Third call for proposals

The Monitoring Committee decided by wirtten procedure on 18th May 2020 to approve under conditions 35 projects. List of approved projects - 3rd call.

The second step of the Third call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme was open from 3rd October to 25th November 2019. Only those projects pre-selected for the second step were invited to submit an application.

A decision about the Expressions of Interest (EoI) which were selected to submit a full Application Form in the 2nd step was taken by the Monitoring Committee on 1st October 2019: List of 61 EoI proposed for the 2nd step.

Applicants pre-selected for the second step were strongly advised to carefully read all the documents included in the Applicants Pack below, namely the specific Guidelines for the 2nd step. A Lead Applicant seminar addressed only to those pre-selected projects was organised on 17th October 2019 in Budapest.

The first step of the 3rd call was open from 28th January to 8th March 2019. 276 Expressions of Interest were submitted for the 1st step. More information about the proposals submitted can be found by clicking here. Thematic seminars addressing the topics open for the Third call were organised in December 2018 and January 2019. More information about the seminar can be found here.

The third call for proposals was open to the Specific Objectives 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2 and 4.1 and restricted to some topics for the other SOs according to this table Download here our 3rd call leaflet

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


The Third call followed a two-step approach.

  • In the “First step”, applicants were requested to submit electronically, through the programme monitoring system (eMS), an Expression of Interest (EoI), outlining mainly the intervention logic of the proposal and its strategic relevance for the DTP. No additional supporting documents were to be delivered at this stage.
  • In the “Second step”, the pre-selected project proposals were invited to submit an Application Package including a fully developed Application Form (AF), which would contain more in-depth information about the content and it would be the basis for the selection of the project proposals.


The Danube Transnational Programme 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. The Application Pack includes the following documents: Cooperation Programme, Applicants Manual, Call Announcement, Guidelines for the Expression of Interest and Application Form, declarations and templates.


The Cooperation Programme document developed by the States and Regions of the Danube Transnational Programme area and approved by the European Commission 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 which intends 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.

- Applicants Manual

- Factsheets about each Specific Objective:

Factsheet Specific Objective 1.1                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Factsheet Specific Objective 1.2
Factsheet Specific Objective 2.1
Factsheet Specific Objective 2.2
Factsheet Specific Objective 2.3
Factsheet Specific Objective 2.4
Factsheet Specific Objective 3.1
Factsheet Specific Objective 3.2
Factsheet Specific Objective 4.1


This document summarises the most important information regarding the Third call for proposals.

Download Call Announcement 



- Template of Expression of Interest (for information purposes only) NOT to be filled in!
- Guidelines for the Expression of Interest


- Guidelines for the Application Form (2nd step)
- Declaration of co-financing
- State Aid Declaration
- ASP Declaration (if applicable)
- Declaration for International Organisations (if applicable)
- Partnership Agreement

- LP confirmation and signature
- Subsidy Contract (for information purposes)

Submission of applications must be done through the programme monitoring system (eMS). 


Apart from attending the thematic seminars addressing the topics open for the Third call organised by the DTP MA/JS, DTP applicants had the possibility to individually consult the Joint Secretariat (JS) on their project ideas before and during the launch of the call. Project ideas being at an early stage of development were recommended to first address their respective National Contact Point for general advice and information.

Consultations in the form of bilateral meetings or phone discussions could be requested via email from the thematic JS Project Officer responsible for the respective project topic (the contact details of the JS can be found on the programme website), or the general DTP email (

The email should have included a written project outline based on a pre-defined DTP Concept Note. Additionally, applicants are recommended 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. Consultations were limited in time and could be asked only once for each project.

In order to allow a realistic timeframe for adjustments, no on-site project consultation was 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 could be addressed at any time.
Support to potential applicants at national level was provided as well by the DTP National Contact Points by organising National Info Days regarding the third call for proposals. The location and dates of those events during the 1st step are listed here.


For the purpose of supporting the applicants in self-assessing their financial viability the JS developed an excel-based tool. This tool is not mandatory as the financial viability will only be assessed by the JS during the second step based on a self-declaration.
Download Financial tool


In order to ease the applicants in finding relevant information concerning the EUSDR, the Joint Secretariat offers a direct 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

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