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638 grant proposals submitted for the 15 October application deadline

More than NOK 2 billion in funding was announced for the October 2014 deadline. The funding pot of approximately NOK 850 million for innovation projects drew the greatest interest.

The Research Council of Norway received a total of 318 grant applications from companies seeking funding for innovation projects from companies. Much of the response was directed towards the Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA), which received 143 proposals. This represents an increase in the number of grant applications of close to 50 per cent.

The budget for the BIA programme has been expanded by NOK 70 million in the 2015 national budget. This will enable the Research Council fund up to 60 more BIA projects than in 2014.

Promoting more knowledge-based innovation

“It is very satisfying to note that companies will be able to launch even more great innovation projects thanks to the BIA funding increase,” states Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.

A large number of grant applications was also submitted for innovation projects in the sector-based programmes: the Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS 2) and the Large-Scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX) each received 58 applications; and the Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture – An Industry in Growth (HAVBRUK) 16 plus another 14 related to a joint call for proposals with the Innovation Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF). In addition MAROFF received 27 applications based on an individual call, while the Research Programme on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (NANO 2021), the Research Programme on Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021) and the Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) received ten, four and two, respectively.

“The Research Council is both a prime mover and a partner for trade and industry in the effort to increase knowledge-based innovation in Norway. Such innovation will improve competitiveness and create added value while also helping to solve major societal challenges in areas such as health, climate and transport,” Mr Hallén continues.

The companies will be notified of the outcome of their applications in the period from December 2013 to January 2014.

More investment in infrastructure still needed

A total of 87 grant applications, seeking altogether NOK 4.3 million in funding, were submitted in response to the call from the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure. The budget framework for the call is NOK 600–800 million. 

The figures make it clear that there is a need for considerable investment in this area. Given the recommended increase of NOK 100 million in the 2015 national budget, and depending on the size of the projects, it is likely that three or four more of the projects submitted will be realised than would be the case with the original 2014 budget.

“The INFRASTRUKTUR initiative received fewer applications than expected, which may indicate that research groups have been better at cooperating on grant applications. In addition, it is evident that institutions have worked to set internal priorities regarding the various infrastructures they are hoping to fund,” says Solveig Flock, who is the administrator responsible for the initiative at the Research Council.

Pioneering technology

In addition to its regular call for proposals for innovation projects, the Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS 2) also announced funding for pioneering technology projects. Thirty-three companies and research institutes submitted project outlines by the 4 September deadline. A total of 13 complete applications were submitted by the 15 October deadline. Project funding totalling NOK 125.7 million was sought during this round. 

Applications received by the 15 October deadline:

Programme/activity

Acronym

Funding presumed available

(in NOK million)

Number of applications

Initiative on Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management

BALANSE

40

19

Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation

BIA

500

143

Research Programme on Biotechnology for Innovation

BIOTEK2021

15

4

Norwegian RD&D CCS Programme

CLIMIT

110

0

The DEMO 2000 programme

DEMO2000

40

25

International Research Cooperation in Industrial Clusters

DIV-INT

4

8

Large-Scale Programme for Energy Research

ENERGIX

160

80

 

Independent basic research projects - Humanities and Social Sciences

FRIHUMSAM

Not available

11

Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research

GLOBVAC

30

2

Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture – An Industry in Growth

HAVBRUK

35

26

 

HAVBRUK/MAROFF

26

14

National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure

INFRASTRUKTUR

800

87

Follow-up of the Evaluation of Research in Earth Sciences in Norway  

ISP-GEOFAG

21

9

Innovation Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations

MAROFF

125

27

Norwegian Environmental

Research Towards 2015

MILJO2015

0,3

6

Research Programme on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

NANO2021

56

10

Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research

PETROMAKS 2

120

58

Research Programme on Mental Health

PSYKISKHELSE

10

1

Programme for Sámi Research II

(2007-2017)

SAMISK

13

23

Svalbard Science Forum

SSF

2

81

 

TOTAL

Approx. NOK 2.1 billion

638

 

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