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Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector in the area of CCS

Companies may seek funding for projects with start-up in 2018. This call for proposals encompasses all of the thematic priority areas as described in the work programme. Projects must fall within the category “industrial research”.

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

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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.

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Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The CLIMIT programme is administered jointly by the Research Council and Gassnova. The Research Council is responsible for funding R&D activities under CLIMIT R&D, and Gassnova is responsible for funding development and demonstration activities under CLIMIT Demo. This call for proposals applies to CLIMIT R&D only.

NOK 85 million is expected to be available for new Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, new Knowledge-building Projects for Industry (application deadline: 6 September 2017) and new Researcher Projects (application deadline: 6 September 2017) with start-up in 2018. This funding will be distributed over a project period of one to four years. Support awarded by the Research Council must be in compliance with the state aid rules.

No guidelines have been set for how the available funding is to be distributed between Researcher Projects, Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, respectively. Priority will be given to Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry provided the proposals are of strategic importance and of high enough quality.

This call for proposals is for the application type Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector. Funding may only be sought for projects that fall within the category of “industrial research” (see the definition by following the link “State aid rules” in the right margin of this page). Applicants may seek funding equivalent to the maximum aid intensity for industrial research as stipulated under Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid.

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

The focus of the CLIMIT programme is on research, development and demonstration of technology related to carbon capture and storage (CCS). The objective of the programme is to facilitate the development of CCS technologies and solutions. A more detailed description is provided in the CLIMIT Programme Plan.

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. 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 CLIMIT programme generally have a project period of one to four years.

Thematic guidelines

The CLIMIT programme works to increase the pace of technology development related to carbon capture and storage. There is a need to promote wider involvement among industry stakeholders, and projects within the category “industrial research” are being sought.

Under this call for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, funding may be sought to cover a higher percentage of eligible costs. Funding may only be sought for projects that fall within the category of “industrial research” (see the definition by following the link “State aid rules” in the right margin of this page). Applicants may seek funding equivalent to the maximum aid intensity for industrial research as stipulated under Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid. A two-phase application review process will be used under this call.

This call for proposals encompasses all of the thematic priority areas as described in the CLIMIT Programme Plan (2017–2022). Grant proposals must address one or more of the following thematic priority areas:

  1. Early full-scale CCS value chain in Europe
    Grant proposals within this thematic priority area must help to make Norwegian technology and solutions available to the CCS value chains being realised in Norway and Europe. They must also facilitate further development of expertise and technology solutions based on experience gained from the first full-scale projects.
  1. Large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea
    Grant proposals within this thematic priority area must promote the acceleration and scale-up of technology and solutions for large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea.
  1. Future solutions for CCS
    Grant proposals within this thematic priority area must be targeted towards developing more competitive, cost-effective and safe CCS technology for a wider range of industries.

A more detailed description of these areas is provided in the CLIMIT Programme Plan.

The CLIMIT programme will contribute to the development of technology and solutions for CCS and is focused on accelerating commercialisation and implementation. The grant proposal must therefore describe how research activities will advance the development of CCS technology to the next stage.

Generally, grant proposals for such large-scale projects should describe how the project complements ongoing and planned activities under the Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) scheme, the ERA-NET Cofund Accelerating CCS Technology (ACT), Horizon 2020 and the Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX) (for hydrogen production).

This call for proposals encompasses all of the thematic priority areas as described in the CLIMIT Programme Plan. Grant proposals must address one of the following technology areas: CO2 capture, transport, storage or the CO2 value chain.

Prerequisites for funding

This call for proposals is targeted solely towards trade and industry. The grant application must describe how the project incorporates the strategic objectives and priorities of the applicant company. All financial and other contributions to the project must be clarified.

To ensure that funding is awarded to projects of adequate relevance and benefit, all projects must be comprised of two phases, with a verifiable milestone at the end of phase one. The proposed milestone must be described in the grant proposal. Before phase two can be launched, the CLIMIT programme will assess this milestone in cooperation with the applicant. The budget for phase one and phase two, respectively, must be specified in the grant application.

Additional requirements for grant applications:

  • The project description must be written using the designated template for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector and must not exceed 15 pages.
  • Projects should have a timeframe of one to four years.
  • Projects must be comprised of two phases, with a verifiable milestone at the end of phase one that will be assessed before phase two is implemented. The proposed milestone must be described in the grant proposal.

Project proposals involving cooperation between multiple partners must include letters of intent from all partners involved.

Grant applications must use the designated template for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector. Applications that do not use the designated template will be rejected.

All grant applications must include clearly defined milestones and deliverables. Activities and milestones must be illustrated in a Gantt chart.

Importance will be attached to the following factors when assessing grant applications

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

When assessing grant applications, importance will be attached to ensuring an optimal balance in the overall project portfolio in relation to the objectives set out in the CLIMIT Programme Plan. The programme seeks to fund new projects across a broad thematic scope, also in relation to ongoing projects in the CLIMIT portfolio. Priority will be given to projects that address the topics specified in this call for proposals.

Communication activities

Communication and dissemination of information about CCS are essential for increasing understanding among the public at large. It will therefore be important for projects to have an effective plan for communication activities and dissemination of project results.

Use of national and European infrastructure

When assessing grant applications, importance will be attached to projects that promote accelerated commercialisation of CCS. Applications submitted by competent consortia that use existing infrastructure (such as ECCSEL* or TCM**) and will be of major significance for CCS will be given priority. Projects that clearly contribute to the future establishment of a pilot CO2 storage facility on the Norwegian continental shelf will be given priority.

*The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure (ECCSEL) is an international project for the construction and operation of a European R&D infrastructure in the area of CCS. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has responsibility for the Norwegian node of ECCSEL and has received a total of NOK 200 million from the Research Council for R&D infrastructure in the area of CCS. Projects that use existing research infrastructure in Norway or the other ECCSEL partner countries will be viewed in a favourable light.

**Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world's largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture technologies. Projects that incorporate cooperation with TCM will be viewed in a favourable light.

Horizon 2020 and ACT

Projects will be assessed in relation to their relevance to the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). Horizon 2020 will be an important instrument for developing new expertise in CO2 capture, transport and storage. It will be vital to create good synergies between projects under the CLIMIT programme and CCS projects under Horizon 2020.

ACT is an instrument for transnational cooperation (an ERA-NET Cofund) in the area of CCS. It will be vital to create good synergies between projects under the CLIMIT programme and projects under ACT.

Project proposals that document productive synergy with activities under Horizon 2020 and/or ACT will be viewed in a positive light.

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.

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