This week’s editorial

Considering most people are on winter vacation, I will try to keep this short and sweet. In September last year I communicated anticipated changes in the research council of Norway, funding application system including; changing the organization of calls, templates, evaluation process, dates, etc. and this has affected particularly the FORNY program.

The Research Council has announced commercialization 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 commercialization 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 programs.

The closing date for submission of applications for this call is 5 April 2019. A new call for proposals will be available in May.  The projects may apply for funding of between 200.000 – 500. 000 NOK each with project duration of 3 – 12 months. The final decisions on allocations for milestone projects will be announced as soon as possible and by at the latest three months after the application was submitted (Applications will be assessed by the FORNY programme administration).

If you feel that April 5this too soon, the RCN has also published that it will have new commercialization project funding in the Autumn with deadline of 25thSeptember. Lykke til!

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