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NOK 90 million for marine research

Funding is available for research projects on marine ecosystems and the impact of various anthropogenic pressures. Sustainable harvesting and value creation as well as management and societal perspectives are also priority focus areas.

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Deadline:
06.09.2017 13:00 CEST

Status:

Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Assuming a zero-growth budget for the programme, up to NOK 90 million will be set aside for the entire duration of the project period, distributed as follows:

• Within Thematic priority area 1: Marine ecosystems (ØKOSYSTEM): up to NOK 24 million. Funding is expected to be awarded to three to five projects.

• Within Thematic priority area 2: Pollution and other effects on ecosystems (PÅVIRKNING): up to NOK 20 million. Funding is expected to be awarded to three to four projects.

• Within Thematic priority area 3: Sustainable harvesting and value creation (HØSTING): up to NOK 22 million. Funding is expected to be awarded to three to four projects.

• Within Thematic priority area 4: Management and societal perspectives (SAMFUNN): up to NOK 24 million. Funding is expected to be awarded to three to five projects.

All figures subject to change.

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

General requirements and guidelines

  • Importance will be attached to achieving a broad, balanced project portfolio that reflects the thematic scope of this call for proposals.
  • Given the rapidly increasing pressure to utilise the resources in the Arctic, research on and for the Arctic region is an area of focus under the programme. Assuming that two or more grant proposals are of essentially equal quality, priority will be given to grant proposals involving an Arctic component.
  • When awarding funding, priority will be given to grant proposals incorporating international cooperation that will serve to enhance the scientific merit, relevance and benefit to society of the project. Exchange of research fellows and researchers with international research groups will be viewed in a favourable light.
  • Assuming all factors relating to scientific merit are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers.
  • Assuming all factors relating to scientific merit are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects incorporating recruitment positions (doctoral and/or post-doctoral fellowships).

The incorporation of gender perspectives into the research, when this is relevant, will be viewed in a positive light.

Thematic priorities

This is the third call for proposals for Researcher Projects issued by the Research Programme on Marine Resources and the Environment (MARINFORSK). This call is based on the MARINFORSK work programme. Grant proposals may address all research areas within Thematic priority area 3: Sustainable harvesting and value creation (HØSTING) and Thematic priority area 4: Management and societal perspectives (SAMFUNN), while specific priorities have been stipulated that limit the research areas to be addressed within Thematic priority area 1: Marine ecosystems (ØKOSYSTEM) and Thematic priority area 2: Pollution and other effects on ecosystems (PÅVIRKNING).

Thematic priority area 1: Marine ecosystems (ØKOSYSTEM)

The thematic priority area Marine ecosystems is targeted towards increasing knowledge about the structure and function of and variation and change in these ecosystems to facilitate long-term, sustainable management of Norway’s ocean and coastal areas.

This thematic area is divided into three focus areas for research. Only grant proposals within the focus area Structure will be accepted under this call. Marine ecosystems encompass organisms and their abiotic environment. Organisms range from microorganisms to whales, so a wide range of methodical approaches is needed to map and understand the diversity of nature types, species diversity and intra-species variability. Knowledge about the species and their biology and distribution, from the shoreline to deep waters, is essential to solving a number of challenges relating to Norway’s management of marine ecosystems. Our understanding of the structure of marine ecosystems remains severely limited by observation methods, and it is necessary to take part in technological development to make progress in this field.

Grant proposals will be accepted for projects addressing the following research needs:

  • knowledge about the biology, ecology and distribution of species and functional groups;
  • knowledge about the existence of different habitats and nature types, and how they affect the distribution of organisms;
  • development and use of new methods and technologies to generate more knowledge about the structure of the ecosystems, ranging from genetic to biological diversity.

Thematic priority area 2: Pollution and other effects on ecosystems (PÅVIRKNING)

The thematic priority area Pollution and other effects on ecosystems is aimed at generating knowledge about the extent and effects of anthropogenic pressures, which is essential for proper management of ocean and coastal areas. Various types of industrial activity may affect marine ecosystems to a greater or lesser degree. Under this call, grant proposals may focus on the effects of petroleum activities and the mineral industry.

The Norwegian petroleum industry can affect marine ecosystems through operational discharges, acute spills, phasing out of offshore activity, waste treatment and seismic surveys. These pose the risk of discharging heavy metals and other hazardous substances and constitute a threat to ecosystems, fisheries, the aquaculture industry and nature-based industrial activities. In general, it is important to study effects at the individual, population and ecosystem levels alike.

Mineral extraction both offshore and onshore can lead to occupation of areas and deposition of large quantities of fine minerals processing waste and various chemicals into the marine environment. More knowledge is needed about the spread of minerals processing waste and associated chemicals, and their impact on ecosystems as a whole and on individual species and populations.

Grant proposals will be accepted for projects addressing the following research needs:

Petroleum activities

  • Research is needed on the effects of noise, in particular seismic surveys, on marine organisms, particularly on fish spawning migration and spawning grounds but also on possible effects on various life stages.
  • There is still a need to identify the composition and long-term effects of unknown groups of substances in produced water, incompletely characterised components in discharges and process chemicals. More insight is needed into possible long-term effects on both pelagic and benthic organisms.

The mineral industry

  • Research is needed on how mineral extraction in coastal areas and at sea and any associated minerals processing waste deposits affect the marine ecosystem.
  • Empirical data and reliable models are needed for calculating chemical, physical and biological processes related to minerals processing waste deposits in both the operational and clean-up phases, and for calculating the spread of mining waste/tailings and contaminants.

Thematic priority area 3: Sustainable harvesting and value creation (HØSTING)

The thematic priority area Sustainable harvesting and value creation is concentrated on expanding the knowledge base for ecosystem-based fisheries management and sustainable value creation based on the harvesting of marine resources. This thematic area is divided into four focus areas for research:

  • Harvesting levels
  • Environmental effects, harvesting patterns and catch technology
  • Monitoring methodologies and resource control
  • Ethical capture and killing methods

Under this call the programme will accept grant proposals within all four of these focus areas and their associated research needs. Please refer to the MARINFORSK work programme for an overview of the specific research needs related to the focus areas.

Thematic priority area 4: Management and societal perspectives (SAMFUNN)

The thematic priority area Management and societal perspectives focuses on how global change processes, both climate- and population-related, affect the demand for biological, chemical and geological resources, posing challenges to national and international marine management. The challenges are fundamentally multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary, and may require insight from the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. This thematic area is divided into four focus areas for research:

  • Marine ecosystem services
  • Management of marine and coastal waters
  • Management challenges in light of climate and environmental change
  • Ecosystem-based management

Under this call the programme will accept grant proposals within all four focus areas. Please refer to the MARINFORSK work programme for an overview of the specific research needs related to each focus area.

Grant applications that do not address the research needs stipulated in this call for proposals will be rejected.

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