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: Commercializing R&D results (FORNY2020): The Research Council is announcing commercialisation funding for milestone projects aimed at completing the next, most critical milestone phase to clarify key questions essential for determining which course to pursue. This call is targeted towards proposals for new projects that have not previously been awarded commercialisation funding from the Research Council. 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: 5 April 2019 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 May 2019 17:00.

- 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 May 2019 17:00.  

- 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:

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."