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NOK 20 million in funding for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector in the area of CCS

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 CLIMIT work programme. Projects must fall within the category “industrial research”.

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


The CLIMIT programme also has a call for proposals for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Researcher Projects with 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; however, the total amount of public support awarded must be in compliance with the state aid rules.

Projects recommended for funding will be required to provide additional information about the project and the project partners to ensure that the applicant meets the requirements relating to the state aid rules.

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



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 20 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 CLIMIT programme generally receive NOK 2–7 million in funding from the Research Council per year, and this support may constitute maximum 80 per cent of approved project costs.

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.

Up to NOK 20 million has been set aside for this call for proposals. If there are too few grant proposals of good enough quality submitted under this call, this funding will be redirected to fund applications submitted to the CLIMIT programme’s calls for Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry with an application deadline of 12 September 2018.

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 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 PDF - 445 KB .

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.

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.

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.

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

A.    Early full-scale CCS value chain in Europe
Projects within this focus area are to contribute to making Norwegian technology and solutions available to the CCS value chains being realised in Norway and Europe. They are also to facilitate the use of experience from the work on the first full-scale projects for further expertise and technology development.

B.     Large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea
Projects within this focus area are to contribute to the acceleration and scale up of technology and solutions for large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea.

C.    Future solutions for CCS
Projects within this focus area must be targeted towards developing more competitive, cost-efficient and safe CCS technology for a wider range of industries.

A more detailed description of these areas is provided in the CLIMIT Programme Plan PDF - 445 KB .

The CLIMIT programme is to promote the development of technology and solutions for CCS and seeks to ensure that these developments enter the market more quickly and are applied. Grant proposals must therefore describe how research under the project will help to advance the development of CCS technology to the next stage.

Grant proposals must be in line with  the SET-PLAN’s Implementation Plan on CCUS and, when relevant, must describe how the project complements ongoing and planned activities carried out under Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), ACT (ERA-Net Cofund – Accelerating CCS Technology) and Horizon 2020. Projects that address the research priorities identified in the report from Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge workshop in Houston 2017 are also encouraged.

Priorities when ranking grant applications


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

  • Horizon 2020 and ACT

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.

  • Infrastructure

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. All researchers in Europe may apply to use the ECCSEL infrastructure. Projects that use ECCSEL’s existing research infrastructure in Norway or the other ECCSEL partner countries will be viewed in a favourable light. Applications incorporating investment in (depreciation of) new equipment should indicate how this is aligned with to ECCSEL’s plans.

Applications submitted by competent consortia that use existing infrastructure, such as TCM or ECCSEL, will be viewed in a favourable light. Projects that clearly contribute to the future establishment of a pilot CO2 storage facility on the Norwegian continental shelf will be given priority.

  • Communication activities

Communication and dissemination of information about CCS are essential for increasing understanding among the public at large. Projects are therefore required to have a sound plan for communication activities and dissemination of project results.

  • Digitalisation

The developing trend towards more digitalised, integrated energy and industrial systems holds export potential for Norwegian technologies, services and solutions. Digitalisation presents opportunities to increase efficiency along the entire CO2 value chain for CO2 capture, transport and storage. Projects linked to digitalisation are encouraged.

  • Gender balance

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

Assessment criteria

Grant applications will be assessed on the basis of the Research Council’s criteria for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector. The various assessment criteria will not have equal weighting in the application review process.

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. Applications for new projects focusing on topics already covered by the CLIMIT portfolio must document how the new project complements and does not overlap with an ongoing project/projects.

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 Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid (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. 

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.

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.