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NOK 450 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector based on companies

Companies may seek funding for projects with start-up in 2018 and a duration of up to four years. This call encompasses all thematic areas that are not covered by other programmes.

Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector Choose
11.10.2017 13:00 CEST


• For R&D-performing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking cooperation with European partners, the Eurostars programme may be an alternative funding source. See: The next application submission deadline is 01 March 2018.
• An Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector may qualify for a tax deduction under the SkatteFUNN R&D Tax Incentive Scheme; however, the total amount of public support awarded must be in compliance with the state aid rules. Applications to the SkatteFUNN scheme must be submitted on or before September 1 to be processed within the current year.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 450 million is expected to be available for new Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector with start-up in 2018. This funding will be distributed over a project period of maximum four years. Innovation projects under the BIA programme generally receive NOK 1–4 million in funding from the Research Council per year, which comprises normally 35–40 per cent of approved project costs depending on the type of activity, the size of the company and its R&D experience. Support awarded by the Research Council must be in compliance with the state aid rules.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Grant applications must satisfy all the requirements and guidelines stipulated in this call for proposals as well as the general requirements for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector.

About the programme

Within the scope of its responsibility, the BIA programme seeks to promote the greatest possible value creation in Norwegian trade and industry through research-based innovation in companies and the R&D groups with which they cooperate.

The BIA programme seeks to provide funding for the best research-based innovation projects across a broad spectrum of Norwegian trade and industry. The programme's focus ensures that funding is distributed in an open competitive arena and promotes innovation across different branches of industry and thematic areas.

The BIA programme is targeted towards Norwegian companies that are motivated to carry out resource-intensive R&D projects to generate innovation. The programme supports both the development of new, knowledge-based trade and industry and the renewal of established trade and industry. The BIA programme is to provide funding for companies in areas not covered by the Research Council's overall portfolio of programmes and instruments.

For more information please see the BIA work programme. PDF - 284 KB

General information about Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector

An Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector involves research activities that are necessary for the participating companies to succeed in implementing an innovation (value-creating renewal). Research-based innovation may include new or improved products/services, new or updated methods of production/delivery/distribution, new or updated structures for management/organisation/working conditions/competence or new or updated business models. The project must develop new knowledge through industrial research and/or experimental development. Projects may not include analyses of markets or competitors. Funding from the Research Council is intended to trigger efforts, actions and/or ripple effects that would not be achieved if the support had not been granted.

Target groups and types of projects

This call for proposals is targeted towards companies that have been officially issued an enterprise number under the Register of Business Enterprises.

Projects under the BIA programme have a project period of 3–4 years. Innovation projects under the BIA programme generally receive NOK 1–4 million in funding from the Research Council per year, which comprises normally 35–40 per cent of approved project costs depending on the type of activity, the size of the company and its R&D experience.

Thematic guidelines

Project proposals covered under other Research Council programmes will be directed to the relevant programme or rejected, and will not be reviewed by the BIA programme.

Prerequisites for funding

Grant applications must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for funding under the BIA programme:

  • The grant application must describe how the project incorporates the strategic objectives and priorities of the applicant company.
  • Projects must include the participation of at least one partner that has established research and/or business activities in Norway. Each partner must have a clearly defined role in the project.
  • The R&D challenges in the project are such that the applicant will need to cooperate with external R&D groups nationally or internationally. The need for, and substance of, the research cooperation must be specified.
  • The project should have a positive impact on companies other than the applicant.

In addition, grant proposals must demonstrate an adequately high degree of:

  • Level of research;
  • R & D Project quality;
  • Implementation capacity of the project participants;
  • Additionality (impact of the funding).


The BIA programme is seeking to incorporate more projects with significant potential for sustainable value creation in Norway and substantial research-related risk into its project portfolio.

The BIA programme is seeking to fund more projects incorporating broad-based cooperation, for example within value chains or across sectors and disciplines, in addition to projects that develop company-specific innovation.
When assessing whether funding from the BIA programme will be decisive for the realisation of the project, consideration will be given to the individual features of the project, including: the size, market position and R&D experience of the company partners; whether the innovation activity aims to further develop products/processes/services within the established area of business or to establish a new area of business.

Consideration will also be given to how the project can help to address societal challenges, for example, in the areas of:

  • Health, care and welfare;
  • Sustainable development of society;
  • Sustainable industrial development.

When ranking grant applications under this call, the BIA programme will attach particular importance to:

  • The project's potential for value creation in Norway. This includes the potential for value creation within the participating companies, the plan for realisation of the innovation activity, the level of innovation, sustainability and the relevance and benefit to society.
  • New applicants: The BIA programme will give priority to project proposals from companies or groups of companies that have not received funding under the programme previously.
  • The composition of the overall project portfolio: The BIA programme is seeking a balanced project portfolio within the programme's sphere of responsibility, and the make-up of the portfolio will therefore be considered when deciding which projects to prioritise.
  • International cooperation: Priority will be given to projects that incorporate international cooperation with clear added value for the project. The purpose of cooperation must be clearly justified and the role of the international partners must be explained.

Assuming that all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers.

For companies having submitted a project outlines

Companies that have submitted a project outline must indicate the outline number under item 19 of the template for project descriptions for the complete application.

A list of “Frequently Asked Questions” will be published on the BIA webpages after the deadline for submission of project outlines has expired.