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18/11/2021: Romania, Support for start-ups

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A new Call for Proposals is launched under the SMEs Growth Programme in Romania, through the EEA and Norway Grants. ‘Boost to Romanian Business sector: Business growth in Start-ups in the areas of Green Industry Innovation, ICT and Blue Growth’ 

Read the call text in English: Call for Proposal, Support for Start-ups

Read the call text in Romanian: Call for Proposal, Support for Start-ups

See the mandatory attachments and essential reading below.


Thursday, 18 November 2021, 14:00 (Romanian time).

Projects must be completed by 31 October 2023 at the latest.

Available funding

A total of 1,000,000 euro.

Between 10,000 euro and 200,000 euro per project.


This call will finance projects submitted by Romanian start-ups. The focus of the projects should be one of the three main areas of the Programme: Green Industry Innovation, Blue Growth and ICT.

The projects should contribute to "increased competitiveness for Romanian enterprises within the mentioned areas", in the form of growth in turnover and net operational profit and job creation.

Eligible activities

This call can provide support for projects that will develop and implement activities within the enterprise applying for funding, in one or more of the following areas. Projects must contribute directly to increased revenues and improved capacity for business development of the applicants.

Who can apply?

Romanian micro and small enterprises. The applicants:

  • must have been established and registered for at least 6 months and maximum 4 years of operation at the date of the deadline of the Call;
  • must be operating within one of the three focus areas of programme (Green Industry Innovation, Blue growth and ICT).
  • shall be unlisted small enterprises up to four years following their registration, which have not yet distributed profits and have not been formed through a merger.

Who can be partner?

The start-ups can apply to the call together with partners. The partners can be entities in Romania or in one of the Donor States (Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein).

Eligible partners are any private or public entity, commercial or non-commercial, established as a legal person in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein or in Romania.


  • Innovation Norway in Bulgaria and Romania organised a short information session on Support for start-ups. Watch the recording!

Mandatory Attachments and essential reading

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