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NOK 383 million in funding for independent projects - Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology

Grants are awarded on the basis of the scientific merit of the project. When assessing grant applications, boldness in scientific thinking and scientific innovation demonstrated in the proposals will also be emphasized.

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Deadline:
25.05.2016 13:00 CEST

Messages:

• All applicants seeking funding under the application type FRIPRO mobility grants must use the application type “Other support”.
• As part of the application review process for Young Research Talents projects, the granting committee will interview the project managers for applications that are qualified for funding. The interviews will take place in November 2016, and relevant candidates will be contacted by the Research Council.
• Funding will not be announced for FRIPRO Toppforsk projects in 2016. However, a funding announcement is planned issued next year with an application deadline in May 2017.

Status:

Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

A minimum of NOK 383 million is available for allocation to new projects with start-up in 2017 under FRIMEDBIO. There may also be an increase in the FRIPRO budget in keeping with the Research Council’s 2017 budget proposal. The funding announced is to cover grants for the new projects for the entire duration of their project periods.

In addition, the IKTPLUSS initiative will contribute up to NOK 55 million in funding earmarked for ICT-related and eScience projects. The IKTPLUSS funding is available under all of the FRIPRO activities and will be awarded to grant applications independent of whether these have been submitted to FRIMEDBIO, FRIHUMSAM or FRINATEK.

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

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

Requirements for the project manager

  • Individuals may only serve as project manager for one research project application under this year’s FRIPRO call (a Researcher Project, a Young Research Talents project or a FRIPRO mobility grant).
  • A project manager is only permitted to head one ongoing project at a time under the FRIPRO scheme, including projects receiving funding provided by the three previous joint funding initiatives with the university sector and the Research Council’s previous incentive schemes for proposals for ERC grants. An ongoing project is defined as a project that has started or will start before 2017. Project managers may apply for funding for a new project under this call only if this project is to commence after the ongoing project has been concluded or after the completion date stated in the original contract for the ongoing project. The only exception to this is for applications for Support for Events, which project managers of an ongoing FRIPRO project are permitted to submit.

Please also see the requirements and guidelines for the relevant application type.

Assessment criteria

Grants are awarded on the basis of the scientific merit of the project. When assessing grant applications for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents projects, boldness in scientific thinking and scientific innovation demonstrated in the proposals will also be emphasized. For information about the assessment criteria, please see the FRIPRO webpages.

Specification of project costs

Applicants from institutions in the university and university college sector that have implemented the TDI model (common full costing methodology) are to use this for budgeting of project costs. Applicants must contact the financial officer at their institution for information and assistance in completing the budget section of the application. The various cost-related elements must be explained in the specification field for Cost Plan in the application form. For more information about the TDI model, please see here.

Applicants from other institutions must also present all project costs in the specification field for Cost Plan in the application form. For more information, please see here.

Funding with special requirements for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents projects

IKTPLUSS funding

This year’s FRIPRO call also encompasses up to NOK 55 million that is earmarked for ICT-related and eScience projects under the Research Council’s initiative on information technology and digital research and innovation (IKTPLUSS). Recipients of this funding will be selected based on a strategic assessment of the project’s anticipated ability to advance the achievement of one or more objectives of the IKTPLUSS initiative. Special importance will be attached to the two following objectives:

  • The extent to which the project promotes the development of strong, dynamic and internationally competitive research groups that operate at the forefront of research and within the initiative’s thematic priority areas.
  • The extent to which the project will produce radical, ground-breaking results.

For eScience projects, importance will also be attached to whether the project combines methodology development in computational technology and/or analysis of large amounts of scientific data with applications.

Cooperation with Luxembourg

The Research Council of Norway and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) have signed an agreement to promote collaboration between researchers in the two countries. Under the agreement, the FNR will cover the project costs of Luxembourgian partners participating in FRIPRO projects. Projects that will receive co-funding from the FNR must enter this funding amount under “Own financing” in the application form and attach a budget, budget specification and Gantt chart in compliance with the FNR template. Read more about the agreement on the FRIPRO webpages.

Additional requirements

  • The grant application must describe steps the project will take to ensure gender balance in the composition of the research group and how the project will help to promote the recruitment of women to higher academic positions and within the MST subject areas (mathematics, science and technology), when relevant.
  • The Research Council will give consideration to whether applications that are relevant for funding take adequate account of ethical perspectives, environmental impact and gender perspectives in the research.
  • Assuming all factors relating to scientific merit are essentially equal, priority will be given to:
    • projects led by women project managers;
    • projects incorporating doctoral and/or post-doctoral fellowships (applies to Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents projects).
  • In addition, priority may be given to projects that improve gender balance in research and strengthen recruitment of women to higher academic positions and/or subject areas with a low percentage of women.

Grant applications that do not fulfill the following requirements will be rejected

  • The project must start between 1 January 2017 and 1 December 2017, and funding for 2017 must be sought from the Research Council.
  • Requirements relating to the age and/or experience of the project manager must be met.
  • All the mandatory attachments must be submitted with the grant application.
  • A project description using the designated template must be submitted with the grant application.
  • A CV with the track record/publications list for the project manager must be submitted with the grant application. (This does not apply to the application type Support for Events.)
  • The grant application, including all attachments, must be submitted in English. (This does not apply to the application type Support for Events.)
  • A project manager may not seek funding for a new Researcher Project, Young Research Talents project or FRIPRO mobility grant if he or she is already heading an ongoing project under the FRIPRO scheme. For more details, please see “Requirements for the project manager” above.
  • For Young Research Talents:
    • It is only possible to apply three times for funding for this application type.
    • Individuals may only receive funding for this application type once.

The grant application form may be saved and submitted multiple times on “My RCN web”.

Please note that it is possible to revise and resubmit the grant application form multiple times up to the application submission deadline. Applicants are encouraged to save and submit their application as soon as it is completed. Upon expiry of the deadline, it is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be sent on for processing.

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