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NOK 100 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector on ocean technology

Companies may seek funding for projects to promote green growth, technology development and knowledge transfer between ocean industries, with start-up in 2018.

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


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.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 100 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 2–4 years. Innovation projects under the MAROFF programme generally receive NOK 1–3 million in funding from the Research Council per year, which normally comprises 25–50 per cent of approved project costs. Support awarded by the Research Council must be 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 programme

This joint call for projects on ocean technology is a collaboration between the MAROFF programme, the Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK2), the Large-Scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX), the Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS2), the Research Programme on Marine Resources and the Environment (MARINFORSK) and the Programme on User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA). The programmes’ objectives and priorities are available on their respective webpages.

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

The Research Council is encouraging cross-sectoral cooperation between research groups and companies in the ocean industries: petroleum companies, ship owners, shipyards, power companies, aquaculture enterprises, commercial fishing companies, processing industries and the supplier industry. The active involvement of end-users in the cooperation is particularly encouraged.

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.

Thematic guidelines

Approximately NOK 100 million has been set aside to promote green growth, technology development and knowledge transfer between ocean industries. The call is designed to:

  • mobilise the technological supplier industry to develop solutions and technology for advances in fisheries and aquaculture, including the processing industry, the renewable energy sector and other new ocean industries;
  • mobilise the supplier industry in all sectors to find new solutions for the ocean industries that will promote reduced energy consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.


Cooperation between actors across the ocean industries will be viewed in a positive light when assessing the relevance of the grant proposal relative to this call for proposals.

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.