Grants for Demonstration Projects

Are you an organisation in one of this programme's 14 available countries? Are you looking to import new technology to your country? Would this technology have a beneficial impact on the environment and help reduce poverty?

Demonstration Projects are international technology and knowledge exchanges involving new and sustainable solutions which positively and measurably impact the environment and poverty reduction.


A call for applications is now open

Last chance to apply for a Demonstration grant is 21 October 2018. Applications for Demonstration projects will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final application date (deadline), 21 October 2018 or until all programme funds have been used.

Applications for Demonstration grants will follow a two-step procedure.

Step 1: submission of a Concept Note

Step 2: submission of a Full Application, if invited after step 1. 

The sooner the better

Fixed evaluation dates have been established to guide applicants on when submitted applications will be collected and evaluated. Since this programme period will permanently close on 31 December 2019 and considering the limited funds that are available in the programme, we highly recommend applicants to submit project ideas as early as possible - before or at the following fixed evaluation dates for Demonstration projects.

Fixed evaluation dates for Concept Notes

  • 26 August 2018
  • 7 October 2018

Fixed evaluation dates for Full Applications

  • 9 September 2018
  • 21 October 2018

For further details, please read information on "calls for applications"



Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The main applicant (the Buyer) must be a company or organization based in one of the 14 prioritized countries.
  • The Buyer is required to identify an international partner (the Seller) who will be offering new technology for the buyers country (i.e the technology does not currently exist in the country). The seller should be based outside of the importing market.
  • The Buyer and Seller should have a signed purchase agreement before submitting the full application.
  • Applying companies or private organizations must have at least 3 employees. We particularly encourage applications from small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Both partners must exhibit sound finances and a reasonable turnover. It is also required that both parties have been in operation for at least three years.

Note that no organization, private or public, is eligible for funds if it is involved in any of the following:

  • The manufacture of arms and/or their components
  • The tobacco industry
  • The alcohol industry


Applications are scored based on six key areas:

  • Impact
  • Technical solution
  • Market potential and commercial viability
  • Partners
  • Project plan, budget and risks
  • Additionality

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Projects must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The technology demonstrated must be new to the country (or the specific context of use).
  • The technology demonstrated must already have been tested and sold in another country.
  • The project should be fully financed before application.
  • The project should have deliberate dissemination strategy on how information about the new technology should be spread in the country (a minimum of two activities)


Examples of the costs that can be covered by Demonstration Projects grants are:

  • Equipment purchases
  • Training of staff that will operate the equipment
  • Services required to transport, install, and get the technology up and running
  • Communicating project results and information about the technology in order to awaken interest

Technology or equipment investments should make up a substantial proportion of the total project cost.

The grant can range from SEK 500,000 to 1,800,000. Tillväxtverket can fund up to 50 percent of your invoiced equipment costs and up to 80 percent of your invoiced other costs. The remaining 50 percent and 20 percent, respectively, should be fully financed from other sources - either from the applicant's own resources or from other private or public financing sources such as a bank, an international organisation or a public institution.

How will the grant be paid?

Tillväxtverket's disbursements will be made retroactively and in relation to previously approved costs within the project. The Grant Recipient is required to present evidence (invoice, receipt etc.) on these payments. The Grant will be disbursed in three stages:

  • 20 % of the total approved grant amount - after the technology has been ordered from the partner.
  • 60 % of the total approved grant amount - when the technology is in use and an onsite monitoring inspection has been conducted.
  • 20 % of the total approved grant amont - after marketing and communication activities have been carried out in accordance to approved project plan.

Ineligible costs

The following costs are not eligible for funding and will not be reimbursed:

  • Any costs incurred before the decision to award the grant is made
  • Any project costs incurred after 31 December 2019
  • Wages and salaries for staff
  • Input materials intended for the continuous production of goods or services
  • Direct investments in inventory, real estate or land intended for the continuous production of goods or services
  • Overheads
  • Financial transaction fees, foreign exchange fees, interest payments, and other financial expenses
  • Representation and per diem for workshop participants
  • Duties, taxes, and statutory charges
  • Indirect costs