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Up to NOK 30 million for research on a pilot “Zero-emissions farm”

As part of the effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from farming, the BIONÆR programme is announcing funding for development of a pilot “Zero-emissions farm”

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12.09.2018 13:00 CEST


The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Applicants are encouraged to create an application well in advance of the deadline of 12 September 2018. 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:

Up to NOK 30 million over the entire project period.

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

This call is part of the LAVUTSLIPP 2030 initiative to promote research and innovation to help Norway to meet its climate targets for 2030 and 2050. The initiative is targeted towards research to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from sectors not covered under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), of which transport and agriculture are the largest.

The initiative is seeking grant applications that:

  • Are oriented as widely as possible towards applied research and technology development.
  • Increase participation on the part of the business sector.
  • Will benefit society and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of involving social actors/stakeholders at an early stage.
  • Are realistic and feasible by contributing to effective and, if possible, profitable measures.
  • Can help to strengthen and target national efforts in areas related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where Norway has special advantages and potential, and where research and innovation will be particularly important for solving sustainability-related challenges in Norway and at the global level. Based on the SDGs, the Research Council has identified ten priority knowledge areas for promoting sustainable development. See the Research Council’s Strategy for Sustainability (2017–2020) PDF - 3,9 MB for more information. Considerations relating to sustainability and the SDGs, responsible research and innovation (RRI), animal and plant health, biodiversity and other ecological goods and services are expected to form the basis for, and be an integral part of, the research activities.

Assuming all other quality-related factors are essentially equal, applications involving the following will be viewed in a favourable light:

  • Grant applications led by women project managers
  • Grant applications addressing reduction of greenhouse gases from livestock production, to obtain a more balanced project portfolio

Financial framework for projects

Grant applications may have a total budget of up to NOK 10 million over a three-to-four-year period. budget

Grant applications must demonstrate that the project leads to targeted, significant and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, for instance by incorporating interdisciplinarity if relevant, or by developing systems and/or technologies.

Considerations relating to sustainability and the SDGs, responsible research and innovation (RRI), animal and plant health, biodiversity and other ecological goods and services are expected to form the basis for, and be an integral part of, the research activities.

This call for proposals is open to Researcher Projects with a special focus on user participation on the part of the farming industry, represented by e.g. a large farm, farmers’ associations and/or companies. Companies defined as an “undertaking” in the state aid rules will not be eligible to receive support to cover projects costs.

Overseas research grants for fellowship-holders and extension of post-doctoral fellowships in connection with research stays abroad

Applicants may include overseas research grants for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship-holders in the grant application. If the project is awarded funding, the Project Owner may also apply during the project period for overseas research grants and extension of post-doctoral fellowship periods corresponding to the length of the research stay abroad. More information about the UTENLANDSSTIPEND scheme.

Assessment of relevance

The relevance of the grant proposals will be assessed in relation to the guidelines and requirements set out in this call for proposals, and significance for trade and industry and society at large.

The project description must describe the anticipated impact of the expected project results on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Norway towards 2030. The external referees will attach importance to this in their assessments.

Communication, dissemination and publication

Communication and knowledge-sharing activities will be essential throughout the project period. This will require the involvement of users/the business sector in formulating the research questions, active user participation once the project is underway and effective knowledge-sharing once the project results are available.

Communication objectives, priority target groups for the project, choice of media channels, schedule for implementation of measures, and planned resource use must be specified in the grant application.

To ensure effective dissemination of research findings, the project must focus considerable attention on scholarly publication and user-oriented communication activities. Information targeting end-users of the research must be given high priority.

Cooperation and recruitment

Each project must be carried out by a project consortium selected to adequately represent the challenges addressed by the project and thereby ensure that the project will lead to innovation and value creation.

Active user participation, from development of the project concept through implementation of the results, is required to ensure the relevance of the project to industry and society. Relevant representatives of industry and other stakeholders must be involved on an ongoing basis in constructive ways. Reference groups may be used, but are not on their own enough to satisfy the requirement for user participation.

The incorporation of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships into research projects is encouraged. The Research Council’s rates for fellowship grants must be used.

The project is encouraged to incorporate cooperation with international research groups if relevant. Binding letters of confirmation from the international partners describing their role and activities in the project must be attached to the grant application.

Funding for research stays abroad and/or stays by visiting researchers may be included in the project budget. (For more information on costs that may be covered, see the Research Council’s rates for fellowship grants.)

Archiving of research data

The Project Owner (institution/company) is responsible for selecting the archiving solution(s) to use for storing research data generated during the project. The Project Owner must specify the planned solution(s) in connection with the revised grant proposal.