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Apply for Proof-of-Concept funding (FORNY2020)

Researchers in Bergen have the opportunity to apply for funding for research projects with a commercial potential from The Norwegian Research Council with help from BTO. Proof-of-Concept funding is a golden opportunity to obtain the funds needed to conduct testing, upscaling and continuation of your research project.

Bergen Teknologioverføring (BTO) will coordinate the application process, project management and business development. In the last years, 30 – 50 % of our applications has been successful. The fourteen active projects we have in 2018 will receive approximately 104 million NOK from the Norwegian Research Council. Seize this opportunity and collaborate with us to get funding from FORNY2020!


The Research Council of Norway’s programme on Commercialising R&D Results (FORNY2020) promotes innovation based on research results. The programme facilitates the commercialisation of results from projects conducted at publicly-funded research institutions and helps to bring the products and services to the market.

The FORNY2020 programme is designed to trigger the value-creating potential of projects conducted at publicly-funded research institutions. The programme provides funding to newly-established companies based on these projects as well as to Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) affiliated with the research institutions. More information about FORNY2020 is available at forskningsradet.no.

Every year, FORNY2020 is looking for projects to fund. Together with our owners and partners, BTO has the opportunity to apply for funding of projects that can be expected to have a high degree of commercial or socially beneficial potential. Projects from every research field can apply for funding, and the final goals for these projects are either licence agreements or establishing a business.

The call has not been published and we do not have confirmed information about the specifications. These will be updated when the call is published. However, according to last year’s call we expect the following requirements:


  • 15 page application
  • Budget frame: max 5 MNOK
  • Duration: 1 – 3 years
  • 80 % funding and at least 20 % of own contribution from the institution and/or industry partner

The announcement may be subject to change.

Application process

  • Get in touch as soon as possible and no later than 1st of September to start the preliminary discussions about the project.
  • We will continually evaluate the project proposition and work with the application preparations for the qualified projects
  • The process of establishing a project and writing the application should start as soon as possible. (fjernet en setning her)
  • Application deadline: 10th of October.

Ideas that reach us after 1st of September will also be considered, but please note that the chance of putting together a good and full application within the short deadline is small. We do not yet know how much funds will be made available.

Contact information

To start the project discussions, please contact the person responsible for your field or contact person for your department. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hear from you!

Health, biomedicine and molecular biology: Kine Gregersen

Marine disciplines, natural science, energy, technology, ICT, social science, etc.: Steffen Boga

General inquiries: Mona Brunes Leirgulen