Portugal will get more than EUR 101.5 million under the EEA & Norway Grants 2014 – 2021, being one of the 15 Beneficiary States across the EU in this new funding cycle, to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
Out of the total budget, approx. EUR 62 million will be dedicated to the private sector, via two programmes: Blue Growth, Innovation and SMEs (EUR 38 million) and Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy (EUR 24 million).
Under the Blue Growth, Innovation and SMEs programme, the main programme areas are Business Development, Innovation and SMEs, Research and Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship, which will aim to support increased value creation and sustainable growth. This programme will be managed by the Directorate General for Maritime Policy in cooperation with Innovation Norway, the Icelandic Centre for Research, Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education.
Under the Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy programme, the main programme areas are Climate Change Mitigations and Adaptation and Environment and Ecosystems aiming to mitigate and reduce climate change. This programme will be managed by the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with Innovation Norway.
These programme areas open excellent opportunities for organisations in Donor State countries interested to partner on bilateral projects in the areas mentioned above, together with partners from Portugal.
Further programme areas of less direct relevance for the private sector are:
• Work – Life Balance
• Domestic and Gender Based Violence
• Good Governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency
• Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation
• Civil Society
The total EEA & Norway Grants budget allocated to Portugal, including the funds for Bilateral Relationship and Technical Assistance, amounts to EUR 108.5 million.
For a complete overview of the EEA & Norway Grants 2014 – 2021, you may have a look at the Blue Book – the document outlining the strategy of this mechanism until 2021.