A diverse and high-quality research portfolio is at the core of the Centre’s activities, providing a strong foundation for the Centre’s support to cross-border and transnational cooperation.
The Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-Border Cooperation Observatory (INICCO-2) project – a diverse package of research, information and capacity-building projects funded through the EU INTERREG IVA Programme – will constitute a major proportion of the Centre’s activities until June 2015. Much of the CCBS research portfolio under the INICCO-2 banner is, in line with the funding criteria, directed at the development of ‘tools’ to support practical cross-border cooperation.
The research project, Towards a Border Development Zone will culminate in the establishment of a number of working groups to take forward an action plan that will be derived from the findings of the BDZ scoping studies.
Likewise, the PAT-TEIN project, funded under the EU Leonardo Programme Transfer of Innovation strand, will produce a project management tool adapted for the use of cross-border projects in Ireland. This project will be completed in July 2014.
CCBS welcomes opportunities to bid for research commissioned by outside bodies and opportunities for partnerships on cross-border projects within Ireland and in other EU and international research projects.