| Deadline: 20 August 2014

ener2i Innovation Voucher Competition in Belarus – Call for Applications

The EU funded project ener2i invites Belarusian Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) with energy related innovation targets in Renewable Energy Sources (RES) or with the aim to improve their energy efficiency (EE) performance to participate in the ener2i Innovation Voucher Competition – Belarus.
The aim of the competition is to initiate innovation projects in the field of EE and RES by providing direct financial support in an early stage of project development. SMEs, including start-ups and spin-offs, will get the possibility to purchase research and development services from knowledge providers to realize their projects and to establish or intensify their relationship with research institutions.

To participate in the ener2i Innovation Voucher Competition project teams who would like to submit an application have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Project applicants have to meet the EU’s definition of small and medium sized enterprises stated in declaration (2003/361/EC).
  • SMEs have to be officially registered in Belarus at the submission deadline of Innovation Vouchers.
  • No tasks that have already been funded by another EU funding initiative will be funded.
  • Beneficiaries have to be Small or Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), which are cooperating with a research partner, including that in the EU
  • Project implementation (usage of voucher funds) has to be accomplished within 6 months after signature of the contract.

The applicants of the six best project ideas, with the highest evaluation score will be awarded with the Innovation Vouchers of € 4,000 each. The Voucher money should be spent on R&D related manpower needed for project implementation or travel arrangements facilitating knowledge transfer on an international level.

The call was launched on 19 May 2014. On 20 May it was presented at the large international fair “BelPromEnergo” in Minsk: Read the article on the website of NIP Belarus.

Deadline for the submission of applications is: 20 August 2014, 17:00 (FET, Minsk time).

The Terms of Reference  and the full call information are available on the ener2i website and on the website of the Belarusian Innovation Fund, manager of the call.

It’s worth mentioning that the innovation voucher scheme as such is being implemented in Belarus for the first time. Thus, the results of the call may pave the way for including this financial instrument on the list of national measures to support micro- and small businesses.

Source: Olga Meerovskaya, ener2i partner, Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of S&T Sphere