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Norway Grants will support Polish entrepreneurs

October 30, 2019

EUR 100 million from “Business development and innovations” Programme can be claimed by entrepreneurs for support of development and implementation of innovative technologies, solutions, products and services. The programme is implemented under the Norway Grants 2014-2021. 
Minister Jerzy Kwieciński and Deputy Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak took part in the inaugurating conference, which was held October 30th 2019.

“Business development and innovations” is the fourth-largest programme implemented under 3rd edition of the EEA and Norway Grants in Poland. This is at the same time the largest business enterprise performed in the beneficiary countries” – underlined Minister of Finance, Investment and Development Jerzy Kwieciński.

Overall budget of the “Business development and innovations” Programme is EUR 100 million, out of which EUR 85 million are resources of the Norway Grants, EUR 15 million is a national contribution. The Programme will be implemented by Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.

Micro-, small- and medium – size enterprises will be able to apply for support. The obtained funds may be allocated for implementation of the innovative and environment friendly projects, which will allow place ecological projects on the market. Support will cover development and implementation of a new products and technologies or improvement of existing, which will contribute to making life easier for elderly and disable people.
The special instrument exists in the Programme - the small grants, addressed to women. Thanks to these funds it will strengthen potential for innovativeness and increase the competitiveness of companies managed by women.  

"Cooperation is a very important element of innovative activity, especially international cooperation, which gives for entrepreneurs access to knowledge and new technologies. Thanks to the Programme, Polish and Norwegian enterprises will be able to interact in area of implementation of innovative solutions. This will allow building economic relationships between Poland and Norway– added Minister Jerzy Kwieciński.

The call for proposals will take place in four support categories:

  • innovations in area of green technologies (green industry innovations) – EUR 50 million,
  • innovations in area of blue technologies, for marine and inland waters (blue growth) – EUR 10 million,
  • technologies improving quality of life – EUR 18,7 million,
  • small grants for development of innovativeness in enterprises managed by women in all above thematic areas – EUR 15 million.

Calls for proposals will be announced November 19 this year, accepting applications will startin January 2020 and will last until March 31th, 2020.