Faculty of Medicine

Innovation relevant funding possibilities

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Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine can apply for funding to support research with innovative potential from national and international sources. If you have any questions about the calls, please do not hesitate to contact faculty advisors MEDforsk@uib.no.

Research Council of Norway

- Milestone Project – Research Commercialisation Project from Publicly Funded Research: A Milestone Project is a short-term Commercialisation Project undertaken to complete the next, most critical milestone phase in order to move along the long-term commercialisation pathway. The purpose is to clarify key questions essential for determining which course to pursue. The results from a completed Milestone Project may lay the foundation for a subsequent application for commercialisation support. Project proposals within all thematic areas are welcome to apply. This call for proposals is part of a collaborative effort between the BIOTEK2021, NANO2021, IKTPLUSS, Transport 2025, MAROFF, BIONÆR, SAMANSVAR and FORNY2020 programmes. The grant is for 500 000 NOK over a 3-12 month period. Deadline: open-ended.

Ubiquitous Data and Services – Collaborative Project: The objective of this call is to strengthen ICT research within priority areas related to innovation and value creation. The programme aims to enhance research efforts and to encourage and support collaboration between research groups and users in the thematic priority area “Ubiquitous data and services”. Research activities must seek to move the research front, promote essential competence-building and create new opportunities in the short and long term. Deadline: open-ended.

- Student Entrepreneurship: The purpose of the scheme is to increase entrepreneurship among students by promoting business ideas that have emerged from promising research results or are related to knowledge the students have obtained through their studies. The STUD-ENT scheme is intended for individuals who are at the start of their careers and who wish to test their entrepreneurship skills. This call is open to project proposals within all thematic areas. New: from 2020, STUD-ENT is also open for students at PhD or Master level programs and 6 year profession programs. Deadline: call was closed on 12 February 2020 at 13.00, but we expect new call early 2021.

Industrial Ph.D. Scheme – Doctoral Projects in Industry: The Industrial Ph.D. Scheme aims to boost research efforts and long-term competence-building for Norwegian trade and industry through the recruitment of doctoral candidates. The scheme is also intended to promote closer cooperation between the business sector and research organisations as a necessary step in promoting knowledge transfer from researchers to society at large, among other things. Deadline: open-ended.

- Public Sector Ph.D. Scheme – Doctoral Projects in Industry: The Public Sector Ph.D. Scheme (OFFPHD) is intended to expand research activities in public sector bodies, to increase researcher recruitment within the public sector and to promote greater collaboration between academia and the public sector. It is important that the doctoral project leads to new insights in areas where there is a great need for knowledge and innovation and supports the public entity’s R&D and innovation strategy.  Deadline: open-ended.


- Innovation Actions, and Research and Innovation Actions: Horizon2020 addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere through their "Societal Challenges pillar". The calls in this pillar listed under either "Innovation Actions" or "Research and Innovation Actions" include elements of innovation that need to be addressed in the project. Please contact faculty's research advisors to help you find a suitable call for your research field.

FET OPEN - Novel ideas for radically new technologies: FET Open supports early stage science and technology research exploring new foundations for radically new future technologies by challenging current paradigms and venturing into unknown areas. A bottom-up selection process widely open to any research idea builds up a diverse portfolio of new research directions. Early detection of promising new areas, developments and trends, along with attracting new and high-potential research and innovation players, are key factors. FET Open combines high scientific ambition with concrete technological implications. It aims to attract interdisciplinary consortia that do not shy away from exploring connections between remote disciplines in order to open-up new and potentially game changing technological directions that FET as a whole aims to develop into the leading technology paradigms of the future.

Under the FET OPEN call two topics are open:


-Enhanced European Innvation Council (EIC) Pilot: The EIC Pilot is a bottom-up scheme mainly targeted at businesses (SMEs and startups) but with options for academic partners.

  • EIC Pathfinder Pilot is identical to FET OPEN. 
  • EIC Accellerator (formerly SME-instrument phase2) is open to SMEs only.
  • Fast track to Innovation is a 'business-driven' call for close-to-market innovations in any technology or application, and requires an international consortium with industry participants. Last cut-off date: 27 October 2020


Centre for Digital Life Norway

Centre for Digital Life Norway - Research and innovation projects funded by directed calls in the Norwegian Research Council’s program Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021) become a part of the centre. There are two mechanisms for project membership:

  • Research project - apply to the call in the program "Biotechnology for Innovation" (BIOTEK2021) by the Research Council of Norway. Call closed 12 September 2018.
  • Partner project - apply to the centre to become a partner project.

To become a part of the centre you should share the centre’s vision: "Significantly improve the innovation potential of Norwegian biotechnology to create economic growth and societal and environmental value the four thematic focus areas, marine, agricultural, industrial and medical, in which biotechnology can play a role in addressing societal challenges."