Call for SPARK projects

The application deadline for this call was 15 November 2018. We received 23 applications within the deadline. Finalists will be selected medio December 2018. They will be invited to pitch projects before our external SPARK review panel primo January 2019. A new call will be out in the fall 2019.

The application process

Step 1: Use the application form available below and submit by 15 November 2018.
Step 2: Selection of finalists by our SPARK management team medio December 2018. Finalists get an invitation to pitch projects before our external SPARK review panel primo January 2019.
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 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

The selection criteria are very simple. Proposed projects must:

  1. Work on health-related topics (human or animal health) in the life science domain
  2. Meet an unmet need in this domain
  3. Utilize a novel approach
  4. 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:
    • Clinical testing
    • Be an attractive licensing option
    • Be at a stage where further funding from other sources can be obtained

Who can apply?

Any UiO, 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 that 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.

Published Aug. 29, 2018 2:06 PM - Last modified Nov. 20, 2018 7:17 AM