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 11 November 2021.

The application process

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Step 1: Use the application form available below and submit by 11 November 2021. We strongly recommend that you contact SPARK Norway (sparknorway@lifescience.uio.no) before submitting an application, and 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 2021. Finalists get an invitation to pitch their projects before our external SPARK review panel medio January 2022.

Step 3: All projects admitted to SPARK Norway will receive mentorship and guidance. There are two categories of admission, who differs in time and funding:

  • Full SPARKee: The project is admitted for two years, and will receive up to NOK 500 000 per year based on the accomplishment of milestones
  • Prospect SPARKee: The projects are evaluated as high potential, but too early. These projects will be admitted for one year without funding. If the agreed milestones are achieved during the first year, the projects can apply for direct admission as Full SPARKee for two consecutive years with funding of up to NOK 500 000 per year based on the accomplishment of milestones

All project teams will present their project status to the SPARK Norway community in regular meetings. A total of 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.

The project leader of the application is expected to coordinate the team and participate in all SPARK Norway activities. The project leader does not have to be the most senior member of the team.

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


The application deadline was 11 November. The application process is closed.

Published Aug. 27, 2021 10:16 AM - Last modified Nov. 12, 2021 7:49 AM