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EEA & Norway grants – Submission statistics Business Development and Innovation Croatia 2020

55 project proposals submitted under the Business Development and Innovation Programme of the EEA & Norway grants in Croatia 

EUR 19 million was the budget made available to SMEs and large enterprises via the 1st call for project proposals under Business Development and Innovation Croatia, operated by Innovation Norway. The call for proposals opened in June 2020, with funding intensities of up to 80% and grants up to EUR 1.million. The deadline for this call for proposals was extended to 17 Nov 2020.  

Approximately EUR 46.5 million is the total budget of all submitted applications, with grant amount of EUR 25 million. Around 35% of the projects have a Norwegian partner. 

The call for proposals covers 2 focus areas: Green Industry Innovation and Blue Growth. 64% of the applications were submitted under Green Industry Innovation (EUR 10 million grant available) and 35% under Blue Growth (EUR 9 million grant available). In addition to these, one pre-defined project for capacity building with the Croatia Chamber of Economy was submitted. 

36% applied for the Small Grants Scheme for up to EUR 200k, with the rest for the Large Scheme for up to EUR 1.5 million. 

This data is based om the information published by the Fund Operator.   

The projects submitted are going now through an evaluation process that typically comprises 3 stages:  

  1. Administrative & Eligibility check    
  2. Technical and financial assessment (includes a score-based evaluation)   
  3. Selection of projects (shortlisting of projects and pre-contracting communication)    

The overall evaluation process would typically take 4-6 months (from application deadline) subject to the Fund Operator’s own timeline and resources. 

If you would like to discuss a new project idea with us or are looking for support in the evaluation or implementation phase of your project:


Winnovart supports projects already submitted to the Fund Operator.   

For more information about the various types of support we provide during the Evaluation process, read here. 

Competition timeline, consistency and transparency profile  

Details   Status   Date   Comments  
Competition launch   Yes   30 June 2020  N/A  
Deadline extension after launch   Yes  17 Nov 2020  N/A  
Competition deadline (initial)  Yes   15 Nov 2020  N/A  
Competition statistics published after submission deadline  



December 2020  Link to published results 
Communication of results to individual applicants   No  In progress  Evaluation in progress as of the date of this post. 
Official publication of results (website and or/ other media)    No  Expected Q2-Q3 2021  N/A 
Publication of score and score-based ranking   No   N/A  Despite a detailed scoring scheme as part of the guidelines, the Fund Operator does not publish score-based ranking list. 
List of applicants published   No   N/A   N/A  
List of selected beneficiaries published (all consortium partners)   No  N/A  Evaluation in progress as of the date of this post. 
Full details about project title, budget, partner roles and budget breakdown between partners   No  N/A  Budget breakdown between partners is usually not available. 

For more details on this funding scheme for Croatian companies, read here

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