Green Industry Innovation
Increased competitiveness of green enterprises, including greening of existing industries, green innovation and green entrepreneurship
Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
29 August 2012
PA21 - Green Industry Innovation
Calls for proposals
There are no further calls for proposals.
Why is the programme needed?
Despite improvements in recent years, Lithuania has an innovation performance well below the EU average. To improve the country’s ability to compete on the global markets the economy is in need to reduce environmental impact and improve resource efficiency. As such, product or process eco-innovations will have to play an important role in raising the competitiveness of Lithuanian companies and contributing to a structural shift towards a greener economy. As there is a lack of funding available for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) wanting to focus on green innovation, support will be restricted to SMEs.
What will the programme achieve?
The programme will increase green business opportunities by providing project support for the implementation, development and/or improvement of innovative environmental technologies. Beneficiaries are SMEs who will get assistance to develop and commercialise new and innovative eco-friendly technologies. They will gain from increased energy and resource efficiency in business and additional opportunities to exploit the growing markets for environmental goods and services. By creating new jobs and propelling more sustainable economic growth, the programme will contribute to reducing social and economic disparities.
How will it be achieved?
• €6.6 million will be made available through one open call planned in second quarter of 2013, supporting the development and implementation of innovative environmental technologies The project support can be in the range of €200 000 to €1 million.
• For development/improvement of green products and materials a small grant scheme of €1.7 million will be launched in second quarter of 2013. The support will be in the range of €50 000 to €200 000.
How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
It is expected that small and medium-sized enterprises from both countries will benefit from the cooperation through exchange of expertise and knowledge and innovation development.
What are the partnership opportunities?
Projects supported must include a Norwegian partner (except for the small grant scheme where partnerships are encouraged), so the programme is particularly well-suited for bilateral partnerships. Innovation Norway will assist Norwegian companies who wish to operate in Lithuania and participate as partners in projects. Matchmaking seminars and consultations regarding preparation of project applications are planned before and in connection with the open call. Travel support for participation in bilateral events can be provided.
Who can apply for funding under this programme?
The programme is specifically targeted at SMEs, so only companies registered as SMEs in Lithuania are eligible to apply as project applicants.