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NOK 180 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector to promote environment-friendly energy

Funding is available for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, i.e. R&D projects that are necessary for the participating companies to succeed in implementing an innovation. This call encompasses all thematic priority areas described in the revised work programme for the ENERGIX-programme.

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

Status:

Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 180 million is expected to be available for new Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector with start-up in 2018. This funding will be distributed over a project period of maximum four years. Innovation projects for the Industrial Sector under the ENERGIX programme generally have a project period of two to three years but may also be of shorter duration.

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 requierments for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector.

The ENERGIX programme is seeking innovation projects 

The ENERGIX programme will promote the long-term, sustainable development of the energy system to enhance the competitiveness of Norwegian trade and industry and facilitate the transition to a low-emission society.

 

Trade and industry have a key role to play in the development of the energy system and the transition to a low-emission society. Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector are the ENERGIX programme’s most important funding instrument for promoting innovation targeted towards the energy sector as well as other sectors such as industry, construction and transport, in which energy contributes to greenhouse gases. The ENERGIX programme is seeking innovation projects in all these areas. In addition, the Norwegian Government has set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from sectors not covered under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) by 40 per cent; most of this reduction will have to take place within the transport sector. In connection with this year’s funding announcements, the ENERGIX programme is seeking to fund high-quality innovation projects that can help to achieve these ambitions. Funding is available both for more basic-research projects that are classified as “industrial development” and for more applied research projects classified as “experimental development”.

The ENERGIX programme is interested in proposals for innovation projects within all the thematic priority areas set out in the ENERGIX work programme.

The ENERGIX work programme Revidert programplan ENERGIX (foreløpig versjon) PDF - 928 KB (in Norwegian only) and attachement to the work programme Vedlegg til programplan ENERGIX (foreløpig versjon) PDF - 743 KB  (in Norwegian only) comprise the strategic framework for the ENERGIX programme and all calls for proposals under the programme. The priorities set out in the Energy21 strategy report and other strategy documents have been incorporated into the work programme. Please note that this is a preliminary version of the revised work programme and applies to the 2017 calls.

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 and/or experimental development. 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, groups of companies or trade and industry organisations that have been officially issued an enterprise number under the Register of Business Enterprises.

Innovation projects under the ENERGIX programme generally have a project period of 2–3 years (maximum four years), but may also be of shorter duration.

There is no set ceiling for the amount of funding that may be sought per project. The average funding amount allocated to Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector under the ENERGIX programme in 2016 was NOK 7 million. The least amount of funding granted was NOK 1.2 million and the largest was NOK 15 million. Projects normally receive 40 per cent of approved project costs. Support awarded by the Research Council must be in compliance with the state aid rules.

Please note that the state aid rules apply to all industrial partners in the project. 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.

Various types of support may be announced exclusively for companies that have been awarded funding for an Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector under this call. These may include, for example, course offerings and additional support for further development of project results.

Prerequisites for funding

Grant applications must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for funding under the ENERGIX programme:

  • 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.
  • Projects must include the participation of at least one partner that has established research and/or business activities in Norway. The partner must have a clearly defined role in the project.

Priorities

Grant proposals will be assessed on the basis of the general criteria for this type of grant application.

The ENERGIX programme is seeking to develop a portfolio of projects with significant potential for innovation and sustainable value creation in Norway and which help to achieve the programme objectives.

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

  • Level of innovation;
  • Potential for value creation for industrial parrtners;
  • Realisation of the innovation;
  • Relevance relative to the call for proposals.

When assessing grant proposals, importance will be attached to the degree to which the projects can contribute towards achieving the ENERGIX programme objectives in addition to the regular assessment criteria for this application type. Additionally, consideration will be given to ensuring that the portfolio adequately reflects the ENERGIX programme’s area of responsibility.

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

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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