Could the ocean be our greatest asset in the shift towards a sustainable future? This question and others related to the blue economy and sustainable oceans were up for discussion when Innovation Norway and partners in the EEA and Norway Grants received a delegation from Portugal on April 18-20 2023.
The Greek NGO Women on Top is cooperating with partners in Norway and Iceland to explore the practices and methods that have helped Norway and Iceland to consistently rank at the top when it comes to gender equality in business. Their aim is of creating a toolbox that Greek companies could use to improve their equality and inclusion results. The Business Innovation Programme in Greece has launched a new open call for proposals which aims to support activities like this one. See more here!
We invite Croatian, Greek and Donor State businesses, clusters, associations, NGOs, research institutions and other actors to a webinar, where we will present the funding opportunities, provide examples on eligible activities, and answer questions. To register and read more about the event, click here.
Innovation Norway presents the Open Call for Proposals on Business Development within Green Industry innovation and Blue Growth in Croatia. This webinar presented the call, outlined how to apply and answered questions from participants. See the webinar recording and presentation here.
Innovation Norway conducts an annual Customer Impact Survey for all Norwegian entities involved as donor project partners involved in the EEA and Norway Grants. The survey maps the expectations and levels of satisfaction with the financing received as partners in bilateral projects. The results from 2022 clearly show that the EEA and Norway Grants have added value!
Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, or CCUS, is needed for Europe to meets its targets to cut emissions in line with the targets. But what is it? Together with Altera Infrastructure and the Norwegian Embassy in Lisbon, Innovation Norway organised a conference on CCUS in Portugal. Learn about CCUS, the latest developments in Norway and the potential for scaling up the solutions in Portugal.
Polish-Norwegian Cooperation has the potential to contribute with solutions, knowledge and cooperation on Energy Security. Innovation Norway and our Polish partner – the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) - invited Polish and Norwegian businesses to the event Green Technologies for Energy Security during the 12th edition of the European Congress of SMEs in Katowice.
Innovation Norway and partners in the EEA and Norway Grants visited projects under the Energy Programme in Romania in the cities of Cluj-Napoca and Alba Iulia in October 2022. The delegation met with the mayors of the Romanian cities and representatives implementing projects under the EEA and Norway Grants to great success. See some stories and pictures here!
Portugal visited Norway on 7-9 November 2022 with a large delegation of high-level political officials and representatives from Portuguese businesses. The visit marked the strengthening of business relations between Portugal and Norway, both in terms of political cooperation and the interest in each others' markets.
On 8 November 2022, Innovation Norway and Portugal Global Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP) invited for a full day of seminars and networking at Sentralen, Oslo. More than 50 Norwegian and Portuguese businesses participated in a B2B matchmaking, exchanging valuable experience and contacts for future partnerships.
POLECO International Trade Fair for the Environment in Poznań, Poland, is one of the largest trade fairs in Europe. The Norway Grants Programme in Poland support participation by Norwegian businesses at trade fairs in Poland. This year, 16 Norwegian businesses travelled to POLECO. They met with entrepreneurs from 46 Polish companies and attended an event on circular economy entitled "There is no waste - there are only raw materials".
On 27 September 2022, Innovation Norway invited for an afternoon networking event at SALT during Oslo Innovation Week. Around 150 businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, scaleup professionals, research institutes and other stakeholders from Norway and five Central-European countries participated in matchmaking online and onsite.
Important update regarding the 3rd Call for Proposals in Greece The 3rd and final Call for Proposals under the Business Innovation Greece Programme makes available approx 8,750,000 euro to projects on Green Industry Innovation, Blue Growth or ICT. To allow more time for applications, it has been decided to extend the deadline for submissions until Thursday September 1st, at 13:00 local time. Applicants will therefore have more time to develop their applications and find relevant partners from Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. For more information please reach out to Gr.Innovation@innovationnorway.no
Innovation Norway is partner in the EEA Grants Programme on Environment in Portugal. In June, the partners organised a study trip to Portugal's impressive biosphere reserves together with the Norwegian project partner Nord-Hordaland Biosfære - the first and only biosphere reserve in Norway.
The event gathered 200 representatives of businesses, clusters, researchers and policymakers from 11 countries in Europe. More than 50 speakers led discussions on how to create business in blue growth, including thematic sessions on green shipping, blue bioeconomy, smart ports and offshore wind. The participants were eager to meet and discuss cooperation. The event was hybrid and 300-400 followed online. More have seen the recordings since. You can see recordings, pictures and results here!
The space industries sector is rocketing, both in Norway and in the Baltics. The EEA and Norway Grants include bilateral funds for exploring new business sectors, finding connect partners and preparing the grounds for cooperation. In June 2022, Innovation Norway invited partners and companies from Estonia and Latvia for a space trip to Norway.
Portugal, like other EU member states, is investing massively in the green and digital transition to implement the European Green Deal. Norwegian businesses can take part in tenders under the Recovery and Resilience Funds in Portugal and elsewhere. In May, 18 Norwegian businesses joined an event in Lisbon on this funding and a matchmaking with Portuguese partners.
As part of our upcoming event, Business Cooperation on Blue Growth in Europe, we invite 20 companies to pitch their innovative marine/ocean solution. We hope that you would like to participate! We now share some guidelines for pitching. At the same time, it is you who know your product best, and creativity and individual adaptation are encouraged. Are you interested in pitching? Express your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 May 2022.
The Energy Programme in Romania has launched an open call on Training and Awareness - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Innovation Norway held a webinar that presented the Programme, the call, state aid regulations and answered questions. Check out the recording and presentations The webinar was followed by a matchmaking for Romanian and Norwegian participants to discuss cooperation in bilateral projects. Participants who sign up can book meetings until May!
The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and Innovation Norway organised an event at SALMED in Poland. The event gathered 34 companies from Poland and 9 companies which had travelled from Norway with support from the Norway Grants. There will be more opportunities soon!
The Travel Support Call is open. To facilitate establishment of bilateral partnerships between enterprises in Bulgaria and partners in Norway, a Travel Support Scheme will be available. The intent is to prepare joint project applications for the upcoming call(s) under the Programme.
The Business Innovation Programme in Greece launches an open call on Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Blue Growth. Innovation Norway held a webinar that presented the call, showcased co-operation projects funded by previous calls and answered questions. See the recording and presentations below! The webinar was followed by a matchmaking for Greek, Norwegian and Icelandic participants to discuss co-operation in bilateral projects. Participants who sign up can book meetings until May!
Over 90 people participated in an in-depth conversation on Hydrogen - one of the hottest topics in the alternative energy area. The webinar was organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Romanian Ministry of Energy and Innovation Norway as EEA and Norway Grants Fund Operator.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Innovation Norway team up to organise a Seminar Series on the European Green Deal: Political Priorities and Opportunities for Business Collaboration. The series consists of five seminars organised each Thursday over a period of five weeks. The seminars will be recorded and made available here.
Innovasjon Norge og partnere inviterer norske aktører innenfor de blå næringene (marint og maritimt) til et arrangement i Hellas: Business Cooperation on Blue Growth in Europe, den 10-11- mai 2022. Innovasjon Norge dekker reise for 40 norske deltakere med 1200 euro. Se mer informasjon, påmelding og skjema for søknad om reisestøtte her.
Travel grants for in-person (physical) participation at the event 'Portugal's Recovery and Resilience Plan and Cooperation with Norwegian Businesses' in Lisbon on 2 May 2022.
The Green ICT Programme in Estonia supports welfare technology/e-health projects in Estonia and cooperation with Norwegian partners! See the recording of the webinar on funding opportunities and the project ideas from Estonian companies who are interested in partners from Norway.
The 5th Norwegian Circular Economy Conference 2021 took place on 25 November 2021. As a hybrid event, it gathered a 120 participants at the Deichman Library in Oslo and a 770 people who followed the streaming live from all over Europe. Thanks to all participants! Did you miss it? See the recording here.
Invitation to in-person participation at the 5th Norwegian Circular Economy Conference
Looking for a Polish or Norwegian partner to implement a green and innovative construction project? The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) organised a seminar on green construction and cooperation between Poland and Norway. Browse a brochure with 30 profiles of Polish participants who are willing, ready and able to cooperate with Norwegian partners, and join the matchmaking!