Personal Visiting Researcher 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 help strengthen Norwegian research groups by offering visiting foreign researchers (post-doctorate level or higher) the opportunity to perform research in Norway.
The Research Council awards grants to visiting researchers as a general framework grant to cover documented costs of settling in and other associated extra costs incurred in connection with a research visit abroad. 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 round-trip travel expenses (cheapest mode of travel) for the visiting researcher. Salary costs, when needed, will normally be covered by the host institution. The Research Council may provide funding for salary costs, but the visiting researcher must in such cases be part of a larger-scale research project, and the application must be submitted using the "Researcher Project" application form.
Expenses that may be covered:
Stays for visiting foreign researchers from one to 12 months at fixed rates. Fellowships for visiting researchers cover documented settling in costs in Norway, and associated extra costs incurred in connection with the research visit. 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 round-trip travel expenses (cheapest mode of travel) for the visiting researcher.
Funding may also be sought to cover travel expenses for the researcher’s spouse/partner and children under the age of 18, provided that the fellowship grant has been awarded for at least three months, and that the family members will be residing together with the visiting researcher throughout the entire fellowship period. Researchers with children of school age or younger (under 16), may also apply for funding for travel expenses for their children and spouse/partner when the grant has been awarded for a period of less than three months, provided that the family members will be residing together with the visiting researcher throughout the entire fellowship period.
Applications will be accepted from:
A Norwegian research institution (see definition and specification of the concept “research institution” (PDF - 615 KB) ).
- 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.
- The project manager should have completed a doctoral degree or have corresponding qualifications.
- 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 should be A4 with 2 cm margins, 12 point font and single spacing. For references and figure text, font size 9 can be used.
- The grant proposal will be evaluated relative to the assessment criteria that apply to the particular type of application (see separate item), and the requirements and principles set out in the call for proposals.
Attachments to the application
A Mandatory attachments:
- Project description (max. 5 pages).
- CVs with publication lists (max. 4 pages per CV). (The page format should be A4 with 2 cm margins, 12 point font and single spacing. For references and figure text, font size 9 can be used).
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
Candidates for fellowships/grants
This criterion gives an indication of the candidate’s qualifications (as documented by a CV). The candidate for fellowships/grants will be assessed in relation to education, research experience and publication record.
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 in the project is well-suited for the tasks in the project, based on assessment of the following elements:
- 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.
Dissemination and communication of results
This criterion gives an indication of the quality of the dissemination and communication plans for the project.
Dissemination and communication of results will be assessed in relation to the following points:
- Plans for scholarly publication, dissemination and other communication activities.
- Plans for popular science dissemination and communication activities vis-à-vis the general public as well as users of the project results, including planned use of channels and measures.
- Plans for ensuring that important users (in industry, community life and public administration) are incorporated into/take part in dissemination activities for the project.
Relevance relative to the call for proposals
This criterion is used to assess the degree to which the project satisfies the guidelines and stipulations set out in the call for proposals.
Overall assessment of the referee/panel
This criterion indicates the overall view of the referee/panel, based on the specific criteria which they have been asked to assess.
The Research Council emphasises the need for projects to maintain high ethical standards and not conflict in any way with the fundamental principles for ethics in research.
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.
The Research Council attaches importance to whether research projects give adequate consideration to any potential impacts (positive or negative) on the natural environment (external environment), when this is relevant. This applies both to the performance of the projects and to the utilisation of the results.
Recruitment of women
The Research Council considers it important for projects to promote increased recruitment of women to higher academic positions and within the MST subject areas (mathematics, science and technology).
Gender balance in the project
The Research Council works actively to enhance the gender balance in the Norwegian research sector. Each project can play a role in this by seeking to ensure gender balance in the composition of the project group.
Gender perspectives in the research
The Research Council views it as essential that gender perspectives are given adequate consideration in research projects where this is relevant. Good research must take into account biological and social differences between women and men, and the gender dimension should be one of the main pillars of the development of new knowledge. In research projects this dimension may be manifested through the research questions addressed, the theoretical approaches chosen, the methodology applied, and in the efforts to assess whether the research results will have different implications for women and men.
In this context, internationalisation refers to the extent to which the project serves to promote the internationalisation of Norwegian research, by such means as:
- International networks
- International mobility
- Measures that enhance Norway’s attractiveness as a host country for research activities
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