Blue Growth Innovation and SMEs

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Directorate General for Maritime Policy
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Programme Summary


Increased value creation and sustainable growth

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the program. The programme agreement is based on the MOU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the Programme Operator (PO) unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme implementation agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Portuguese Directorate General for Maritime Policy (DGPM). The Donor Programme Partners are Innovation Norway, the Icelandic Centre for Research, the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills. The programme objective "Increased value creation and sustainable growth" will be attained through four outcomes: Outcome 1 "increased competitiveness of Portuguese enterprises within the focus area of Blue Growth", Outcome 2 "Resource Efficiency of enterprises in Marine Sector supported", Outcome 3 "Enhanced performance of Portuguese research organizations", and Outcome 4 "Education, training and cooperation in marine and maritime issues enhanced".

The outcomes shall be supported in way of at least five open calls for project proposals and three small grant schemes (SGS) as well as three pre-defined projects (PDPs).

Two calls for project proposals (Outcome l) and the first small grant scheme (SGS I) will support a wide range of project initiatives aimed at improving the economic performance of Portuguese enterprises in order to contribute to increased value creation and sustainable growth. Call 1 and call 2 for project proposals and SGS 1 (dedicated only to start-ups) shall provide support to enterprises that develop, apply or commercialize blue products, services or innovative technologies/processes/solutions. The first small grant scheme (SGS 1) will provide support for business growth in '' start-ups''. And the second small grant scheme (SGS 2) will support initiatives for the development of business and management skills.

The third call for project proposals (Outcome 2) will support project initiatives aimed at supporting the resource efficiency of enterprises in the Marine Sector.

The fourth call for project proposal (Outcome 3) will support research projects initiatives.

The fifth call for project proposals (Outcome 4) will support training and education projects, to improve skills and competences of students and staff. The third small grant scheme (SGS 3) will support initiatives aimed at ocean literacy (including awareness of marine litter thematic and nautical sports not included in curriculum).

The first pre-defined project (PDP 1) will address marine training for seagoing courses (Outcome 4). The second pre-defined project (PDP 2) will support the Atlantic Observatory (Outcome 3). The third pre-defined project (PDP 3) will support the research vessel Mar Portugal with hull mounted scientific equipment (Outcome 3).

Programme Concerns

A pre-defined project in the area of capacity building in maritime education and training will be developed in the concept note phase.

Approximately 30% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be allocated to component(s) addressing a) Research and b) Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship.

Approximately 70% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be allocated to the programme area Business Development, Innovation and SMEs with a focus on blue growth.

Cooperation between research institutions and SMEs in order to facilitate commercialization of innovative ideas, products and processes, shall be encouraged.

Dedicated financial instruments may be explored in the concept note development phase.

In developing the concept note and during the implementation of the programme, the Programme Operator shall seek to ensure synergies with the programme “Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy”.

Innovation Norway (IN) will be the lead Donor Programme Partner.

The requirement to allocate at least 50% of the funding to green industry innovation under the Programme Area “Business Development, Innovation and SMEs” shall not apply.

Bilateral Ambitions

€200,000 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.