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Funding for research in and about the Antarctic

Up to NOK 30 million in funding is available for research in and about the Antarctic. This call for proposals is open to Researcher Projects with a project period of three to four years. Three to eight proposals are planned funded under this call.

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07.09.2016 13:00 CEST

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For this call for proposals the definition of the polar regions, in this case only the Antarctic (including Bouvet Island and South Georgia) set out in the Research Council's policy document, Norwegian polar research (2014-2023), will apply (cf. page 6) (see link to the polar policy document at right).

Applicants are encouraged to read the text of the call carefully and to comply with the requirements stipulated for the given application type and in the call for proposals. Grant applications that do not comply with these requirements will be rejected.

The grant application form may be saved and submitted multiple times on "My RCN web". It is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be sent on for processing once the submission deadline has expired.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

The Research Council and the Norwegian Polar Institute arranged a Seminar on Research in and about the Antarctic in Tromsø, May 10th – 11th, where important research challenges related to Antarktis were discussed. Anyone planning to submit an application to the call are encouraged to read the summary from the seminar.

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Up to NOK 30 million in funding is available for research in and about the Antarctic. This call for proposals is open to Researcher Projects with a project period of three to four years. Three to eight projects are planned funded under this call.

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

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Antarctic research has been targeted in the Research Council's policy document Norwegian Polar Research (2014–2023) and the POLARPROG work programme. These documents set out the scientific framework for the call. A description of the scientific priorities in and about the Antarctic is also found in the reports, Norwegian research activities in Antarctica 2013–2022, Meld. St. 32 (2014–2015) Norwegian Interests and Policy in the Antarctic,  Meld. St. 33 (2014–2015) Norske interesser og politikk for Bouvetøya (Norway's interests and the policy for Bouvet Island. In Norwegian) and Klima- og miljødepartementets prioriterte forskningsbehov (2016–2021) (The Ministry of Climate and Environment priority research needs (2016–2021). In Norwegian).  

Three to eight projects are planned funded under this call.

For research projects including fieldwork in the Antarctic, the Regulations relating to the protection of the environment and safety in Antarctica also apply. This entails among other things that a notification and an environmental evaluation of the activity must be submitted to the Norwegian Polar Institute at least one year before fieldwork is initiated. Notification is to be submitted using the form available on the Norwegian Polar Institute’s website (link to information page). The website also provides information about the regulations. If field activity in connection with the project is planned to begin during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months in 2017–2018, notification must be sent immediately following the allocation of any funding. Provided that sufficient information is included it may be possible to process the notification even though the one-year deadline has experied.

Grant applications will be assessed in accordance with the criteria set out for Researcher Projects. When assessing grant applications, priorities will be attached to scientific merit, relevance relative to the call for proposals and dissemination and communication of results. In addition, project costs and the feasibility of the project will also be emphasised.

Scientific guidelines
This call for proposals is designed to increase knowledge in and about the Antarctic and to help to  strengthen the Antarctic-related research among Norwegian research groups as well as the foundation for knowledge-based management of the Antarctic. The call is designed to promote recruitment to, and internationalisation of, Norwegian Antarctic research. International cooperation, thus, is a key criterion for grant allocations.

Antarctic research is often complex, and requires in many respects an integrated, broad-based approach across disciplines and thematic areas. Cross-disciplinary research is therefore encouraged when this will have added value. Active involvement of the public administration as well as business and industry in developing the research questions and carrying out the projects is also encouraged, when relevant.

Strategic guidelines and important considerations

Innovative projects focusing on topics that are currently inadequately addressed in research activities and/or may enhance the knowledge base for management in the Antarctic will be given priority. Considerations may be given to achieving a broad, balanced project portfolio when allocating funding.

Budget
The budget and resource parameters must be specified. Applicants must indicate the number of man-months per work package/sub-project/milestone and the institution/person that will be performing the work, as well as the need for additional resources. Payroll expenses must also be specified and summarised. These specifications may be provided in the specification field under “Cost plan” in the application form or as a separate attachment (see link to the right). The number of hours per man-month for each partner institution must also be specified. Please note that there are requirements relating to specification of project plans and personnel resources under the criterion “Implementation plan and resource parameters”. Other resources are also to be specified.

Applicants from institutions in the university and university college sector that have implemented the TDI model (common full costing methodology) are to use this for budgeting of project costs. Applicants must contact the financial officer at their institution for information and assistance in completing the budget section of the application.

All costs associated with the project must be allotted within the project framework. Examples of such costs are freight and travel expenses to Antarctica, and rental costs for equipment. 

Logistics
For projects planning to use the Norwegian research station Troll in Dronning Maud Land it is important to give consideration to needs related to infrastructure and personnel as well as for available research station capacity. For more information, please contact the Operations and Logistics Department at the Norwegian Polar Institute (link).

The Norwegian Polar Institute will help to provide information and contact details for other logistics providers associated with national Antarctic programmes as needed. In these cases, the applicant is encouraged to contact the Operations and Logistics Department at the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Requirements for projects planning field activity in the Antarctic
This call is for Researcher Projects addressing the entire range of activities under the POLARPROG work programme which are relevant to the Antarctic. In addition, projects addressing the 80 most important Antarctic research questions identified by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) (see attachment) may also be of relevance. Project proposals may be based on existing data, the collection of new data, modelling and more (or any combinations of these). Participation in international campaigns should be included when relevant.

The following requirements and guidelines also apply to this call for proposals:

  • A data management plan must be attached to the grant application when this is relevant. Among other things, the plan must explain how data will be shared with other relevant research actors and users. References to any datasets that will be used in the project must be provided in the grant application.
  • Pursuant to Article III of the Antarctic Treaty, all scientific observations and data from the Antarctic shall be made freely available. Research data from the Antarctic shall be stored and published with a view towards future reuse, either by the institute conducting the research or the Norwegian Polar Institute. Datasets from Antarctic research will be published in the Antarctic Master Directory.  
  • For this call for proposals the definition of the polar regions set out in the Research Council's policy Norwegian Polar Research (2014–2023), in this case only the Antarctic (including Bouvet Island and South Georgia) set out in the Research Council's policy document, will apply (cf. page 6) (see link to the polar policy document to the right).
  • Project results should be highly relevant for users of the results. Plans for user involvement, when relevant, as well as plans for dissemination of research results to users must be described.
  • Importance will be attached to national and international cooperation. Applicants are encouraged to target project activities towards initiatives and needs associated with international arenas and processes such as SCAR, the Antarctic Treaty and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

Assuming all other quality-related factors are essentially equal, importance will be attached to the following considerations:

  • Projects led by a young project manager will be viewed in a favourable light. "Young project managers" are defined as being aged 39 or younger. No more than eight years may have passed since the date of approval of the proposed project manager's defence of his or her doctoral dissertation (with time subtracted for specific statutory leaves of absence and long-term sick leave in the period after the doctoral thesis was approved).
  • Projects led by women project managers help to enhance the gender balance in the research and will be given priority.

Please also see the Research Council's general requirements for grant proposals for Researcher Projects.

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