Great interest for the EEA Grants in Spain

SPAIN: Nearly 200 Spanish companies submitted project proposals for the EEA-Grants Programme on Environmental and Climate Change-related Research and Technology. The Spanish Center for Technological Industrial Development (CDTI) as Programme Operator will manage 18,21 million Euros corresponding to the EEA Grants Programme on Environmental and Climate Change-related Research and Technology provided by the State Donors, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Photo: Innovation Norway/Heidi Widerø

Photo: Innovation Norway/Heidi Widerø

The Call for projects corresponding to the EEA Grants Programme was successfully closed on October 4th with the submission of 185 project proposals for the development of applied R&D projects within the areas of renewable energies, energy efficiency and environmental technologies. The total budget requested sums up to 155,3 million Euros.

57 proposals (30,8%) correspond to cooperation projects with entities from the donor states (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein); therein 51 with entities from Norway, 5 from Iceland and 1 from Liechtenstein. The total budget for cooperation projects sums 59,9 million Euros and the amount for subcontracting sums 2 million Euros.

185 project proposals have been submitted to the first Call for Projects with the participation of 194 Spanish companies, including 57 proposals involving cooperation with entities from the donor states.

57 proposals (30,8%) correspond to cooperation projects with entities from the donor states (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein); therein 51 with entities from Norway, 5 from Iceland and 1 from Liechtenstein. The total budget for cooperation projects sums up to 59,9 million Euros and the amount for subcontracting to 2 million Euros.

These are provisional figures prior to the Project Proposal evaluation. Once evaluated and approved, the selected projects will be able to implement the proposed industrial R&D activities in the referred areas.

Financing. The Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area contributes with 18,2 million euros provided by the donor states, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein being Norway the main contributor with 97% of the funding. The EEA Grants will be used to implement applied R&D projects within the sectors of renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental technology and will contribute to strength the bilateral relations between Spain and the donor states.

Photo: Siv Nærø/Innovation Norway

Photo: Siv Nærø/Innovation Norway

The EEA Grants will be complemented by additional funding provided by CDTI as soft loans that will enable the implementation of more and better projects. The total resources available for the Programme for the implementation of the selected projects during 2014 and 2015 including public and private funding will be around 100 million Euros.

CDTI will perform the projects evaluation in collaboration with an independent evaluation entity in order to guarantee transparency and efficiency in the process. During the evaluation process, projects including effective collaboration with entities from the donor states will be prioritized. Innovation Norway as Donor Programme Partner will participate in the selection process.

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