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 Ramune Midttveit and Amra Grudic-Feta.

Research Council of Norway

- 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.

- Research-based innovation (FORNY2020) - FORNY2020 will announce 50 million NOK for new verification projects to support commercial development of promising research results. For this round of calls FORNY2020 has revised the programplan, also including a modification of the templates. Deadline: 10 October 2018.

- 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.


- Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI): The following topics constitute call 14:

IMI will hold webinars on IMI2 – Call 14 from Friday 16 March to Wednesday 11 April 2018 inclusive. Final deadline for stage 1: 14 June 2018.

- 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: 03 May 2018 17:00; 05 September 2018 17:00; 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: 31 May 2018 17:00; 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:

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, next call in 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."

The EEA and Norway Grants

- Business development, innovation and SMEs BULGARIA - NORWAY travel support: The objective of the Travel Support is to facilitate establishment of bilateral partnerships between entities from Norway and Bulgaria with the intent to participate in the upcoming call(s) under the Programme “Business Development, Innovation and SMEs” BULGARIA. Entities from Bulgaria and Norway can apply for funding. Deadline: 31 May 2018.

Events and seminars

- Digital Life Innovation Day - the "37 ºC Life Science Technology & Business Conference". The headline for 37 °C in 2018 is Digitalising health. In addition to plenary sessions there will be parallel sessions on Digitalising healthcare, Digitalisation in biotech, a Venture Session and Workshops on specific topics.The conference will take place in Stavanger Forum on 19-20 June. For registration, please visit the conference website.

- 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)