilawatt project has promoted the creation of a new energy company governed by a public-private-citizen partnership, where the main city’s social actors have a key role. Viladecans priority is to boost citizen commitment and sense of belonging as an essential axis to promote a sustainable energy transition process. Vilawatt has a special focus on kids, being a company that educates for change from childhood, making easier for citizens to lead the transformation of the energy model.


Topic of the year 2020: 30 Years of Interreg

Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders

XBIT
XBIT
Croatia

XBIT project is focused on developing a favourable environment for innovation, IT industry, entrepreneurship, creation of employment opportunities, increasing the retention of talent and increasing the number of skilled young professionals in cross-border area between Croatia and Serbia. The most significant project outputs are: created Cross border network of ICT stakeholders, designed and implemented educational, motivational and networking programmes, established Fab Labs and Mobile Lab.


Urban development

Citizens engagement for cohesive European cities

SHICC
SHICC
France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland

There is a housing affordability crisis in many European cities. The SHICC project seeks to address this by supporting the establishment of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in four cities to 'prove the concept' - Brussels, London, Ghent and Lille - and across Europe. CLTs are democratic organisations that develop and manage homes that are affordable to people with low and median incomes and remain affordable forever. CLTs create cohesive neighbourhoods through community and resident involvement.


Smart growth

Industrial transition for a Smart Europe

Smart Solar Charging Region Utrecht
Smart Solar Charging Region Utrecht
Netherlands

The Utrecht district Lombok is internationally known for its Smart Solar Charging innovation: locally produced solar power is used to charge electric cars and can be delivered back to the power grid when needed, making an important contribution to ensuring a reliable electricity grid of the future. The project develops, tests and upscales the Lombok system in five linked living labs in the Utrecht region representing different customer types, user profiles and markets.


Inclusive growth

Skills & Education for a digital Europe

Digital platform for remote training
Digital platform for remote training
France

This project is aimed towards the upswing of a brand new web developer training course in telepresence, through the creation and improvement of innovative tools and contents. In 2017 and 2018, ERDF funding enabled O’clock school to develop :  consequential improvements in its virtual classrooms a web platform about the web developer profession an interface helping learners to find the best job opportunities after training O’clock is now a top actor of distance learning in France.


Topic of the year 2020: 30 Years of Interreg

Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders

ENERGY@SCHOOL
ENERGY@SCHOOL
Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland

Youth will play a crucial role in Europe’s transition to a carbon neutral continent. Energy@School developed a scheme to train school students as “Junior Energy Guardians”. Their awareness raising approach has resulted in significant energy efficiency improvements of the participating schools and can easily be rolled out in other regions. The project has shown that giving youth greater responsibility can be as effective as expensive renovation measures


Topic of the year 2020: 30 Years of Interreg

Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders

iEER Interreg Europe for Entrepreneurs
iEER Interreg Europe for Entrepreneurs
Finland, Spain, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Romania, Poland, Ireland

What makes or breaks a startup? What happens when you reject the silo mentality? Those were questions bounced around during the iEER project, which resolved to empower European regions and their youth to be more entrepreneurial. Since 2016, the iEER has ignited transformation in ten European regions’ support to young people and entrepreneurship. By connecting European Structural Funds and SME related policies in regions, it triggered a return on investment of 1500% of the EU funding.


Sustainable growth

Circular economy for a green Europe

TAKE THE COOL FOOD CHALLENGE
TAKE THE COOL FOOD CHALLENGE
France, United Kingdom

It’s time to cool down! Food is important to all of us. It sustains us, fuels us, inspires and tempts us. But did you know that process of growing, harvesting and transporting food accounts for almost a third of the world’s carbon emissions? The good news is that there are bite-sized actions we can take to reduce our carbon emissions to slow down climate change and help the earth keep cool. Sign up now on www.coolfood.net, make one or more commitment and record your progress every week!


Urban development

Citizens engagement for cohesive European cities

Buergerbahnhof-Plagwitz
Buergerbahnhof-Plagwitz
Germany

The Project Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz (Citizen's Station Plagwitz) in Leipzig is a great example for the cooperation between citizens and administration. Stakeholders, citizens, groups of interest and the city administration reclaimed a derelict area for a sustainable and creative public use in a process of planning, participation and Information phases since 2010. So far an urban forest was planned, community gardens were laid out, a construction playground and a scout track came into use.


Smart growth

Industrial transition for a Smart Europe

ESA BIC Portugal
ESA BIC Portugal
Portugal

ESA Portugal Space Solutions Centre promotes space technologies on innovative solutions to non-space markets, being a pioneer in Europe. This project is used to support entrepreneurs who intend to use space assets to generate new business in smart cities, transports and logistics, health, agriculture, blue economy or environment. Overall the project had an impact in the first 5 years of more than 11,5 M€, generated more than 100 highly skilled jobs in 30 innovative startups. ​


Smart growth

Industrial transition for a Smart Europe

HyTrEc2
HyTrEc2
United Kingdom, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany

The Interreg North Sea Region HyTrEc2 project is delivering a future where people drive vehicles using green hydrogen made from the planet's wind and solar rays. Already we have demonstrated that HyTrEc2 and other hydrogen vehicles are saving 188 tonnes of CO2e emissions. We are successfully stimulating an energy transition and clean economic growth in Europe while ensuring that businesses have the skills and knowledge needed to deliver next generation transport.


Urban development

Citizens engagement for cohesive European cities

A  Jewel in a Poor Neighbourhood
A Jewel in a Poor Neighbourhood
Belgium

The modern church "Blaisantkerk" (formerly Maria Gorettikerk) is located in Ghent in the neighbourhood Rabot-Blaisantvest, one of the poorest areas in Flanders. Objective:  the transfomation of the church into a multifunctional facility through a process of consultation and participation with the neighbourhood and the city. The non-profit organisation DOIC, run exlusively by volonteers, took the lead for the conversion.


Smart growth

Industrial transition for a Smart Europe

House of Digitalization
House of Digitalization
Austria

The flagship project of the Lower Austrian Digitalization strategy “House of Digitalization” established a regional ecosystem of education, science, business and administration. The project co-funded by ERDF connects complementary expertise and infrastructure to promote digital solutions in Lower Austrian companies. Results range from new qualification formats to new products and processes developed and efficient solutions for the problems caused by the COVID 19 shut-down.


Inclusive growth

Skills & Education for a digital Europe

Museums over the borders
Museums over the borders
Poland

The Museums over the borders project used common history to connect culture recipients on both sides of the Polish-Russian border. Modern museum education offer, innovative solutions for exhibitions and unique attractions on a European scale drawing numerous local and abroad visitors, resulted in increased tourist traffic, improved situation and development of local communities. Digital presentation of the shared heritage of border regions affect the real cross-cultural integration of the area.


Inclusive growth

Skills & Education for a digital Europe

Digital Academies for Inclusive Learning
Digital Academies for Inclusive Learning
Italy

The academy training builds on the partnerships between the University of Naples and such global IT companies as Apple, Cisco, Deloitte, Cap-gemini, Axa, and Italy's FS. The program has enrolled 3K national and international participants to fill the regional digital skills gap and boost employability and entrepreneurship. The university-industry consortia have so far generated new jobs, start-ups, and applied research projects with local SMSs, leading to scalable and transferable results.


Sustainable growth

Circular economy for a green Europe

Blue Circular Economy
Blue Circular Economy
Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark

Blue Circular Economy (BCE) is a transnational project supporting and innovating the development of the fishing net waste industry at Europe’s most Northern Edge, from Norway to Greenland. The mission is to generate sustainable business opportunities offered by lost or discarded fishing gear. The vision is to focus on the full product life-cycle, up skilling SMEs to create resource efficient businesses offering products and services from marine waste, supporting transferability of techniques.


Sustainable growth

Circular economy for a green Europe

SeRaMCo
SeRaMCo
Germany, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Belgium

The construction sector is the most resource-intensive industrial sector in the EU and is responsible for about a third of all waste. Since 2017, the SeRaMCo project has been increasing the use of construction and demolition waste for cement and concrete production in North-West Europe (NWE). Primary raw materials are replaced with high-quality recycled ones, a more sustainable practice lifting pressure on natural resources and contributing to Europe’s transition to a circular economy (Fig. 1).


Topic of the year 2020: 30 Years of Interreg

Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders

“DEM KLIMA AUF DER SPUR”
“DEM KLIMA AUF DER SPUR”
Germany, Czech Republic

The greatest challenge in tackling climate change is probably its necessity to be addressed across borders. On the trail of the climate works with that issue by bringing together young people from the German-Czech border area and creating possibilities for environmental education and action, as well as cultural exchange. What on the surface results in fun youth activities, leads on a deeper level to a greater understanding of European climate policy and the emergence of cross border friendships.


Urban development

Citizens engagement for cohesive European cities

High Five! jugendrechte im quartier
High Five! jugendrechte im quartier
Germany

High Five is aimed at young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who are sensitized to democratic opinion-making and decision-making using creative methods. With weekly workshops, a 14-day summer school and a large youth assembly, they recognize the opportunities for political participation, experience themselves as effective and have the experience of talking to politicians and being heard with their concerns.    


Topic of the year 2020: 30 Years of Interreg

Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders

Time is now for change
Time is now for change
Lithuania

The project Time is now for change is the best youth empowerment for cooperation across borders initiative. Polish youth shared knowledge and experience for helping Lithuanian partners to implement streetworkers program. Working with difficult kids and youth is always challenge, but having strong cross border partners support it is possible to make change. Joint training, survival camps, pilot actions, work with youth in streets and even more - that what cross border partnership stands for.


Inclusive growth

Skills & Education for a digital Europe

CYNIC
CYNIC
Sweden, Finland

The CYNIC project is contributing to an increase in digital services by providing enablers for experimental learning for SMEs. The objective is to provide deeper insights, better knowledge and awareness to foster a sound IT-, Cyber-, Information Security behavior among SMEs. The project supports new business models and transformation to digitalization and digital services. SMEs are provided the opportunity to test, experience and evaluate solutions in two information security labs.


  • Applications must be submitted by the project manager with the endorsement of the Managing Authority, which provided EU funding (European regional development fund, Cohesion fund, European Social Fund, Pre-accession instrument or European Neighbourhood Instrument) for the project.

  • Applications cannot be sent in a Word document, but have to be submitted exclusively via this online platform.

  • Endorsement letter - simplified procedure possible - please read the updated Guide for Applicants.

This platform is accessible from 2 March to 9 May 2020.

Applications are now closed. 

Please read the guide for applicants carefully before submitting your project.
The information should preferably be provided in English, but can also be submitted in any other official EU language if necessary.

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