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Up to NOK 60 million for research on nanotechnology and advanced materials

Funding is available for Norwegian- and bilateral Norwegian-French projects within the priority areas “renewable energy” and “improved health”.

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15.02.2012 13:00 CET



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The overall budget framework for this call for proposals is maximum NOK 60 million, of which up to NOK 15 million may be allocated for participation in joint Norwegian-French projects.

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.

To be eligible for funding under this call for proposals, projects must generate fundamental knowledge and provide a basis for industrial development in important areas of society. The call encompasses research on nanotechnology, nanoscience, microtechnology and/or advanced materials within the priority areas of renewable energy and improved health. Grant applications addressing other areas will be rejected.

Grant applications must describe scientific research questions, expected project results and plans for implementation and application of these results. Grant applications for the following types of projects may be submitted under this call: Researcher Projects, Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector.

Grant applications must satisfy the general requirements for the specific application type. Any special requirements will be found under the description of the relevant application type in this call for proposals. Funding may be sought for doctoral or post-doctoral fellowships within the framework of a larger project. Post-doctoral fellowship positions may have a maximum duration of three years.

Assuming all other elements are equal, priority may be given to projects featuring women in key positions.

Increased use of renewable energy is essential to ensuring adequate access to energy in the long term as well as to improving the sustainability of energy use. Nanotechnology and advanced materials are already making a significant technological contribution to the field of renewable energy. However, there is still a need for fundamental knowledge and innovative solutions for increasing the use of various renewable energy sources. Under this call for proposals, grant applications for projects addressing all forms of renewable energy, including battery technology, are sought. The call does not extend to projects involving petroleum resources.

Pharmaceuticals and medical equipment developed using nanotechnology and advanced materials hold enormous potential for future medical applications. In addition, more knowledge is needed about any negative health impacts of the chosen technological solutions. Under this call for proposals, grant applications for projects examining therapeutics, diagnostics and regenerative medicine, including medical equipment, from these perspectives are sought. Generating new knowledge of high quality and relevance, and finding ways to apply this knowledge, will require a broad scientific approach. When assessing grant applications, special importance will be attached to projects that incorporate wide-ranging interdisciplinary insight, for example into advanced materials and biomedicine. The call does not extend to projects involving animal health.

The NANO2021 programme seeks to promote sustainable technological development and the safe, responsible application of project results. Importance will therefore be attached to research on issues relating to health, safety and environment (HSE), as well as on ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of the development and application of nanotechnology.

Applicants are encouraged to address the health-related, environmental, safety-related, social and ethical impacts of the proposed research in the project description, when this is relevant. These may be addressed in a separate work package, for instance.

The programme also seeks to enhance cooperation and coordination at the national level. When assessing grant applications, special importance will be attached to projects that incorporate partners from different institutions.

Likewise, the programme seeks to encourage international cooperation, and special importance will be attached to projects that incorporate this.

Bilateral cooperation with France on research projects
Applicants may also seek funding for participation in joint Norwegian-French research projects. Please note that the guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals apply to Norwegian-French research projects as well. Also please note that applications for funding for Norwegian-French research projects will compete on an equal basis with grant applications for other types of projects under this call.

Norwegian partners may seek funding for the Norwegian portion of the joint project. Please include “Bilateral French-Norwegian project proposal” in the name of the grant application. French partners must seek funding from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), either under the programme Nanotechnology and Nanosystems (P2N) or the programme Materials and Processes for High Performance Products (MAT & PRO). The calls for these programmes were issued in December 2011. It should be noted that the ANR requires the participation of at least one French company in joint Norwegian-French project proposals. Requirements for Norwegian participants are specified under the individual application types. Funding to cover the costs of a joint Norwegian-French workshop and a brief stay for Norwegian partners at a French partner institution or company may be included in the grant proposal.

Confirmation that the French partners have submitted a grant proposal to the ANR must be forwarded to the NANO2021 programme at the latest by 1 March 2012. This should be sent by email to

Please include the reference number of the submitted grant application for the Norwegian portion of the project in the email. The Research Council will only allocate funding to projects that are also awarded funding by the ANR.

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