Call for SPARK Norway projects

Are you a scientist working on health-related topics in the life science domain? Do you have an idea for a new solution or technology with innovation potential, but need help to take the next steps? Why not let UiO:Life Science’s two-year innovation programme SPARK Norway help you! The application deadline was 12 November 2020.

The application process

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Step 1: Use the application form available below and submit by 12 November 2020. We strongly recommend that you contact SPARK Norway ( as early as possible if you have an idea that you think is applicable to the program. SPARK Norway will set up a meeting with you to clarify the applicability and other questions you may have to the program.

Step 2: Selection of finalists by our SPARK management team medio December 2020. Finalists get an invitation to pitch projects before our external SPARK review panel primo January 2021.

Step 3: Projects selected for uptake to the SPARK Norway programme will receive guidance and financial support (up to 500 000 NOK per year – maximum two years based on the accomplishment of milestones). Project teams will present their project status to the SPARK Norway community in regular meetings. Approximately 5 projects will be included in the programme in this round.

Selection criteria

Proposed projects must:

  1. Work on health-related topics (human or animal health) in the life science domain
  2. Based on the project team, stage of project, and development path, have the potential to advance to one of the following with 2 years of SPARK Norway support:
    • Start and develop an investable company
    • Clinical testing
    • Be an attractive licensing option
    • Be at a stage where further funding from other sources can be obtained

The projects are reviewed and ranked according to the following selection criteria:

  1. Unmet medical need/need in the market
  2. Novelty/uniqueness of the new solution
  3. Strength of Proof-of-Principles
  4. Market potential and fit
  5. IP strategy
  6. Strength and motivation of the team
  7. Fit with SPARK Norway

Who can apply?

Any University of Oslo (UiO), Oslo University Hospital (OUS) or Akershus University Hospital (Ahus) affiliate (faculty, hospital, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student team) is welcome to apply. However, at least one person in the project team must be employed at UiO.

For project leaders who are not employed at UiO a project team member employed at UiO must be named in the application. All funding will be transferred via the UiO department of this project member.

Ideas in all phases, from very early to more developed, are eligible.

Application form

Download template (.docx) for project proposal.

Fill out the template and upload in the application form below.

Published Aug. 31, 2020 3:24 PM - Last modified Nov. 13, 2020 9:36 AM