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NOK 40 million for Researcher Projects within the culture and media sector

Funding is available under the KULMEDIA programme for Researcher Projects in all the thematic priority areas set out in the work programme. Applicants must be an approved Norwegian research organisation.

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10.04.2019 13:00 CEST


The status of this call is “planned”. The call will be made active 27 February 2019. The call may be subject to revision until that date. From that date and up to the submission deadline, you may create and submit grant applications. If the call is revised, we will provide notification here.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version. If information about this call on other webpages deviates from the text of the call, the text in the call (parts 2 and 3, including attachments) takes precedence.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 40 million is available for new projects under this call for proposals.

The available funding amount may be adjusted in light of the Government’s national budget proposal for 2020.

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

Purpose of the call

Funding is available under the KULMEDIA programme for projects that will generate knowledge about the challenges and opportunities associated with technological and economic changes in the culture and media sector, and about cultural and media policy.

The programme has drawn up a new work programme for the period 2019‒2023. Grant applications will be accepted for projects within the entire scope of the work programme.

The work programme identifies three thematic priority areas:

  1. Digitalisation
  2. Changes in economic conditions
  3. Cultural and media policy

Grant applications must have their basis in the KULMEDIA work programme for 2019–2023 (see link at right), which describes the thematic priority areas and other priorities in more detail.

Who is eligible to apply?

All applications for Researcher Projects must be submitted by an approved Norwegian research organisation. For a list of approved research organisations, see the document Definition and specification of the concept "research organisation" in the column at the right-hand side of the page.

All project partners must be research organisations.

Changes in application types – How does this affect you?

The Research Council is in the process of changing its application types and 2019 is a transition year. The application types Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents and Mobility Grants share a common denominator in that they are all designed to promote renewal and development in research in all subjects and thematic areas. We will be coordinating all our calls for proposals for these three application types under a single application submission deadline. We will also be introducing the same application requirements and assessment criteria across all Research Council programmes and activities. For more information, see here: Research Funding in 2019.

Which factors are given priority when selecting projects to receive funding?

To be eligible for funding, grant proposals must satisfy all requirements relating to the project manager, grant application and attachments (see part 3 of this call). In addition, the projects must have been assessed as fulfilling the purpose(s) of the call.

In its review and ranking process, the KULMEDIA programme will also attach importance to grant applications that:

  • are of clear relevance for the thematic priority areas set out in the work programme;
  • clearly describe how the project will help to strengthen and/or develop research groups;
  • encourage relevant national and international cooperation;
  • have specific plans for communication, dissemination and contact with users/stakeholders in the relevant sectors;
  • have sound, realistic plans for scholarly publication.

Priority will be given to projects that are led by women project managers, assuming all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance relative to the call for proposals in competing grant applications are assessed as being essentially equal.