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NOK 20 million for Researcher Projects within petroleum research

Funding is available under the PETROMAKS 2 programme for Researcher Projects in all the thematic priority areas set out in the work programme. Approved research organisations are eligible to apply.

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10.04.2019 13:00 CEST


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 projects.

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

Purpose of the call

This call encompasses the following thematic priority areas:

  • Thematic priority area 1: Reducing greenhouse gases, energy efficiency and the environment;
  • Thematic priority area 2: Exploration and increased recovery;
  • Thematic priority area 3: Drilling, completion and intervention;
  • Thematic priority area 4: Production, processing and transport;
  • Thematic priority area 5: Major accidents and the working environment.

The work programme also sets out the following cross-cutting priorities:

  • The Arctic areas;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency;
  • Digitalisation;
  • Challenges related to the introduction and use of new technology.

Funding is not available for generic projects focusing solely on these cross-cutting priorities. Applicants seeking to address the cross-cutting priorities must link these specifically to one or more of the thematic priority areas. Please note that applicants are not required to address the cross-cutting priorities in their grant proposals.

For more information about the above thematic priority areas, see the PETROMAKS 2 work programme (see the link to the right).

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.

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.

In addition, the PETROMAKS 2 programme will employ the following priorities and guidelines when recommending projects for funding: 

  • Projects involving cooperation with international partners will be viewed in a positive light. However, as the PETROMAKS 2 work programme states, the international partners are expected to cover their own costs.
  • For Researcher Projects, the lump-sum allocated for doctoral fellows, based on the fixed rates, must amount to at least 50 per cent of the total funding sought from the Research Council.
  • Applications for projects in which collaboration with the industrial sector will be expected and appropriate should be submitted under the call for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry with a deadline of 4 September 2019.
  • To obtain a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality, relevant projects that will facilitate optimal achievement of programme objectives (see the link to the work programme to the right ), the award of PETROMAKS 2 funding to Researcher Projects will be carried out alongside funding awards for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector (deadline: 25 September 2019), Knowledge-building Projects for Industry (deadline: 4 September 2019) and a joint call with the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (autumn 2019).