Do you have an Idea?


NTNU Discovery supports good ideas from employees and students at  NTNU/Helse Midt-Norge. We provide financial support early in the process, when no one else is willing to step in. That is why our contribution is important. With our support you have the opportunity to develop, confirm and  assure the quality of your idea before you move forward.

The support scheme will probably also help increase the quality of your idea and give it a good push forward on the development path towards a product and / or company.

We also know that if you have received support from NTNU Discovery, the chances  for that others will raise money for you increase.

Who can apply?

There are different application requirements for the main project and pre-project and for employees at NTNU and for students at NTNU. Click on the project that is relevant to you.

– Main project
– Pilotproject, employee
– Pilotproject, student



Applications for main projects and innovation grants are evaluated by an external jury of independent members.

Applications for main projects and innovation grants are evaluated by an external jury of independent members. The jury evaluates applications individually based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Degree of innovation
  • Market potential
  • Team, project plan and commercialization strategy
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Contribution to achievement of UN sustainable development goals

Selected projects will then be invited to present their idea to the jury, after which the jury will make an overall assessment of the project using an assessment form.

Finally, the jury will submit a prioritized recommendation for funding to a steering committee, chaired by NTNU’s Pro-Rector for Innovation. The steering committee will make the final decision on grants and funding. Pilot projects are evaluated administratively, based on the same criteria as above, in consultation with the jury and relevant vice deans/academic environments at NTNU and clinic/innovation directors at HMN.


Discovery pilot projects and main projects

Payroll and indirect expenses: Personnel costs to cover necessary activities for concept development and increasing the project’s value.
NTNU Discovery will cover paid leaves of absence for employees at HMN/NTNU for contributions to the project with up to 20 % of the grant from NTNU Discovery. In addition, up to 10 % of the NTNU Discovery grant may be used for project management (payroll expenses).

Consulting services: Costs associated with acquiring services from subcontractors or other development service providers, including external R&D and consulting services.

Materials and equipment: Costs associated with buying materials and equipment for the production of prototypes, necessary equipment for laboratory testing, etc.

Costs associated with the use of laboratories: Varies expenses associated with the use of laboratories, such as laboratory fees or other expenses associated with the lease of similar facilities.

Patenting costs: Funding for pilot projects does not cover patenting costs, whereas funding for main projects may cover such costs.

Other costs: Any costs not fitting into any of the above categories must be specified and must be directly associated with the project’s commercialization objectives in order to be covered by NTNU Discovery.

Basic research, development or marketing of existing products and services, or business development costs.







Application deadline:
1. juni 2022

Pilot project employee

Application deadline:
Last day of each month  Jan-March-May-June-Aug-Oct-Nov

Pilot project Student

Application deadline:
Last day of each month  Jan-March-May-June-Aug-Oct-Nov

What do we NOT support?

The project must be pre-startup, it should not be linked to existing company.


Jan Hassel
Telefon: 906 53 180
Kontor: Hovedbygget, sokkel

Håvard Wibe
Telefon: 41 47 37 68
Kontor: Hovedbygget, sokkel

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