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Up to NOK 41 million is available for Researcher Projects in the fields of nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials.

This call encompasses all thematic areas described in the work programme. Projects on impacts of nanomaterials on health and ecosystems and other issues relating to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) will be given special priority.

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Deadline:
24.05.2017 18:00 CEST

Status:

Closed

Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Funding of up to NOK 41 million is available for projects with a project period of two to four years. The funding awarded is to cover the entire project period.

Projects under Thematic priority area 5 “Knowledge about different impacts of nanomaterials on health and ecosystems” and other issues relating to responsible technology development (RRI) will be prioritised with a minimum NOK 8.5 million in funding, provided that grant applications receive a general mark of 6 (Excellent) or higher from the referee/panel.

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.

Projects may incorporate topics from one or more of the five thematic priority areas described in the work programme:

Nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials for:

  • Thematic priority area 1: applications in the energy sphere;
  • Thematic priority area 2: reducing environmental and climate impacts;
  • Thematic priority area 3: improving health and medical technology;
  • Thematic priority area 4: increasing value creation based on natural resources;
  • Thematic priority area 5: knowledge about different impacts of nanomaterials on health and ecosystems.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)) is an important perspective for the Research Council in general and is a strategic priority under the NANO2021 programme. RRI refers to an approach in which research, technology development and innovation are viewed as socially interwoven processes, rather than parallel or isolated development pathways.

The NANO2021 programme aims to derive maximum positive benefits for society from research and innovation and works to ensure that research, technology development and innovation do not result in unintended negative impacts and risks. Grant proposals must indicate how the project complies with the RRI perspectives.

The document “Requirements regarding inclusion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in grant applications submitted under the NANO2021 programme in 2017” (see document list) describes the inclusion of required and optional RRI topics in grant applications.

Recommendations and examples are available in the document “FAQ on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in grant applications submitted under the NANO2021 programme”. The Research Council’s document presenting the framework for Responsible Innovation provides a general description of this theme.

Requirements relating to the project manager

  • Individuals may only serve as project manager in one grant application under this call for proposals.
  • Project managers may only apply for funding under this call if they do not have an ongoing Researcher Project receiving funding under the NANO2021 programme beyond 1 September 2018.

General requirements

  • Applicants are encouraged to take contact with potential national and/or international actors who may be interested in the results of the research. These actors may come from the private and public sectors or have other roles. Contact may be established e.g. via advisory groups, planned conferences or other measures. Attach a Letter of Intent (LOI) or other documentation confirming the intent of interested parties. In cases where contact with future interested parties is not considered relevant for the project, please provide a brief explanation of why this is so.
  • Applicants should evaluate and briefly describe plans for potential commercialisation of project results in the short or the long term. In cases where commercialisation is not considered relevant for the project, please provide a brief explanation of why this is so.
  • Applicants are encouraged to make use of national research infrastructure (e.g. the Norwegian Micro- and Nanofabrication Facility (NorFab) and Norwegian Center for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NorTEM), among others), when relevant. The costs for use of research infrastructure may be approved as part of the project budget by the Research Council.
  • Assuming all factors are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers in the final ranking of grant applications.

Grant applications that do not address the thematic priority areas, do not use the designated templates or do not include the mandatory attachments will be rejected.

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