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Public Sector Ph.D. scheme (OFFPHD)

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The overall objectives of the scheme are to expand long-term, relevant competence-building and research activities in public sector bodies, to increase researcher recruitment within the public sector and to promote greater collaboration between academia and the public sector.

The Research Council works to boost research and innovation activity in the public sector and provides support for research projects. The authorities expect the Research Council to help to increase knowledge intensity in the public sector in various ways, including the recruitment of doctoral candidates.

The Public Sector Ph.D. scheme does not represent a new type of doctoral degree, but is designed to support long-term research that has the same level of scientific merit as the general doctoral degree education. The doctoral research projects are to generate knowledge that is relevant for and can be applied by public sector actors and their users, as well as to develop practices in the public sector for creating new and improved solutions. At the same time, the doctoral research projects must seek new knowledge in areas where the need for knowledge and innovation is substantial, and must support the public entity's R&D and innovation strategy. Greater collaboration between the public sector and academia will promote better utilisation within the public sector of the knowledge generated both nationally and internationally.

Projects with funding

At present, these projects have received funding from the OFFPHD-programme. The overview provides access to summaries and other key information on all the projects under the programme. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

The scheme accepts grant applications from entities in the public sector (cf. entities encompassed under the Research Council’s definition of the concept “public sector body”, see link at right). At present, the scheme does not encompass private foundations or employers’/employees’ organisations.

In order to ensure balance in the public sector Ph.D. project portfolio, the Research Council will from 15 April 2016 and until further notice, not process and allocate more grant applications from applicants who have museum activities as a significant part of their tasks.

Organisations that are defined as research institutions by the Research Council are not eligible to seek funding under the Public Sector Ph.D. scheme (cf. the Research Council’s definition and specification of the concept “research institution”, see link at right). Other entities which carry out a significant amount of research may also be outside the scope of the scheme and will be considered on a case-to-case basis.

Health trusts may not seek funding for doctoral research projects in the fields of medicine and health science, but may seek funding for projects addressing issues of an organisational/administrative nature.