Preparatory Project Calls 2021-2027

The purpose of preparatory projects is to develop project ideas in a more specific and focused direction, to examine the need for the project outputs among end users and stakeholders and to build up transnational partnerships. This means that ideally preparatory projects conclude with the presentation of a main project application by the end date of a call for main project proposals.

Preparatory projects normally run for 6 months or 12 months. The call for Preparatory project proposals is open at regular intervals, normally twice a year in spring and autumn. 

The Call details and Terms of Reference are announced on the News section of this website and a dedicated call webpage is created for each call.

Application Pack
You can find the preparatory project application pack on the dedicated call webpage, including all relevant documents such as templates and guidance documents, most importantly the Programme Manual.

Preparatory projects are submitted via the Joint Electronic Monitoring System, Jems, available at

Decision process

Decisions on preparatory projects are made by the Monitoring Committee. The approval process takes approximately 2 months from submission. 

If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you get in touch with the Regional Contact Point in your region. Alternatively, you can contact Christopher Parker at the Joint Secretariat, christopher.parker{at}