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 project or the TTO.
What to apply for
The funding should be used for activities identified as necessary to bring the innovation and/or commercialization processes of the project forward. Examples of activities that can be funded include idea scouting, customer exploration, commercial validation, business modelling, partner searches, IP strategies, minor FTOs and patent landscape reports, regulatory strategies, innovation training etc. The funding can be used either for hiring external expertise and competency to assist and support with defined activities or for costs related to travelling to meet with potential customers, users, partners etc.
The funding can not be used to buy materials and equipment or to finance activities defined as research.
The maximum amount that can be applied for is 50.000 NOK (excl mva) per project.
Requirements for the funding
The project applying for funding has to be engaged in the planned activities. If the TTO is involved and parts of the funding is used to pay for their services, they have to contribute with co-funding of at least 25 % 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 an innovation coordinator of the Centre prior to submission. The application is submitted using this web form.
The application contains three sections:
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 write a short summary, maximum 1/2 page, of the actual status of your project.
Next step, plan and budget
Provide a short project plan describing the activities you would like to do using the funding. Each activity should have a start and end date and a cost estimate/budget. The budget has to show the split of cost between the project, the centre and, if applicable, the TTO. Also describe what the long term plan is - what will you do next, after having completed the suggested activities, to make sure the innovation project continues.
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 one Innovation Coordinator and 3 other members of the coordinator team, Final decision will be taken by the Innovation Coordinators on the basis of the recommendations given by the panel.
The application will be evaluated against the following criteria:
The suggested activities should have focus on innovation and/or commercialization and be considered necessary to make progress in the innovation process.
The suggested activities should be possible to accomplish within the given timeframe and budget and be able to give the expected result presented.
Competence sharing and reporting
It is a requirement for the application to be approved that the project is willing to share the experiences and lessons learned from the funded activities with the other projects associated to the centre. This can be done through blog posts, news or articles on the web page or as presentations in different fora such as the yearly conference.
The work done using the innovation funding, and the results obtained, should 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.