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Mandatory outlines as the basis for applications under a funding announcement for FME Samfunn status

The Research Council is accepting submission of mandatory outlines as a prerequisite for submission of applications for funding for FME Centres for Social Science-related Energy Research (FME Samfunn).

See the individual calls for proposals for information about application form.

15.09.2010 13:00 CEST


Responses to queries submitted about this funding announcement will be published on the FME scheme’s webpages:



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The intention is to start up three new centres in 2011. This will entail an annual allocation from the Research Council of at least NOK 25 million.

The centres will be established for a maximum period of eight years (an initial five-year period with the possibility of a three-year extension). After four years an evaluation of the centre will be carried out which will form the basis of an assessment as to whether funding from the Research Council will be continued for an additional three years following the initial five-year period.

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

General information

This funding announcement is available in both Norwegian and English. The Norwegian-language funding announcement is the legally binding version.

Thus far, the FME centres have been funded with allocations from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The Ministry of Education and Research and the NORKLIMA programme will contribute additional financing for this funding announcement.

Main requirements
A description of the main requirements stipulated for conferral of FME Samfunn status may be found in the document “The FME Centres for Social Science-related Energy Research scheme (FME Samfunn) – Requirements and Guidelines”. All applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these requirements and guidelines.

Mandatory outlines
The main aim of mandatory submission of outlines is to ensure that applicants do not put too much work into applications for FME Samfunn status that will clearly not be competitive. The submission of outlines will also help the Research Council to tailor the assessment process for the final application phase.

Only applicants who submitted a mandatory outline by the deadline of 15. September 2010 will be qualified to seek funding under the final funding announcement for applications for FME Samfunn status. The final funding announcement will have an application submission deadline of 1 December 2010. Applications for FME Samfunn status that are not based on an outline submitted by the deadline will be rejected. Applications that are based on a submitted outline but that clearly do not comply with the requirements and guidelines designated for FME Samfunn centres will also be rejected.

Outlines must be submitted using the “Template for mandatory outlines for FME Centres for Social Science-related Energy Research (FME Samfunn)”. Points 1-8 must be addressed in brief. The outline is not to exceed five pages. Outlines may be submitted in Norwegian or English. A list of contact persons (name, telephone number, email address) for each partner in the proposed centre must be attached to the outline. The Research Council will take contact if needed.

Outlines will be processed administratively within the Research Council, and written feedback will be provided by 5 October 2010. This feedback will not bind the Research Council in any way with regard to application assessment. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine independently whether a full application should be prepared or not under the final funding announcement.

Outlines that do not follow the designated template or that are submitted after the deadline of 15 September 2010 will not be assessed, and these applicants will not be qualified to submit a full application under the final funding announcement.

Outlines are to be submitted by email to:

Confirmation of receipt will be sent automatically to the applicant via email. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that receipt is confirmed.

Thematic focus
This FME funding announcement targets social science-related energy and climate research. The overall objective of the FME Samfunn scheme is to establish centres that will make major contributions to developing a fact-based knowledge pool for strategic decision-making in the public and private sectors. As participants in the public debate, the centres will also be responsible for dissemination of information to society at large.

More specifically, the FME Samfunn scheme seeks to establish centres that will:

  • expand the knowledge base for shaping national energy policy and Norway’s input to the international energy and climate policy debate;
  • generate knowledge that is vital to triggering innovation and realising the value creation potential in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and CCS, thus supporting the technology-related activities at the eight established FME centres;
  • develop social science and socio-economic methodology and models to facilitate the achievement of the preceding objectives.

Financial framework for individual FME Samfunn centres
The annual allocation from the Research Council to each centre is planned to be roughly NOK 5-10 million per year for up to eight years. The FME consortium must contribute at least 25 per cent of the centre’s annual budget.


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