Project definition

The call is part of EU financed BSR Stars S3 project with co-financing from the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM). The aim of the call is to develop more integrated innovation support infrastructures and new innovation management tools to leverage complementary competences across borders in the BSR. The BSR Stars S3 project focuses on strengthening smart specialization in the field of bio-/circular economy in the BSR.

To investigate further the opportunities for benefitting from specialisation in test excellence, the BSR STARS S3 project pilots a transnational innovation voucher scheme for SMEs in the bioeconomy when commissioning test services across the borders.

Scope of BSR Bioeconomy Innovation Vouchers

Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) in the Baltic Sea Region provide already SMEs with a number of testbed services – some of which are quite similar e.g. for testing of basic properties of various types of biomass. In some areas however, the RTOs each have unique – and thereby complementary – test excellence. It is these areas of “unique test excellence” that is the target zone / scope of the “BSR Bioeconomy Innovation Vouchers”.

SMEs interested in applying for support may contact the NCM or one of the following RTOs who collaborate with NCM on piloting the BSR Bioeconomy Innovation Voucher: VTT Finland; Danish Technological Institute; Paper and Fiber Research Institute of Norway; and RISE Research Institute of Sweden. Please follow the links to download fact sheets about the services of the institutions.

Users / target group

The Baltic Sea Region Bioeconomy Innovation Voucher targets broadly SMEs working in areas of new bioeconomy technology development or in the commercial exploitation of bioeconomy technologies and operating in Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

Funding and eligibility

The following conditions apply:

  • Funding support cannot exceed EUR 5.000 per SME – max. 5-6 SMEs will receive Funding.
  • The voucher can be applied by SMEs from Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, to pay in full or in part for commissioned testbed services at RTO bioeconomy testbeds in any of the participating countries.
  • “Testbed services” should be understood as testing of prototypes and processes that are near to market in its development.
  • The BSR Bioeconomy Innovation Vouchers offer complementary support to national innovation vouchers/check.


The financial support will be paid out by the Nordic Council of Ministers based on proof of the test undertaken and its costs (copy of detailed invoice) accompanied by a short report (based a template) the results and a benefits of the BSR Bioeconomy Innovation Voucher to the SME and the company’s particular innovation process.


This call is open for applications from 1 November 2017 to 1 February 2018 – in support of testbed activities commenced after 1 November 2017 and completed before 1 September 2018.

Requirements for SMEs seeking support

  • Submission of attached Application Form shortly detailing the test to be undertaken at an RTO in a neighboring country.
  • Letter of support from a national RTO.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the presented business case, and there will be emphasis on achieving representative geographical balance between the partner regions an countries and between the different areas of the bioeconomy.


The application form can be found here. Applications shall be sent by email to Tenna Schaldemose tesc@norden.org with copy to Torfi Jóhannesson torjoh@norden.org, in word format with the headline “BSR Stars S3 Bioeconomy Innovation Vouchers”. Applications should be drafted in English. Applications will remain valid for 90 days after the deadline for submission.

Questions regarding this tender may be directed to Torfi Jóhannesson torjoh@norden.org,with a copy to Tenna Schaldemose tesc@norden.org.

Costs related to producing, delivering and following up tender documents will not be refunded. Documents will not be returned.

NCM reserves the right to terminate; withdraw or amend the tender if factual reason occurs. Written notice will in that case be given.

There is no commitment on the part of NMRS to accept any offer or part thereof. NCM reserves the right to: accept non-substantive defects that might affect the presentation of tenders; reject tenders received after the deadline for submission of tenders, without justification.


Torfi Jóhannesson

Nordic Council of Ministers