Guidelines for Innovation Support

Who can apply

All research projects that are part of the Centre for Digital Life Norway, either as Digital Life funded projects or as partner projects, can apply. The applicant should be the PI of the projects.

What to apply for

The funding should be used for activities identified as necessary to make progress in the innovation process of the project, such as business idea scouting and/or definition, market validation, customer exploration, business modelling, partner search, development of research-based advice to practitioners or policy-makers, MVP design and prototyping etc.

The funding can be used either for hiring external expertise and competency to assist with defined activities or for costs related to travelling to meet with potential customers, users, partners etc.

The funding can not be used for buying materials and equipment or to finance activities defined as research.

For 2019 a maximum amount of 50.000 nok per project for up to 8 projects is available for application.

Requirements for the funding

The project applying for funding has to contribute to the planned activities either in kind or with money. If the TTO is engaged as the external expert hired to assist with the defined activities, a co-payment is required also from them for the application to be approved. The approved funding will be received upon completion of the suggested activities.

How to apply

Applications should be discussed and agreed with the innovation coordinator of the Centre prior to submission. The application is submitted using the following web form:

The application contains three sections:

Current status

Map the current status of the project with respect to the 6 dimensions of the KTH Innovation Readiness Levels (Customer, Business, Innovation Team, IP, Funding and Technology) at the end of this form and give a short description below what the actual status in your project is, maximum 1/2 page.

Next step, plan and budget

Provide a short plan with a list of the activities identified as needed in order to make progress in any of the dimensions of the KTH Innovation Readiness Level toolbox. The activities should preferably be part of a long term plan for the commercial/non-commercial innovation part of the project. For each activity provide a timeplan and budget. The budget has to show the split of cost between the project, the centre and, if applicable, the TTO.

Expected results

Provide a short description of the goal and the expected status and result after having completed the described activities according to the plan. If the activities are expected to move the project upwards in any of the dimensions of the KTH Innovation Readiness Level toolbox, please refer to which dimension and to which level.

Evaluation criteria and process

The application will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the Innovation Coordinator, the RRI coordinator, the Centre Coordinator and one of the Coordinators for Data Management, Communication or Training. Final decision will be taken by the Innovation Coordinator and Innovation Leader on the basis of the recommendations given by the panel.

The application will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Relevance

The suggested activities should have focus on the innovation aspect of the project and be considered necessary to make progress in the innovation process. It should be clear from the application how the activities fit into a long term innovation plan and how the results will be used to move the project forward.

  • Realism

The suggested activities should possible to accomplish within the given timeframe and budget and be able to give the expected result presented.


The work done by support of this funding and the results obtained has to be summarized in a short report (1-2 pages) that has to be shared with the Centre for Digital Life at the end of the project. The approved funding will be payed upon submission of the report.

Experience sharing

The experiences and learnings gained from the work done with support from this funding should be shared with other researchers and research projects belonging to the Centre for Digital Life Norway if requested.

  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Universitetet i Bergen
  • Universitetet i Oslo
  • Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet
  • Oslo Universitetssykehus
  • Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitet