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UiT's new strategy, Eallju–Drivkraft i nord, sets ambitious goals for UiT's professional activities in research, education, innovation and dissemination until 2030. It is necessary for UiT's development as a research university that the externally financed part of the activity is developed into increased capacity in research, education, innovation, and communication. Toward achieving that goal, effort and commitment is required from managers, scientific staff, and the research administrative support apparatus. UiT Talent is a comprehensive support program that includes tools that aim at inspiring and supporting an increased number of new project proposals for external funding, both nationally and internationally.

Active participation in the national and international research arenas is seen as crucial for the development of UiT as a leading research institution as desribed in UiT's strategy, Eallju–Drivkraft i nord. The comprehensive set of research support tools and programs within UiT Talent aim at underpinning UiT's strategy and strengtehning UiT as an institution of knowledge production by providing a solid support system for UiT researchers to define and achieve their middle- and long-term career goals, and develop research projects for external funding that are best fit for their career stage, skills, and profile as researchers. Furthermore, UiT Talent research also aims at proactively strengthening the competitive potential of research environments at UiT that do not yet have experience in acquiring external research funding. UiT Talent's cross-cutting tools complement the faculties' tools to strengthen academic quality and scope so that the institution can achieve its research goals.

UiT Aurora Outstanding

The talent development program UiT Aurora Outstanding is a part of UiT Talent. The program is designed to give selected young researchers at UiT the very best opportunities to qualify as international scientific leaders in their fields. The program aims at enhancing the participants career towards becoming a leader of an internationally recognized rsearch group, and to strenghten their opportunity to gain highly competitive external funding. The program is a collaboration betwenn UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Tromsø Research Foundation (TFS). 

The participants in the program are young researchers who have already proven themselves competitive in the following arenas: 

  • Marie Skƚodowska-Curie Individual/Postdoctoral Fellowship​
  • ERC Starting Grant​
  • Tromsø Research Foundation Starting Grant​
  • RCN's Young Research Talents
  • NCMM- Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway

Participants are offered training in various transferable skills, and a local, interdiciplinary and social network for young, ambitious researchers at UiT. 

Sist oppdatert: 24.04.2023

Arctic MSCA-PF Program

The Arctic MSCA-PF Program is a support program for postdoctoral candidates seeking funding through the EU's career and mobility program Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) with UiT The Arctic University of Norway as host. The Arctic MSCA-PF Program supports applicants for both European and Global Fellowships.

For more information about eligibility and program structure, visit the Arctic MSCA Program website.

Sist oppdatert: 26.04.2023

Bridging the Gap MSCA-ERC

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows (PFs) at UiT who have or will (within 1 year after the MSCA-PF period is ended) apply for ERC funding are eligible to apply for a transition grant (Bridging the Gap MSCA-ERC) to ensure funding in the period while waiting for the result of the ERC application.

The following guidelines apply to the application process and the implementation of the grant:

  • Who can apply?  

Postdoctoral researchers/researchers at UiT who have or in the last 12 months (at the relevant application deadline for the transition grant) have had funding through the EU's MSCA-IF or MSCA-PF who have submitted or will submit an application for an ERC Starting or Consolidator grant.

•  What can be applied for?

You can apply for salary funds for up to one year. The ERC evaluation process is two-stage and the transition grant must at least cover the period up to the expected response to stage two.

  • When can you apply?

Applications can be submitted during the period of project funding from MSCA-IF/PF and up to one year after the end of project funding from MSCA-IF /PF.

  • Application requirements

The application is filled in by the applicant and sent to the dean/director with a copy to the research administration at the relevant faculty/unit by the deadline. Application form is available in the Teams ares for Aurora Outstanding Fellows.

  • Application deadlines

There are 2 annual deadlines: 1 April and 1 October.

  • Processing procedure and assessment criteria

The application is processed in a two-stage process. The faculties/units v/dean/director make the first assessment based on strategic assessments. In the case of several applications, a ranking is made. The applications are then sent to level 1 v/rector who makes the final assessment of support based on funds available in the strategic fund. If not all applications can be supported, applications are selected based on a lottery model.

Sist oppdatert: 28.04.2023

ERC Mentoring Program

The European Research Council's grants are aimed at Europe's most outstanding researchers with high-risk projects that can potentially move the research front. ERC grants are divided into 4 main categories: Starting Grant (2-7 years after PhD), Consolidator Grant (7-12 years after PhD), Advanced Grant (10 years track record), as well as Synergy Grant (2-4 PIs from the mentioned categories apply together). Applying for these funds requires good planning and an understanding of what the main features of an ERC project are.

The ERC Mentoring Program offers

- open courses to all researchers at UiT interested in ERC grants. For more information, sign up for Forskernytt (see bottom of this page).

- pre-assessment of applicants' CV and project

- support in the application phase, including internal review of project proposals, assistance from external consultants, PES funds upto 100 000 NOK (for language cleaning, graphic illustrations, etc.), interview training if the proposal reaches Stage 2

For more information and to enrol in the program, contact Theresa Mikalsen at

Sist oppdatert: 28.04.2023

Priority Program

The Priority Program supports researchers who are developing project proposals for international cooperative projects in Horizon Europe's Pillar 2 (Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness). The instrument includes support tailored to the coordinating researcher's needs during the project development phase.

  • Who can apply?

The Priority Program supports researchers who are developing projects proposals for Pillar 2 as coordinators, work-package leaders, or as partners. 

  • What kind of support is available?

The Priority Program offers flexible support tailored to the researchers' role in the project and their needs. Regardless of their role in the project, all researchers can apply for Project Establishment Support (PES), which provides them with financial means that they can freely use to support project development, consortium building, project meetings, etc. The amount of PES varies based on the role in the project (coordinator, WP-leader, or partner).

On top of the PES funds, project coordinators are also provided with external consultation throughout the whole project development phase and project development support from level 1.

For more details, visit the støtteportalen on UiT's intranet (requires login with Feide).

  • How to apply?

To enrol in the Priority Program, contact Kata Bohus at

Sist oppdatert: 28.04.2023

UiT High Score

This instrument supports researchers whose research project proposals received good evaluations in applications for external funding (EU-Horizon Europe and the Research Council of Norway) but were not awarded the grants. The purpose is to encourage and partly facilitate for these researchers to reapply for external funding. UiT High Score will be introduced in Fall 2023. 

UiT High Score is divided into five categories depending on the type of call for proposals the original application was submitted as coordinator or as Principal Investigator:

1) thematic projects: Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness in Horizon Europe and Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal (NOT FRIPRO) at the Norwegian Research Council;

2) basic research projects: ERC grants in Horizon Europe, Ground-breaking Research and Centre for Excellence (SFF) at the Norwegian Research Council; 

3) Young research talents: Researcher Project for Young Talents (FRIPRO) at the Norwegian Research Council;

4) Innovation: EIC Grants, EIT KIC Actions and Innovative Europe Projects (in Pillar 3) in Horizon Europe and Verification Project, Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) and Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) at the Norwegian Research Council; and

5) network activity: MSCA Doctoral Network, COST Action in Horizon Europe.

Different funding instruments may be applied for depending on which category one falls into, but the same for all categories is that the researcher has identified and plans to apply for a new call for proposals within the same category as the original application (which was given a "high score") and hosted by UiT. Researchers can apply for a UiT High Score within two years of the evaluation of the original application and only once per project idea.

Good evaluation ("high score") is defined as

In the EU's Horizon Europe: ≥ 80 % or ≥ 13 points, or have progressed to step 2 of the two-stage application process; At the Research Council of Norway: grade point ≥ 6. For CoE/SFI, evaluation in step 2 applies (applicants who have not reached step 2 do not have access to apply for this tool).

Sist oppdatert: 05.05.2023

Award for EU evaluators

The European Commission is constantly in need for experts to evaluate proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to get an insight in how the EU system works, learn how to write succesful proposals and get insights in the state of the art within your research field.

Learn more about how to works as an expert and find link to registration here.

UiT researchers working as EU experts will be rewarded with 10 000,- per panel participation (funding available for research activities). To release the funding, please send an email to including the following:

  • Your name
  • Your faculty affiliation
  • Name of EU call you served as evaluator
  • Attach the contract with the European Commission
Sist oppdatert: 28.04.2023

Complementary financing of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD candidates

UiT ensures equal pay for all postdoctoral fellows and PhD candidates regardless of the original funding source (internal, Norwegian Research Council, EU, etc) and thus complements the salaries of MSCA financed postdoctoral fellows and PhDs when necessary to match those of internally funded postdocs.

Sist oppdatert: 28.04.2023

Financial room in negotiation of ERC contracts

Additional funding available to ensure flexibility in contract agreements between UiT and ERC grantees.

Sist oppdatert: 28.04.2023

1/3 strengthening of SFF/SFI, SFU, FME and KGJ

Additional funding of already approved centers totaling 1/3 of the project funding. This is an established practice at all Norwegian universities and is expected from both the applicant (UiT researcher) and the funder (The Research Council and KGJ). This additional funding is split 50:50 between levels 1 and 2.

Sist oppdatert: 27.04.2023

Research Environment Stimulation (RES)

This support program aims at strengthening research environments (research groups) that currently have limited experience in applying for external research funding and/or during the last five years have received low scores in evaluations of applications for external funding. The goal of this intrument is to help selected research groups become more competitive in order to secure external funding for their own research. The funding instrument will have a test phase between 2024 and 2027. During this period, RES will be announced for two faculties per year who will have the opportunity to select a research group each to submit an application. The instrument will be announced for the first time in early autumn 2023, with an application deadline of February 1, 2024.

The duration of an RES instrument is three years. During this period, UiT covers from the institutional level:

  • one recruitment position for a mentor: the selected faculty administers a mentoring scheme consisting of an experienced research group leader, preferably from another faculty at UiT who helps the selected research group develop a project application and guides them in establishing career development plans. The mentor is awarded one recruitment position after an applicaion is submitted for external funding by the mentored research group;
  • NOK 200 000 in operating funds for the supported research group;
  • and opportunity for funding of a new recruitment position at the supported research group for up to three years.
Sist oppdatert: 26.04.2023

Research infrastructure

The Research infrastructure tool has two components: Scientific equipment category I and Scientific equipment category II. Category I is a continuation of the scheme Infrastructure in Strategic Fund, with some adjustments. Category I will have an announcement for proposals in 2024.

Category II is designed for research infrastructures that is financially out of the scope of category I, and thus require long-term planning of the funding.

For this category, allocated funds will be set aside in a dedicated fund to structure over time co-financing with other funds. The scheme will create financial maneuverability with the intention of planning for larger investments, in combination with additional financial sources. For this category (II) there will be an announcement in the spring of 2023, with an application deadline autumn 2023.

The Research infrastructure tool is intended to support externally funded research projects and at the same time support project proposals aiming at competitive arenas for research funding. Both categories are based on calls for proposals for infrastructures.

The proposals are ranked and prioritized by the Research Strategy Committee (RSC), which advises the rector on funding. Case processing is done by the secretariat of RSC.  



UiT prioritizes strengthening the quality of teaching and education at its own institution, and UiT Talent Education is an important tool in this work. The purpose of UiT Talent Education is to motivate the development of new and innovative teaching and assessment methods at UiT to provide increased quality in education, and better and relevant learning for students. We also aim to contribute to the development and submission of even more good applications for external grants in the field of education. At present, UiT Talent Education includes two measures: the Program for Educational Quality and Project Establishment Support (PES funding).

The Program for Educational Quality is a call-based grant scheme that will fund one-year development projects at UiT. These projects can form the basis for an application for external funding, but it is not a requirement. A new call for proposals is issued every year, and the thematic focus will vary. PES funding, on the other hand, is directly linked to external funding and aims to increase the number of applications from UiT for funding from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, Erasmus+, or other external actors. The scheme aims to relieve UiT applicants in connection with the design of project proposals and grant application writing, both in terms of costs and time spent, as well as contributing to the quality of submitted grant applications for external funding.

Program for Educational Quality

UiT prioritizes strengthening the teaching and educational quality at its own institution. An important funding source for academic communities has been and is the "Program for Educational Quality", previously "Program for Teaching Quality", under the auspices of the Strategic Education Committee. The instrument will finance one-year development projects in education, with the aim of stimulating the development of new teaching and assessment methods at UiT to provide increased quality in education and better and relevant learning for students.

The funds will be announced annually during the spring semester, with an application deadline in April, and will have different criteria and thematic directions each year. The call for 2023 is added underneath as an example, but please note that the application deadline was the 14th of April 2023, and is now closed for further applications. 

Sist oppdatert: 21.04.2023

Budget available

The total budget earmarked for this year`s Program for Educational Quality is estimated at NOK 3 000 000,-, to be distributed between educational projects internally at UiT. It is possible to apply for amounts between NOK 200 000,- and NOK 600 000,-. The projects in question should be designed as projects or pilots with ambitions for further (external) funding. The purpose of external funding is to ensure scaling and further development of the project.

Eligible applicants

All academic communities at UiT The Arctic University of Norway can apply for project funding under this call. Applications can be developed by a single academic community or by several different academic communities with a common idea that is not limited to a specific subject area. Collaboration across academic communities is encouraged where this can strengthen the project, but collaboration is not a requirement.

Thematic directions

The call for 2023 is largely linked to the operationalization of UiT's new strategy towards 2030 Eallju – Developing the High North, and therefore funding is being made available for educational projects related to one of three thematic directions:

  • Integration of Sami and/or Kven cultural competence in the study program or development of modules that integrate Sami and/or Kven cultural competence.
  • Development of teaching and assessment methods for complex problem solving (wicked problems).
  • Integration of sustainability and/or internationalization in program and learning design.

Requirements for the application

Projects that are awarded funding under this call must also meet the following criteria:

  • There must be a justification for the project's relevance with regard to how it is related to UiT and the faculty's strategies and to the academic and/or pedagogical challenges faced by the academic community/academic communities.
  • There should be a clear idea of the project's goals and expected results
  • There must be a plan for the project, i.e. how the project will be realized within the planned time.
  • Student participation must be ensured, and a description of how students will be involved in the project must be included in the application.
  • There must be a plan for disseminating the project.
  • There must be a plan for how the project will be evaluated.
  • It should be stated how the work will be continued after the project period, and how the results will be anchored in the own academic environment.
  • Anchoring/support at the own department/faculty, including own contribution in terms of finance/work time, must be stated in the application.
  • The application should indicate to what extent the project has the potential for, and is intended to be linked to, an application for external project funding.
  • A written confirmation from all department heads approving the project must be included.
  • A cost estimate/budget must be uploaded.

Other requirements

  • The content and products of the project must be shareable, reusable, and with possibility of further development.
  • A final report, maximum of 4 pages, must be submitted to SEFU no later than 6 months after the project's completion.
  • A project budget report must be presented upon project completion.
  • The project must be completed no later than 24 months after the grant award date. Any unused funds at this point will be withdrawn.

Approved projects in 2023

Program for Educational Quality 2023 has sparked significant interest within the academic communities. By the application deadline, 33 excellent and exciting applications had been received, demonstrating the substantial interest and commitment towards educational quality and the development of teaching practices at UiT. The total amount requested in the applications was just under NOK 15 000 000, while the available funds were limited to NOK 3 000 000. As a result, there was considerable competition for the funds. Out of the total 33 received applications, 7 projects were awarded funding. These projects are presented below.

We appreciate the interest and welcome everyone to apply when the Program for Educational Quality again is announced in 2024.

Thematic direction 1: Integration of Sami and/or Kven cultural competence in study programs or the development of modules that incorporate Sami and/or Kven cultural competence.

1. "Psy-sam: Sami Cultural Competence in Psychology Education": The project aims to integrate Sami cultural competence and perspectives into mental health work and ensure that candidates have the necessary knowledge of Sami culture, history, and identity to effectively engage with Sami patients, users, or relatives as psychologists.

2. "Sami in Early Childhood Teacher Education": The project seeks to develop education in Northern Sami for students with a Sami language background and provide content on Sami language, culture, and multilingualism for other students.

3. "(Arctic)Encultured Knowledge": The project aims to create a teaching and research platform that utilizes the northern context and integrates Sami/Kven cultural competence into arts education.

Thematic Focus 2: Development of teaching and assessment methods for complex problem-solving (wicked problems).

 4. "Students' Experiences with Testing Artificial Intelligence for Enhanced Learning": The project will explore how AI can contribute to improving and transforming the learning experience by developing prototypes and proposals for various AI-based tools and services to enhance learning effectiveness.

 5. "AI-Based Tools in Education: Challenges, Possibilities, and Reflected Implementation (AI-EDU)": The project aims to develop an online training module for educators and two seminar modules focusing on the sustainable and ethical use of AI tools.

Thematic Focus 3: Integration of sustainability and/or internationalization in program and learning design.

6. "Internationalization in the Classroom – Sustainable, International Competence for First-Year Engineering Students": The project focuses on developing first-year engineering students' sustainable and international competence through active student methods, student projects, and collaboration with international students in the Norwegian study program.

7. "Teacher Education in New Cultural Contexts": The project is a collaborative effort between Norwegian and South African teacher education institutions, focusing on internationalization and cultural diversity. Its purpose is to create a documentary film for use in teaching, promoting reflection and knowledge about cultural encounters in the educational context.

Sist oppdatert: 31.07.2023

Project Establishment Support (PES) - Education

If you are planning to apply for external funding for development of projects in the field of education, you can apply for a project establishment grant. The support scheme is run by internal funds from UiT and is administered by SEFU. The application form is filled out and submitted via Nettskjema.

If your goal is to establish a project under one of the centralized measures in Erasmus+, it is recommended that you instead apply for the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skill`s (HK-dir) support scheme specifically aimed at this.

Application deadline



The PES funds on the education side are intended to increase the proportion of applications from UiT for funding from HK-dir. and other external actors. The scheme also aims to motivate UiT teachers to develop good educational projects and stimulate the development of new and innovative teaching and assessment methods, courses and programs at UiT to provide increased quality in education and better and relevant learning for students. PES Education should also help relieve applicants from UiT in connection with the design of project proposals and application writing, both in terms of costs and time spent, as well as contribute to improving the quality of submitted applications for external funding.

About the announcement

The support from PES Education should contribute to improving the quality of submitted applications for external funding. If you want access to PES funds, you must therefore apply as early as possible, preferably as soon as a planned project begins to take shape, and at the latest on the same day as the deadline for the external funds being applied for expires. If you submit the PES application to SEFU after this deadline, the application will be rejected. The support is only paid out if the work results in a concrete project proposal within the relevant deadline. The allocation is triggered retrospectively. A financial report is submitted before the funds are paid out. If the application is not submitted, or is invalid, the department must be prepared to cover 100% of the support amount.

Who can apply?

All academic staff and academic communities at UiT who plan to apply for external funding to develop education can apply for project establishment support. Applications can be prepared from a single academic community or from several different academic communities that have a common idea that is not limited to a specific field of study. Approval from all involved department heads must be attached to the application for PES funds to be granted.

Eligibility for Support

  • Salary and release time (“frikjøp”) for employees at the university who are awarded PES in connection with, for example, application writing or other tasks related to the establishment of the project.
  • Travel and meeting costs for both the applicant and other partners in the project.
  • And so on.
Sist oppdatert: 24.04.2023

There are both national and international initiatives that target education at all levels, from bachelor's to Ph.D., and these can also include work across all of UiT's seven areas of quality assurance. Academic communities can either apply individually or collaborate with other institutions. If collaboration with partners outside of Norway is an ambition, we recommend to take a look at the EU programs or the other international initiatives. Additionally, UiT's participation in the university alliance EUGLOH offers a range of opportunities for funding and collaborative projects with one of the other partner universities.

National funding opportunities 

In the government's proposal for the 2024 state budget, most of the grant schemes from the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir), including the Centre of Excellence in Education and the Scheme for Flexible and Decentralised Education, are proposed to be phased out from 2024. There will therefore be no new calls for proposals from HK-dir. All projects that have been granted funding up to and including decisions made in 2023 are guaranteed to be completed within the approved project period.


EU and Erasmus+ offer a range of grant schemes for mobility and collaboration projects across the entire educational pathway, as well as a program for digitalization and digital transformation within the sector. The list below is revised when new announcements are made:

Other International funding opportunities

  • Nordplus Higher Education (application deadline 01.02.24)
  • Nordplus Horizontal - for collaboration across sectors (application deadline 01.02.24)
  • INTPART (no current call for applications)
  • UTFORSK (no current call for applications)
  • Norhed (no current call for applications)
  • Norpart (the next call for applications will probably be announced during spring 2024)
Sist oppdatert: 25.10.2023
  • Thoroughly read the call for proposals to ensure that your application aligns with the specific criteria and requirements listed. This also includes adhering to any formal application guidelines, such as length limitations or directives regarding the use of application templates.
  • Dive deep into the terminologies used in the call for proposals, and make sure you have a complete understanding of the terms. For instance, if asked to demonstrate how you will ensure "student involvement," make sure you have a clear grasp of what this entails and explain it in the context of your own project.
  • Clearly demonstrate that the project is relevant and aligns with the call for proposals. This can be achieved by incorporating specific keywords or phrases from the call into your application or by following the structure outlined in the call. This way, those evaluating the application will quickly recognize the relevance between your project and the call’s requirements.
  • Ensure that the structure of your application distinctly highlights how different aspects of the project are interconnected. This involves illustrating the connection between the organization of the project and the specific activities you plan to undertake. For example, showing how activities coincide with the timeline and budget items. A logical flow in the application makes it easier for the reader to track the project's progress.
  • Be specific when describing the project. Specify the actual activities that will be carried out. While highlighting the project's significance may be easier than describing the detailed actions that will be performed, it`s essential to maintain a balance between explaining why the project is important and detailing what will actually be done during the project period. This provides a clearer understanding of how you intend to achieve your project goals and aids in evaluating whether the activities are realistic and relevant.
  • Carefully edit the text, avoiding unnecessary repetitions of phrases and information. This ensures that the project doesn't get lost within needless text and makes it easier to understand the project's objectives and content.
  • Include a risk assessment. Be sincere about potential weaknesses in the project. Customize the project to minimize obvious risk factors or show that you have an alternative plan if challenges emerge.
Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2023

UiT The Arctic University of Norway's strategy, Eallju – Developing the High North, provides direction for our academic activities within education, research, and innovation. The Action Plan for Innovation and Entrepreneurship concretizes the strategy, and will facilitate priorities and activities that contribute to UiT fulfilling its social mission. It is an objective that all publicly funded research shall benefit society through dissemination, dissemination of results and implementation of new knowledge. The instruments under UiT Talent innovation are part of the action plan for innovation and entrepreneurship, and from 2023 include innovation grants for master's and PhD students, UiT's innovation fund for employees and the announcement of 2-year innovation positions.

Innovation grant for master and PhD students 

Much of the research that are carried out in connection with master's/PhD work has an innovation potential that can be followed up by providing additional resources. UiT's innovation grants will give the candidate time and opportunity to develop the idea further into a potential innovation. The innovation grant will be important for increasing UiT's innovation and entrepreneurship activity, as well as educating students who contribute to innovation and entrepreneurship. The scheme can also be used to strengthen R&D cooperation with private business and the public sector. The innovation grant should not be seen as an extension of master's/PhD work, but something that comes in addition to this. The research group is responsible for following up the candidate during the project period. Two scholarships are awarded per year.

The application deadline for 2023 was 14th of April 2023.  A new announcement will come in 2024. The 2023 call is included below as an example. If you have any questions, these can be addressed to Inger Lin U. Ræder, Senior Adviser Research and Innovation, SEFU.

Call 2023 (application deadline closed)

For 2023, funding totaling NOK 1 000 000 will be allocated to two grants of up to NOK 500,000 in total (up to 6 months' salary) from central level associated with follow-up of innovation and commercialization work. The faculty/department contributes with coverage of other costs, including laboratories/office space to the candidate.

The scholarship

  • The grant from the strategic fund of up to NOK 500 000 in total will be used to finance up to 6 months' salary for PhD/master’s candidates who have an idea they wish to further develop into a potential innovation.
  • The application type is open for funding of various types of innovation (product innovation, process innovation, service innovation, social innovation). This must be ticked in the application template. For product innovations (and possibly process innovations), the application type is open to early-phase projects (Proof-of-concept) before submission of DOFI (Disclosure of invention). There is, however, an expectation that a DOFI can be submitted during the grant period for this type of innovation.
  • It is assumed that the faculty/department contributes by covering all other costs and provide laboratories and office space for the candidate.
  • It is assumed that the research group contributes with own time to assist the candidate during the project period.
  • When an innovation grant is granted, the applicant will be employed at the department at UiT where the research group belongs. The current rules for IPR are the same as for academic staff at UiT.
  • The application template must be used, and the application must be submitted via Nettskjema.


  • The candidate must be affiliated with a department at UiT. For master's level, the candidate must have submitted their master's thesis by 1st of June 2023 or have completed their education up to 12 months before the application deadline. For PhD level, the candidate must be studying at the start of the scholarship.
  • The idea must be based on research conducted at UiT and must have innovation potential. It is an advantage if the need/market for the innovation has been identified.
  • The probability of realising the innovation must be high. The research group must provide guidance and mentoring for the candidate. Being part of a research group that can demonstrate good results in innovation or can document close and good cooperation with business/public enterprises will be positive.
  • The grant is intended to contribute to the realisation of the innovation and give the candidate the opportunity to develop, concretise or develop the idea further.
  • Necessary own contribution must be available from the department and/or faculty. Any additional contributions from the faculty/institute that contribute to an extension of the scholarship period beyond 6 months must be specified and will count positively in the assessment.
  • The application itself must contain a description of the idea, an explanation of why the idea and the applicant should receive an innovation grant, a description of the academic environment and available support from the department/faculty, and which relevant sources of funding it intends to apply for after the grant period has expired.
  • The application must be approved by the head of department.

Application template and attachments

The application must contain information about the applicant, supervisor and any others involved. Furthermore, it must contain a description of the idea with a tick for the type of innovation, a justification as to why the idea and the applicant should receive an innovation grant, specification of the academic environment and a description of available support from the department/faculty. The application template must be used and can be found here.

The application must also contain the candidate's CV, a budget, and a confirmation of contribution from the faculty/institute. If a DOFI has been submitted, confirmation of this must also be attached. Candidates who have not submitted their master's thesis at the time of application must attach a confirmation from the faculty/institute that they will submit by 31/05/2023.

The application is submitted via Nettskjema. Only applications submitted via Nettskjema will be approved. Application deadline 14.04.2023 at 13:00 (ECT). The result is expected in June 2023.

Application processing

All applications must be approved by department management before they are sent to SEFU for processing.

“Strategisk utvalg for Innovasjon” (SUI) ranks the applications and gives advice on which projects are to be funded, if necessary, in consultation with the relevant academic community at UiT and TTO. Allocated funding are transferred when the institute has accepted the grant and a project agreement has been made. SEFU is secretariat for the application process. A final report with a description of the results must be delivered to SEFU within 2 months after the end of the project.

Sist oppdatert: 26.04.2023

Innovation fund for employees

An innovation fund is being established at UiT with the purpose of increasing the number of innovations among employees. The fund will provide support for innovation ideas at UiT and is now open for applications. You can apply for support within three different categories (pilot projects, main projects, and supplementary funding). The instrument is application-based.

The application must be delivered via Nettskjema. Application templates must be used.

Contact persons:  

Inger Lin U. Ræder, senior adviser research and innovation, SEFU  

Elisabeth Blix Bakkelund, senior adviser research and innovation, SEFU

Application templates

The template for main projects is based on the template from The Research Council of Norway for verification projects. The template for pilot projects is a simplified version of this. Applications for supplementary funding must attach the external application and evaluation report.  

Template pilot projects

Template main projects

Sist oppdatert: 20.04.2023

Pilot projects will support various types of innovation and are intended to capture innovative ideas from research groups. The projects will support early phase idea development so that you can check whether the idea is viable (for example Proof-of-concept before DOFI and for mapping of service needs). The projects will have a maximum duration of 6 months and you can apply for support of up to NOK 100 000. The type of innovation must be specified in the application form (product innovation, process innovation, service innovation, social innovation, other). The application must be approved by the faculty/department. It is expected that the pilot projects should result in the submission of DOFI,or clarification of the societal impact. 

Total funding: 500 000 NOK  

Deadline: Open-ended, within the total funding frame 

Application requirements: 

  • The applicant must be academic staff at UiT (might be in team with students). 
  • The project must be pre-start-up and cannot be directly linked to an existing company.
  • Projects must be anchored institutionally, a faculty/department at UiT must support the project and approve the application. 

Assessment criteria: 


  • Research results. To what extent is the underlying research base adequately described, including who is behind the research, what is novel and why is the research interesting?  
  • Degree of innovation. To what extent is the need or problem to be solved in a new or better way accounted for and how does it differ from existing solutions (state-of-the-art)? 


  • Value proposition and benefit to society. Describes the value of the innovation to the intended end user. To what extent does the project describe important societal challenges that the project may potentially contribute to solving? 
  • Plans for sharing of knowledge. To what extent are the plans for sharing of knowledge and use of the research results accounted for? 


  • Project plan. To what extent does the project explain what will be done, why the activities are important, what is considered a successful outcome, and what the results will trigger? To what extent does the project present a realistic implementation plan with measurable milestones and associated activities? 
  • Management, team, and expertise. To what extent does the project have access to the necessary resources and expertise to implement the project? To what extent does the project have a plan for involving relevant external actors (investors, partners, clients, stakeholders, mentors, public and societal actors etc.)? 

Funding can be allocated to: 

  • Personnel costs for necessary activities for concept development
  • Consulting services, external R&D services 
  • Materials 

Costs that do not fit to the above categories must be specified in the application, for approvement.    

What is NOT funded: 

Basic research, development costs for companies, development and marketing of existing products and services, communication activities.  

Administrative procedures: 

Applications are assessed, and decisions on funding taken as they are received, within the total frame of the funding. Application assessment is done administratively, if necessary, in consultation with the professional environment at UiT and TTO. Final decision by level 1/prorector for research and development. 


The project leader is responsible for implementation and final reporting after the project has been finished. 

Template for pilot projects

Sist oppdatert: 20.04.2023

Main projects can have a maximum time frame of 18 months, and you can apply for support of up to NOK 375 000. The grant will also trigger additional funds for support from Norinnova AS of up to NOK 200 000. This funding is primarily aimed at commercialization projects and requires a submitted DOFI together with an approval from faculty/department. 

Total funding: 1 500 000 NOK 

Deadline: 15.05.2023, 13:00 CET 

Application requirements:  

  • The applicant must be academic staff at UiT (might be in team with students). 
  • Projects must be based on a DOFI submitted to UiT, the conformation letter(s) of submitted DOFI must be attached. 
  • The project must be pre-start-up and cannot be linked to an existing company.
  • Projects must be anchored institutionally, a faculty/department at UiT must support the project and approve the application. 

Assessment criteria: 

The assesment criteria are the same as the assessment criteria used by The Research Council of Norway for verification projects. 

You can apply for funding for: 

  • Personnel costs for necessary activities for idea development  
  • Consulting services, external R&D services 
  • Materials 

All costs that do not fit under the above categories must be specified in the application and approved. 

What is NOT funded: Fundamental research, development costs for companies, development and marketing of existing products and services, communication activities.   

Administrative procedures: The applications will be pre-ranked by representatives from UiT and Norinnova. «Strategisk utvalg for innovasjon» (SUI)  will thereafter give advice on the ranking of proposals. Decision is taken by level 1/ prorector research and development. Deadline: 15.05.2023 13:00 CET.     

Reporting: The project leader is responsible for professional deliveries and for final reporting after the project has finished. The report must include how the funds have been used and a summary of the status of milestones. 

Template for main projects

Sist oppdatert: 07.06.2023

UiT wants to facilitate increased innovation activity by contributing supplementary funding to externally funded innovation projects.  The funding shall be used for additional activities that support or build on the externally funded project, and not for partial funding of the externally funded project.  

Total funding: Total funds within this category will be a minimum of NOK 1 million per year. The amount may be higher, depending on the number of funded projects within the other categories. The amount of support will be assessed based on the size of the externally funded project, the need for supplementary support, and the available total funding.  

Deadline: 10.11.2023, 13:00 CET 

Application requirements: 

  • Ongoing UiT-leaded/coordinated projects that have been granted qualification- or verification projects from The Research Council of Norway or innovation grants from Horizon Europe (ERC PoC, EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIT KIC Actions) is eligible to apply.
  • The project leader must be academic staff at UiT, and the support must be allocated to the project at UiT.

Assessment criteria: based on the external evaluation and the need for supplementary funding. 

Administrative procedures:  Relevant projects that have been granted external funding must apply for this supplementary funding by November 2023. SEFU processes the applications, and decision is taken by level 1 w/prorector for research and development. 

What is funded: The funding must be used for independent additional activities that support or build on the externally funded project and will not support activities that are already covered.   

What is NOT funded: the support cannot be used as in-kind in the external application. 

Sist oppdatert: 25.04.2023

Innovation positions

In 2019, UiT introduced an instrument with the allocation of 2-year innovation positions to further develop ideas that have great innovative potential. This instrument is continued under UiT Talent. The call for 2023 is published. Please see the complete call with eligibility- and evaluation criteria here.

Sist oppdatert: 26.10.2023

Innovation laboratories

The instrument is under detailing, and will be introduced in 2024.

Sist oppdatert: 26.04.2023

Student entrepreneurship fund

This instrument will be introduced in 2024. The purpose of the funding is to help advance ideas, and applicants must show concrete measures/activities they wish to carry out. These will often be related to idea development, prototyping, research and testing of marked needs, etc. The funding cannot go to wages.

Sist oppdatert: 24.04.2023