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EEA & Norway Grants in Romania – 2nd Call for Proposals under the SME Growth Scheme is open for applications

[updated on 7 April 2020]

EUR 18.5 million is expected to be available to SMEs and large enterprises via the next call for project proposals via the SME Growth Programme in Romania, operated by Innovation Norway. The call for proposals covers 3 focus areas: Green Industry Innovation, Blue Growth and ICT and is open for applications.

More details on the 3 focus areas:

Green Industry Innovation – targets initiatives for innovative green technologies, development of innovative products and solutions, greener production processes, more efficient handling of resources and technological systems, material efficiency activities and waste management. Budget: over 11 mil euro
ICT – Information and Communication Technology – supports product/process/service development using ICT component, development of ICT products/process/services. Budget: 3.7 mil euro
Blue Growth – supports development of innovative technologies, processes, solutions, products or services based on blue resources from the Black Sea, inland waters and rivers and coastal areas. Budget: 3.7 mil euro

The first call for proposals under this programme in Romania opened in May 2018, whereas the deadline for project proposals’ submission was on 1 November 2018. For more details on the first call of the SME Growth Programme, please review here. 

The second call for proposals has opened in January 2020 and replicates the first call, however, with a slightly less budget available. Funding intensities of up to 80% could be expected as well as 1 funding stream: large scheme with grants up to EUR 2 million,with the small scheme with grants up to EUR 200k not indicated as per the update.

The deadline for this call for proposals has been extended to 17 September 2020.

Furthermore, a separate call for proposals – Boost to Romanian Business Sector – is expected to open within the first months of 2020 and will address SMEs and NGO, including clusters and business organisations. More updates to be published soon.

Full calendar and competition information (presented by Innovation Norway as tentative) have been last updated on the upcoming calls with the following details (ongoing changes which might not have been confirmed, hence, unaddressed):

Tentatively planned calls (as per October 2018) Indicative budget (EUR) Tentative opening month Deadline for project/ request submission Grant level Eligible applicants Eligible partners
Fund for Bilateral Relations – Call for
Travel support
50,000 January 2019 Until the budget is exhausted Lump sum of EUR 1,2001,500/ 1,000 per entity SMEs and Large enterprises with more than 75% private ownership and NGOs, established as a legal person in Romania. All types of entities, legally established in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein  
Norway Grants – Individual Project Scheme – Call for project proposals for Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Blue Growth 18,466,666 January 2020 (extended)


September 2020

(Blue Growth – September 2020)

EUR 200,000 – EUR 2,000,000 per awarded project SMEs and Large enterprises with more than 75% private ownership established as a legal person in Romania All types of entities, established in Norway or Romania
EEA Grants – Small Grants Scheme – Call for project proposals for Boost to Romanian business sector 2,000,000 TBC TBC EUR 10,000 – EUR 200,000
Per awarded project
SMEs and NGOs established as a legal person in Romania (including clusters and business organisations) All types of entities, legally established in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Romania
(source: Innovation Norway, updated on 22 January 2020)

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