New application process for all ESF Open Calls from 29th October 2018

October 26, 2018 12:28 pm

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For all new ESF open calls published from Monday 29th October onwards, applicants will no longer need to submit an Outline Application. Instead they will be invited to submit a Full Application Form in response to each open call.

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From the start of the ESF 2014-2020 Programme, the standard application process for Direct Bid Projects has involved two separate stages – an Outline Application and Full Application stage.

Following recent use of Single-Stage Full Application processes for isolated, specific elements of the ESF Programme – e.g. Youth Employment Initiative calls, the ESF Managing Authority has agreed to adopt this approach across the whole of the Programme.

The use of a Single-Stage Full Application process aims to simplify access to ESF funding for applicants. It will also reduce the overall timescales from call publication to Funding Agreement, whilst continuing to ensure the quality and compliance of project proposals against the ESIF Core Selection Criteria.

Calls already submitted to the Managing Authority for publishing will also be amended to reflect the new single-stage process in line with the existing, expected timescales for call publication.

The current, business as usual process for Co-Financing Organisations is already a single-stage Full Application process, so there will be no change in this respect.