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NOK 20 million for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents projects on the thematic areas Geopolitics and Societal development in the High North

Funding is available under the NORRUSS programme for projects addressing geopolitics and international relations in the High North and issues related to societal aspects in the circumpolar north. Applicants must be an approved Norwegian research organisation.

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10.04.2019 13:00 CEST


20 February: The lists of requirements and rejection grounds have been updated.

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.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 20 million is available for new research projects on the High North in the following thematic areas:
- Geopolitics and governance in the High North;
- Sustainable societal development in the High North.
Up to NOK 12 million is available for Researcher Projects and NOK 8 million for Young Research Talents. 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

The purpose of this call is to shed light on the opportunities and challenges arising as a result of societal and business development in the High North. These developments are being driven in part by climate change, growing international interest in the region, and an increasingly tense international situation.

The call is based on chapter 4.1 of the NORRUSS work programme with particular focus on sub-items 4.1 A and 4.1 C. A link to the work programme is available to the right.

Research activities are expected to generate valuable knowledge for policy-making and societal development, and projects should incorporate close contact with relevant users.

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 NORRUSS programme announcing funding for?

The NORRUSS 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 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

  • promote a thematically and scientifically broad, balanced project portfolio within the scope of this call for proposals;
  • are bold and innovative;
  • incorporate good plans for communication with relevant user groups.

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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