Call to applicants for obtaining assistance under the Partnership Project Scheme of the Green Industry Innovation Programme under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014

THE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT SCHEME OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY INNOVATION PROGRAMME UNDER THE NORWEGIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM 2009-2014

Title of the call

Call to applicants for obtaining assistance under the Partnership Project Scheme (hereinafter referred as to “the Scheme”) of the Green Industry Innovation Programme under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014

The call number

NOR-LT09-ŪM-K-03

Objective

 

To increase the competitiveness of green enterprises, including greening of existing industries, green innovation and green entrepreneurship and encourage more active cooperation between businesses and organisations and higher education and research institutions of the Republic of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Norway in implementing common business projects.

Supported activities

 

Funding under the Scheme will be provided for innovative technologies within the Lithuanian market where the following activities are supported:

  1. Development, installation or introduction of new environmental technologies to the market;
  2. Significant improvement of the existing technological processes in order to reduce their environmental impact and/or increase the efficiency of the use of natural resources, and their introduction to the market;
  3. Acquisition and installation of new innovative environmental technologies.

Eligible applicants

 

An eligible applicant is a micro-enterprise, small or medium-sized enterprise which has been registered with the Register of Legal Entities of the Republic of Lithuania for at least one year preceding the date of the entry into effect of Guidelines for Applicants under the Partnership project scheme of the Green Industry Innovation Programme under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 approved by the Order No 4-506 of the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania on 4 June 2013 (Guidelines amendment approved by the order No 4-153 of the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania on 10 March 2014) and fulfilling all the requirements laid down in paragraphs 1 and 2 except paragraph 1.1.1.5 and 1.1.1.6 of the Methodology for Eligibility Assessment (Annex No 2 to the Guidelines).

An applicant may decide to implement the project with the partner(s) seeking or not seeking to obtain funding. Participation of the partner(s) in the project shall be substantiated in the project application. The applicant shall select as partners only those legal entities, who will actually contribute to the implementation of the project activities and (or) will actively use the project results created during the project.

The partner who does not seek to obtain funding may contribute to the financing of the project and be eligible to the project results pro rata to its (their) contribution.

The Green Industry Innovation Programme promotes the implementation of bilateral partnership projects, but the involvement of a partner in the project is not mandatory. A bilateral partnership project is a project which is implemented together with a partner(s) registered in the Kingdom of Norway and unrelated to the applicant. For the involvement of the partner(s), who is (are) a legal entity (legal entities) registered in the Kingdom of Norway in the project, additional points shall be given in the stage of evaluation of benefits and quality of projects.

A partner of the bilateral partnership project shall be a legal entity (legal entities) (an enterprise, research and study institution, association or cluster) registered in the Kingdom of Norway in accordance with legal acts of this country, whose activities are closely related to the green industry innovation and who fulfils all the requirements listed in paragraph 1 except paragraphs 1.1.1.2-1.1.1.4 of Annex 2 to the Guidelines (where a project partner seeks to obtain funding), or with all requirements listed in paragraphs 1.1.1.1, 1.1.1.5, 1.1.1.6, 1.1.3.1–1.1.3.4, 1.1.3.6–1.1.3.9 of Annex 2 to the Guidelines (where a project partner does not seek to obtain funding).

A legal entity (legal entities) (an enterprise, research and study institution, association or cluster) registered in the Register of Legal Entities of the Republic of Lithuania, whose activities are closely related to the green industry innovation and who fulfils all the requirements listed in paragraph 1 except paragraphs 1.1.1.3-1.1.1.5 of Annex 2 to the Guidelines (where a project partner seeks to obtain funding) or all requirements listed in paragraphs 1.1.1.1, 1.1.1.2, 1.1.1.6, 1.1.3.1–1.1.3.4, 1.1.3.6–1.1.3.9  of Annex 2 to the Guidelines (where a project partner does not seek to obtain funding) may be involved in the project implementation.

It is obligatory to submit a copy of the valid joint activity (partnership) agreement prepared in the Lithuanian language (if partner is registered with the Register of Legal Entities of the Republic of Lithuania) or English language (if partner is registered in Kingdom of Norway under the legislation of this country) together with the application.

Total budget of the call

LTL 24.231.791,29  (EUR 7.018.011,84)

(The Ministry of Economy reserves the right to increase the funding amount planned under this Call).

Minimum and maximum amount of funding available for the project

Minimum amount available for the project – LTL 690.560,00 (EUR 200.000,00).

Maximum amount available for the project – LTL 3.452.800,00 (EUR 1.000.000,00).

Maximum intensity of the support

The funding intensity is determined for both the applicant and each partner individually. The funding intensity may be equal to:

45% – for a legal entity falling within the category of micro-enterprises or small enterprises;

35% – for a legal entity falling within the category of medium-sized enterprises;

25% – for a legal entity falling within the category of large enterprises, associations, clusters and higher education and research institutions.

In case the research and development (R&D) activity is carried out during the project, the funding intensity may be increased by 15 percentages.

The starting and the final date for submitting the application

 

The starting date for submitting the application: 14 March 2014, 8.00 am.

The final date for submitting the application: 1 August 2014, 4.00 pm.

Please, be advised, that from 1 July 2014 the acceptance of applications under the Call No NOR-LT09-ŪM-K-03 of the Partnership Project Scheme is renewed. The final date for submitting of applications under the renewed Call is extended for month.

Applications may be sent by the specified deadline by registered mail and/or using the services provided by couriers or delivered in person to the CPMA.

The application sent by registered mail shall be deemed to be submitted in time if the date of the postal seal on the envelope is not later than the last day of the acceptance of applications.

The application sent using courier services shall be deemed to be submitted in time if the date and time of delivery of the application to the courier indicated on the envelope is not later than the end of the term of acceptance of applications.

The applicant must submit one original copy of the application and an electronic version of the application in a computer storage medium.

Dates for project implementation

The project contract shall enter in to force from the day of its signing by the last party to the project contract.

All project activities shall be completed by the date specified in the project implementation agreement but not later than by 30 April 2016.

The place (address) for submitting applications

Central Project Management Agency, S. Konarskio St. 13,

LT-03109 Vilnius.

Contacts for more information

Central Project Management Agency

E-mail eeagrants@cpva.lt

Tel. +370 5 219 1579

Fax +370 5 251 4401

Reply to questions posed by e-mail or fax will be provided within 5 working days after the receipt of the enquiry at the Central Project Management Agency.

Information about key documents and application forms to be submitted

More details regarding the call can be found in the “Guidelines to applicants” and its annexes. All documents related to the call as well as all electronic forms of the application to be filled are published on the websites www.norwaygrants.lt, www.cpva.lt, www.ukmin.lt.

More background information regarding the Norway grants including the governing rules can be found on www.eeagrants.org.

Guidelines

Annex No 1, Annex No 2, Annex No 3, Annex No 5, Annex No 6

GUIDELINES TO APPLICANTS FOR OBTAINING ASSISTANCE UNDER THE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT SCHEME OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY INNOVATION PROGRAMME UNDER THE NORWEGIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM 2009-2014

SPECIAL (B) PART OF APPLICATION FORM AND FILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROJECT OBTAINING  ASSISTANCE UNDER THE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT SCHEME OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY INNOVATION PROGRAMME UNDER THE NORWEGIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM 2009-2014

EXAMPLE OF A DETAILED BUDGET OF A PARTNERSHIP PROJECT OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY INNOVATION PROGRAMME UNDER THE NORWEGIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM 2009-2014

Project selection manner

The projects to be funded are selected via open call.

The assessment of the project applications will be carried out by the Central Project Management Agency. Complaints of applicants and project promoters have to be submitted and considered under the procedure and terms laid down in the Administration Rules.

A decision regarding funding for the project will be made by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, having regard the recommendations of the Project Selection Committee.

 

INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATIONS REGISTERED UNDER CALL NOR-LT09-MOE-01-K-03

Information about signed contracts http://www.eeagrants.lt/mfiles/Documents/items/565/signed_agreements_under_second_open_call_under_partnership_scheme.doc

 

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