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Up to NOK 95 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector for food and bio-based industries and the areas of responsibility of Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry.

This call encompasses thematic areas for Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry and within the BIONÆR work programme.

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


• The BIONÆR programme strongly encourages all potential applicants to submit a brief project outline using the designated template. The outlines will serve as a basis for dialogue with the Research Council before the submission of a complete application.
• 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.
• Various types of support may be announced exclusively for companies that have been awarded funding for an Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector under this call. These may include, for example, course offerings and additional support for further development of project results.
• Projects recommended for funding will be requested to submit further information about the project itself and the project partners.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 50 million is expected to be available from the BIONÆR programme and NOK 45 million from Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry for new Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector with start-up in 2018. This funding will be distributed over a project period of two to four years. Innovation projects generally receive NOK 1–3 million in funding per year from the Research Council and Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry, which comprises normally up to 50 per cent of approved project costs. The support received must be awarded in compliance with the state aid rules. For companies in the forestry and wood industry, funding from e.g. the Forest Research and Development Fund may, in accordance with the state aid rules, be used for project financing so as to reduce the company’s own financing to 20‒30 per cent.

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.

Thematic guidelines

This call for proposals encompasses all of the thematic priority areas in the BIONÆR work programme as well as those for Research Funding for Agriculture and Food Industry with the exception of seafood from marine harvest through consumption. See the link to the BIONÆR work programme to the right.

Primary objective of the BIONÆR programme

  • To promote research that increases the level, profitability and sustainability of production in the bio-based industries. The scope of the programme is described in the BIONÆR work programme. (See the link to the right.

    Please note that the BIONÆR programme no longer provides funding for R&D relating to seafood. Responsibility for purely marine resource-based (“blue sector”) projects has been transferred to the Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK2) and the Research Programme on Marine Resources and the Environment (MARINFORSK). Under this call, funding will, however, be available for combined marine and land resource-based (“blue-green”) projects with components that belong to one or more areas of responsibility of these other two programmes. A limited segment of a project may thus in certain cases be funded by the HAVBRUK2 or MARINFORSK programmes.

Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry’s main priority for 2018 will be research on:

  • Increased sustainable food production based on Norwegian resources – throughout the country;
  • Increased and alternative utilisation of biomass raw materials;
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and production that is adapted to new climatic conditions;
  • Technological development and innovation ;
  • Food safety, health and society.

Read more detailed descriptions of the main priorities here (in Norwegian).

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). 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, groups of companies or trade and industry organisations that have been officially issued an enterprise number under the Register of Business Enterprises.

Innovation projects may include industrial research, development, piloting and demonstration, but must feature a significant research component.

There is a need for increased support for verification, pilot and demonstration facilities as well as processes/organisation. Both company-initiated and industry-initiated projects for creating new products and processes and process improvements that require cooperation along the innovation chain are encouraged. The issues addressed may be such that an R&D component of the project would be eligible for support via the BIONAER programme, while other components, e.g. prototype development, pilot facilities and market realisation/implementation, could be eligible for support from Innovation Norway. Projects of this type will be subject to assessment in relation to the applicable quality and relevance criteria at the Research Council and Innovation Norway. Coordinated projects which incorporate an integrated approach and a strong focus on closeness to market will be viewed in a favourable light.

Projects generally have a project period of three years.

Prerequisites for funding

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

The project manager must be selected from among the actors in the industrial sector. In special cases, another solution may be approved. However, an explanation as to why this is necessary must be provided in the grant application.

All financial and other contributions to the project must be clarified.

Funding for procurement of equipment is normally not granted, but funding for depreciation of equipment necessary for carrying out the project is available.

International cooperation will be viewed in a positive light. Binding letters of confirmation from international partners describing their obligations under the project must be attached to the grant application.


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.