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Pilot-T: New Mobility Solutions

Important dates

05 Sep 2022

Webinar for applicants

05 Oct 2022

Date call is made active

16 Nov 2022

Application submission deadline

01 Mar 2023

Earliest permitted project start

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023

Expected publication of application results

01 Sep 2023

Latest permitted project start

31 Aug 2026

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates

Last updates

30 Sep 2022
An adjustment has been made in the call text: Any international partner must be registered in the grant application form. See 'Requirements relating to partners' for full details.

Purpose

The purpose of this call for proposals for Pilot-T projects is to accelerate the application of novel, smart mobility solutions by developing and testing and/or piloting technologies, services and business models with the potential to contribute to the creation of an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly transport system for the future.

In a Pilot-T project, a company cooperates with other entities to generate new knowledge or use existing knowledge in new ways or areas. The Pilot-T scheme is a collaborative effort between the Research Council and Innovation Norway, commissioned by the Ministry of Transport.

About the call for proposals

Pilot-T is part of the Government’s innovation initiative, presented in Report No 33 to the Storting (2016–2017) National Transport Plan 2018–2029 (NTP) and continued in Report No 20 to the Storting (2020–2021) National Transport Plan 2022–2033 (link opens in a new window). NTP describes a large international market for smart mobility solutions. Pilot-T aims to enhance Norwegian trade and industry’s ability to compete in this market, facilitate knowledge transfer between R&D organisations and trade and industry and contribute to competence-building in the sector.

New technology – particularly new information technology – is expected to help achieve the goal of an efficient, environmentally friendly and safe transport system. Through Pilot-T, new technological solutions will be developed and/or tested for Norwegian conditions and the scheme will also accelerate the application of new technology in the public and business sector to achieve transport policy objectives. To be able to halve transport emissions by 2030, it is important to develop solutions that contribute to the green transition, for example in relation to services and technology that facilitate the use of low and zero-emission solutions for the transport sector.

The Research Council requires companies that apply for funding under the Pilot-T scheme to cooperate with another company or public enterprise. In addition, you must acquire R&D services from a research organisation. You can find more information about this under ‘Who can participate in the project?’.

A Pilot-T project must:

  • help to achieve the transport policy objective of an efficient, environmentally friendly and safe transport system
  • generate industrial development and new knowledge in Norway and enable Norwegian trade and industry to take advantage of the potential for value creation inherent in restructuring the transport sector
  • incorporate multiple actors in a collaborative effort
  • require new knowledge in order to be realised
  • include piloting or testing, or culminate in a solution that is applied in the market.

See the definition of ‘experimental development’ and ‘industrial research’ for a description of the type of pilot testing and demonstration activities that are eligible for funding. More information about the types of activities projects may incorporate is available under ‘What can you seek funding for?’ below.

Which projects will be eligible to receive funding?

We seek projects that help to achieve the goal of an efficient, environmentally friendly and safe transport system in 2050. This call is targeted towards both commercial and passenger transport within all four modes of transport – road, rail, air and sea. However, there are two delimitations in relation to the maritime sector and development of environmentally friendly energy:

  • If your projects are related to efficient, environmentally friendly and safe maritime commercial and/or passenger transport you may apply. However, the call does not apply to offshore operations and fisheries or the development of general technology for the maritime sector.
  • If your projects are related to the use of environmentally friendly energy in transport, you may apply. This specifically, but not exclusively, concerns the development of solutions relating to charging infrastructure. Projects involving the development of environmentally friendly energy carriers, including battery power, hydrogen and biofuels, are not eligible for funding under this call. Nor are mere investments in charging infrastructure eligible.

 The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Are you also planning to apply for funding from the SkatteFunn tax break scheme for your project? Read more about this and the requirements that apply on the website: Insentiveffekt og kombinasjon av virkemidler (in Norwegian only) (skattefunn.no, link opens in a new window).

Please note that you cannot apply for Pilot-T funding for a project that has already started.

Who is eligible to apply?

This call is open to companies that have been issued an enterprise number under the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises and that carry out economic activity in Norway. The applicant must either be a private company or a public enterprise that carries out activities of an industrial or business nature. We will use the collective term ‘company’ in the rest of the call for proposals.

Groups of companies, e.g. industry organisations, sole proprietorships, research organisations and other organisations, are not eligible to apply for funding.

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner

The Project Owner must secure funding for the project (over and above the Research Council’s funding) and make provisions for utilisation of the project results.

Requirements relating to R&D providers

The Project Owner must procure services from at least one R&D provider.

  • Norwegian and/or foreign research organisations must participate in the project as R&D providers with responsibility for performing R&D work on assignment for the company(ies) in the project. Norwegian research organisations must be on the list of approved research organisations: Approved research organisations (forskningsradet.no), whereas foreign research organisations must be an institute, university college, university or equivalent institution.
  • R&D providers may not contribute to project funding, and in general have no rights to the project results. They deliver work on assignment and are paid for this work at market price. If an R&D provider will nevertheless have rights to project results, the price of the agreed assignment can be adjusted by deducting the market value of the rights from the price.
  • The scope of the R&D provider’s role in the project is based on the Project Owner’s and partners’ needs. Therefore, no requirements apply to the scope of work. The R&D provider’s role in the project must be clearly described in the grant application.
  • You can also procure research services from international or Norwegian expert environments that are not research organisations (cf. the first bullet point), but this in itself does not fulfil the requirements relating to R&D providers.

Requirements relating to partners

The Project Owner must carry out the project in collaboration with one or more Norwegian companies or public enterprises. Your grant application must clearly describe the role of partners and their motivation for participating in the project. Partners must be involved in what is known as an effective collaboration with the Project Owner, which entails sharing both the risk associated with the project and the results it generates. One or both of the following requirements must be met:

  • The Project Owner can carry out the project in cooperation with other companies if these companies either cover their own costs in full or make use of Pilot-T project funding. Partners must fulfil the criteria listed under ‘Who is eligible to apply?’ to meet the cooperation requirement. Partners whose project costs are covered in part by Research Council funding are recipients of state aid.
  • The Project Owner can carry out the project in collaboration with other public sector enterprises. Public enterprises cannot receive funding from the Research Council under this call. This means that they must cover their own project costs in full.

Please note that research organisations cannot be partners (they must be R&D providers, cf. the previous heading). Other Norwegian or international partners may be involved in the project, but their costs will not be eligible for Pilot-T funding and the partner must cover its own costs in full. Any international partners must be registered in the grant application form as a collaborating partner, but their costs should be NOK 0 in all the budget tables. However, their costs and how these are to be financed should be described in the specification field below the relevant budget tables.

The application with relevant partners and R&D providers at the time the application is submitted forms the basis for grant allocation. Any changes to the composition of a project before a contract has been entered into must be approved by the Research Council. The changes may result in the Research Council withdrawing its offer of funding.

Roles in the project

The number of partners in the project will not determine whether it is successful. A good project, on the other hand, is characterised by each partner having defined tasks and a clear role in the project.

The Project Owner or partners cannot be in a situation where they can exert a controlling influence on an R&D provider. Nor can an R&D provider exert a controlling influence on the Project Owner or partners. By controlling influence is meant majority ownership or other concrete judicial or actual circumstances that mean that one company can control the other. An R&D provider must be an external source that delivers its services in accordance with the arm’s length principle.

The Project Owner and partners must be independent of each other, and none of them may exercise a controlling influence on the others.

What can you seek funding for?

Funding for Pilot-T projects is awarded in accordance with the EEA state aid rules, more specifically Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid (Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014). Among other things, this means that:

  • Funding is only available for project costs relating to R&D activities. Activities that are eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, applied research, prototyping, demonstration and pilot testing.
  • Costs for other types of activities and measures to exploit R&D results, such as filing for patents, market surveys and marketing, testing and completion of new products and services are not approved for funding.
  • The level of funding (aid intensity) is subject to limitations and will depend on the project’s R&D content. Activities classified as “industrial research” are eligible for a higher aid intensity than “experimental development” activities.
  • Other public funding of the costs eligible for funding will affect the amount of Pilot-T funding that can be granted.
  • Notification of all state aid allocated to the project will be published on the Research Council’s website, and allocated state aid of EUR 500,000 or more will be listed in a public registry.

Parts of the companies’ costs pertaining to R&D activities under the project qualify for funding. Funding can be provided for both direct and indirect project costs to the extent they can be categorised as costs pertaining to industrial research or experimental development. This applies to costs associated with R&D activities carried out by the project partners, and to costs incurred in connection with purchase of R&D services from R&D providers.

You will find detailed and important information about what to enter in the project budget on our website.

Scope of funding

The amount of funding that may be applied for is limited to a minimum of NOK 2 million and a maximum of NOK 10 million for a project period between one and three years.

The scope of funding for the company’s project costs depends on the size of the company and the type of R&D activities to be carried out:

Type of company/type of activity

Industrial research

Experimental development

Small company

70%

45%

Medium-sized company

60%

35%

Large company

50%

25%

A higher aid intensity than shown in the table above will not be granted.

Where should you apply?

The Research Council of Norway

The Research Council provides funding for projects where new knowledge and testing and/or piloting are needed to implement new technology and new services and business models. We can fund projects where the solution will be ready for the market at the end of the project, but also projects that are part of a prolonged development process. This includes projects where more research or development is needed also after the end of the project.

Pilot-T projects funded by the Research Council must include procurement of research and development services from an R&D organisation and cooperation with other companies or public enterprises.

Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway provides funding for market-based innovation projects that generate value creation in Norway. This may involve new use of existing knowledge as well as projects that comprise development, demonstration and/or testing solutions on the market.

The innovation must have a high level of novelty. Innovation Norway’s call for proposals can be found here: Tilskudd til smarte transportløsninger (Pilot-T) (in Norwegian only) (innovasjonnorge.no).

If you are not sure where to apply, contact us for information and guidance.

Contact persons (Research Council)

Contact person (Innovation Norway)

Please note that the Research Council and Innovation Norway will process the applications they receive, respectively, but that applications may be made available to case officers in both organisations when this is appropriate and in consultation with the applicant. If a company submits an application to both organisations, the applications will be checked to determine whether they are identical.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

Energy, transport and low emissions

Transport and mobility

Practical information

Requirements for this application type

You may revise and resubmit your application form multiple times up to the submission deadline for applications. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as you have filled in the grant application form and included all mandatory attachments. After the deadline, it is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be processed.

  • The application and all attachments must be written in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format. The designated templates found at the end of the call must be used for all mandatory attachments.
  • The project description must be written using the designated template, and all sections must be completed.
  • The earliest permitted start date for the project is 1 March 2023.
  • The latest permitted start date for the project is 1 September 2023.
  • The latest permitted completion date for the project is 31 August 2026.
  • At least one R&D provider must be included the grant application form.
  • At least one Norwegian partner (company or public enterprise) must be included in the grant application form.
  • Any other R&D providers or partners must also be registered in the grant application form.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description, maximum 10 pages.
  • A partner information form for the company submitting the grant application and each of the partner companies
  • The CV of the project manager
  • The CVs of key project participants who will perform important R&D activities for the project

Applications that do not meet the requirements listed above will be rejected.

Optional attachments

  • We encourage you to submit a proposal for up to three (Scandinavian) referees who are considered impartial and qualified to assess the application.

All requirements set out in the call must be met. Applications that do not meet the formal requirements, or requirements relating to the Project Owner, collaboration and roles in the project, will not be considered.

All attachments must be submitted together with the application. We will not accept attachments submitted after the deadline for applications unless we have requested further information.

We will not assess documents and websites linked to in the application, or other attachments than those specified above. There is no technical validation of the content of uploaded attachments, so please ensure that you upload the correct file for the selected type of attachment.

Please note that you are not to enclose letters of intent.

Assessment criteria

We assess applications in light of the objectives of the application type in question and on the basis of the following criteria:

Forskning og innovasjon | IP-Pilot-T

I hvilken grad representerer prosjektet en ambisiøs innovasjon som understøttes av relevante FoU-aktiviteter av god kvalitet?

• I hvilken grad representerer innovasjonen noe nytt?
• I hvilken grad retter innovasjonen seg mot tydelige behov eller nye markedsmuligheter for prosjektansvarlig og bedriftene som er samarbeidspartnere i prosjektet?
• I hvilken grad bygger prosjektet på relevant og oppdatert kunnskap?
• I hvilken grad benytter prosjektet relevante og anerkjente FoU-metoder?
• I hvilken grad er FoU-aktivitetene ambisiøse og nødvendige for å lykkes med innovasjonen?
• Hvis relevant: i hvilken grad tar prosjektet hensyn til forskningsetiske problemstillinger og/eller kjønnsperspektivet i forskningen?

Virkninger og effekter | IP-Pilot-T

I hvilken grad legger prosjektet til rette for betydelige gevinster for prosjektpartnerne, bærekraftig utvikling og grunnlag for øvrige positive samfunnsmessige effekter? Og i hvilken grad er dette godt beskrevet og sannsynliggjort?

• I hvilken grad vil prosjektet gi betydelige bedriftsøkonomiske gevinster for prosjektansvarlig og bedriftene som er samarbeidspartnere?
• I hvilken grad kan prosjektet gi positive eksterne effekter for næringslivet, offentlig sektor og samfunnet generelt?
• I hvilken grad bidrar prosjektet inn mot FNs bærekraftsmål?
• I hvilken grad er planen for implementering av FoU-resultatene og realisering av gevinster relevant og dekkende?

Gjennomføring | IP-Pilot-T

I hvilken grad gir prosjektplanen et godt grunnlag for å gjennomføre FoU-aktivitetene?

• I hvilken grad har prosjektplanen solide og gjennomarbeidede mål, arbeidspakker, milepæler, ressursinnsats og relevante risikovurderinger?
• I hvilken grad vil prosjektet ha tilgang til nødvendig FoU-kompetanse og tilstrekkelig kapasitet til å gjennomføre FoU-oppgavene?
• I hvilken grad har prosjektleder egnet kompetanse og erfaring for å lede FoU- prosjektet?
• I hvilken grad har prosjektet en egnet prosjektorganisering med tydelig og relevant fordeling av budsjett, roller og ansvar?
• I hvilken grad fremtrer prosjektet som strategisk forankret hos prosjektansvarlig og bedriftene som er samarbeidspartnere?
• I hvilken grad er budsjettet og finansieringsplanen realistiske og gjennomførbare?

Relevans for utlysningen | IP-Pilot-T

I hvilken grad er prosjektet i samsvar med krav og føringer i utlysningen?

• I hvilken grad støtter prosjektet opp om Pilot-Ts formål?
• I hvilken grad oppfyller prosjektet krav og føringer gitt under "Et Pilot-T-prosjekt skal" i utlysningsteksten?

We will prioritise projects that

  • have a high degree of innovation
  • have a female project manager when the applications are otherwise considered to be on a par

Administrative procedures

The application and mandatory attachments will be made available in a digital portal for referees who will perform an assessment of the criteria ‘Excellence’, ‘Impact’ and ‘Implementation’. The referees will convene in a panel meeting to reach a consensus-based assessment of the grant application for each of these three criteria.

If the mark awarded by the referee panel for all of the criteria is 4 or higher on a scale where 7 is the highest mark, the application will be assessed by the Research Council’s case officers also on the basis of the criterion “Relevance to the call for proposals”. The assessment of the relevance criterion will attach importance to the project’s contribution to the creation of an efficient, environmentally friendly and safe transport system through the accelerated application of effective solutions.

The assessment and marks for all four criteria will be consolidated into a single, overall mark that indicates the merit of the application.

We will then draw up a recommendation based on an overall assessment of the project portfolio, which will then form the basis for the portfolio board’s funding decisions. The Portfolio board will emphasise achieving a balanced portfolio of projects within their area of responsibility, including in relation to ongoing projects.

See also: Processing applications.

We expect to publish which applications have been awarded funding in February/March 2023.

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Applications for Pilot-T: New Mobility Solutions should be created on My RCN Web. Application templates should be filled and uploaded in the application.

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