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Funding awarded for four projects that help change the way people and goods move

The purpose of the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity call was to foster the establishment of Nordic innovation projects, new Nordic partnerships, value chains and/or business models that help speed up the transition to a sustainable future, where Nordic citizens benefit from innovative mobility and connectivity solutions.

This call for proposals covered two topics

  • Seamless, integrated and people-centric mobility, or   
  • Sustainable, secure, energy-efficient and decarbonized mobility

The call also combined two of the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program’s action areas and built on two separate calls for project outlines launched in 2018

  • Quality of Life Through Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity 
  • Clusters and Ecosystems as Drivers of Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity

Nordic Innovation received 12 applications and after careful consideration, with the help of extern evaluation panel consisting of experts from all the Nordic countries, four projects were approved for funding. A majority of the 15 funded stage 1 projects that were implemented in early 2019 applied for funding for the next stage.

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"All the projects have the potential to create a lot of impact."

– Nina Egeli, Senior Innovation Adviser, Nordic Innovation

"What we were looking for at this stage, were strong Nordic consortia, Nordic added value, impact creation for society, the Nordic region and businesses and the sustainability of the projects after the funding has stopped. We wanted projects that could clearly contribute to changing the way people and goods move and speed up the transition to a more sustainable future of mobility”, says Nina Egeli, Senior Innovation Adviser from Nordic Innovation.  

The four projects that will receive funding of up to NOK 4 million, represent a variation of transport modes, geography, types of partners and project activities.

"All the projects have the potential to create a lot of impact. We are talking about, amongst others, quality of life, sustainability, accessibility, as well as a huge potential for Nordic businesses to get on board with their innovations. When we combine the best of what the Nordic countries can deliver on mobility, the Nordic region and Nordic businesses can really make their mark and considerably strengthen their position at a global level", Egeli concludes.

The funded projects are:

The Connected Ship 

Next Nordic Green Transport Wave - Large Vehicles 

Nordic Mobility Innovation Platform 

Nordic Network for Electric Aviation

Want to know more about the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity call? Read more here.

The call will be reopened before christmas with a deadline at the end of March 2020.


Portrait Nina Egeli

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Portrait Ivar Josefsson

Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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Mikael von Dorrien

Senior Innovation Adviser
Mikael has long experience working within the field of hightech startups. With a background from Swedish Almi Invest, he has in depth knowledge of the startup investor market. Since 2014 Mikael has worked at Nordic Innovation with entrepreneurship, Nordic Innovation Houses and now the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.

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