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Call: The Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme - Module I

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
16.08.2016 10:00

The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient and low-carbon societies. To achieve these goals, extensive green transitions are needed in all areas of the Nordic societies and economies, facilitated by promoting green economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness in both the public and the private sectors.

The main research and innovation funders in the Nordic countries are now launching the joint Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme (hereafter "the programme") in cooperation with NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.

The programme will cover innovation, research and energy, as well as science and technology. The programme will generate Nordic added value and create synergies with relevant initiatives nationally and at the Nordic level.

The total budget amounts to NOK 73 million.

Funding decision: mid-November 2016. Project start-up: Q1 2017.


The programme has two objectives:

a) To generate knowledge and policy advice about green growth;

b) To stimulate innovative solutions that can accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society. The programme will do so by:

  • creating sustainable development in the Nordic region;
  • reducing the environmental footprint of existing industries;
  • increasing the competitiveness of Nordic industries in the growing international markets for clean technologies, products and services;
  • generating knowledge and policy advice.

Green growth is defined by OECD as fostering economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies.

Innovation is defined as new products, services, markets, processes or organisational models that create financial benefits or are otherwise of value to society. Innovation takes place in companies and public sector service providers and is important for all industries and sectors. This calls for a broad approach to innovation, which may encompass a number of sources and types of innovation.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Target group
This call is targeted towards a wide range of organisations within research and industry, including:
  • universities, research institutes and other research-performing organisations;
  • private and publicly owned companies;
  • public sector organisations;
  • civil society organisations (including NGOs);
  • municipalities and regions.
The involvement of young professionals/researchers and entrepreneurs is especially encouraged.
Thematic areas for research and innovation

The programme encompasses two thematic areas relevant for both research and innovation. Overarching collaborative projects encompassing both research and innovation are encouraged under both thematic areass, with energy as a cross-cutting topic.


  • analyses of paradigm changes;
  • new governance structures;
  • institutional and public sector innovation;
  • industrial transformations and development of conceptual frameworks to assist policymakers.


Relevant areas for the innovation and research projects include:

  • emerging technologies:
    • export potential and global competitiveness of the Nordic cleantech industry;
    • new processes with strong focus on entire value chains;
  • efficient production and use of natural resources and energy, including:
    • increased use of waste as a resource;
    • sustainable extraction of non-renewable resources (minerals/fossil);
    • barriers and opportunities for developing Nordic energy systems as a supplier and carrier of renewable energy;

Relevant projects under this thematic area are:

  • projects in which pilots/proof-of-concepts/methods/processes/products/services/ knowledge are created in line with the purpose of the project area in question;
  • projects that can deliver concrete results for application by the target group(s) and should be ready for implementation by the industry within two years of project completion;
  • projects that will entail value creation for Nordic companies/industries/regions or communities;
  • projects that have a clear link to the specific sector/field/theme and provide a clear, concrete description of project implementation.
The proposal and assessment process

The call consists of two modules. Module I is aimed at research-driven projects, while Module II targets industry-driven projects. The thematic areas may be relevant for both modules.

Proposals for projects led by research institutions should be submitted under Module I (research-driven projects). There is no formal requirement for co-funding or contributions in-kind in Module I, but this is nevertheless highly encouraged. Projects submitted under Module I can apply for funding ranging from NOK 10 to 20 million. The eligibility and assessment criteria for Module I are presented in the section Eligibility and assessment criteria Module I (research-driven projects).

Module II is for industry-driven proposals that aim to develop a close-to-market solution. There is a minimum requirement of 50 per cent co-funding/contributions in-kind. Projects submitted under Module II can apply for up to NOK 6 million. The eligibility and assessment criteria for Module II are presented in the section Eligibility and assessment criteria Module II (industry-driven projects).

Applicants planning to apply under Module II may submit a draft project outline to the secretariat. The outline should contain:

  • a short and to-the-point project description;
  • an explanation of why the project is needed;
  • a description of the Nordic added value of the project;
  • a description of the project consortium;
  • a budget outline.

The draft project outline template under Module II will provide you with further information. Please send the draft to by 1 June 2016. Applicants that have submitted a draft will receive brief feedback from the secretariat within 14 days.

Please note that submission of a draft project outline is not mandatory and will not have an impact on the evaluation of the final proposal.

After submission, the secretariat will assess whether the proposals meet the general eligibility criteria. Only proposals that meet the eligibility criteria will be forwarded to the external assessment panels for review and rating. Based on the rating, the Nordic added value and the overall strategic value of the proposals the Programme Committee will nominate projects for funding. This nomination will then form the basis for the final funding decision, to be taken by the TRI Management Board and Nordic Innovation.

General eligibility criteria
To be eligible for funding, the following conditions must be met for both modules:
  • The consortium must involve partner institutions/industry from at least three Nordic countries. Entities from non-Nordic countries must fund their own participation.
  • The host entity for the project (project manager/project owner) must be based in one of the Nordic countries.
  • Proposals must be submitted in English via the NordForsk Application Portal (Module I) or Nordic Innovation Application Portal (Module II).
  • The project duration should not exceed three years.
  • A budget showing the anticipated total costs of the project, including a specification of the requested funding and own financing/contributions in-kind must be submitted.
Failure to fulfil the basic eligibility criteria will result in an automatic rejection of the proposal.
Eligibility and assessment criteria module I (research-driven projects)

Additional eligibility criteria for research-driven projects

For Module I, the project leader of the consortium must be a senior researcher at the host institution.

Assessment criteria for research-driven projects

An international evaluation panel will assess the proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence, including research and innovation idea and originality;
  • Relevance to the call;
  • Competence of the project leader and the consortium;
  • Research plan (including a specified budget) and feasibility;
  • Demonstrated interdisciplinary research (understood as interfaculty research);
  • Cross-sectoral involvement (private and/or public sectors and other research and innovation actors), when relevant;
  • Expected results and impact of the planned project.

The Programme Committee will assess the Nordic added value and overall strategic value of the proposals.

Financial framework module I (research-driven projects)
There is no formal requirement for co-funding or contributions in-kind, but this is nevertheless highly encouraged. Funding may be used for:
  • Administrative expenses related to project management;
  • PhD and Post-doc positions;
  • Travel and mobility;
  • Salaries;
  • Travel and accommodation for international collaborating partners;
  • Communication and dissemination activities.
Please click here for the full call text and registration for Module II.

For questions related to module I please contact:
Nordic Energy Research
Svend Søyland, Senior adviser
Mobile: +47 47487930

For questions related to module II please contact:
Nordic Innovation
Haukur Stefansson, Senior administration adviser
Mobile: +47 930 55 131

Elisabeth C. Smith, Innovation adviser
Mobile: +47 977 47 082

Technical support

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Updated information
The call text and updated information regarding the programme may be accessed via the following sites:
NordForsk, Stensberggata 25, 0170 Oslo, Tlf: +47 476 14 400, E-post:, Organisasjonsnummer: 971 274 255