Norway Grants

Programme „Business Development, Innovation and SMEs“

under Norway Grants 2014-2021


About the Programme

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway which is targeted at reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA Grants are jointly financed by all three donors and are available in 15 countries (12 new EU Member States, as well as Greece, Spain and Portugal). The Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and 12 new EU Member States can benefit from them.

On 24 April 2018 Norway and Lithuania signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, under which four programmes were approved to be funded. The Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) has been appointed as an operator of the programme ‘Business development, Innovation and SMEs’. The programme is being implemented together with the partners–the Ministry of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania and Norwegian agency ‘Innovation Norway’.

Activities supported

The programme sets the goal to contribute to creation of a higher added value and sustainable economic growth, as well as to boost competitiveness of Lithuanian enterprises, focusing primarily on very small, small and medium size business, which will receive 75% of the eligible funds.

Two fields have been chosen as the focus areas of the programme - Green Industry Innovation (including bioeconomy) and ICT. Therefore, development, application and commercialization of innovative green and ICT products and technologies, as well as greening of existing businesses and manufacturing processes will be at the core of the programme activities. Additionally, providing Lithuanian enterprises with a possibility to hone business skills is foreseen within the scope of the programme.

The total sum of 15 million Euro will be allocated for the programme focus areas.

Bilateral Cooperation

Strengthening cooperation on business development and innovation between Donor and Beneficiary States is defined as the second major goal of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.  Accordingly, the programme will contribute to stimulating long-term business relations between Norwegian and Lithuanian enterprises by giving priority to the projects where the partnership between Lithuanian and Norwegian entities is foreseen. Moreover, MITA will contribute to establishment of bilateral business partnerships by organizing matchmaking events, events on exchange of good practice and know-how, as well as by enabling travel support for partner search and networking.


SMEs and large enterprises with no more than 25% public ownership and established as legal entities in Lithuania are eligible for support under the programme. Any private or public entity from Lithuania or Norway qualify as a project partner.

The first call for proposals is expected to be launched in July 2020.

The call for travel support has been launched and will be open until 30 October 2020. For more information, check the link.

Basic documents

Useful links

Contact person

Ina Sinkevičiūtė, tel. +37060477086, el. p.

Working together for green and competitive Europe

Last updated: 11-06-2020