Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming

The 2007-2013 ESFi Operational Programme will support a small range of innovative projects. These projects will develop, test and deliver innovative ways of extending employment opportunities and improving the skills of the workforce.
Projects will involve at least one partner from another EUi Member State to exchange knowledge, experience and best practice. The transnationali dimension of projects must bring real benefits to the innovative activity by learning from, adapting or mainstreaming approaches from other Member States, and where appropriate transferring good practice to other Member States. ESF will not support transnational activities that merely seek to establish or develop partnerships with other Member States.

The programme’s innovation, transnationality and mainstreaming sub-committee has developed a menu of six themes for innovative and transnational activity:

The themes that have been chosen for the North West (excluding Merseyside) are as follows:

A call for proposals for innovative and transnational ESF activities was launched on 31 October 2008. The call invites proposals for regional projects to develop, test and deliver innovative ways of extending employment opportunities and improving workforce skills. Each project will need to involve at least one partner from another EU member state to exchange knowledge, experience and best practice.

The deadline to this call was 16 January 2009. As a result of the call, 32 projects are being funded. Projects started in spring 2009 and will usually run for up to three years. For further information on themes across all regions and to view financial allocations please click on the document below: Regional Selection of Innovative Themes

For a list of the projects that are being funded under the ESF innovation, transnationality and mainstreaming call for proposals please visit: ESF ITM funded projects

For further information on ESF Innovation and Transnationality please visit: ESF Innovation and Transnationality

For further information about this theme you can also visit the ESF works website: ESF Works