Competitiveness

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Programme ID:
EE-INNOVATION
Programme Donors
IN
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€23,000,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 23,000,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Increased value creation and sustainable growth

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the NMFA. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia. Certain tasks of the Programme Operator may be delegated to the Enterprise Estonia (EE), however this does not in any way reduce or restrict the responsibility of the Programme Operator. Innovation Norway (IN) shall act as Donor Programme Partner.

The programme shall support the outcomes “Increased competitiveness of Estonian companies within focus areas Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Welfare Technology,” by way of two open calls for proposals, two small grant schemes (SGS), and two pre-defined projects. 

The programme has three focus areas, Green Industry Innovation, ICT, and Welfare Technology. ICT can be a horizontal element across Green Industry Innovation and Welfare technology. 

The Programme targets 50% of funds to be allocated into Green Industry Innovation (through ICT-related projects) and ensures that minimum 75% of the funding goes to SMEs. 

Programme Concerns

Possible pre-defined project on cyber innovation and research shall be explored when developing the concept note.

The possibility for the use of financial instruments shall be considered when developing the concept note.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 125,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.