Second call for proposals

The Second call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme was open from 09.05.2017 to 06.06.2017 (by 15:00 h. CET). 

Potential applicants were required to carefully read all the documents included in the Applicants Pack below and to use the compulsory templates for the Application Form. 

A Seminar addressed to potential applicants was organised in Budapest on 9th February 2017. Click here for more information about it. All seminar presentations on how to submit a successful application were recorded in several videos and are available here.  

119 proposals were submitted for the 2nd call.

22 projects are approved with conditions by the Monitoring Committee on 21th and 22nd March 2018.

22 projects were finally approved by the Monitoring Committee in May 2018. The list of projects can be found here.

The Second call for proposals was open to the Specific Objectives 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and 3.2 and restricted to some topics for the other SOs, except SO 4.1, which will not be addressed, according to the following table:

Specific Objective  Restriction for the 2nd Call for Proposal
SO 1.1  Open: restricted to commercialisation of research results and technology transfer; cluster policies and transnational cluster cooperation based on smart specialisation approaches; management of intellectual property rights for supporting innovation
SO 1.2 Open (unrestricted)
SO 2.1 Open: restricted to flood prevention (monitoring / early warning systems; preventive solutions) and/or water quality management (e.g. harmonised monitoring and assessment systems and solutions, measures to reduce nutrient and hazardous substance pollution, more efficient waste water treatment solutions)
SO 2.2 Open (unrestricted)
SO 2.3 Open (unrestricted)
SO 2.4 Open (unrestricted)
SO 3.1 Open: restricted to multi/ inter-modality (especially inclusive but not limited to rail and air transport), transport safety (inclusive of ITS, if applicable), IWT fleet modernisation, connectivity of rural areas and improvement of public transport
SO 3.2 Open (unrestricted)
SO 4.1 Closed

In order to support potential applicants in the preparation of their proposals, all the documents related to the call were published in this section of the website. 


The Danube Transnational Programme had produced an Applicants Pack to provide stakeholders and potential project applicants with appropriate and high-quality information about the programme, the options and conditions for the development of their project ideas into full-fledged project proposals and the assessment and selection procedures for proposals. The Application Pack includes the following documents: Cooperation Programme, Applicants Manual, Call Announcement, draft Application Form, Guidelines for the Application Form, declarations and other documents. All these documents were subsequently published before the call is launched.


Document developed by the States and Regions of the area covered by the Danube Transnational Programme and approved by the European Commission which defines the priorities as well as the programming and EU funds required to achieve these priorities. It serves to implement a Community support framework, inter alia, to contribute to the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

Download Cooperation Programme  Version 7.1 (2020)

Download Annex 1_Glossary

Download Annex 2_Map_and_figures

Download CP Executive Summary


The Applicants Manual is the part of the Application Pack intended to provide applicants with detailed and specific information about the programme, project requirements, eligibility rules, application and assessment processes, project implementation principles and to guide them through the drafting of the project proposals.

Part 1: Danube Transnational Programme Download
Part 2: Project requirements Download
Part 3: Eligibility of Expenditure Download
Part 4: Application and assessment Download
Part 6: Guidance on how to develop a successful project Download
Part 7: Overview on project implementation principles Download
Abbreviations and glossary Download
Annex I - Intervention logic Download


Note: Part 5 was meant to address the ENI provisions but thanks to the successful ENI integration, the relevant information is already included in all parts of the Applicants Manual. 


This document summarises the most important information regarding the launch of the Second call for proposals.

Download the call announcement 


Guidelines to the AF 

Application Form - PDF (content part) 

Application Form - Excel (financial part)

Declaration of co-financing 

State Aid Declaration 

- ASP Declaration (if applicable) 

- Declaration for International Organisations (if applicable) 

- Partnership Agreement (Updated with new ENI PPs information)

- Subsidy Contract (for information purposes)

Submission of applications were done through this online form.


DTP applicants had the possibility to individually consult with the Joint Secretariat on their project ideas before and during the launch of the call. Project ideas being at an early stage of development are recommended to first address their respective National Contact Point for general advice and information.

A consultation could only be requested by email including a written project outline based on a pre-defined DTP Concept Note. Additionally, applicants were requested to highlight the main questions to be answered by the Joint Secretariat. The JS provided a feedback as soon as possible, not later than a week from the request.

The requests for project consultation not based on the official DTP Concept Note template were not considered.

For requesting an individual consultation, applicants had to contact the thematic JS Project Officer responsible for their project topic (the contact details of the JS can be found on the programme website) or the general DTP email (

Bilateral on-site consultations could be requested to the thematic Project Officer in the premises of the Joint Secretariat. They were limited to 30 minutes and coud be requested only once for each project. They could only be requested by email including a written project outline based on a pre-defined DTP Concept Note. Additionally, applicants were requested to highlight the main questions to be discussed with the Joint Secretariat.

In order to allow a realistic timeframe for adjustments, no on-site project consultation is organised in the last week before the closure of a given Call for Proposal. This limitation is not affecting general or technical questions, for which the Joint Secretariat can be addressed at any time.

Support to potential applicants at national level was provided as well by the DTP National Contact Points. They organised several Info Days regarding the second call for proposals. The location and dates of those events were announced in the DTP website.


For the purpose of supporting the Applicants in self-assessing their financial viability the JS developed an excel-based tool. This tool was not mandatory as the financial viability will only be assessed by the JS based on a self declaration.

Download Financial tool


In order to ease the applicants in finding relevant information concerning the EUSDR (in addition to the targets based on the action plan), the Joint Secretariat offers the possibility to directly link from the DTP programme website to the latest progress reports from the EUSDR Priority Areas:

EUSDR Targets and Actions (version May 2016)      Download


Factsheet on the Associated Strategic Partners 

Factsheet on the Moldovan and Ukrainian institutions' involvement in DTP 

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)