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The funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO)

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Planned calls for proposals are published as early as possible and at the latest six weeks prior to the application submission deadline. You may choose a call for proposals further up on this page. Please note that we may adjust the text of planned calls for proposals up to the official publication date six weeks before the deadline. At that point, the call for proposals becomes active, and you may create and submit an application up to the deadline.


The funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO) is an open, national, competitive arena that provides funding for all fields of research. The project ideas originate with the researchers themselves.

New knowledge is often generated in unforeseen ways and in unexpected areas. Independent basic research is therefore vital for academic and scientific renewal and can lay a foundation for more applied research. It is also essential for future industrial development and for policymaking. The FRIPRO scheme works to strengthen Norway’s national knowledge base by providing funding for this type of research.

The FRIPRO scheme aims to promote:

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

The FRIPRO scheme seeks to increase international mobility among researchers in the early stages of their careers and to enable Norwegian applicants to compete successfully in international funding schemes. It is therefore expected that research fellows under 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 Council encourages research organisations to take steps to ensure satisfactory gender balance among the project managers.

FRIPRO application types

Research funding

The FRIPRO scheme employs three application types for funding for research projects. Funding will be announced for all three of these under a consolidated call for proposals, with an application submission deadline in April of each year (to see the call, see above).

  • Researcher Projects are projects led by established researchers.
  • Young Research Talents funding is targeted towards young researchers in the early stages of their careers who have demonstrated the ability to conduct research of high scientific quality.
  • The 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 organisation abroad, with the third year at a research organisation in Norway.

Support activities

The FRIPRO scheme also provides funding for various activities that support increased researcher mobility and enhance the competitiveness of Norwegian researchers seeking ERC funding. The deadline for these is open-ended, i.e. grant applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year (see the calls listed above).

  • Personal Overseas Research Grants provide support for research stays abroad for project managers of Young Research Talents projects and FRIPRO-funded research fellows.
  • Project Establishment Support provides financial support to submit a new 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 FRIPRO scheme was previously divided into three segments – FRIHUMSAM, FRIMEDBIO and FRINATEK – each of which issued calls within its respective subject fields. Starting in 2019, all calls under the FRIPRO scheme will be announced here and will be open to grant applications within all disciplines.

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Norwegian research organisations (see the document Definition and specification of the concept "research organisation" in the column at the right-hand side of the page).



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