Public consultations have begun on the “Blue Book”, a strategic document setting out the priority sectors and eligible programme areas under the EEA & Norway Grants 2014-2021 funding cycle. During this period, Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) will contribute with EUR 2.8 billion to 15 EU countries. There are three out of five priority sectors that are expected to be applicable for private sector projects, namely Innovation, Education and Environment.
These three priority areas are expected to bring funding opportunities for private sector enterprises through the following project areas:
- Innovative technologies, processes and services
- Sustainable business development
- Greening of existing businesses and processes
- Development and implementation of innovative products and services
- Research within the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants
- Application of research result
- Education and training, including co-operation between education-research-business
- Access to employment and participation in the labour market
- Education and training systems and work-based learning
- Transition from education and unemployment to work
- Access to health care systems
- Environmental monitoring and modelling
- Management and control of hazardous substances
- Energy efficiency in production, distribution and/or end use
- Renewable energy production and/or distribution
- Waste to energy
- Carbon capture and storage
On the basis of our successful experience in the past, Winnovart is pro-actively involved in the consultation process. If you are interested to apply for grants under this funding cycle, please provide us with a summary of your project concept and we will ensure that it becomes part of consultation process. You may present your project either through our funding-readiness questionnaire or by sending us a short summary by e-mail.
For a complete overview of the programme outlook, please have a look at this comprehensive draft of the Blue Book.
For an overview of the 2009-2014 results of the EEA & Norway Grants mechanism, with a focus on the funding that was available for private sector enterprises, please check Winnovart’s 2015 study.
As funding advisory consultants, we have had a very positive experience with the EEA & Norway Grants during the 2009-2014 funding cycle, especially with the Green Industry Innovation programme, the flagship innovation funding instrument under this mechanism. For further information, please feel free to contact us.