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NOK 134 million for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents within the field of marine research

Funding is available under the MARINFORSK programme for research projects on marine ecosystems and the impact of various anthropogenic pressures. Projects in the thematic priority areas “Sustainable harvesting and value creation” and “Management and societal perspectives” will also be given priority. Applicants must be an approved Norwegian research organisation.

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Deadline:
10.04.2019 13:00 CEST

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13 February: We have made an adjustment to the rules for subtracting time from the age and experience requirements for Young Research Talents.

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.

Status:

Active

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 134 million is available for new projects. The available funding amount may be adjusted in light of the Government’s national budget proposal for 2020.
The funding budget is to be distributed across the following thematic priority areas as follows:
• Thematic priority area 1: Marine ecosystems (ØKOSYSTEM): up to NOK 24 million
• Thematic priority area 2: Pollution and other effects on ecosystems (PÅVIRKNING):
– Pollution and other effects on ecosystems (PÅVIRKNING), based on the MARINFORSK work programme: up to NOK 50 million
- Research on marine pollution and marine littering with a focus on Asia: up to NOK 20 million
• Thematic priority area 3: Sustainable harvesting and value creation (VERDISKAPING): up to NOK 20 million
• Thematic priority area 4: Management and societal perspectives (SAMFUNN): up to NOK 20 million

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


Please note that the application types in this call for proposals is limited to specific thematic priorities.

Purpose of the call

Thematic priority area 1: Marine ecosystems (ØKOSYSTEM)

For the application type Young Research Talents only.

The thematic priority area Marine ecosystems is targeted towards increasing knowledge about the structure and function of ecosystems 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:

  • Structure
  • Function
  • Variation and change

This call is open to grant proposals addressing research needs within all three of the focus areas for research as they are described in the MARINFORSK work programme, but the project must be targeted towards issues related to coastal areas.

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

For the application type Researcher Projects only.

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. This thematic area is divided into six focus areas for research:

  • Hazardous substances/environmental pollutants and litter
  • Petroleum activities
  • The mineral industry
  • Aquaculture
  • Other pressures
  • Combined environmental effects

This call is open to grant proposals addressing research needs within all six of the focus areas for research as they are described in the MARINFORSK work programme.

Cooperation with the NORGLOBAL programme

In addition, NOK 20 million has been earmarked for cooperation with the Norway – Global Partner programme (NORGLOBAL) for research on marine pollution and marine littering with a focus on Asia. This is funding for international development research. Applications will be accepted from Norwegian research organisations working together with international research organisations. Applicants whose projects may be qualified for this funding are to enter “NORGLOBAL” in the field “Other relevant programmes/activities/projects” in the application form.

We wish to point out a new funding opportunity related to environmental consequences of long-term pollution of fragmented plastics, micro- and nanoplastics. This is a collaborative call for proposals between The MILJØFORSK programme, and Handelens Miljøfond. For questions related to this funding opportunity, contact The MILJØFORSK programme.

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

For the application type Researcher Projects only.

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

  • Ethical capture and killing methods:
    • more knowledge about the relationship between harvesting and fish welfare both from an ethical perspective and from the perspective of quality and value creation;
    • knowledge, technology and methods for preventing the loss of nets and other fishing gear, which can continue killing fish long after being lost (a problem known as ghost fishing).
  • Consumers and markets:
    • knowledge about the markets for marine raw materials, with a focus on how social structures affect the industry actors, and on the interaction between social structures and industry actors;
    • knowledge about consumers’ purchasing choices and consumption of products based on marine resources;
    • knowledge about the interaction between consumers, retailers and seafood producers.

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

For the application type Researcher Projects only.

Achieving sustainable utilisation of marine resources requires knowledge- and ecosystem-based management with an integrated approach. Research activities within this thematic priority area should enhance understanding of which factors serve to facilitate or impede the management of marine resources. Grant proposals will be accepted for projects addressing the following research needs:

  • Management of marine and coastal waters:
    • knowledge about mechanisms and obstacles for integrated use of land and sea area and other resources under management today;
    • knowledge about interactions between and impact of various interest groups;
    • development of models to resolve disputes about use of coastal land and sea.
  • Ecosystem-based management:
    • development of robust, sustainable, productive strategies for management of marine ecosystems, including strategies that take into account that marine systems are in a state of flux and are changing;
    • further development of indicators along with associated threshold limits and reference values;
    • development of methods for expressing combined environmental effects in ocean and coastal areas;
    • development of new, cost-effective methods for mapping and monitoring marine biodiversity.

Who is eligible to apply?

All applications for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents 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 application types is the MARINFORSK programme announcing funding for?

The MARINFORSK programme is issuing a call for proposals for the following application types:

Application type Requirements relating to the project manager Project duration Amount sought
Researcher Project Approved doctorate or conferral of qualifications at associate professorship level. 3-6 years NOK 4-12 million
Young Research Talents Minimum 2 and maximum 7 years may have passed since the date of the defence of an approved doctorate. You must be under 40 years old.  3-4 years NOK 4-8 million


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

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

Assuming that the applications considered to be qualified for funding are comparable in terms of scientific merit, the MARINFORSK programme will give priority to funding projects that:

  • generate knowledge to promote the sustainable management and use of marine resources. This is in keeping with the Research Council’s Strategy for Sustainability, 2017–2020 PDF - 3,9 MB t, which lists Clean, safe and productive oceans and seas as one of the ten priority knowledge areas that are based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and targeted towards solving sustainability-related challenges in Norway and at the global level.
  • promote a thematically and scientifically broad, balanced project portfolio within the scope of this call for proposals;
  • incorporate doctoral and/or post-doctoral research fellowships.

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.

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