Research Council of Norway announces NOK 900 million in funding for innovation projects for industry

Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, advises companies to apply for innovation funding. Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland advises companies to consider applying for funding to support innovation-based activity. “Norway is undergoing restructuring. Fortunately, Norwegian companies are adept at thinking innovatively. The Research Council is announcing funding for new innovation projects for industry. I would encourage all companies with good ideas to apply,” Ms Mæland states.

Support for innovation in all branches of industry

The Research Council funding is being announced via eight innovation programmes. The application deadline is 12 October.

“Research and development can play a key role in stimulating new growth. This funding is intended for companies in all sectors and branches of industry, and we are hoping to receive many excellent grant applications,” says Director General Arvid Hallén of the Research Council of Norway.

The Minister of Trade and Industry also encourages companies to expand their focus on research. “It is the Government’s objective for Norway to become one of Europe’s most innovative countries. With this in mind we have sought to strengthen various schemes that promote increased research and innovation. This creates a framework for new companies, products and services – as well as new jobs,” Ms Mæland adds. 

Looking for new companies

"Research and development can hold the key to stimulating new growth," says Arvid Hallén. (Photo: Sverre Jarild) One important objective for the Research Council is to encourage new companies that have not used the Council’s funding opportunities before.

“The Research Council has taken steps to simplify the application process in recent years. It is possible to submit a project outline and receive non-binding advice prior to submitting the final application. We offer input on which programme is the best fit for a company’s application and clear feedback on how an application could be improved. In particular, companies that have not sought funding from us previously or that wish to pursue new directions will benefit greatly from such advice,” Mr Hallén says.

Companies can also receive assistance in developing ideas through the Research Council’s project workshops. An overview of project workshop dates is available below.

Innovation projects can provide a competitive advantage

The Fredrikstad-based enterprise, Hydrolift, known for its high-speed boats and innovative solutions, is one of the companies that received funding through the Research Council’s innovation programmes. This has given them an international competitive edge.

"Support from the Research Council has given us an international competitive advantage," states Bård Eker of the boat production company, Hydrolift. “With the support awarded by the Research Council, Hydrolift has developed a completely new method of boat production which enables us to adapt better to customer needs and build boats for the future. We have already employed our method in the production of new emergency response vessels we are building for the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue. The production method has received international interest and given us a distinct competitive advantage,” states Bård Eker, CEO of Hydrolift.

Key dates

  • Overview of project workshops organised in 15 locations around the country up to 25 August (in Norwegian);
  • Project outlines: Submission deadline 31 August, 13:00 CEST;
  • Complete applications (to be submitted to the individual programme): Submission deadline 12 October, 13:00 CEST;
  • Companies may also be eligible for support under the SkatteFUNN R&D Tax Incentive Scheme. Application deadline 1 September.


More information about the individual programmes:

Petroleum, energy, climate and the environment

Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA)

Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX)

Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS2)

Norwegian RD&D CCS Programme (CLIMIT)

Agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture

Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA)

Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture (HAVBRUK)

Research Programme on Sustainable Innovation in Food and Bio-based Industries (BIONÆR)


Innovation Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF)

Nanoscience, nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials

Research Programme on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (NANO2021)

Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA)

Other sectors and research areas

Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA)

Norway's newest emergency response vessel is built by Hydrolift. They have employed a brand new method in the production of the vessel, partly funded through the Research Council's innovation programmes. (Photo: Glenn Røkeberg)


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