Open invitation to submit proposals for Targeted Analyses - 3rd cut off date

We are pleased to announce the third cut-off date for the submission of proposals for Targeted Analyses for the ESPON Programme 2030: 29 March 2024 

Updated application form and guidance for stakeholders! (version 02.10.2023)

Policy makers may sometimes think that their territorial peculiarities prevent them from benefitting from the experience of others, facing similar challenges in different countries or different territorial and political contexts. Comparative studies to develop evidence-based policy recommendations may not be their first priority and the process may seem overly complicated.

The ESPON Targeted Analyses have changed this!

Since 2007, ESPON Targeted Analyses has been supporting territorial development processes at local, regional and national levels in Europe by bringing together policy makers who share the same kinds of challenges and who are looking for new territorial evidence and a European perspective. Applying sound methodologies and providing scientific expertise, ESPON Targeted Analyses deliver demand-driven and tailor-made analytical studies in support of territorial decision-making.

Whether you are a national, regional or local authority, represent a major city or local rural community, a Managing Authority or a territorial cooperation body, ESPON can select and fully finance the experts to carry out the analytical work to provide territorial evidence tailored to your needs. You can find on our website the projects approved in the previous two cut-off dates and some examples from the ESPON 2020 Programme

How does it work?

Stakeholders develop their project proposal and submit it to the ESPON EGTC by filling in a digital application form (attached below). In their proposal, stakeholders outline the policy issues that they would like to have addressed by an ESPON Targeted Analysis. When doing that, stakeholders need to make sure that their proposal:

  • Takes into account their specific territorial context and the policy needs
  • Relates to one of the eight Thematic Action Plans (TAPs) of the ESPON Programme
  • Reflects a wider European perspective;

Selected stakeholder proposals are implemented in close cooperation between academic experts, carrying through the analysis, stakeholders and the ESPON EGTC. For a smooth implementation process, stakeholders need to consider the following in the development of their proposal:

  • The analysis needs to be feasible in terms of methodology, indicators and data provision;
  • Active stakeholder involvement throughout the entire implementation process is key to receiving meaningful and useful results.

Finally, concerning the follow-up of a Targeted Analysis, stakeholders also should demonstrate in their proposal:

  • The use of the analytical results in their policy-making processes;
  • The added value of their project idea for themselves as well as for stakeholders in other countries, regions or cities.

If your proposal is selected:

  • You will be invited to co-create a Terms of Reference document together with ESPON EGTC. ESPON EGTC will launch public procurement and invite you to participate in the evaluation of tenders. Then, ESPON EGTC will sign a service contract with the best tenderer and act as a contracting authority to ensure that the service quality matches your expectations.
  • A dedicated budget, typically around EUR 250,000, will be earmarked to finance the targeted analysis, and allow you to interact with research experts in the topical filed.
  • You will be offered an opportunity to learn with your peers and share evidence and experiences with other stakeholders.
  • You will also be invited to attend ESPON events, both transnational and organised in cooperation with EU Presidencies, to network with an international community of policy makers and experts.

How to apply?

Proposals can be submitted by groups of stakeholders sharing a common analytical need as well as by individual stakeholders. It is also possible to include relevant umbrella organisations from European, national, regional or local level in the steering of a Targeted Analysis.

Stakeholder proposals must be submitted electronically with a digital application form (see attachments below). The application form includes information on how and to whom the stakeholder proposal needs to be sent and which documents need to be enclosed. A guidance document is also available below for download to support stakeholders in preparing their proposals.

Stakeholder proposals for ESPON Targeted Analyses can be submitted at any time. The ESPON EGTC evaluates twice per year all stakeholder proposals received by certain cut-off dates.

The next cut-off date for the submission of stakeholder proposals is on 29 March 2024.

How will stakeholder proposals be selected?

It is important that applicants carefully consider their project proposal in the context of the selection and eligibility criteria and complete the application form in full. The eligibility and selection criteria are outlined in the guidance document available below.

*New process: Each lead stakeholder whose proposal have passed the initial assessment will be invited to an online exchange with the ESPON EGTC, before the final assessment.

If a proposal is not selected, stakeholders can always improve their proposals and resubmit them for a future cut-off date if they wish so.

Are you looking for partners? 

You can share ideas for ESPON Targeted Analyses in the dedicated LinkedIn group "ESPON stakeholders" This group aims to facilitate the exchange amongst policy makers on their needs for territorial evidence that can streamline multiple policy processes in a joint effort. You can also contact your National ESPON Contact Point (ECP) for support.

Who to contact for further advice?

 We are available to answer your questions in the process of developing stakeholder proposals. Please email any queries you may have to [email protected].


TA SH guidance_update 02.10.23.pdf

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TA FAQs 02.10.23.pdf

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TA application form.docx

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Letter_commitment_ESPON 2030.docx

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Stakeholder_Cooperation_Agreement_ESPON 2030.doc

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ESPON_2030-TA_template for SH.pptx

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