Green Industry Innovation
Increased competitiveness of green enterprises, including greening of existing industries, green innovation and green entrepreneurship
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
30 October 2012
PA21 - Green Industry Innovation
Calls for proposals
There are no further calls for proposals.
Why is the programme needed?
To reach the Europe 2020 targets aiming for a more sustainable Europe several actions are needed. Information and communication technology (ICT) will have to play an important role here through enabling energy efficiency and providing smart sustainable solutions in all sectors of the economy. While Estonia is in the European forefront when it comes to ICT, there is still a lot of potential relative to making use of ICT solutions to achieve the greening of its economy. To build on its competitive ICT advantage, Estonia has therefore decided to specifically focus the Green Industry Innovation programme on "greening with ICT".
What will the programme achieve?
The programme will help to exploit the business opportunities and growing market for greening with ICT. Enterprises can get assistance for projects ideas within the four focus areas where ICT is used to optimise processes and develop innovative services. The four focus areas are: energy management systems, transport and logistics, manufacturing and trade, and e-health. These have been chosen as they are recognised as particularly important for the Estonian economy in the years to come.
How will it be achieved?
In total, €5.4 million will be made available through two open calls with the first scheduled for launch in March 2013. As projects involving ICT tend to be quite complex, a seed money fund of €830 000 will also be available for preparing project ideas. The programme is operated by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in cooperation with Enterprise Estonia. Innovation Norway is also involved in the programme to facilitate the establishment of partnership with Norwegian entities. How will bilateral relations be strengthened? It is expected that enterprises from both countries will benefit from the cooperation through exchange of expertise and knowledge and innovation development.
What are the partnership opportunities?
Partnerships with Norwegian entities are encouraged in the programme and additional points will be awarded as part of the project appraisal. Matchmaking seminars will be arranged in Norway where Estonian companies looking for partners will be present. In addition, the seed money fund can be used to further develop partnerships in advance of submitting an application. Innovation Norway (IN) who is involved as a donor programme partner in the programme will also help to guide Norwegian companies who wish to engage in such partnership.
Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Estonian small, medium and large sized innovative enterprises, clusters and non-profit organisations (NPOs) and foundations are eligible to apply for project funding while Norwegian entities can be involved as a project partner.