Business Development, Innovation and SMEs

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Research Agency
Programme ID:
SK-INNOVATION
Programme Donors
IN | DIKU | AIBA
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€20,000,000
EEA Grants fund:
€6,000,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 14,000,000

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 MoUs, 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 National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Research Agency. Innovation Norway, Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) and the National Agency of International Education Affairs (AIBA) are the Donor Programme Partners (DPPs). Innovation Norway will be especially involved in Programme Area (PA) 01 “Business Development, Innovation and SMEs”. The role of DIKU and AIBA is limited to PA 03 “Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship”.

The programme objective is “Increased value creation and sustainable growth”. The programme shall support projects within the following PAs:

PA 01 “Business Development, Innovation and SMEs”: Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Increased competitiveness of Slovak enterprises within the focus areas: Green Industry Innovation and Welfare Technology and Ambient Assisted Living technologies” (Outcome 1) by way of at least two calls for proposals (one per Financial Mechanism) on support for enterprises to develop, apply or commercialise green technologies, processes, solutions, products or services; to green their business operations; and to innovate welfare and ambient assisted living technologies, solutions and processes. The outcome shall also be supported by way of small grant scheme (SGS). SGS no. 1 shall be focused on support for start-ups for business growth, such as investment in development and technology/machinery/equipment to be implemented by one call for proposal under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

PA 03 “Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship”: Within this PA, the programme shall support the outcome “Education and Employment potential enhanced in Slovakia in Green Industry Innovation and Welfare and Ambient Assisted Living Technologies” (Outcome 2) by way of two SGSs (SGS no. 2 and no. 3). SGS no. 2 (Norwegian Financial Mechanism) shall support institutional cooperation projects and SGS no. 3 (EEA Financial Mechanism) shall support mobility projects for students and staff and apprenticeships in SMEs or other businesses.

Programme Concerns

Measures implemented under this programme shall, inter alia, address young and female entrepreneurs, as a priorititised target group.

The programme shall address the following main focus areas: Green Industry Innovation, Welfare technology and Ambient Assisted Living.

Up to 15% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be set aside for a component addressing "Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship" (PA3), which shall be implemented in the form of a small grant scheme. The participation of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), as Donor Programme Partner, shall be limited to this component of the programme.

Up to 15% of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be set aside for a component addressing "Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship"(PA3), which shall be implemented in the form of a small grant scheme. The participation of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and the National Agency for International Education Affairs (AIBA), as Donor Programme Partners, shall be limited to this component of the programme.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 100,000 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.| € 50,000 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.