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Up to NOK 15 million is available for a research-based evaluation of the structural reform in the higher education sector

Funding is available for one project to evaluate the structural reform. The evaluation will assess the reform on the basis of the objectives set out in Meld. St. 10 (2014–2015) "Konsentrasjon for kvalitet", white paper from the Ministry of Education and Research on the structural reform in the higher education sector.

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13.02.2019 13:00 CET


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



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 15 million for one project

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

Who can apply for funding?
The Project Owner (applicant institution) must be a Norwegian research organisation (see the Research Council’s definition and specification of the concept “research organisation” PDF - 278 KB ) and must supply the name of a designated project administrator.
Scientific/thematic guidelines under this call
The evaluation has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research in light of the major changes that have taken place within the university and university college sector as a result of the structural reform. The objectives of the reform were set out in the Meld. St. 10 (2014–2015) Konsentrasjon for kvalitet (Norwegian only), white paper from the Ministry of Education and Research on the structural reform in the higher education sector.

A key task of the evaluation will be to take a closer look at what the merged institutions have done to strengthen their academic environments, and more specifically the steps being taken by these institutions to coordinate academic activities and enhance the quality of study programmes and research groups. The grant proposal should emphasise evaluation at the overall institutional level, not of the individual educational institutions, and should explore challenges and tensions associated with the merger process. The evaluation should also seek to shed light on the implications of the mergers for gender balance and diversity.
The research-based evaluation is to assess the reform on the basis of the objectives set out in the white paper on the structural reform in the higher education sector, with an emphasis on the following thematic areas:
  • efforts of merged institutions to strengthen their academic environments, and the priorities set and allocation of resources to achieve this;
  • activities carried out by institutions to lay a foundation for more robust research groups and educational programmes;
  • how the structural reform has helped more academic environments to perform at a  high international level; 
  • access to education and expertise throughout the country and efforts to digitise educational programmes carried out in various institutions;
  • the contributions of educational institutions to regional development, including how institutions and academic environments cooperate with regional working life and business sector;
  • the extent to which the reform brings the sector closer to the established objectives of the reform and an assessment of what will be needed to realise these.
Please see the  Letter of Allocation from the Ministry of Education and Research PDF - 923 KB for further details (Norwegian only).
Structural guidelines for the project
  • The project must involve participants with relevant inter- and multidisciplinary expertise.
  • Close collaboration with one or more international research groups/institutions is required.
  • Experience with research-based evaluations is required.
  • Importance will be attached to the project’s plan for communication and dissemination activities during the project period, including communication and dissemination activities targeting key actors.
Conditions for funding
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. See here for more information about the UTENLANDSSTIPEND scheme for further details.
Archiving of research data
The Project Owner (company/R&D organisation) 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.