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  • Chinese companies seek Norwegian cooperation within environmental technology

    The city Wuxi in the Jiangsu province of China. Unsplash
    The city Wuxi in the Jiangsu province of China.Unsplash

    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.

    Norwegian version.

    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 applies to Jiangsu or Zhejiang S&T for partial financing of its costs, and the Norwegian company applies to Innovation Norway's environmental technology scheme  for its part of the costs. It must be a real collaborative project, therefore a letter of intent (LOI) between the parties will have to be submitted in the application process. If desired, this English template for agreements of intent can  be used as a starting point.

    The final application deadline for the Chinese companies is determined by Jiangsu or Zhejiang S&T respectively, and the Chinese companies are referred to Jiangsu or Zhejiang S&T's official announcement of the application deadline and guidelines.

    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.  

    In case the Chinese partner comes from Jiangsu

    Jiangsu S&T wants the Chinese company to submit a project outline and letter of intent (LOI) by 10 January 2023.

    Innovation Norway does not have such a prequalification process, but the requirement from Jiangsu S&T in practice has significance for the Norwegian collaboration partners. We encourage you to talk to Innovation Norway’s financial advisor and get familiar with requirements of environmental technology scheme as soon as your joint project initiative is in shape.

    Norwegian companies must send the application (finalized the application process in “Prosjekthjelpen” by 10 March 2023, and these will be processed in accordance with Innovation Norway's criteria for grants from the environmental technology scheme during the spring of 2023. The deadline is absolute, and applications received late will not be considered.

    From experience, it takes a long time to establish a common understanding between two companies. Companies that have not yet started with a joint project description and letter of intent before January 2023 will have problems meeting the application deadline.

    Innovation Norway and Jiangsu S&T will look at the applications together during the month of May and decide which projects will receive funding. Only projects that qualify for funding from both the Environmental Technology Scheme at Innovation Norway and Jiangsu S&T will receive funding. If a project only reaches the priority of one of the organisations, the project application will be rejected at by both organizations.

    In case the Chinese partner is a Zhejiang company

    Zhejiang's deadline for Chinese applicants is 31 August 2022. Zhejiang will process their applications continuously in autumn 2022. Norwegian companies whose Chinese partner successfully submitted application will be invited for application discussion with financial advisor of Innovation Norway. An application process through “Prosjekthjelpen” should be initiated as soon as possible and before the final deadline for Norwegian application at Innovation Norway, which is 30. September 2022.

    Result of Chinese and Norwegian applications will be announced respectively towards end of 2022.

    Confidentiality

    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 fifth time this announcement has taken place. In previous years, a total of ten collaborative projects have been granted. Read the news story:  Nine million for exciting environmental technology projects in China 

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