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The IKTPLUSS initiative – ICT and digital innovation (IKTPLUSS)

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Open-ended Support for Events from the IKTPLUSS initiative Choose
Open-ended Funding for participation in the strategic processes of the ERA Choose
Open-ended Personal Overseas Research Grants and Personal Visiting Researcher Grants for ongoing projects funded under the IKTPLUSS initiative Choose
Open-ended NOK 270 million available for research projects in the field of Ubiquitous data and services Choose
Open-ended Invitation to participate in Chinese-Norwegian collaboration projects on digitalisation Choose
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NOK 72 million for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents within the thematic priority areas Ubiquitous Data and Services, A safe and secure information society, Groundbreaking projects and eScience Choose


The IKTPLUSS initiative is the Research Council's large-scale initiative on information technology and digital research and innovation.

The IKTPLUSS initiative will build a portfolio of projects and activities that yields the greatest possible benefit in relation to overarching objectives and funding invested. Current and future challenges and opportunities provide the foundation for a broad portfolio in which maturity and risk are balanced in a manner that generates results that lead to positive impacts for society.

The IKTPLUSS initiative is target-driven and takes active steps to develop its portfolio. The initiative employs instruments and partners across the breadth of the Research Council that seek to fulfil objectives and resolve challenges that fall within its scope. For example, the initiative has provided funding to project proposals submitted to calls under the FRIPRO scheme, the Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI), the INTPART and BIA programmes, and has participated in a joint call with the Idea Lab initiative (Idélab) on smart cities and more. The initiative’s principles and practices are based on investment logic.

The IKTPLUSS initiative will help to build dynamic research groups in priority areas, to produce a significant number of projects displaying bold thinking and link the portfolio to national needs for ICT research and innovation in selected areas of society.

Overarching, long-term objectives of the IKTPLUSS initiative:

  • By 2025 the initiative will have developed a number of strong, dynamic and internationally competitive research groups that operate at the forefront of research and within the initiative's thematic priority areas.
  • By 2025 the initiative will have produced radical, groundbreaking projects that generate innovative thinking and new opportunities.
  • By 2025 the initiative will have helped to increase recruitment to the ICT field, strengthen researcher training and increase access to labour that is in demand.
  • By 2025 the initiative will have helped to solve societal challenges using new, innovative ICT-based solutions and products.
  • By 2025 the initiative will have facilitated the utilisation of innovative productivity or efficiency-enhancing ICT solutions within the private and public sectors.

Thematic priority areas

The initiative has the following thematic priority areas beginning in 2018:

  • Ubiquitous data and services, with the following specification: Big data, artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of things are areas that will bring about major changes to society, open up new opportunities and give rise to difficult dilemmas and issues of global and national significance.
  • A safe and secure information society, with the following specification: Efforts will be steered towards specific areas of society and sectors with vulnerable infrastructures of major importance for society. The existing portfolio segment related to safety and security is to be used for this purpose when appropriate.
  • Groundbreaking projects, with the following specification: Continued investment in groundbreaking and radical projects with a high potential for breakthroughs and future value creation in the form of new research and commercial or societal value creation.

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Research institutes, universities and university colleges, trade and industry, public sector entities, special interest organisations. The applicant institution must be located in Norway. Projects are encouraged to enter into the international partnership that will provide the highest quality possible.



Overall budget:

The programme currently has an annual budget of approximately NOK 200 million.

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