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Up to NOK 56 Million for New Industry-Relevant Research Projects in Nanotechnology - Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector


Monday, September 15, 2014


Nanoscience, nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials are enabling technologies with great potential for application in many important areas of society.

Grant proposals must describe scientific research questions, expected project results and plans for implementation and application of these results within the programme's area of responsibility. The programme attaches importance to supporting sustainable technological solutions that meet the needs of the business sector and society at large. Proposals must describe how the project will help to solve one or more central societal challenges.

Outlines may be submitted for projects within all of the programme's five thematic priority areas:

  • 0px 0.5em no-repeat transparent;">Thematic priority area 1: applications in the energy sphere.
  • 0px 0.5em no-repeat transparent;">Thematic priority area 2: reducing environmental and climate impacts.
  • 0px 0.5em no-repeat transparent;">Thematic priority area 3: improving health and medical technology.
  • 0px 0.5em no-repeat transparent;">Thematic priority area 4: increasing value creation based on natural resources.
  • 0px 0.5em no-repeat transparent;">Thematic priority area 5: knowledge about different impacts of nanomaterials on health and ecosystems.

Applicants must clearly indicate which of the programme's five thematic areas the project will address. Grant proposals that do not address a thematic priority area of the NANO2021 programme will be rejected.

Aspects relating to responsible technology development are to be described as a separate item in the project description. Grant proposals must describe how the project will address issues relating to health, safety and environment (HSE) and/or ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of the research and plans for future implementation of the research results. Applicants should give consideration to potential societal, environmental and economic ramifications. Dialogue with various societal actors or stakeholders may be a relevant measure in this context.

Assuming all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance are equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers.

Applicants are encouraged to incorporate international cooperation if it will clearly create added value for the project. The purpose of the cooperation must be clearly explained and the role of the international partners must be specified. 
In recent years, the Research Council has worked to expand Norway’s national research infrastructure. Applicants are therefore encouraged to make use of the available infrastructure, such as NORFAB, when relevant. Expenses relating to the use of national research infrastructure will be considered approved project costs.

The project portfolio under the programme will be subject to active management, and over time the portfolio will come to encompass both research projects with a normal level of scientific and/or technological risk and those involving more pioneering, radical research and innovation. Projects involving genuinely ground-breaking/radical innovations may be given priority in the final assessment in light of the programme board’s overall strategic consideration of the project proposals received under the call for full grant applications.

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