Better your chances to receive EU-funding


Tor Arne Johnsen has over 20 years experience dealing with EU-related projects. 

Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster has a dedicated EU-advisor who can help your company succeed with EU applications.

 There are several EU-programs who grant funding for offshore wind related projects and companies. Tor-Arne Johnsen has worked with EU-projects for over 20 years, and now he uses his experience to support members of Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster.

- EU aims to be an accelerator for the green shift in Europe, and through different programs they support sustainable projects and initiatives. Norwegian offshore wind stake holders have several advantages in the competition for funding, and we would like to help them on their way, says Johnsen.

These are the free EU services we offer

  • Assess which support schemes are best for the company
  • Establish links to relevant EU calls
  • Connect the company to a partnership with EU announcements
  • Help design partnerships for your business
  • Support for practical activities in the application process

Why should offshore businesses apply

  • Through projects, you will build networks for potential customers and suppliers that can be important for market introduction in relevant markets
  • You will build reference projects and experience that are crucial to winning contracts in a global market
  • Your business develops and demonstrates new solutions that help win contracts in a global market
  • EU offers 70 % financing of innovation projects 


These are the EU-projects you can apply for



The EU's ninth framework program for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, started on 1 January 2021 with a proposed total budget of 95.5 billion euros. Norwegians can apply for funding in the same way companies, public enterprises and research institutions in EU member states do. In Horizon Europe, the structure is retained with three columns as we know it from Horizon 2020, but the content of the individual columns changes somewhat.


Support for the development of groundbreaking and innovative technologies with commercialization potential. The scheme is mainly based on investments in future technologies (FET) in Horizon 2020.



Support and guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for market introduction and upscaling. The scheme is based on the SMB instrument and Fast Track to Innovation in Horizon 2020.


Basically, companies get 70 percent of their real costs covered in Horizon Europe. In addition, working hours are covered by 25% overhead.



Eurostars is the largest international funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation. Your consortium must spotlight an innovative SME as the main project participant.



EUS funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies. Two funding schemes: ‘Large-scale’ are projects with a capital expenditure above EUR 7.5 million and Small-scale’ are projects with total capital costs below EUR 7.5 million.



He has a background from the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he worked with EU and EEA issues,  and participated in several working groups in both the EU and EFTA. Tor Arne became head of Sørlandet's European office in 2009 and led the office to become a provider of EU project services in Sørlandet in 2013. From 2015, Tor Arne has offered EU project services on the "SMB Instrument" / "EIC Accelerator" in collaboration with, among others, Nordic Innovators. He now works full time for the Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster.

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