Faculty of Medicine


Innovation relevant funding possibilities

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

NEW: Commercial proof-of-concept funding: This call for proposals is part of a collaborative effort between the BIOTEK2021, NANO2021, IKTPLUSS , Transport 2025, MAROFF, BIONÆR, SAMANSVAR and FORNY2020 programmes. The Norwegian webpage contains more information about the template, evaluation criteria, etc. For this round you can apply for two types of projects, both with deadline 10 October 2018:

  • Coomercial proof-of-concept funding: Project proposals must be able to point to research results that are mature enough to lead to significant improvements in the state of the art. Proof-of-concept projects are to be business-oriented and business-driven, not research-driven. Typical activities in the proof-of-concept phase may involve clarifying application and market potential; testing the concept, technology or prototype; demonstration; developing a business model; securing rights and establishing contact with customers and users.
  • Milestone project: A milestone project has a shorter duration and more limited scope than a commercialisation project. The objective is to achieve a rapid clarification of the project’s most critical milestone. A positive outcome from a milestone project may lay the foundation for a new application for a standard commercialisation project. Applications seeking up to NOK 500 000 will automatically be categorised as milestone projects, and will be assessed by the FORNY programme administration. Applicants may expect to be notified of a funding decision after 2–4 weeks.

- Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA) - the BIA programme seeks to promote the greatest possible value creation in Norwegian trade and industry through research-based innovation in companies and the R&D groups with which they cooperate. A call is now announced aiming to support industry projects that are in line with the company's strategy. Deadline: 10 October 2018 at 13.00.

- The Large-scale Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL) - The HELSEVEL programme will promote research and innovation that enhances quality, competency and efficiency in the health, care and welfare services. Funding is announced for innovation projects in public sector which will help realize the aims in the HELSEVEL project plan. Deadline: 10 October 2018 at 13.00.


- SME instrument: The dedicated SME instrument encourages for-profit SMEs to put forward their most innovative ideas with an EU dimension. The instrument aims to fill gaps in funding for high-risk innovation and close-to-market activities to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation. It targets highly innovative SMEs with a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise. It covers the whole innovation cycle, the focus being on delivery of new products, services or processes on the market.The SME instrument has been designed specifically for single or groups of highly innovative SMEs with international ambitions, determined to turn strong, innovative business ideas into winners on the market. The instrument provides full-cycle business innovation support from the stage of business idea conception and planning (phase I) over business plan execution and demonstration (phase II) to commercialisation (phase III). Cut-off dates: 07 November 2018 17:00; 13 February 2019 17:00; 07 May 2019 17:00; etc.

- Fast track to innovation (FTI): Close-to-market projects of consortia with three to five entities from at least three different EU Member States or Horizon 2020 associated countries. Industry must participate. Interdisciplinary approaches encouraged.FTI supports actions undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including activities such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real-world working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting. The maximum EU contribution per action is €3 million (funding rate: 70% for for-profit entities; 100% for not-for-profit entities).

If your proposal involves technological innovation, your consortium should declare that the technology or the technologies concerned are at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. Cut-off dates: 23 October 2018 17:00; 21 February 2019 17:00; 23 May 2019 17:00; etc..  

- 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 including an innovation perspective fall under either Innovation Actions or Research and Innovation Actions. 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:


- Innovasjonsuken OPP: Choose among a wide variety of activities and arrangements during the period 14 - 23 September 2018.

- NEW: Idea Competition 2018: Sparebanken Vest and BTO gives researchers in Bergen a unique opportunity to win 500.000,- in the Idea Competition 2018. One or several researchers (e.g. a group), researchers and staff, incl. phd. students and post.doc, at any of BTO's owner and partner institutions can submit their idea. Deadline: 18 October 2018.

Novo Nordisk

- NEW: Exploratory pre-seed grants: The program seeks to support application-oriented research and to test new ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatments, disease prevention, devices and diagnostic methods as well as new industrial biotechnology in the life science area. You can apply for up to DKK 0.5 million. Deadline: 4 October 2018.

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, next opportunity in 2019.

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."

Events and seminars

- Regional Innovation Policies Conference 2018 - RIP2018 - The conference particularly welcomes contributions investigating responsible innovation from a regional perspective, where critical discussions and analyses of the role of regions and regional policy in contributing to sustainable, responsible regional development is brought to the forefront.

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 01.08.2018
  • Final date for registration: 20.09.2018
  • Time and venue: 11-12 October 2018 at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)