The “Business Innovation Greece Programme” offers grants to Greek private sector enterprises. The objective is to contribute to innovative business development within the focus areas Green Industry Innovation (40%), Blue Growth (40%) and ICT (20%).
Projects are selected through open calls and competition. The first open call was closed in the beginning of October.
"I was happy to see that 35 Greek enterprises took this opportunity and applied for grants to implement growth projects in their enterprises", says Director of Innovation Norway Greece, Ms. Anne Lise Rognlidalen.
"23 of the Greek enterprises had managed to team up with a Norwegian company or research institution, and I feel confident that this will result in increased long term business relations between Greece and Norway. In most projects the Norwegian partners will contribute with sector competence, technology transfer, contractual research and so forth."
The Programme offers unique partnership opportunities – a gateway to new expertise and modern technology. Many projects feature experimental development within the blue sector and for greening of businesses, which is in line with the Programme’s goal that new technologies, solutions, products or services should be developed or applied.
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Facts about the EEA and Norway Grants
- Under the EEA Agreement, Norway is part of the European internal market.
- The EEA Agreement sets out the common goal of working together to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and to strengthen cooperation between European countries. Norway contributes to this through the EEA and Norway Grants.
- EUR 2.8 billion will be available under the grant scheme for the period 2014-2021, to be divided between 15 beneficiary countries. Of this, EUR 116.7 million will be allocated to Greece.
- Norway provides some 98 % of this funding; the remainder is provided by Iceland and Liechtenstein.