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A research centre is a dedicated, long-term initiative designed to strengthen and further develop elite, creative research and innovation groups or to build up research groups in strategically important areas.

The overall objective of the Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) scheme is to enhance the ability of the business sector to innovate and create value through a greater focus on long-term research.

The SFI scheme seeks to:

  • Facilitate active, long-term cooperation between innovation-oriented, R&D-performing companies and prominent research groups.
  • Promote the development of outstanding industry-oriented research clusters that are an integral part of dynamic international networks and that enhance the internationalisation of the Norwegian business sector.
  • Encourage and enhance researcher training and the transfer of knowledge and technology in areas with major potential for future value creation.

The SFI scheme is characterised by broader objectives, a longer-term perspective and a more targeted focus than other innovation-related instruments administered by the Research Council. The scheme provides the R&D-performing component of the Norwegian business sector with the opportunity to take a longer-term perspective, enhance continuity and reduce risk in their research initiatives.

For the research groups, the scheme makes it possible to achieve long-term development of expertise through research of high international calibre conducted in close cooperation with companies. The scheme is also intended to enhance quality and efficiency in the public sector.

When selecting centres for SFI status and funding, importance will be attached to their potential to generate innovation, business development and sustainable value creation within the centre’s thematic priority areas. The scientific merit of the research must be of high international calibre.

Important dates

14 Aug 2019

Date call is made active

25 Sep 2019

Application submission deadline

30 Jun 2020

The final funding decision will be announced in June 2020

01 Sep 2020

Earliest permitted project start

01 Dec 2020

Latest permitted project start

30 Nov 2028

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates

About the results of the application assessment process

Total amount sought
NOK 6 649 000 000
Amount awarded
NOK 960 000 000
Total number of applications
Number of approved applications
Distribution of marks
General mark1234567

Approved applications

Project no.
Project no. 310105
Project no. 310042
Project no. 310008
Project no. 309960
Project no. 309835
Project no. 309834
Project no. 309762
Project no. 309671
Project no. 309661
Project no. 309646
Project no. 309612
Project no. 309589
Project no. 309584
Project no. 309562
Project no. 309558
Project no. 309512
Project no. 309439
Project no. 309339
Project no. 309281
Project no. 309264
Project no. 309259
Project no. 309230