53 million euro for industrial research

Anne Kjersti Fahlvik (Photo: Sverre C. Jarild)

The Programme for User-Driven Research Based Innovation (BIA), the Research Council of Norway’s key competitive arena for industry, has allocated a total of 53 million euro over four years to 45 innovation projects in Norwegian companies.

“Many exciting and important innovation projects have been realised with funding support from the BIA programme,” explains Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director of the Division for Innovation.

“Being awarded funding under the BIA programme at the Research Council attests to a project’s quality, and can in turn trigger funding from private investors. At the same time, companies have an opportunity to expand their competencies through cooperation with external research groups, for example,” she adds.

The projects extend across many different fields, ranging from the process industry, building and construction and wholesale and retail sectors to ICT and biomedicine.

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