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NOK 12 million to Researcher Projects on Russian foreign relations, geopolitics and security

Funding is available under the NORRUSS programme for Researcher Projects addressing Russia’s international ambitions and conduct, as well as the impact that global forces such as globalisation, digitalisation and urbanisation have on the country’s foreign relations and engagement with the global economy.

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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 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.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 12 million is available for new research projects on Russian foreign and security policy, as well as on the country’s foreign economic relations and engagement with the global economy.

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

Purpose of the call

The purpose of this call is to shed light on Russian foreign and security policy, and on factors that play a role in Russia’s conduct nationally and internationally.
The call is based on chapter 4.2 of the NORRUSS work programme and covers the following sub-items:

  • General trends, geopolitics and foreign policy;
  • Geoeconomics, foreign economic relations;
  • Soft and hard power strategies;
  • Russia’s neighbouring regions.

A link to the work programme is available to the right.

Research activities are expected to generate valuable knowledge for policy-making and understanding of Russian society, and projects should incorporate close contact with relevant users.

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 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 NORRUSS programme will give priority to funding projects that

  • will help to strengthen the research community in this field in Norway;
  • incorporate good plans for communication with relevant user groups;
  • are bold and innovative.

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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