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    Do you have an innovative and digital solution that can help developing countries solve health or education challenges? Innovation Norway can finance the project through the Vision 2030 programme. The deadline for application is 1 March 2020.

    Norwegian version: Visjon 2030 - løsninger for helse og utdanning i utviklingsland

    We invite Norwegian companies to apply for funding Vision 2030 the programme, which may reduce risk in the development and pilot phase. Applicants should cooperate with relevant partners to ensure good understanding of the context, market competence and local anchoring. The partnership will help develop products and solutions needed and prepare them for commercialization and scaling.

    Criteria for applying

    • Applicant must be a private company registered in Norway
    • The scheme is for both small, medium and large-sized enterprises
    • The company must have the ability to conduct the innovation process and establish the solution in a demanding commercial market.
    • The innovation project must involve a local partner. Relevant partners may be UN-agencies, non-governmental organisations, research institutions or other companies.
    • The project must have an R&D/innovation component
    • The project must be carried out in one or more of the 85 countries receiving Norwegian development aid
    • We prioritize projects implemented in one or more of the 16 partner countries in the Norwegian development policy (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Colombia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and the State of Palestine)

    What can be financed?

    We prioritize projects where digital solutions are used as part of the service offering with reference to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Digital Strategy for Development Policy.

    In health, projects within the following themes will be prioritized:

    • Strengthening primary health care
    • Health services that include women and girls
    • Education related to sexuality, and measures to improve sexual health and prevention of harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation
    • Diagnostics
    • Assistive devices for people with disabilities

    In education, the following is emphasized:

    • Increased educational competence
    • Learning methods
    • Assistive technology for both teachers and students
    • Vocational education and entrepreneurship
    • Assistive technology for persons with disabilities

    The project can also target necessary infrastructure, preferably in collaboration with solution providers to cover the abovementioned themes. Applicants must describe how the solutions will meet challenges.

    Selection criteria

    Below follow the main points that must be covered in the application. Good reflection around these points will be emphasized.

    • The project's relevance to the objectives of the Vision 2030 programme
    • Minimum project size is 1.5 million NOK. Project length is 1-3 years. Only expenses incurred after the grant date will be approved.
    • The project must include R&D activities for a product or service. The applicant must have intellectual property rights or the project or solution.
    • Market potential – which needs will the innovation project seek to solve? What are the market opportunities beyond the pilot phase? How can the solution be scaled? What impact will the solution provide?
    • Partner (s) – how will each partner contribute in the innovation project, and what skills and market support can the applicant company gain from the partnership?
    • Sustainability – to what extent will the innovation project have environmental and societal effects?
    • Financial ability – the applicant and partners must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial and human resources to implement the innovation project, while maintaining daily operations throughout the project period.
    • Technical expertise – the applicant and partners must have relevant competence to administer, develop and implement the project.
    • Responsible business conduct – Innovation Norway shall contribute to sustainable development and increase corporate responsibility. Innovation Norway expects customers and partners to follow a code of conduct. Read more about this on our web site: Sustainability and good business practices

    About the Partners

    Developing countries are demanding markets. Cooperation with appropriate partners will strengthen the business model and lead to better network and market positioning. It is therefore essential that the project has relevant partners that are well anchored locally. This could be UN, non-governmental organisations, research institutions or local companies.

    Partners who are part of the project should participate actively and have a clearly defined role. Partners' competence, work effort and financing must be appropriate for the project and will strengthen the ability to expand into a new market.

    Financing

    The amount of funding depends on the size of the company and the project, as well as the project cost. This is regulated by the state aid rules in the EEA agreement. Read more about the rules of the EEA Agreement on state aid.

    Vision 2030 grants can provide partial coverage of project development costs. This includes:

    • Personnel costs in connection with the development project
    • Expenditures on equipment, land area and buildings exclusively and permanently used for the development project
    • Expenditures on consultancy and similar services used solely in connection with the development project, including research results, technical competence, IPR applications, that is purchased externally.
    • Administration costs directly related to the development project
    • Other operating costs (such as materials, supplies, etc.) directly linked to the development project, including the delivery of materials and services related to any production of prototypes and pilot activities.
    • Small and medium-sized companies may include costs related to attendance at relevant fairs, as well as investments in new production methods and facilities to ensure commercialisation.

    Relevant articles in the EEA regulations:

    • Investment aid to SMEs – Article 17
    • Aid for consultancy in favour of SMEs - Article 18
    • Aid to SMEs for participation in fairs – Article 19
    • Aid for research and development projects – Article 25

    In some cases, Article 22 (aid for start-ups) and Article 28 (innovation aid for SMEs) may be relevant.

    Terms of payment

    Innovation Norway relates to the applicant company of the innovation project.

    The grant is awarded in accordance with the standard terms of Innovation Norway which will be specified in the grant offer letter. 30 percent of the support is paid in advance when the conditions for the grant are met and the project has commenced. 50 percent of the support is paid in accordance with the agreed milestone plan, and the remaining 20 percent is paid when the project is completed.

    Payment is made against:

    • Audited financial report
    • Documentation that the project follows the provided work plan
    • Documentation showing how the actual costs are funded
    • Progress Report

    The progress report shall at least include:

    • An overview of the results the project has achieved so far. The overview must:
    • Demonstrate delivered products/services compared to planned products/services
    • Show the project's progress towards the achievement of the impact
    • If possible, describe the probability that the social impact is achieved
    • A description and assessment of the deviations from the last approved project plan
    • A brief description of risk factors that in the project, including how these have been mitigated during the reporting period and/or will be handled in the future. Identified risk factors related to climate and environment, gender equality, anti-corruption and human rights should always be accounted for.

    The final report shall also include a section related to the market potential, and updated plans for the market launch.

    Deadline for application 1 March 2020

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