Apply for optimization funding (BIOTEK2021)

Researchers have the opportunity to apply for funding for research projects with a commercial potential from The Norwegian Research Council. Optimization funding is a golden opportunity to obtain the funds needed to conduct testing, up-scaling, forwarding or continuation of your research project in the fields of biotechnology and bio prospecting.

Would you like to hear more about BIOTEK20201/FORNY2020? The Norwegian Research Council will visit Bergen on June 21st. Read more about the info meeting here

About BIOTEK2021

BIOTEK2021 is a program that helps implement the government’s national strategy for biotechnology. The optimization fund is intended to contribute to further development of acquired research results and ideas from earlier biotechnological research and bio prospecting towards commercial application.

The optimization funds will finance research and development of biotechnical products, processes and services with a commercial potential.

More information about BIOTEK2021 is available at

Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (BTO) is one of seven approved project partners in BIOTEK2021. We can assist researchers in the Bergen area in writing the application and handle the commercial development of the project. In the last years, 30 – 50% of our applications have been successful. The six active projects we have in 2016 will receive approximately 44 mNOK from the Norwegian Research Council. Seize this opportunity and collaborate with us to get funding from BIOTEK2021!


  • 15 page application
  • Budget: 3 – 8 mNOK
  • Duration: 2 – 3 years
  • Up to 100% funding

The announcement may be subject to change.

Application process

  • Get in touch as soon as possible and preferable before 25. June to start the preliminary discussions about the project
  • The process of establishing a project and writing the application should start as soon as possible. Mature projects will be prioritized
  • Application deadline: 7. September 2016

Ideas that reach us after 25. June will also be considered, but please note that the chance of putting together a good and full application within the short deadline is small. We do not yet know how much funds will be made available.

Contact information

Please contact us to start the project discussions or if you have any questions. We look forward to hear from you!

Health, biomedicine and molecular biology: Katinka Tofte Amundsen

Marine disciplines: Steffen Boga

General inquiries: Randi Elisabeth Taxt


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