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Up to NOK 120 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector in the maritime sector

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 ocean technology, which is encompassed under a separate call for proposals.

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 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 170 million is expected to be available for new Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, new Researcher Projects and new Knowledge-building Projects for Industry (application deadline: 6 September 2017) with start-up in 2018. This funding will be distributed over a project period of maximum four 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

The MAROFF programme will provide support for research and development activities that help to increase value creation in the maritime industry within a sustainable framework by enhancing competitiveness, strengthening the capacity for restructuring and improving interactivity and knowledge transfer between the R&D community and the industry.

Research activities under the programme will help to create new competencies and innovations in the following thematic priority areas:

  • Opportunities in ocean industries
  • Autonomous and remote-controlled vessels
  • Digital transformation of the maritime industry
  • Promoting greener maritime activities
  • Safety and security at sea
  • The Arctic and northern areas

For further information, please refer to the revised MAROFF work programme.

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 MAROFF programme’s target groups are shipping companies, the shipbuilding industry, service providers and equipment suppliers to all types of vessels for utilising ocean space, including vessels and maritime technology for other ocean industries (including aquaculture, fisheries, offshore oil and gas, and offshore renewable energy). The target groups also include research groups in technology and social science-related fields of importance to the maritime sector in Norway.

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. Preference will be shown for grant proposals in which groups of companies participate in collaboration with one or more research institutions. The incorporation of international cooperation and researcher education into research projects is encouraged.

The Maritim21 strategy process identified a need to carry out full-scale testing of experimental technology on vessels/at facilities in commercial operation. The Maritim21 strategy report proposes that demonstration projects are established in which multiple industry actors collaborate on equipping commercial vessels with new technology concepts for testing and further development. To facilitate this, the MAROFF programme will also under this call allow applicants to seek funding for demonstration projects within the framework of an Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector. In this context, a demonstration project is understood to be full-scale testing of technology that is still in the research phase and is not suitable for lab-scale testing.

Projects under the MAROFF programme generally have a project period of 2–4 years.

Thematic guidelines

The MAROFF programme’s priorities are described in the work programme. This call for proposals encompasses all the thematic priority areas and target groups set out in the work programme, except for projects that fall within the scope of the joint call on ocean technology. Applicants seeking funding for projects on ocean technology must submit their grant application in response to that joint call for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector on ocean technology, not to this MAROFF call. Grant applications that fall within the scope of the joint call on ocean technology may transferred to that call without obtaining the consent of the applicant. Grant applications that fall within the scope of other Research Council programmes will be directed to these or rejected. They will not be reviewed by the MAROFF programme.


Under this call for proposals, priority will be given to projects involving research tasks that require integrated efforts from a variety of actors in order to achieve project objectives, and in which research findings will be of benefit to a wider range of companies in the industry. Public funding is intended to support projects that will result in an overall benefit that is greater than the individual benefit to the participating companies.

Grant applications for projects involving few participants may also be eligible for funding. Project participants may be close collaborative partners, such as clients or sub-contractors of the applicant company. For these projects to qualify for public funding they must involve significant research content, a high level of innovation and/or a high level of risk, and be of major relevance and benefit to society in addition to the purely commercial benefits.

When assessing applications, greatest weight will be placed on the scientific merit of the grant proposal, and its relevance relative to this call for proposals and programme objectives and priorities, as well as its relevance and benefit to society and industry. To achieve a balanced project portfolio, consideration will also be given to the distribution of proposed projects and ongoing projects among the programme’s thematic priority areas and actors.

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.