Do you have a good idea? Seek support!
UiB idé gives employees and students the opportunity to apply for support to test and develop good innovation ideas.
Are you a student? And you have an idea of how your municipality could serve its citizens in a better way, but you don’t know how to proceed? Or are you a researcher? And you believe that your research results could really make a difference to peoples’ lives, or be valuable to an industry, but you do not know how to turn it into an actual product? With UiB idé, UiB has a program that can support your idea with both advice and funding, to help you to reach your goal.
Get up to NOK 500 000 funding
For an idea to be innovative, it must be novel, create value and respond to specific needs from a certain user group, or from society in general. Good ideas are found in all professional environments, and can become social innovations, public sector innovations, process innovations, commercialization projects or other types of innovation.
The maximum funding amount is NOK 500,000 for researcher projects, and NOK 100,000 for student projects. The application deadline was the 6th of April 2021, and the project must be completed by December 2021. The application deadline for 2022 will be announced here as soon as it's possible. For the pilot year 2021, the total program budget is around NOK 2,000,000.
Download the application form and fill it out, then submit it by clicking the link below:
Evaluation by external-led committee
Børrea Schau-Larsen, Executive in Residence at StartupLab, former director of product management at Schibsted and CEO for Sparebanken Vest’s Agenda Vestlandet, will lead the evaluation committee. The other members of the committee are Kjersti Haukeland Eiken, leader Innolab and acting head of department of project and portofolio, Bergen kommune, Eivind Andersen, head of projects at NTNU TTO and Bjørn Tore Hjertaker, professor at the Department of Physics and Technology, UiB.
- The challenge. What challenge will the project solve, and what may be relevant end user or societal needs?
- The idea. What is your approach your proposed solution to the challenge? How innovative is the idea? What's new? How creative and ambitious is the idea?
- Value proposition. What is the value of the innovation for the intended end user? If your idea were to be realized, what would be its potential impact on society?
- The main project deliverable. Explain in concrete terms what a successful implementation of the project will deliver or enable. For example, which next step in the “innovation chain” will be accessible if funding is provided? Submitting a “disclosure of invention” (DOFI) to VIS could be an example of such a next step.
- The project group. How is the group put together, and what competences are available? This comprises all of applicant, laboratory / research group where the project is anchored, and potential partners and advisers. Complementarity and innovation competence within the group are important.
- The project plan. What are the goals, milestones, budget plan, risks and risk reduction plans, etc.? How likely will the outlined goals be achieved by following the project plan?
- Outline of a possible "route-to-end user". How can the project's results reach the intended end user? Outline potential follow-up plans and future collaborations that are necessary to achieve the goals.
- Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Reflections should be presented on issues covered by the RRI terms.
- Contribution to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, where relevant.
Applicants who meet UiB idé’s application criteria will be invited to present the project to a committee of internal and external members. The committee will submit a recommendation to the UiB leadership. Read more about the assessment in the program note for UiB idé.
You can apply for funding for:
- Materials / equipment
- Costs related to obtaining external expertise
- Payroll (only for employees and external consultants)
- Rent of incubator space
- Costs associated with prototyping
Costs that are not covered:
- Patenting costs
- Costs related to basic research activities (equivalent to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-2)
- Costs related to development costs in later phases (equivalent to TRL 4-9)
- Commercialization, marketing and communication activities
The rights to the idea:
Your idea is safe with us: The handling of your idea will be confidential, and the content of the idea will not be disclosed without your consent. Intellectual property rights (IPR) may be an important issue that needs to be explored during the project period. There is no general requirement that you must have filed a Disclosure of invention (DOFI) at the time you submit your application to UiB idé.
For projects where a patent application is relevant, it is important that the idea has not been published or made public, for example in articles or presentations at conferences.
In general, IPR from employees belong to UiB, while students maintain the IPR. Read more about the topic here, and feel free to contact Yves Aubert if you have questions about the rights to your idea!
Innovation example 1: 3D printed bone
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Ahmad Elsebahy works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Clinical Dentistry, and his research aims to develop new methods that can improve the lives of patients with diseases that cause various forms of bone loss. Through his work, Ahmad had the idea to replace damaged or missing bone tissue by combining 3D printing technology with a regenerative medicine approach, to create solutions tailored to each individual. This innovative, new technology has the potential to change how care for these patients may be organized in the future.
Before embarking on an expensive and time-consuming commercialization project, Ahmad must test the principal concept of his planned approach. For example, he needs to find out if it is possible to functionalize a 3D-printed bone structure with stem cells. For this he needs funding. With support from UiB idé, Ahmad will be able to carry out these initial tests. If successful, the project can be transferred to UiB's technology transfer partner VIS by submitting a DOFI. With support from VIS, Ahmad may be able to patent the technology and turn it into a full-scale commercialization project. Alternatively, the initial tests may reveal that the innovation idea turns out to be impossible, or impractical to implement, and the project can thus be stopped or modified at an early stage.
Innovation example 2: Digital real estate platform resolves conflicts in Uganda
Ahmad Elsebahy is working on developing a new bone structure using 3D printing and stem cells.
During a study stay abroad, Benjamin Bjorvatn Øien, a second-year student in cognitive science, learns about societal challenges associated with overlapping land rights between owners and tenants in Uganda. The situation leads to many conflicts. Benjamin collaborates with Zachary Michael Mugabi Haavaldsen, a Norwegian-Ugandan with long experience in real estate. They decide to tackle the challenge through a social innovation project. They envisage a digital land management platform that registers land, connects landlords and tenants and allows them to enter into agreements on land rights. To get there, they need initial funding to reach out to stakeholders, create a beta version of the platform, and test the beta version with Ugandan users. In particular, Benjamin and Zach need a developer based in East Africa with experience in programming who can develop a platform that can be operated with all types of phones, and they need to test whether the platform performs as intended during practical use.
Through UiB idé, Benjamin would receive support to realize the concept. Such verification is necessary to secure additional funding from public financing schemes and from private investors, to register a start-up company, and to further develop the project. Should the project reveal barriers that cannot realistically be overcome, the project can be stopped in time before entering costly long-term obligations.