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Up to NOK 50 million for demonstration/pilot testing of new technology for use on the NCS

Funding is to promote collaboration between the Norwegian supplier industry and end-users of the technology, preferably petroleum companies, shipping companies or other end-users. The objective is to ensure the development and application of new technology that can reduce the cost of activities on the Norwegian continental shelf, increase recovery rates, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to improved conditions relating to health, safety and the environment.

Other support Choose
11.10.2017 13:00 CEST


Please note that this call has a new project description template, which is a mandatory attachment to all grant applications (see the link under “Attachments” at right). Applications that do not include a project description using the new template will be rejected.

Applications must be submitted via the eSøknad online application system by the stipulated deadline. It is not possible to submit an application once the deadline has expired.

Applicants are encouraged to direct any questions about the work programme, this call for proposals and any guidelines and requirements to the contact persons listed at right well in advance of the application deadline.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 50 million is available under this call for proposals. This funding will be distributed over the entire project period. Funding may be sought to cover up to 25 per cent of approved project costs, for a maximum of NOK 15 million per project.

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.

Funding is available for projects that can help to develop processes and technologies that will benefit the development of the Norwegian continental shelf. Projects that improve efficiency in the petroleum industry by means of new concepts, new technology or new processes are particularly encouraged. Funding is to help to maintain competitiveness, expertise and employment in the Norwegian petroleum industry. Therefore, grant proposals are sought within the following thematic priority areas:

  • TTA1: Energy efficiency and environment;
  • TTA2: Exploration and increased recovery;
  • TTA3: Drilling, completions and intervention;
  • TTA4: Production, processing and transport;

The thematic priority areas and their scopes are described in detail in the DEMO 2000 work programme. Grant applications that do not address the thematic areas of this call for proposals will be rejected.

When assessing grant applications, priority will be given to the following:

  • technologies that lead to value creation in fields under development and production, including cost-effective environmental measures and energy efficiency;
  • projects that are mature and ready for early start-up;
  • projects that ensure employment and expertise in Norway’s petroleum industry;
  • cross-cutting topics within digitalisation that can be linked to one or more of the thematic priority areas above.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grant applications must be submitted by a Norwegian supplier company that will be collaborating on the project with a petroleum company/companies, and, when relevant, another company or research institute/university. The project must ensure that Norwegian jobs are maintained and that intellectual property rights (IPR) are retained in Norway.

Please note that research institutes may participate as a project partner, but cannot serve as Project Owner.

What can funding be sought for?

Public support for experimental development is defined as state aid under the EEA Agreement and must be awarded in compliance with the EU state aid rules. Funding under the DEMO 2000 programme is limited to maximum 25 per cent of approved project costs. It is a requirement that support granted by the programme must play a critical role in facilitating the implementation of the project as described in the grant proposal.

Together the applicant company and participating partners/end-users must cover a significant portion of the project costs.

Only real/actual costs related to the implementation of the project/pilot will be approved as project costs. Commercial rig rates or equipment/datasets provided free of charge will not be approved as project costs.

Funding will not be granted for projects on operations or for general investment/implementation support. The project must be based on a novel idea and have a significant level of innovation compared with technology available on the market.

Advice and guidance for writing grant proposals

Applicants are encouraged to direct any questions about the work programme, this call for proposals and any guidelines and requirements to the contact persons listed at right well in advance of the application deadline.