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Funding for to Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Researcher Projects

Approximately NOK 260 million in funding is available under the ENERGIX programme for new projects with start-up from January 2015. This call for proposals is open to Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Researcher Projects.

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Deadline:
03.09.2014 13:00 CEST

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This call may be subject to revisions until 15 July 2014, which is the latest permitted date for amendments.

Status:

Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The total funding to be awarded under this call is expected to be roughly NOK 260 million (NOK 160–220 million for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and NOK 80–100 million for Researcher Projects), for the entire project period for the approved projects.

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.

The objectives and thematic priority areas of the ENERGIX programme are described in the work programme. This call for proposals is open to Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Researcher Projects. Click on the link above for the relevant project type. The information provided below is applicable to both types of projects.  

Selection of sub-programme/thematic priority area, for use in application processing:

After clicking on “Create application”, applicants must select a sub-programme/thematic priority area from the designated dropdown menu (see acronyms below). In cases where the proposed project is interdisciplinary and of relevance to several thematic areas, this must be noted in the application form under the item “Supplementary info from applicant”. Applicants are asked to select the thematic area that provides the most natural point of departure for the project.

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There are five thematic priority areas as described in the work programme of the ENERGIX programme:

  • FORNYBAR: Renewable energy (hydropower, wind, marine and solar energy, and bioenergy)
  • SYSTEM: The energy system (balancing, integration and smart grids)
  • ENERGIBRUK: Efficient use of energy (buildings, industry, biofuels, hydrogen and batteries)
  • SAMFOGØK: Energy policy, society and economics (market design, public policy and instruments, technology analysis and sustainability)
  • ANNET: New concepts in the energy sphere

The work programme provides the framework for research activities under the programme. However, a number of additional guidelines and priorities for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Researcher Projects, respectively, are set out in this call for proposals.

The size of the research grants is contingent on the allocations in the national budget for 2015 and guidelines related to these. Please note that the ENERGIX programme receives allocations from various ministries and any new guidelines or changes may therefore affect the funding available to projects in specific thematic areas of the work programme.

Thematic guidelines and priorities

The Energi21 national strategic body is one of several key actors that set the course for Norwegian energy research. A revised version of the Energi21 strategy report will be presented in June 2014. The priorities in this call for proposals may be amended in response to the revised strategy.

Applicants must also describe any participation in calls for proposals to be submitted under Horizon 2020.

When warranted, applicants should describe any shared scientific interface with relevant Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) as well as any planned collaboration between the project and FME centres, to the extent that this has been established. This should be described under item 5 of the project description: Organisation and project plan.

In addition to grant proposals addressing the thematic priority areas above, proposals addressing the following cross-cutting research topics will be accepted in this funding round: 1) Sustainability and 2) Smart cities and communities.


1. Sustainability
The ENERGIX programme is designed to provide support for the long-term, sustainable restructuring of the energy system, with due consideration given to international climate and environmental perspectives. This will be achieved by promoting sustainable utilisation and efficient consumption of Norway’s renewable energy resources. The programme is seeking projects that explicitly investigate how national and international sustainability can be safeguarded in the development of the energy supply and the energy system.

Applicants are requested to select the thematic area that best reflects the point of departure for the project.


2. Smart cities and communities
The concept of “smart cities” encompasses many integrated elements, including smart energy systems, efficient energy infrastructure, smart buildings, sustainable transport, automation, ICT, and more. The programme is seeking projects that address the challenges and opportunities in these areas when realising smart cities and communities.

Applicants are requested to select the thematic area that best reflects the point of departure for the project, such as Efficient use of energy in buildings, The energy system, or another thematic area when this is most natural.
Projects addressing these two cross-cutting research topics will be given priority within all of the thematic areas for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and within all of the thematic areas for Researcher Projects in which grant proposals are being accepted.


Size of the research grants: 

There is no set ceiling for the amount of funding that may be sought per project. For informational purposes, the size of the grants awarded to projects in 2013 was as follows:

Knowledge-building Projects for Industry

  • Average grant: NOK 10.1 million (total amount allocated by the ENERGIX programme for the entire project period).
  • Largest grant: NOK 17 million (total amount allocated by the ENERGIX programme for the entire project period).

Researcher Projects

  • Average grant: NOK 8.9 million (total amount allocated by the ENERGIX programme for the entire project period).
  • Largest grant: NOK 11.4 million (total amount allocated by the ENERGIX programme for the entire project period).
     

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