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NOK 30 million to joint Indian-Norwegian researcher projects on bioeconomy

India and Norway have started a program for joint funding of Indo-Norwegian joint research projects in mutually agreed fields to achieve bilateral world-class scientific results in the field of bioeconomy.

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22.11.2017 13:00 CET


Applicants are encouraged to create an application well in advance of the deadline of 22 November 2017. It is possible to revise and resubmit the complete grant application form multiple times up to the application submission deadline. It is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be sent on for processing. The Research Council does not have access to the grant application until the submission deadline has expired.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

A budget of up to NOK 30 million in total will be available from the RCN for allocation in Norway, and an activity matching funding is available from India. The total budget from the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) will cover activity matching funding and in-kind contributions for a mutually agreed number of projects.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

Under the Agreement of Cooperation in Science & Technology concluded between the Government of India and the Government of Norway, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) have started a program for joint funding of Indo-Norwegian joint research projects in mutually agreed fields to achieve world-class scientific results.

Norwegian funding for this call for proposals is part of the two RCN programs INDNOR and BIONÆR.

DST and RCN invites Indian and Norwegian researchers and research institutions to submit research proposals within the fields indicated below. The proposed collaboration should strengthen already on-going research activities in each research group and contribute significantly to added value to these on-going activities.

Research areas covered

The call is in the field of Bio-economy research and the following topics are covered by the call:

  • Agriculture and land based food (covered in the BIONÆR program)
  • Biotech (applied for Bio-economy)
  • Aquaculture
  • Bioenergy/Biofuel

The call encompasses research activities within technology and natural sciences.

What types of activities are eligible for funding

Funding may be sought for researcher projects. Joint researcher projects might have a duration of up to 3 years, including dissemination and network activities (workshops, conferences).
The proposed RCN projects should have funding from RCN in the following range:

  • NOK 3-5 million per project

The provisions for local hospitality are as follows:

  • Norwegian scientists visiting India shall be paid and amount of INR 2500/- ,- per day towards food and out of pocket allowances, or as agreed in contract negotiations for each project plus fully furnished guest house accommodation on actual cost at the host Institute. In case a suitable guest house accommodation is not available at host institute, accommodation would be arranged by the host institute in a suitable hotel/guest house subject to max charges of Rs. 4000/- per day.
  • Indian scientists visiting Norway on short term basis shall be provided an amount of NOK 460,- per day and 13 800,- per month on a long term visit towards food and out of pocket allowances, or as agreed in contract negotiations for each project
  • For short term visits the maximum payment shall not exceed the total per diem for 20 days
  • Free furnished accommodation in a guest house or a hotel with reasonable amenities and facilities shall be provided
  • Transport to and from the airport for visiting scientists shall be arranged. In case of senior scientists (in the rank of director or above), transport shall be provided for all official engagements.

Proposals incorporating own/additional funding and projects that can demonstrate sustainable commitments from own institutions or other sources during and/or beyond the project period are encouraged.

Any grants to support recruitment of PhD students and post doctoral fellows should be integral components of the project proposal. Proposals for individual fellowships on their own will not be given priority.

The scope of the project should be realistic within the timeframe and budget limitations of the project. Plans for publication in peer-review journals that are accessible in Norway and India are strongly encouraged.

For more information about costs that can be sought from RCN, see general requirements and guidelines for researcher projects. For more information about costs that can be sought from DST, see the DST call text PDF - 196 KB .

Assessment and joint decision-making procedure

The project proposals will be assessed separately according to the rules of procedure in each country. In addition to the general scientific criteria, the level of integration of partners and distribution of resources (financial and in-kind) as well as project organization will be subject to consideration. Grant proposals will be assessed on the basis of the criteria for Researcher Projects, as well as in relation to the special guidelines, requirements and assessment criteria set out for this call for proposals.

The RCN will use international scientists in its assessment procedure, either expert panels or referees, followed by the ranking of recommendations by BIONÆR and INDNOR.

The DST and the RCN will implement a joint decision-making procedure to determine the outcome of the call. Projects must receive a high assessment score in both countries to be funded. The selected projects will receive funding from the DST and the RCN.

Who can apply / Application procedure

Joint proposals must be developed in cooperation between Principal Investigators (PIs) representing a research institution in Norway and a research institution in India. Each proposal should have one Norwegian and one Indian Principal Investigator (PI). Norwegian PIs must submit the proposal to the RCN. Indian PIs must submit the proposal to the DST. The proposals should be identified with a common short name/acronym, and a joint project description should be enclosed.

In the joint project description:  

  • Relevance for the India-Norway Collaborative Research Program and the research areas stipulated  in the call must be carefully addressed.
  • Activities should be clearly described according to a timeline, and organised into well-defined work packages with corresponding responsibility
  • Milestones should be identified that can be used to easily follow the progress of the project.
  • Budget information should be detailed and clearly represented, including in-kind and financial contributions by each partner.
  • Management structure and partner roles/responsibilities must be described.
  • Research methodology  should be described in detail as well as technology transfer, if appropriate.
  • Significance and benefits that the results of the project will have for the users, the research field and society at large must be described.
  • Capacities for implementing research findings in practice must be described.
  • Dissemination and communication of research results to key decision-makers, the public administration and the public at large is of particular importance. Grant applications must include a communication plan that describes concrete measures and activities targeted towards various user groups.

Project cooperation should be well-rooted in research institutions in both countries and organized to ensure relevance and benefit to society and industry. To ensure adequate participation of all project partners and encourage long-term cooperation, the project description should clearly describe specific in-kind and financial contributions by each partner, as well as their role in the joint project.

Additional information


The RCN will enter into a contract with the Norwegian applicant for the Norwegian portion of the project.

Agreement on rights to and use of findings and partner obligations (collaboration agreement)

A consortium agreement detailing the obligations of each partner must be drawn up before the contract with the RCN is signed. A plan for effective dissemination of results to users is required. The collaboration agreement should include specification of the rights to and use of findings (IPR). A copy of the consortium agreement between the project partners must also be submitted to DST at the time of submission of the proposal.


The call for proposal is in English language only which also legally binding.