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Up to NOK 95 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector in the field of food and bio-based industries

Companies may seek funding for projects with start-up in 2019 and a duration of up to four years. This call encompasses all thematic areas described in the BIONÆR work programme, in addition to the priority areas within the scope of the scheme for Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry. This call also includes additional funding from the LAVUTSLIPP 2030 initiative to promote new technologies and solutions leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the Norwegian agriculture sector.

Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector Choose
Deadline:
10.10.2018 13:00 CEST

Messages:

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

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.

The BIONÆR programme has also issued a call for proposals for Researcher Projects on the bioeconomy and for research on a pilot “Zero-emissions farm”, and the FFL and JA are issuing a call for proposals for Researcher Projects on agriculture and the food industry. All of these have an application deadline of 12 September 2018.

Please note that an Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector may qualify for a tax deduction under the SkatteFUNN R&D Tax Incentive Scheme. Please see the SkatteFUNN webpages for more information.

Status:

Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

This call for proposals is part of a large-scale joint call. For more information, click on the link to the right on this page. Under this part of the call, NOK 95 million is expected to be available for new Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector with start-up in 2019. This funding will be distributed over a project period of maximum 48 months. Innovation projects under the BIONÆR programme and the scheme for Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry generally receive NOK 1–3 million in funding from the Research Council per year, and this support may constitute maximum 70 per cent of approved project costs (refer to the state aid rules). The maximum funding available under this call is NOK 7 million.

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


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

The primary objective of the BIONÆR programme is 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 PDF - 857 KB .

The LAVUTSLIPP 2030 initiative is 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 initiative will promote new technologies and solutions designed to reduce Norway’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Priority areas for Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry for 2019:

Research projects must be designed to promote competitiveness, profitability and sustainable value chains in agriculture and the food industry.
Research projects must lie within the scope of one or more of the following areas:

  • increased sustainable food production based on Norwegian resources – throughout the country;
  • increased utilisation of biomass;
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions and production that is adapted to new climatic conditions;
  • new technology;
  • food safety and health;
  • the socio-economic importance of the industry.

See here for detailed descriptions of priority areas and political guidelines for the use of Research Funding for Agriculture and the Food Industry.

General information about Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector

Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector are a funding instrument designed to support the Norwegian business sector. Projects granted funding involve research activities that are essential for the participating companies to succeed in implementing an innovation (value-creating renewal). Funding may be sought to 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 and actions within the project and among the partners that would not be achieved if the support had not been granted.

Who can apply for funding?

Funding under this call may be sought by companies, groups of companies or trade and industry organisations that have been officially issued an enterprise number under the Register of Business Enterprises.

This call for proposals seeks to provide funding for research projects 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 at Innovation Norway. Coordinated projects which incorporate an integrated approach and a strong focus on closeness to market will be viewed in a favourable light.

National and international research groups may participate in the project as partners who perform research activity, but they may not contribute in-kind R&D activity to the project.

Other international partners may participate in the project, but their costs for in-kind R&D activity will not be eligible for support from the Research Council.

Innovation projects under the BIONÆR programme normally have a duration of 36 months.

Thematic guidelines

This call for proposals encompasses all of the thematic priority areas described in the BIONÆR work programme as well as all priorities set out for Research Funding for Agriculture and Food Industry.

Funding from the LAVUTSLIPP 2030 initiative 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 CO2 emissions;
  • reduction of nitrous oxide 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 significant and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that incorporate thinking for systems and technologies e.g. for automation, digitalisation and electrification.

Requirements relating to projects

  • The grant application must describe how the project incorporates the strategic objectives and priorities of the applicant company and any companies participating as partners. Please note that companies taking part as project partners are not allowed to be subcontractors or suppliers of R&D services under the same project, and vice-versa.
  • All financial and other contributions to the project must be clarified with the relevant project partners.
  • 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.
  • 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 any international partners describing their obligations under the project must be attached to the grant application.

Priorities when ranking grant applications

The BIONÆR programme  will set aside up to 12 mill NOK of the overall funding under this call for projects  to small companies (fewer than 50 employees). The support for these projects will be between 2 to 5 mill NOK and the support under General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid will be fully utilised. The remaining part of the funding will be awarded in competition between all company types.

The BIONÆR programme expects all grant applications to promote the development of the future sustainable bioeconomy in line with the Research Council's Strategy for Sustainability PDF - 3,9 MB

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

Conditions for funding

According to the state aid rules, support to an undertaking constitutes state aid. An “undertaking” in this context is defined as any actor that carries out an economic activity consisting of offering products or services on a given market. When an undertaking receives support to cover a portion of its project costs, either in the role as Project Owner or as a partner in the project, this support must be awarded in accordance with the EU state aid rules (Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014).

All support granted to Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector must go to undertakings to cover part of their project costs, including costs for procurement of R&D services. Research organisations may take part in Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector as the suppliers of contracted research activity, and may not contribute in-kind R&D activity to the project.

Please note that companies taking part as project partners are not allowed to be subcontractors under the same project, and vice-versa.

Archiving of research data

The Project Owner (institution/company) is responsible for selecting the archiving solution(s) to use for storing research data generated during the project. The Project Owner must specify the planned solution(s) in connection with the revised grant proposal.

Project outlines and dialogue

Companies that have submitted a project outline must indicate the outline number under item 17 of the template for project descriptions for the complete application.

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