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8 mill NOK for Indo-Norwegian industrial cooperation on energy research

India and Norway have a program for joint funding of Indo-Norwegian joint research projects in mutually agreed fields to achieve bilateral world-class scientific results.

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24.05.2017 18:00 CEST



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

A budget of up to NOK 8 million (equivalent to EUR 0,9 million) in total will be available from the RCN for allocation in Norway, and an activity matching funding is available from India. The total budget from the Indian Department of Science and Technology will cover activity matching funding and in-kind contributions for a mutually agreed number of projects.

For more details about rates for funding, see document under attachments.

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

Norwegian funding for this call for proposals is part of the two RCN programs INDNOR and ENERGIX, and will be given within the field of environmentally friendly energy research.

DST and RCN invite Indian and Norwegian companies to submit research proposals within most of the fields covered by the ENERGIX program plan. However, the call will not be open for proposals within the field of social sciences.

For full text including application regulations for India, see here.

Examples of thematic areas covered by the call are:

Renewable Energy

  • Hydropower
  • Wind and Ocean Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Bioenergy

Energy System

  • Grid Integration
  • Off-grid energy systems
  • Energy storage

Energy Use and planning

  • Smart cities

More detailed information about the program plan can be found here: ENERGIX Work Programme 2013 - 2022 PDF - 1,7 MB

The projects should strengthen collaboration in R&D between Indian and Norwegian companies and research institutions. Research institutions in Norway and India must be included as partners on each side, to secure the research content of the collaboration.

The purpose of the call is to strengthen both industrial collaboration to the benefit of companies in both countries, and collaboration between R&D institutions.

What types of activities are eligible for funding

Funding may be sought for innovation type projects. The projects can have duration of up to 3 years, including dissemination and network activities (workshops, conferences).
The proposed RCN projects should have funding from RCN in the following range:

  • NOK 1-2 million

RCN will normally cover up to 50% of the total Norwegian cost, according to the State Aid Rules. The rest will be covered by the company/companies applying for support, either as direct funding or as in-kind contribution. As this call differs somewhat from regular Innovation projects, the Proposal type "Annen støtte" is used (see part 3 – Create application).

DST will cover the 50% of the cost of the project to the selected academic/ R&D Institution in India. The Industry partners from India are welcome to take part in the project by voluntarily contribution funding the 50% industry component of the project. DST will not provide any funding to Indian Industry.

Assessment and joint decision-making procedure

The project proposals will be assessed separately according to the rules of procedure in each country. In RCN, the proposals will be assessed by the administration, with final decision by the program board of the ENERGIX program.

The DST and the RCN will implement a joint decision-making procedure to determine the outcome of the call as per the existing evaluation procedure at RCN and DST. Projects must receive a high assessment score in both countries to be funded. The selected projects will receive funding from the DST and the RCN.

Grant proposals will mainly be assessed on the basis of the criteria for Innovation Projects, in addition to special criteria for this call for proposals.

The criteria will be as follows:

Level of innovation 
Innovation areas:

  • New or improved products/services
  • New or updated methods of production/delivery/distributio
  • New or updated structures for management/organisation/working conditions/competence
  • New or updated business models

Potential for value creation for industrial partners
The potential for value creation may encompass:

  • New sales
  • Reduced costs
  • Upholding levels of competitiveness

R&D project quality

  • R&D method
  • Project implementation plan, including milestones and deliverables
  • Budget and resource parameters, including financing

Implementation capacity
The implementation capacity will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Scientific management
  • Organization and administrative leadership
  • Constellation of cooperating parties (make-up, roles and competence)

Other socio-economic benefits
External effects may encompass:

  • Value creation in industry
  • Useful applications for the public sector
  • Useful applications for civil society
  • Dissemination of knowledge, diffusion of technology and knowledge-building within R&D institutions
  • Enhancement of the external environment

Bilateral cooperation (Specifically adjusted to this call)

  • Benefits from collaboration between industry companies in India and Norway
  • Added value from collaboration for the research institutions participating

Who can apply

Joint proposals must be developed in cooperation between Principal Investigators (PIs) representing an industry company in Norway and an industrial partner in India. Each partner PI must submit separate research proposal from their institution. There should not be more than one contract partner from each country in each project. It is required to have one (or more) research institution(s) as collaborating partner in each country. Commitment for own contribution from  the company must be shown in the application. It is not open for participants from other countries than India and Norway.

Additional information


The RCN will enter into a contract with the Norwegian applicant for the Norwegian portion of the project.

Agreement on rights to and use of findings and partner obligations (collaboration agreement)

A consortium agreement detailing the obligations of each partner must be drawn up before the contract with the RCN is signed. The collaboration agreement should include specification of the rights to and use of findings (IPR). A copy of the consortium agreement between the project partners must also be submitted to DST at the time of submission of the proposal.


The call for proposal is in English language only which also is legally binding.

The proposals must be in English.