Tillväxtverket

Demonstration Grants

Are you an organisation in one of the 14 available countries? Are you looking to import technology that would be new 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.

Eligibility

Applicants

Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • The main applicant (the Buyer) must be a company or organisation based in one of the 14 available countries.
  • The Buyer must have identified an international partner (the Seller) that is based outside the target market and that offers the technology the buyer want to import.
  • The Buyer and Seller must have signed a purchase agreement before the full application is submitted.
  • Companies or private organisations applying 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. They must also both have been operating for about three years.

Note that no organisation, 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

Projects

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 required co-financing must be in place.

Funding

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 costs for services. The remaining 50 percent and 20 percent, respectively, must come from co-financing from the applicant or other private or public sources such as an international organisation or a public institution.

How will the grant be paid?

Tillväxtverket pays the approved costs retrospectively and the Grant Recipient must show that its share has already been paid. The Grant will be disbursed as follows:

20 %- of the approved grant after the technology has been ordered from the partner

60 % - of the approved grant when the technology is in use and an onsite monitoring inspection has been conducted

20 % - of the approved grant after marketing and communication activities have been carried out in accordance with the agreed 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
  • 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.