Personal Overseas Research Grant
The following describes requirements for grant proposals submitted under this type of application. Any amendments or additions to the requirements below will be described in the call for proposals. Grant applications that do not satisfy all the requirements listed for the application type and/or stipulated in the call for proposals will be rejected.
To award a personal grant to a designated individual (including doctoral and post-doctoral fellows) as a step in promoting competence building in, and the internationalisation of, Norwegian research.
Generally, overseas research grants are awarded under the auspices of a project funded by the Research Council, i.e. as an integral part of a researcher project or combined with a personal post-doctoral or doctoral research fellowship. In those cases the relevant type of application must be used. Overseas research fellowships may also be announced separately. Grants of this type are ordinarily only provided for visits abroad lasting from three to 12 months.
Expenses that may be covered:
Overseas research grants cover documented living costs and added costs of settling in associated with a research visits abroad (based on fixed rates). Any surplus may be liable to taxation, and will be subject to assessment by the tax authorities. It is also possible to apply for funding to cover travel expenses (cheapest mode of travel). Support may be granted within a given project for several shorter-term visits and more than one round-trip ticket for researchers with children of school age or younger (under 16) and who choose to travel without their children and spouse/partner. See Rates for more information.
Applications will be accepted from:
A Norwegian research institution (university, university college, research institute or other institution at which research constitutes an important activity).
- The Project Owner (formal applicant) must be a Norwegian institution, and must supply the name of the designated project administrator. Any exceptions to this rule will be described in the call for proposals.
- Any special requirements regarding the language in which the grant proposal is to be submitted will be specified in the call for proposals.
- The project description is not exceed 5 pages, including the list of references. It is not possible to upload an attachment that exceeds the page total stipulated. The page format must be A4 with 2 cm margins, single spacing and a 12-point font.
- The grant proposal will be evaluated relative to the assessment criteria that apply to the particular type of application, and the requirements and principles set out in the call for proposals.
Attachments to the application
A Mandatory attachments:
- Project description
- CV with publications list (max. 4 pages).
- Recommendation from own institute/research group.
B Attachments that may be required in the call for proposals
Only the attachments requested in the call for proposals should be submitted. Attachments that have not been requested will not be included in the application review process.
- Letters of confirmation from partners.
- Only items that are stipulated in the call for proposals should be attached to the grant proposal application. Types of attachments that have not been requested will not be included in the application review process.
Note: Non-binding declarations of support are not to be submitted.
C Optional attachments:
- Proposals for up to three expert referees who are presumed to be impartial and qualified to review the grant proposal.
Assessment of grant proposals
The Research Council views it as a prerequisite that all projects will maintain high ethical standards, and give adequate consideration to potential environmental impacts.
The Research Council considers it essential that research projects seek to promote the internationalisation of Norwegian research, to increase the recruitment of women to higher academic positions and within MST subject areas, to enhance the gender balance in Norwegian research and to ensure that gender perspectives are adequately integrated into research activities.
These elements will be taken into consideration when assessing and ranking grant proposals.
Assessment criteria for the application:
- Candidates for grants/fellowships
- Implementation plan and resource parameters
- Dissemination and communication of results
- Relevance relative to the call for proposals
Additional assessment criteria may be specified in the call for proposals
Scientific merit is a comprehensive criterion that gives an indication of essential, fundamental aspects of the research project. The scientific merit of a project will be assessed in relation to the following points:
- Originality in the form of scientific innovation and/or the development of new knowledge.
- Whether the research questions, hypotheses and objectives have been clearly and adequately specified.
- The strength of the theoretical approach, operationalisation and use of scientific methods.
- Documented knowledge about the research front.
- The degree to which the scientific basis of the project is realistic.
- The scientific scope in terms of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, when relevant.
Candidates for grants/fellowships
In cases where a candidate for a grant/fellowship is specified by name (documented), evaluation will be focused on assessing the candidate’s qualifications.
Evaluation will be focused on determining whether the research group has the requisite expertise, resources and/or infrastructure, and sufficient contacts at the national and international levels.
When considering fellowship applicants, the evaluation will assess whether there is a good learning environment and whether efforts have been made to ensure that candidates complete their programmes. For overseas researcher grants, the research group abroad will be assessed.
Implementation plan and resource parameters
This criterion gives an indication of whether the plan for project implementation is satisfactory, and whether the planned use of resources is reasonable based on assessment of the following elements of the project:
- Plans for project implementation, including breakdown into work packages/sub-projects, milestones and deliverables.
- Need for personnel resources, as listed in terms of work time distributed by work packages, sub-projects or milestones.
- Need for other resources (such as equipment, data collection, field work), distributed by work packages/sub-projects or milestones.
The assessment is not to give consideration to any scientific risks involved.
Evaluation will be focused on the extent to which the project will contribute to the internationalisation of Norwegian research and/or industry in the relevant field, and the plans for accomplishing this. Further, consideration will be given to whether the selection of international partners will help to enhance the project's quality and feasibility.
Dissemination of results
Evaluation will be focused on plans for communicating results (at the scholarly and popular levels) and user contact, including target groups and the intended means of disseminating information.
Environmental, ethical and gender perspectives
The following perspectives are to be integrated into all research funded by the Research Council:
The Research Council attaches importance to the potential impact of research projects on the external environment. The project description must therefore state whether the utilisation of project results will entail any significant environmental impacts (positive or negative). If the project is expected to have such impacts, then answers to the following must be provided: Is there a need for research associated with these environmental impacts? Has the project defined primary or secondary objectives that seek to clarify these environmental impacts?
The Research Council emphasises the need for projects to maintain high ethical standards. As a general rule, relevant ethical questions must be addressed in the grant application.
The checklist found at http://www.etikkom.no/Forskningsetikk/Etiske-retningslinjer/Forskningsetisk-sjekkliste/, drawn up by the National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT), is applicable to all subject areas.
More information on ethical perspectives may be found in the guidelines for ethics in research drawn up by the national committees for research ethics and in the Act on Ethics and Integrity in Research. An overview and more details may also be found at http://www.etikkom.no/In-English/.
Gender equality and gender perspectives
The Research Council is concerned about the implications of projects for gender equality in Norwegian research and views it as essential that gender perspectives are given adequate consideration in the research projects.
It is a Research Council policy objective to ensure the recruitment of a greater number of women to top-level positions in universities, university colleges and independent research institutes. Thus, consideration will be given to the manner in which the research projects serve to enhance gender equality at the institutions responsible for carrying out the projects. This is particularly important in fields where the proportion of women is low.
Gender perspectives in research
Gender perspectives are pertinent in a number of research areas and, when relevant, consideration will be given to whether the research projects have taken such perspectives adequately into account. This may apply to the research problems selected as well as how the findings may apply differently to women and men respectively. Grant applications must therefore reflect a clear awareness of gender perspective issues.
The application of gender perspectives entails looking at how gender and gender differences affect the conduct of people within society as well as the structure and function of society itself. In this way, it is possible to elucidate and shed light on contexts in which women and men have different life situations, health conditions, affiliation with the labour market, etc. Thus, the application of gender perspectives may be of great significance to findings at both the individual and the societal level.
Relevance relative to the call for proposals
The project will be evaluated in relation to the guidelines set out in the call for proposals for the relevant activity/programme.
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