The Triple Helix Competition in Albania is being organised by the OECD in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania (Competition organiser). The competition is held under the scope of the ‘Triple Helix Project’ which is funded by the European Union as part of the Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (EDIF) –

The Competition aims to bring key stakeholders in Albania to jointly develop innovative projects that will improve the competitiveness of the Albanian private sector. Projects are expected to be generated in close collaboration between government institutions, researchers, and businesses. Each of these actors plays an important role in developing innovation. The Competition will support local actors in establishing partnerhips and developing their ideas, while preparing them for future financing opportunities. The three prize winners will be able to associate their projects with the Competition.

[table] Important dates,
19 May 2015, Launch of the call
30 June 2015, Deadline to submit first stage project proposals (proposals submitted by this date will be able to benefit from initial feedback from the Competition organisers to further improve their applications or to establish partnerships with other local stakeholders)
Beginning of July 2015, Meetings with first stage applicants to further develop project proposals and facilitate partnerships between actors
15 October 2015, Deadline to submit final project proposals (proposals submitted after this date will not be considered)
15 October 2015 to 15 November 2015, Review of submitted proposals by the Competition committee and Committee decision on three winners
End of November 2015, Announcement of Triple Helix competition winners (exact date and venue for the event will be announced in October)
November 2015 to end of February 2016, Provision of technical assistance to competition winners.

The Competition Guidelines are available at: Udhezuesi_i_aplikimit.pdf