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Up to NOK 45 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector - LAVUTSLIPP2030 agriculture and climate

Innovation projects for the Industrial Sector that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector are being sought as a step in the efforts to achieve transition to a low-emission society.

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..
• 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 45 million is expected to be available from the LAVUTSLIPP2030 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, 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.

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.



As part of the effort to promote Norway’s transition to a low-emission society, the Government has calculated maximum greenhouse gas emissions for 2030 and in 2050. Innovation and solutions leading to significant cuts in emissions within a short time are called for if Norway is to achieve the 2030 target. The Research Council of Norway is launching the new LAVUTSLIPP 2030 initiative targeted towards research to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from sectors not covered under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), of which transport and agriculture are the largest. The LAVUTSLIPP 2030 initiative will promote new technologies and solutions designed to reduce Norway’s greenhouse gas emissions. Projects must be oriented as widely as possible towards applied research and incorporate an interdisciplinary approach. It will be essential to mobilise participation of trade and industry in this context. The need to safeguard sustainability, biodiversity and other ecological goods and services must be part of the underlying project framework and an integral part of the research activities. 

Funding under this call for proposals is earmarked for projects aiming to promote significant emissions reductions in one or more of the thematic areas below:

  • reduction of methane emissions
  • reduction of nitrous oxide emissions
  • reduction of CO2 emissions
  • climate-friendly storage, distribution and utilisation of manure and waste resources
  • changes in land use
  • reduction of food waste

These are areas where the probability is high for achieving targeted, significant and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Examples include soil capacity for carbon and nitrogen sequestration, efficient use of bioresources, reduced use of fossil fuels, conservation of peatlands and optimisation of food production.

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  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 as positive. 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 female 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.