The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals from Jordanian Private Sector Firms as well as Private entities established in an eligible country as defined by European Neighborhood Instrument for its "Innovate Jordan Program" to contribute to positioning private sector innovation as the main driver of inclusive economic development. This will be achieved by increasing the depth and coherence of the enterprise and innovation ecosystem through three distinct and complementary lots:
The project core activity is to support and create High Potential for Growth innovations that links both the supply side (innovators) and the demand side (problem holders), and help them to match-make. The 'Innovate Jordan' project aims to put the private sector at the heart of innovation-led growth and promote systemic change and coherence in the enterprise and innovation ecosystem. This will improve scalability of high potential enterprises, improve access to quality innovation support infrastructure, facilities, financing and services; and the promotion of a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The priorities of 'Innovate Jordan' program are:
√ The private sector is placed at the center of innovation development. This justifies the requirement of the call for lead-applicants to be private sector entities.
√ The primary driver of innovation development is the demand for solutions. Such demand is exposed through undertaking of value chain analysis and market study which enables innovators to position their value propositions based on comparative advantages.
√ Knowledge is recognized as a central input fostering enterprise competitiveness through innovation. The action will contribute to producing, disseminating and transforming knowledge into commercial opportunities and trigger technology absorption, investment and growth.
√ The call aims at strengthening linkages and partnerships: these linkages can be within a specific sector, be organized within value chains or clusters or aim to generate synergy between the private and public sectors, academia and civil society.
√ The call is also seeking to open up and connect the Jordanian ecosystem with the international innovation environment and encourages stakeholders to transfer expertise, build strategic partnerships, adopt good practices and generate synergy.
√ The call will support actions that enhance the active participation of women in the innovation cycle: This can be achieved – for instance - by providing special attention and tailor-made support to women-led innovative enterprises or women innovators, promoting women-led applied research and /or by facilitating the adoption of innovative solutions developed by women-led enterprises or communities.
√ The call is designed to generate additionality and complementarity by building-on the existing innovation ecosystem: the Jordanian ecosystem has made significant progress over the last 15 years and is diversified, dynamic and endowed with infrastructure and facilities.
√ The call will encourage investment in intangible activities that complement and exploit the existing ecosystem to leverage impact (focus on investment in innovation inputs such as knowledge, technology transfer, learning, financing rather than investing in physical buildings and equipment unless absolutely necessary).