User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA)

BIA funds industry-oriented research and has no thematic restrictions. This broad-based programme supports high-quality R&D projects with good business and socio-economic potential. Established in 2006, BIA is targeted at industry and has a budget of approximately MNOK 490.

Within the scope of its responsibility, the BIA programme seeks to promote the greatest possible value creation in Norwegian trade and industry through research-based innovation in companies and the R&D groups with which they cooperate. To reach this objective, the activities of the programme is focused on achieving the following outcomes:
  • Increased investment in research-based innovation in trade and industry;
  • A higher level of aspiration and expertise in the companies’ own R&D activity;
  • Higher quality in the national R&D groups used to generate innovation in trade and industry.

Generally, BIA supports applications within the following:
  • Innovation Projects: Companies collaborating with other companies and/or R&D groups (Universities and university colleges (higher education) and/or the institute sector).
  • Competence Projects: R&D groups (higher education and/or the institute sector) with internationally competitive competence base and extensive involvement in industry-oriented projects.

In an industry-driven Innovation Project, the project partners shall co-finance at least 50% of the total project costs, funding from the Norwegian Research Council normally constitutes MNOK 1-4 per year.

Eligibility criteria
The project owner (main applicant) must be a Norwegian company/organisation with a named administratively coordinator. The project owner can apply on behalf of a group of companies.

Evaluation criteria
  • Degree of innovation
  • The potential of value creation for industry partners
  • Realisation of innovation
  • Research degree
  • Project quality for the R&D project
  • Implementation capacity
  • The research relevance for innovation
  • Other socioeconomic benefits
  • Additionality
  • Document quality
  • R&D risk
  • International collaboration
  • Dissemination and communication
  • Relevance in relation to the call text

Programme website: BIA

Nordic Innovators has good experience with this type of applications and can assist in all aspects of the application process. Please contact Kenneth Junge Hermansen on +45 3120 5538 or write an e-mail to to learn more about how we can help realise your R&D project.