Norway Grants Green ICT programme

Target group: private companies

The programme “Green ICT” objective is increased value creation and sustainable growth in Estonia’s private sector. Green ICT aims to stimulate and develop innovation-led long-term business cooperation between Estonia and Norway. For this bilateral cooperation projects are supported to enhance joint business ambitions and innovation.

Programme supports projects  in three focus areas: Green Industry InnovationICT and Welfare Technology. Projects with ICT components can be relevant for support in the focus areas  across Green Industry Innovation GII and Welfare Technology The programme will thus consist of three main pillars:

(1) development and application of innovative green products, services and processes in the area of Green Industry Innovation;

(2) development of new products, services and processes in the area of ICT and,

(3) development of new products and services in the area of Welfare Technology.

The programme allocates 50% of the funds to Green Industry Innovation (GII ). This is done by encouraging innovation and resource efficiency in products, services and processes.    

Bilateral cooperations are highly encouraged in the programme. Enterprise Estonia in cooperation with Innovation Norway assists companies to find new partners via contact searches and matchmaking events, applying for a grant and implementing the project

Fill in a partner search form in order to find new contacts in Norway. Your form will be published in Innovation Norway partner search website.

Terms and Conditions

Start of electronic submission of main call project applications is February 1st, 2020 and end on March 31, 2020 (at 16:00 local Estonian time). Find application documents and forms under „Useful links“ section.

Main call budget is 18,871,549 EUR. Implementation of the main call shall take place in three simultaneous open calls in following budgetary details:

  1. Green Industry Innovation budget is 12,515,882 EUR.
  2. ICT projects budget is 1,930,667 EUR.
  3. Welfare Technology projects budget is 4,425,000 EUR.

Applying for a grant is a call-based procedure.

Project applications are submitted electronically in Enterprise Estonia e-service .

Small Grant Scheme

The small grant scheme was opened on March 13th, 2019 and closed on May 13th, 2019.

Main Call

Grant per Project is 200 000 – 700 000 euros. In welfare technology focus area, maximum grant sum per Project is 1 250 000 euros. Project maximum length is 36 months, grant rate is maximum 50% of total eligible costs.

Eligible applicants are private companies registered in Estonian Commercial Register, with no more than 25% public ownership.  Eligible project partners are legal entities established in Estonia or in Norway, e.g. companies, non-profit associations, associations, foundations, universities. 

MAIN CALL LEAFLET

State aid

State aid regulations are applicable for main call. This means that the EU legislation on state aid, as transferred into the national legislation in Estonia has to be observed during the implementation of the Programme. Grant provided as part of the main call are as follows:

1)   De minimis aid (art 3, (EU) No 1407/2013);
2)   Regional investment aid (art 13, 14, (EU) No 651/2014);
3)   Aid for research and development projects (art 25, (EU) No 651/2014);
4)   Innovation aid for SMEs (art 28, (EU) No 651/2014);
5)   Aid for process and organizational innovation (art 29, (EU) No 651/2014); 

 

Activities that are supported

The activities of the main call Projects should contribute to at least one of the programme focus areas: Green Industry Innovation, ICT or Welfare Technology as described below:

1.Green Industry Innovation. Under this focus area  industrial companies are supported to take steps towards digitalization, product development and resource efficiency. Grant is provided to develop and apply new green products and services that would lead to more sustainable processes and the use of resources. Such projects could be, for example, development and adoption of automation and robotics – based solutions aimed at increasing efficiency of processes of the industry and energy sector. Green innovative ICT initiatives that are targeted to attain green results in other related areas, such as transportation, energy efficiency, smart cities, etc, can be supported under this call.

All projects financed under this section must contribute to at least one of the following green results: a) CO2 emissions reductions (tons of CO2 equivalent per year); b) decrease of energy consumption (in MWh).

2. ICT. The aim of this focus area  is to support new innovative ICT-lead products, services and processes, which have a large potential to enhance performance across the different business sectors. Initiatives to develop new innovative business models, smart products, services and processes are supported. Projects financed under this section do not need to carry the green results, but nevertheless must contribute to the following outcomes: a) estimated annual growth in net operational profit; b) estimated annual growth in turnover and c) number of jobs created.

3. Welfare Technology. This focus area addresses developing new products, services and processes in the area of welfare technologies. Support under this section aims to contribute to product, service and process developments in  ICT and health sector companies.

Activities supported will foster development of new solutions in welfare technology.

Areas that can be supported are for example activities to develop new ICT products and services designed in cooperation with the end users:

  • solutions for hospitals, the aim of which is to empower the ecosystem of personalized medicine;
  • solutions for simplifying patients’ journey with the aim of improving the patients’ individual health indicators and quality of life;
  • products and services targeted at collection, standardization and analysis of health data;
  • tools to provide preventive services in primary care through better utilization of data.

Application

Use Enterprise Estonia e-service to submit your project starting from   February 1st, 2020 until March 31, 2020 (e-service closes at 16:00 local Estonian time).


Contacts

Events, partner search:
Kersti Kuusksalu
Project manager
Trade Development Agency
Phone (+372) 627 9720
Kersti.Kuusksalu@eas.ee

Programme, application, grant:
Anari Lilleoja
Programme Manager
Support Centre
Phone (+372) 627 9452
Anari.Lilleoja@eas.ee

Useful links

 
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