Jiangsu and Zhejiang are important industrial provinces in China, and actively addressing their environmental challenges. Both provinces are looking for international cooperation to develop technological solutions that address specific challenges.
Innovation Norway collaborates on a joint call for funding for innovation and demonstration of new environmental technology solutions with Jiangsu Department of Science and Technology (Jiangsu S&T) and Zhejiang Department of Science and Technology (Zhejiang S&T). The collaboration aims to form the basis for joint development projects between Norwegian and Chinese companies.
The Chinese company is applying to Jiangsu and Zhejiang S&T respectively for partial financing of its costs, and the Norwegian company is applying to Innovation Norway Environmental technology scheme for its share of the cost. It must be a genuine collaborative project, therefore a letter of intent (LOI) between the parties must be submitted in the application process. If desired, This English template for letters of intent used as a starting point.
Application deadlines for the Chinese companies are set by Jiangsu S&T or Zhejiang S&T, and Chinese companies must keep an eye on their respective websites for up-to-date information on application deadlines and guidelines. Deadlines for Chinese companies will be in August/September.
Jiangsu or Zhejiang S&T will assess the projects based on their own priorities and guidelines, while Innovation Norway assesses projects based on the guidelines for the Environmental Technology Scheme. Please note, application documents sent by Chinese company to Jiangsu or Zhejiang S&T are not same as and so cannot substitute application required by Innovation Norway.
Application to Innovation Norway is a process initiated from the webpage for the Environmental Technology Scheme. By starting an application process ("Prosjekthjelpen") through "Min side", contact will be established with an IN advisor and the applicant will be guided through the application process. This should be established well before the formal application date.
Norwegian companies must have submitted their final application (completed the Project Aid process) by 31 October 2023. This deadline is final, and applications submitted after 31 October 2023 will not be considered. Norwegian applications will be processed in line with Innovation Norway’s criteria and concluded by the end of 2023.
Experience shows that it takes a long time to establish a common understanding between two companies. Companies that have not yet started a joint project description and letter of intent before summer 2023 will in reality have problems meeting the application deadline. We recommend that you contact Innovation Norway's local office to discuss the project with a funding adviser as soon as you have a project collaboration underway, so that you become familiar with the criteria for funding from the environmental technology scheme.
Please note that a project must receive funding from both sides (both Norwegian and Chinese) in order to qualify. If funding is rejected from one of the parties, joint project funding will be declined.
Innovation Norway has a duty of confidentiality regarding all projects that are being considered for possible funding, and we will therefore not share any information with Jiangsu S&T or Zhejiang S&T without the applicant's consent.
However, it is necessary for Jiangsu S&T and Zhejiang S&T to have some basic information about the Norwegian partner. Innovation Norway will therefore ask all Norwegian companies that apply for this call for permission to share general information with Jiangsu S&T or Zhejiang S&T: company name, project name, requested amount and a short description (50 words) of the project. This acceptance must be given in writing to the project manager in Innovation Norway (Qin Shi).
The application to Innovation Norway is made from the website for the Environmental Technology Scheme . Here you can find more information about application criteria and the application process. All applications will be processed in the county where the company has its business address. We ask everyone who plans to apply to Innovation Norway in connection with this call to contact project manager Qin Shi for more information about the call, as well as to contact their local Innovation Norway office to discuss the project before the final application is submitted.
It is the sixth time this announcement has taken place. In previous years, a total of thirteen collaborative projects have been granted. Read the news story: Nine million for exciting environmental technology projects in China