10 Norwegian companies compete for funding in robotics project

The first open call of the EU-project TRINITY has closed, placing Norway at joint fourth place in terms of submitted applications.

DigitalNorway is part of the EU project TRINITY, under the Horizon 2020 research programme. TRINITY provides funding and support for eligible projects that are able to apply robotics and related technologies to agile production. In terms of number of applications, Norway placed fourth – with ten applications.

On 13 March 115 applications from 25 countries have been submitted to TRINITY. These applications will compete for 13 to 15 projects that will be funded. The projects will get access to €300,000 equity free funding for developing demonstrators based on used case or novel solutions. The open call was aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) implementing advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and IoT solutions for agile production.

Top 5 countries in terms of number of applications submitted: 

  • Finland 20
  • Italy 18
  • Germany 16
  • Belgium 10
  • Norway 10

In order to spread the word and reach eligible companies, DigitalNorway collaborated with iKuben, Skogmo Industripark, Oslo Science Park, UiT – Norges arktiske universitet and MESH. With help from our partners, we have ensured a strong representation of Norwegian SMEs who have participated in TRINITY’s first open call. The results of the applications are expected  by the end of April, and we believe many among the ten applications from Norway stands a strong chance and will get funded.

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DigitalNorway’s role in the process has been to seek out and assist SMEs who tick off the right boxes for the criterias, and to inform them about the many benefits of being part of the TRINITY project. The SMEs who have participated says the support from DigitalNorway has made the proposal writing easier, as well as contributing to increasing the success rate:

“I have written several proposals in the past, but I never got support from an external reviewer like in this application. The experience was very good, as I believe Digital Norway helped me in improving the quality of the proposal and increasing the chances of success of the application. All my doubts on the application were solved in a few minutes and this has definitely helped me in managing to write and submit the proposal in a week, which is indeed an excellent result! I really appreciated the quick feedback I received even outside the working hours (i.e. weekend or early in the morning) and the quality of the inputs, including simple corrections of the English forms, format changes but above all substantial comments (i.e. missing descriptions, key points overlooked, etc.). Having some experience with proposals, I can tell these types of proposals requires not only knowledge of the application process and related tricks but also a lot of patience and passion for the job. I really wish to thank Digital Norway for the extremely good and efficient service provided!” (Davide Caputo, CTO, Winowautomation)

“The support from Digital Norway has been fantastic. They have been a great support, working late to help out in the application process. Without DigitalNorway we could not have completed the application.” (Espen Davidsen, COO, Intelecy)

DigitalNorway Statistics

  • Total number of project proposal started with: 10
  • Total number of project proposal dropped out last minute: 4
  • Total Number of applications submitted: 6
  • Total Number of SMEs participated: 12
  • Total Number of RTOs/Large companies mobilized: 3
  • Total number of countries mobilised: 4 (Norway, UK, France, Germany and India)

Participating in Horizon2020-projects such as TRINITY is part of the eco-system for a Digital Innovation Hub; one of the focus areas is to provide business and financing support to increase innovation. DigitalNorway is currently one of only four organizations in Norway who have been recognized as a Digital Innovation Hub by The European Commission.

Digital Innovation Hubs are one-stop-shops that help companies to become more competitive with regards to their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies. They are based upon technology infrastructure (Competence Centre – CC) and provide access to the latest knowledge, expertise and technology to support their customers with piloting, testing and experimenting with digital innovations. (Source: The European Commission)

Overall statistics of the applicants

Country # per  country
Finland 20
Italy 18
Germany 16
Belgium 10
Norway 10
Spain 7
Denmark 4
Netherlands 3
France 3
Latvia 3
Romania 2
Turkey 2
Slovenia 2
Greece 2
Hungary 2
Portugal 2
Poland 1
Israel 1
Austria 1
United Kingdom 1
Switzerland 1
Russia 1
Cyprus 1
Serbia 1
Lithuania 1
Grand Total 115


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