Norway Grants Green ICT programme 2014-2021

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 initiated to enhance joint business ambitions and innovation in green ICT.

Programme focuses on supporting business initiatives in three areas: digitalization of industries, product development and application of innovative ICT-led green products and services ; and development of new products and services in the area of Welfare Technology (personalized medicine).

Bilateral cooperations are highly encouraged. 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 partners in Norway. Your form will be published in Innovation Norway partner search website.

Terms and Conditions

Total volume of the programme is 27 million euros. Grant scheme is implemented via small grant scheme and main call, for this 18,5 million euros is distributed to the companies. Applying for a grant is a call-based procedure.

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

Small Grant Scheme

Application for small grant scheme is closed.

Main Call

Grant can be applied for development of new products and services with the horizontal ICT- component (product development, development of welfare technologies with the focus on personalized medicine) and digitalization of production processes. Joint projects between Estonia and Norway are preferred.

Grant per Project is 200 000 – 700 000 euros. In welfare technology focus area, maximum grant sum per Project is 1 250 000 euros.

Grant rate is maximum 50% of total eligible costs.

Project maximum length is 36 month.

Eligible applicants are private companies registered in Estonia in which the State or local government does not hold more than 25% of the capital or of the voting rights. The project partners may include all legal entities registered in Estonia or Norway (e.g. companies, non-profit associations, associations, foundations, universities).

Application starts in January 2020.

Activities that are supported

Product development is supported as part of the main call:

The development of innovative products, services, and processes in the manufacturing industry and the ICT area:

  • development and adoption of automation and robotics-based solutions aimed at increasing efficiency of processes of the manufacturing industry and energy sector (within the meaning of divisions C, B, D of the Estonian Classification of Economic Activities – EMTAK);
  • developing products and services with an ICT component that promote resource saving in various areas, such as energy efficiency, smart manufacturing, transport, smart products, etc.

In the field of welfare technologies, the grant is provided to the development of new ICT products and services designed in cooperation with the end users in the field of personalised medicine, such as:

  • 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;
  • solutions for primary care.

Preparations towards the Main Call application

When preparing the main call application, please bear in mind the following requirements:

  • Forecast of the (environmental) impact of the project. In case of product development or digitalization of industries forecast of the impact of the project must be submitted in addition to the main call application. Impact analysis describes and analyses the resource savings (energy, CO2, human resource) resulting from the project. The methodology for such calculations is chosen by the applicant (no form provided).
  • Project’s business plan. The project’s business plan must include, among other things, a description of the economic impact of the project: the financial forecasts of the solution resulting from the project (including increase in annual turnover and operating profit), the market potential of the solution and the number of new jobs created. Bear in mind that business plan must be compiled about the solution under development, not the general business plan of the applicant company.
  • Project plan. Project plan is a consolidated document of the project and includes, among other things, the background of the main call, the description of the application, the idea of the project, the objective, the description of the activities, the overview of the project team and management, the overview of the involvement of the partners, risks and the calculation of all costs of the project.
  • Communication plan
  • A project that is directly linked to the national information systems must not contradict the principles of the national IT architecture and interoperability framework and the European Interoperability Framework nor duplicate existing national information systems. The highest level of security must be used for authentication and digital signature of the information system users to be created in the course of the project in accordance with the eIDAS Regulation for e-identification and e-transactions.

Application

Main Call application starts in January 2020.


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

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