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NOK 70‒100 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector on petroleum activities on the Norwegian continental shelf

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

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


• The PETROMAKS 2 programme also has a joint call for proposals with the MAROFF programme targeted towards ocean technologies. The PETROMAKS 2 programme is providing NOK 10 million to this joint call. The supplier industry within the petroleum sector will be a relevant target group for this funding.
• An Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector may qualify for a tax deduction under the SkatteFUNN R&D Tax Incentive Scheme (link); however, the total amount of public support awarded must be in compliance with the state aid rules.
• Projects recommended for funding will be asked to submit further information about the project itself and the partners.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 70–100 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 up to four years.

Up to NOK 10 million may be used to fund projects under the joint call for proposals for ocean technology. Applicants must submit these grant applications via the designated call published under the Innovation Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF). If too few grant proposals of adequate quality are submitted within this thematic area, this funding will be awarded to grant proposals addressing other topics.

Innovation projects under the PETROMAKS 2 programme generally receive NOK 1–4 million in funding from the Research Council per year, which comprises maximum 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 programme will provide support for basic research and applied research in technology, natural science and social science disciplines to generate new expertise and innovations that will lead to:

1. Increased recovery and more discoveries;
2. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts;
3. Cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions;
4. Prevention of major accidents and improved work environment;
5. Stronger petroleum-related industrial development, a more rapid pace of innovation and increased competitiveness;
6. Competence-building and recruitment adapted to the needs of society and the industry.

It is important for applicants to read the work programme PDF - 536 KB before starting to prepare a grant proposal.

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 PETROMAKS 2 programme generally have a project period of 2–4 years.

Thematic guidelines

Applicants must state in the project description, section 19, which of the thematic priority areas in the PETROMAKS 2 work programme the grant application is targeted towards.

This call for proposals encompasses the following thematic priority areas:

  • Thematic priority area 1:  Reducing greenhouse gases, energy efficiency and the environment.
  • Thematic priority area 2:  Exploration and increased recovery.
  • Thematic priority area 3:  Drilling, completion and intervention.
  • Thematic priority area 4:  Production, processing and transport.
  • Thematic priority area 5:  Major accidents and the work environment.

The work programme also sets out the following cross-cutting priorities:

  • The Arctic areas;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency;
  • Digital transformation;
  • Challenges related to the introduction and use of new technology.

Funding is not available for generic projects focusing solely on these cross-cutting priorities. Applicants seeking to address the cross-cutting priorities must link these specifically to one or more of the thematic priority areas. Please note that applicants are not required to address the cross-cutting priorities in their grant proposals.

For more information about thematic priority areas 1–5 and the cross-cutting topics, see the PETROMAKS 2 work programme PDF - 536 KB (Norwegian only).

Prerequisites for funding

Grant applications must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for funding under the PETROMAKS 2 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.

Any equipment-related costs must be entered into the application form in accordance with Research Council guidelines, which are available here.

If the applicant has submitted similar grant proposals under another Research Council programme or scheme this must be stated in the application form.

Important information about payroll costs, rates, equipment and research infrastructure, and depreciation is available here.

If the project includes funding for post-doctoral fellowships at partners in the R&D sector, a professional development plan must be drawn up for the post-doctoral fellowship period and submitted to the Research Council by at the latest three months after the individual has been appointed to the position of post-doctoral research fellow. The professional development plan must be signed by the employee and the closest manager, and it must be revised if significant changes are made in the course of the fellowship period. For more information, please see the document Mandatory professional development plan for post-doctoral research fellows DOCX - 32 KB and the information on Personal Post-doctoral Fellowships on our website.


When determining which projects to award funding, the PETROMAKS 2 programme board will give consideration to the overall project portfolio in addition to the assessment of scientific merit.

Assuming that all factors relating to project quality are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects with the highest level of innovation.

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.