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Deadlines for applications

The Research Council has four formal deadlines during the year. Other deadline dates may be used in special cases.The various programmes/activities normally select a single deadline for their funding announcments during the year. Some programme/activities employ open-ended deadlines, which means that grant applications are processed and reviews on an ongoing basis.

Deadline dates 2019 Deadline dates 2020
  • 13 February
  • 10 April
  • 4 September
  • 25 September
  • 20 November
  • 12 February
  •  6 May
  • 16 September
  • 18 November

The cut-off time for submission of grant applications is 13:00 (CET/CEST) of the deadline date.   

The Research Council’s deadlines are absolute and final. The system is automatically closed to new submissions when the deadline expires. Applicants are themselves responsible for ensuring that they have submitted their applications within the deadline. It is not possible to submit a grant application after the deadline has expired, nor is it possible to update an application or provide any additional information. 

Calls for proposals
The call will be published at the latest six weeks before the deadline for submission of grant applications. The following information channels are used:

  • All funding announcements for Research Council programmes/activities are published on Find calls for proposals  
  • The various research programmes/activities publish their funding announcements on their own webpages. Find programme webpages  
  • In some cases, funding announcements and deadline dates may also be publicised in Norwegian in newspapers, academic journals and on other websites.

Calls for proposals that are published more than six weeks prior to the application deadline have status as “Planned”. All calls for proposals receive the status of “Active” six weeks before the application deadline. This opens the system to allow users to create and submit grant applications.

Postponement of a deadline date
Established deadline dates may be subject to postponement if major technical problems arise within the Research Council application submission service.

Notification that a deadline has been postponed will immediately be provided on Everyone who has created an application and is affected by the technical error will be notified by e-mail.

How to avoid problems with submitting your application
  • Make sure you fill in all obligatory fields of the grant application at the earliest possible stage.
  • Use the control functions “Check page” and “Check entire”. 
  • Submit your grant application as early as possible, and well before the final deadline.
  • Leave sufficient time to complete everything that must be done by the institution/company before submitting the application, including checking that application form is correctly filled in, conversion and uploading of attachments as pdf-files, etc.
  • Allow extra time for coping with delays that may arise due to technical problems with the individual's or the institution's/company's computer equipment.

It is possible to update and re-submit grant proposals as many times as needed up to the expiry of the deadline. The most recently submitted version of the grant application will be used as the basis for review.

Force majeure
Only under documented conditions of force majeure will the Research Council consider allowing the submission of a grant application after the deadline has expired. Force majeure is defined as any unforeseeable or exceptional circumstances that are beyond the applicant's control, and that the applicant could not have foreseen and could not reasonably be expected to overcome or avert the effects of, such as in connection with war, fire, earthquakes or other natural disasters.  

In a situation involving force majeure, a documented account of the situation that has occurred must be sent to the Research Council by at the latest within 24 hours after the expiry of the application deadline. This notification must be sent by email to and must include the following information:

  • The date on which the grant application was created and the ES number
  • Cause and grounds:
    • What the problem consists of and why made it impossible to meet the application deadline.
    • Why it was not possible for the applicant to anticipate and be able to remedy this type of problem before it occurred.