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More than 1 billion for innovation and demonstration projects

The Research Council of Norway has announced more than one billion NOK to support new innovation and demonstration projects. GCE Ocean Technology can help your company apply before the first deadline 9 March.

A wide range of funding schemes are available and we can help you with the process of selecting the best one, establish a strong consortium, mature the concept and apply for funding.

So far we have supported partners and members of GCE Ocean Technology with securing about 2 billion NOK in externally funded RDI projects.

Please do not hesitate to contact R&D Manger Jon Hellevang at an early stage to see how we can contribute. If you do not reach the first deadline 9 March, the next one is 14 September.

Innovation Projects

The call for Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector is aimed at companies engaged in business-led innovation projects where research and development (R&D) is a critical part of the innovation process.

The research council seek to support projects with multiple partners working together to develop sustainable innovations, be it new or improved products, services or production processes.

The project can last for 2-4 years and must apply for minimum 2 million. Funding is typically limited to 50% of the budget cost.

Learn more about Innovation Projects

Demonstration Projects

A demonstration project for the industrial sector should strengthen companies’ own efforts to demonstrate new technology for applications with major socio-economic benefits. Projects are targeted towards ensuring expertise, job creation, value creation and a competitive industrial sector.

The projects can last for 1-3 years, and you can receive from 1-16 million NOK in funding. Funding varies from 25-45%, depending on your companys' size.

Learn more about demonstration projects.

Join the research council’s webinar 24 January 13:00-14:00 to learn more about innovation and demonstration project within the petroleum sector.

See a list of all webinars and events held by the research council.

Positive feedback

GCE Ocean Technology has received positive feedback from our partnsers and members related to our support. See some examples given below.

– We appreciate the support which led to this successful award from the Research Council of Norway. We see great value in the expertise which is available within the GCE Ocean Technology clusters. Leveraging the experience and proficiency from different industry actors is important for sound and efficient execution of innovation projects, Andreas Fjellbirkeland, global sales manager OneSubsea Processing.

– We would like to thank GCE Ocean Technology for their support in the pre-project phase. This has been valuable to mature the concept and secure Innovation Norway funding, Morten Bjerkholt, CEO Eelume.

– GCE Ocean Technology's advice are instrumental for small and medium-sized technology companies, Cristian V. Carter, previous CEO CCB Subsea.

– OCTIO is thankful to GCE Ocean Technology for valuable support to get our seismic look-ahead technology off the ground in 2018. GCE Ocean Technology's advice and financial contributions are instrumental for small and medium-sized technology companies, Leon Løvheim, CEO OCTIO Gravitude.

– It has been very useful to get tips and insight from GCE Ocean Technology. As a start-up, we have limited capacity and experience securing public funding, Torolf Wedberg, founder and CEO of Physiq AS.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang

Pre-project funding

GCE Ocean Technology provides financial and professional support to establish externally funded RDI projects.

Our partners and members can apply for pre-project funding from GCE Ocean Technology to form the basis for larger RDI projects.
GCE Ocean Technology has so far helped secured about 2 billion NOK in external funded RDI projects run and owned by the cluster companies.