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Independent basic research projects - Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM)

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Open-ended Personal overseas research grant FRIHUMSAM Choose
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Funding for Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO Mobility Grants and Support for Event Choose


The funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO) comprises a national competitive arena for research funding for projects in all fields and disciplines.

The FRIPRO scheme will promote:

  • scientific quality at the forefront of international research;
  • boldness in scientific thinking and innovation;
  • careers for young research talents.

Grants are awarded on the basis of the scientific merit of the project. Boldness in scientific thinking and scientific innovation demonstrated in the proposals will also be important when assessing grant applications.

The FRIPRO scheme seeks to increase international mobility among researchers in the early stages of their careers, and to help Norwegian applicants compete successfully in international funding schemes. It is therefore expected that research fellows in FRIPRO projects will incorporate a stay abroad into their fellowship period, and that project managers of funded Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents projects will apply for grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

The research institutions are requested to contribute to a good gender balance among project managers.

FRIPRO application types

  • Researcher Projects are projects led by established researchers with experience well beyond a post-doctoral period. Funding for Researcher Projects is announced annually, with an application deadline in April.
  • Young Research Talents is targeted towards young researchers in the early stages of their careers who have demonstrated the ability to conduct research of high scientific quality. Funding for Young Research Talents projects is announced annually, with an application deadline in April.
  • FRIPRO Mobility Grant is a three-year grant for researchers in the early stages of their careers. The first two years are to be spent at a research institution abroad with the third year at a research institution in Norway. Funding for FRIPRO Mobility Grants is announced annually, with an application deadline in April.
  • Support for Events may be sought for larger-scale international researcher conferences that are arranged on a regular, rotating basis between different countries. Funding for Support for Events is announced annually, with an application deadline in April.
  • Personal Overseas Research Grants are available for project managers of Young Research Talents projects and FRIPRO-funded research fellows. The call for proposals for Personal Overseas Research Grants is open-ended (applications may be submitted throughout the year).
  • Project Establishment Support comprises financial support to submit an updated ERC grant proposal and is available to researchers who submitted a grant proposal to the ERC that advanced to stage two of the submission process, but who were not awarded an ERC grant. The call for proposals for Project Establishment Support is open-ended (applications may be submitted throughout the year), and may be found here.

Please note: Planned calls for proposals are published as early as possible and at the latest six weeks before the application submission deadline. Be aware that planned calls for proposals may be altered up until six weeks before the deadline.

Further information on FRIPRO's application types is available on the FRIPRO webpages and in the calls for proposals (see available calls above).

Calls for proposals for FRIPRO Toppforsk were announced in 2015 and 2017, with deadlines in May. There will be no call for proposals for this application type in 2018. For applications submitted for the deadline 24 May 2017, the following applies: FRIPRO Toppforsk is designed to give dynamic research groups the opportunity to develop and become internationally leading in their field.


FRIPRO is divided into three activities based on disciplines:

  • Independent Projects – Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM)
  • Independent Projects – Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology (FRIMEDBIO)
  • Independent Projects – Mathematics, Physical Science and Technology (FRINATEK)

You are now reading the call for proposals for FRIHUMSAM. You must submit your application to the activity where your project belongs. Your grant proposal will be processed by the activity to which it has been submitted. If the grant proposal addresses topics in the interface between two activities, the Research Council may, in consultation with the applicant, decide to redirect the proposal for processing under another FRIPRO activity. For more information on FRIPRO's three activities, please see the FRIPRO webpages.

The application review process

Please see the FRIPRO webpages for information on our application review process.

Projects with funding

At present, these projects have received funding from FRIHUMSAM. The overview provides access to summaries and other key information on all the projects under the programme. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

The FRIPRO scheme only accepts grant applications from Norwegian research institutions (see the Research Council’s definition and specification of the concept “research institution”, link to the PDF file in the column to the right) and Nordic research-performing institutions funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers or with public funding from at least three Nordic countries, including Norway. Please note that Nordic institutions are only eligible to submit grant applications for Researcher Projects.



Overall budget:

The FRIPRO scheme is an open-ended funding scheme and the budget is determined annually. The budget for the individual calls for proposals is stipulated in the call for the activity in question.

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