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NOK 20 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector in the field of aquaculture

Companies may seek funding for projects with start-up in 2018 and a duration of up to four years. This call encompasses all thematic areas in the work programme except aquaculture technology.

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

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The HAVBRUK2 programme also has a joint call for proposals on ocean technology with the MAROFF, MARINFORSK, ENERGIX and BIA programmes. Applicants seeking funding for technology projects focusing on aquaculture facilities and vessels used in connection with aquaculture operations must submit their grant application in response to that joint call, not to this call.

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.

Projects recommended for funding will be requested to submit further information about the project itself and the project partners.

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Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 20 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 under the HAVBRUK2 programme generally receive NOK 1–3 million in funding from the Research Council per year, which comprises normally 25–50 per cent of approved project costs. Support from the Research Council must be awarded in compliance with the state aid rules.

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 requirements for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector.

About the HAVBRUK2 programme 
The HAVBRUK2 programme will generate knowledge and solutions for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry, and will maintain and further develop Norway's leading position in aquaculture research.

The HAVBRUK2 programme is an important instrument with regard to realising the Research Council's activities relating to the bioeconomy. The programme has a clear industry focus and targets the entire aquaculture value chain all the way to the consumer. The primary focus of the programme is on the value chain for salmonids, but it also encompasses production of other species, with a focus on lower trophic levels in addition to cleanerfish.

Sustainable growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry is an underlying principle for all project funding under the HAVBRUK2 programme. In the same way, good fish welfare, ethical production, and safe and healthy food are fundamental principles for all programme activities. Research on climate change and related impacts and adaptation has been given priority in various national plans. In general, the programme attaches importance to research that enhances insight into climate adaptation, emissions reduction and environment-friendly energy, and priority will be given to activities that that include perspectives relating to the Arctic.

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.

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.

Projects under the HAVBRUK2 programme have a project period of two to four years.

Thematic guidelines
This call for proposals is open and encompasses all of the thematic priority areas as described in the HAVBRUK 2 work programme, except for technology projects focusing on aquaculture facilities and vessels used in connection with aquaculture operations. For applications addressing aquaculture technology, please see the joint call for proposals issued by the HAVBRUK2 programme, Innovation Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF), Large-Scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX), Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS 2), Research Programme on Marine Resources and the Environment (MARINFORSK) and Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA): “NOK 100 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector on ocean technology”.

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

Project outlines and dialogue
The HAVBRUK2 programme works to ensure that Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector are of the highest possible quality, and recommends that companies discuss their project concepts and proposals with the Research Council at an early stage.

The Research Council offers potential applicants the opportunity to submit brief project outlines using a standardised template. The outlines will serve as a basis for dialogue with the Research Council before the submission of a complete application. In particular, new applicants who have not previously submitted a grant application for an Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector and applicants who are in doubt about which programme is the best fit for their application will benefit from submitting a project outline. Outlines may be submitted through Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 13:00 CEST. See the separate call for proposals for 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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