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Twelve new projects with Norwegian participation

Norwegian companies have been highly successful in the Eurostars funding programme for research-performing SMEs. In the last call for projects, Norway was awarded funding for more projects than any other member state, measured in percentage per capita.

The 12 projects encompass thematic areas ranging from tidal bridges for energy production to improving OCR performance on historical documents. See the full overview below.

The Norwegian participants will be receiving a combined total of NOK 43 million. One-fourth of the funding will come from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, with the remaining amount provided by the Research Council of Norway.

Improving competitiveness
“This is an excellent outcome,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway. “This type of international cooperation enables Norwegian companies to improve their competitiveness, for example by learning more about and opening the door to markets in other countries. Moreover they will have access to research and knowledge that may not be available here at home,” he says.

The director general believes that Norway’s success in the Eurostars programme reflects a general trend towards more knowledge-based innovation in Norwegian industry and sees it as part of a larger picture in which more Norwegian applicants will be bringing home R&D funding from Horizon 2020.

One of several instruments
“Knowledge-based innovation is important both for future value creation and for solving major societal challenges related to health, climate and transport. The Research Council is working to achieve greater integration of research and development into the innovation activity of Norwegian companies. Eurostars is one of several instruments used in these efforts,” Mr Hallén states,  pointing out that Norwegian companies can also seek funding for innovation projects for the industrial sector and tax deductions for R&D-related costs via the Research Council. 

Large-scale European initiative
The Eurostars programme is a collaboration between the EUREKA network and the European Commission. It provides funding for research and development in small and medium-sized enterprises that are developing highly innovative products, services or processes. Companies are the formal applicants and the programme is open to all branches of industry, sectors and technological areas.

Applications are assessed by independent international referees. The criteria for funding include both degree of innovation and commercial viability. Proposed research projects must involve at least two participants from two different Eurostars participating countries. The Eurostars programme works on the principle that each country provides funding to “its” participants.

The 12 projects with Norwegian participation in the eleventh funding round of the Eurostars programme, 2014:


Project title 

Norwegian partners

Partner countries

Steel Pipeline Inspection for Corrosion Evaluation under Thermal Insulation

Solid Offshore Technology AS


EHR treatment pathways for better care and professional nurse support in municipality health service 

Hospital Organiser AS and Norwegian Computing Center, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education



Optimizing OCR Performance on Historical Documents

Lumex AS


Active flood protection with integrated renewable energy and smart transport infrastructure

TideTec AS

Germany and UK

Development of Affibody based radioimmunotherapy for treatment of multiple myeloma

Nordic Nanovector AS


Advanced laser-based heat sensor for fire detection

Elotec A/s


SubsEA Detection of Corrosion

Solid Offshore Technology AS


A photocatalytic system for water cleaning using UV-LED and doped catalysts applied to ballast water

KeraNor AS, Norwegian Institute for Water Research and Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


A novel, topical drug for treatment of diabetic foot infections (DFI) 

Lytix Biopharma AS

Sweden and UK

Capturing and bookmarking of surgical and diagnostic videos. Integration in Operating Room workflows

Posicom AS and Oslo University Hospital


New nano-carbon sponge material for efficient oil-spill control in vulnerable ocean environments

Norwegian Graphite AS


Communication and Assessment Strategic Solution for Insurance Underwriting and Surveys

AnsuR Technologies AS



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