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About the SFI Scheme

The SFI scheme promotes innovation by supporting long-term research through close cooperation between R&D intensive companies and prominent research institutions.


The main objective for the Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) is to enhance the capability of the business sector to innovate by focusing on long-term research based on forging close alliances between research-intensive enterprises and prominent research groups. The SFI scheme will:

  • Encourage enterprises to innovate by placing stronger emphasis on long-term research and by making it attractive for enterprises that work on the international arena to establish R&D activities in Norway.
  • Facilitate active alliances between innovative enterprises and prominent research groups.
  • Promote the development of industrially oriented research groups that are on the cutting edge of international research and are part of strong international networks.
  • Stimulate researcher training in fields of importance to the business community, and encourage the transfer of research-based knowledge and technology.

Host institution and partners

The host institution for a centre can be a university, a university college or a research institute. The host institution should have a strong reputation within the disciplines or industrial areas the centre addresses. The host institution's administration must make a declaration of intent stating that it will undertake the obligations entailed by hosting, and explain how the SFI's research will fit into the host institution's research strategy.

The partners (enterprises, public organisations and other research institutions) must contribute to the centre in the form of funding, facilities, competence and their own efforts throughout the life cycle of the centre. User partners must point out the commercial potential they envisage resulting from the centre's activities.