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Up to NOK 120 million for high quality research on international development

This call for proposals for Researcher project encompasses all thematic areas of the NORGLOBAL2 work programme. In addition the call has earmarked NOK 10 million to China as a development actor.

Researcher project Choose
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 English-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 1 and 2, including attachments) takes precedence.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to 120 million are available for researcher projects within the thematic area international development.

Funding will be prioritised between the thematic areas as follows:
• at least NOK 9,5 million for research on humanitarian issues;
• at least NOK 4 million for research on peace and reconciliation ;
• up to NOK 10 million for projects focussing on China as a development actor in the global South;

In addition please see the MARINFORSK and FINNUT calls, links on the right hand side for
• up to NOK 20 million for marine pollution and littering in a development perspective (MARINFORSK)
• NOK 10 million for global education (FINNUT)
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

NORGLOBAL2 seeks projects with high quality research that can contribute to knowledge and understanding of development issues. It encourages innovative, policy-oriented research that addresses the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

Proposals can focus on one or more of the five priority research areas:

  • global education;
  • humanitarian efforts;
  • conflict, security and fragility;
  • business development and job creation;
  • the environment, climate and renewable energy.

Projects carried out in one or several of the 16 partner countries of the Norwegian development cooperation will be given priority.

Partner countries include Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Myanmar, Indonesia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Palestine, Somalia and South Sudan.

Proposals must describe clearly the particular problems and challenges to be addressed and how the knowledge produced can contribute to resolving them.

Interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together concepts, methods, analytical approaches and data from different disciplines is particularly encouraged. The expertise and value that each partner brings to the project must be clearly explained. Significance is also attached to the use of innovative research methods and forms of dissemination.

The programme seeks to support and develop national and international cooperation. As such, it is a requirement that applicants collaborate with other Norwegian and international research organisations, including from developing countries. To achieve high quality and relevance, importance is given to the co-production of knowledge, between equitable partners in the North and the South. Projects addressing China as a developing actor must include a Chinese research organisation as partner in the project.

Applicants must explain the ways in which the issues and questions they raise are gendered, identify the potential gendered outcomes of the project, and include the gender composition of the project team.

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.

Provided that the applications considered for funding are of equal quality and relevance, NORGLOBAL2 will give priority to projects that

  • balance out the thematic portfolio of the call
  • are carried out in one or several of the 16 partner countries of the Norwegian development cooperation

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.