Pilot project student

The purpose of a pilot project is to establish a basis for further development of an idea that could lead to funding of a main project through Discovery or attract other sources of funding. Pilot projects make it possible to verify, explore or build prototypes to mitigate technical and commercial risks. Students may apply for a grant of up to NOK 75,000 for pilot projects. Pilot projects have a time frame of maximum 6 months and are established as internal projects under the relevant department/clinic. The project responsible must be employed by the department and is responsible for the administration of the project. The project manager is responsible for implementation and reporting.

Application deadlines:
Monthly (last day of each month, applications are not processed in July)


  • Applicant(s) must be active students at NTNU (confirmed by the vice dean of innovation on the application form) accepted into a study programme at one of NTNU’s departments.
  • Applicants based in Trondheim must be selected for funding from TrønderEnergi-bidraget through SPARK* and be assigned a SPARK mentor. The mentor’s name must be specified in the application.
  • The project must be pre-start-up; it cannot be associated with any existing business enterprise.
  • The application must be submitted using the application template for NTNU Discovery Pilot Project – 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


  • 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).
  • External consulting services – costs related to the purchase of services from subcontractors or other development services, including the purchase of external FoU and other external consulting services
  • Equipment and materials – costs related to the purchase of materials and equipment for the production of a prototype, necessary equipment for laboratory testing and the like
  • Laboratory rent – costs associated with renting a laboratory or similar facilities
  • Patent costs – main projects can apply to have patent costs covered
  • Other costs – here are directly project-related costs that do not fall under the other items. All costs in this section must be directly related to achieving the commercial goals and must be specified.


NTNU Discovery does not support research activities and / or the development or marketing of existing products / services. The project must be pre-startup, it must not be linked to an existing company.

Pilot project student

What do we NOT support?

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


Remember that you must have the application signed by the Prodekan, to confirm that the application is accepted at the Department / Faculty / Clinic.


For studenter med studiested i Trondheim, må prosjektet må ha mottatt finansiering fra Trønderenergibidraget gjennom SPARK*og ha fått SPARK-mentor. Studenter fra Ålesund og Gjøvik kan se bort fra dette kravet.


Jan Hassel
Epost: jan.hassel@ntnu.no
Telefon: 906 53 180
Kontor: Hovedbygget, sokkel

Håvard Wibe
Epost: havard.wibe@ntnu.no
Telefon: 41 47 37 68
Kontor: Hovedbygget, sokkel

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