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Mandatory project outlines: NOK 30 million for research on groundbreaking technology for the petroleum industry

Does your research institute have an idea for groundbreaking technology that could radically change the way things are done in the petroleum industry? Are you prevented from developing it by a lack of funding? Submit a project outline to the Research Council of Norway by 27 October 2017, 13:00 CEST.

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24.10.2017: The template for mandatory project outline is changed. Please find the correct one to the right under "Attachments". Registered applicants have been notified.



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.

NOK 30 million for research on groundbreaking technology for the petroleum industry will be announced with an application deadline of 14 February 2018. Complete grant applications must be based on mandatory project outlines to be eligible for consideration under the main call for proposals. The deadline for submission of project outlines is 27 October 2017, 13:00 CEST.

Project outlines may be maximum two pages and must be written using the Template for mandatory project outlines DOCX - 33 KB .

Who is eligible to apply?

Approved Norwegian research institutes that meet the Research Council’s definition and specification of the concept “research institution”, cf. Attachment 1, items 2, 4 and 6.

Applications will not be accepted from universities, university colleges and companies under the call.

Requirements for financial support under the main call for proposals:

  • The project period must have a duration of two to four years.
  • The amount of funding sought must be between a total of NOK 6‒10 million per application for the entire project period.
  • Costs for companies participating in the project will not be covered.

The Research Council may cover up to 100 per cent of project costs. It is up to the applicant institute to decide whether to include partners or not. Funding is planned allocated to three to five new projects.

Assessment of mandatory project outlines

The PETROMAKS2 programme administration will use the project outlines to provide advice to potential applicants prior to the publication of the main call for proposals. This feedback will include recommendations regarding elements that applicants should take into consideration when preparing a complete application for funding. Feedback on how well the project outline fulfills the intentions of the call will also be provided.

Scientific priority areas under the main call

Under the main call, funding will be available for projects that have great potential to bring about major changes in the Norwegian petroleum industry through the application of new, pioneering, and currently unknown technological concepts. To achieve this objective, projects that entail a high level of risk will be accepted. The main call seeks to fund projects with potential for producing:

  • new, pioneering, and currently unknown technological concepts, and/or
  • technology that can radically change parts of the petroleum industry.

It is important that the new, groundbreaking technology facilitated by the R&D project will have significant potential when, at some point in the future, it is introduced on the market. Although the project will only represent an early step in a protracted R&D pathway, an explanation of the potential commercial applications for the new technology must be provided at this stage. Thus the application must:

  • clearly describe the potential commercial applications for the new technology;
  • present a business case / business concept;
  • identify the actors in the petroleum industry that are likely to utilise the technology in the future.

The project must promote achievement of the primary objective of the PETROMAKS 2 programme, which is to generate new knowledge and technology to facilitate the optimal utilisation of Norwegian petroleum resources and enhance the competitiveness of the Norwegian continental shelf compared with other petroleum provinces in relation to costs, greenhouse gas emissions and the environment.