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NOK 70 million for research on polar weather prediction and the central Arctic Ocean

Research is sought to improve polar weather prediction and knowledge of the central Arctic Ocean across the programme’s full thematic scope to generate relevant, basic knowledge related to climate and environmental change, marine industry and operations, and policy and management challenges.

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06.09.2017 13:00 CEST


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



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The programme plans to provide funding for four to eight Researcher Projects with a timeframe of three to four years within its NOK 70 million budget framework.

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.

This call encompasses all the thematic priority areas of the POLARPROG programme and seeks to generate relevant, fundamental knowledge related to climate and environmental change, marine industry and operations, and policy and management challenges.

International cooperation is essential to successfully address polar research challenges, establish comprehensive observation programmes and ensure efficient data sharing.

In particular, this call seeks projects targeted towards collaboration with and participation in international campaigns such as the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) and the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), coordination with international research initiatives, cooperation and sharing of open data, and support of global programmes.

Provided that grant applications with high enough scientific merit are received, the programme is aiming to fund one to four projects within each of the thematic priority areas below.

1. Research for improved polar weather prediction

Improvement of models for the atmosphere includes icing and ice conditions and weather prediction relating to marine operations and industrial development. Detailed and precise information that provides a basis for improved weather prediction is needed to promote safer and more efficient operations in polar waters.

Priority will be given to:

  • Grant proposals that primarily make use of existing data to enhance understanding of polar processes and development of weather prediction models;
  • Arctic or bipolar projects;
  • Norwegian participation in international campaigns, e.g. contributing to and utilising YOPP.

2. Research in and about the central Arctic Ocean

Research in and about the central Arctic Ocean has two subthemes:

  1. The polar climate system, its role in the global climate system through teleconnections and feedback mechanisms, polar marine ecosystems and processes that drive these.
  2. Challenges relating to maritime law and management in the Arctic Ocean. The challenges are a function of changes in climate and ecosystems, and are of particular relevance in the Arctic Ocean since there is currently no legal or political framework other than the general guidelines of the UN Convention

Priority will be given to:

  • Norwegian participation in international campaigns, such as participation in MOSAiC or coordinated projects using Norwegian vessels;
  • Interdisciplinary projects that encompass climate, management and industrial challenges, and knowledge gaps regarding the central Arctic Ocean;
  • Social science projects that address issues relating to the law of the sea.

Strategic guidelines and important considerations

Grant applications will be assessed based on the current assessment criteria for Researcher Projects (see “Link to general requirements for Researcher Projects”). The assessment criteria scientific merit and relevance relative to the call for proposals will be the given the greatest weight when awarding funding.      

The following requirements also apply:

  • The budget and resource parameters must be specified in the grant application. Applicants must indicate the number of person-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 totalled. These specifications may be provided in the specification field under “Cost plan” in the application form or as a separate attachment (Sample overview of budget and resource parameters). Please note that there are requirements relating to specification of project plans and personnel resources under the criterion “Implementation plan and resource parameters”.
  • Applicants from institutions in the university and university college sector that have implemented the TDI model (common full costing methodology) must 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.
  • Grant applications are to describe the data to be used and/or generated by the project and plans for data management. Plans for long-term storage/archiving, maintenance and making the data accessible must also be described.
  • Communication and dissemination of research results to key decision-makers, the public administration and the general public is of particular importance. Grant applications must include a communication plan that describes concrete measures and activities targeted towards various user groups.
  • National and international cooperation in the project will be rewarded in the assessment of grant applications. Applicants are to describe how the project will cooperate with projects funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s Arctic research package or other relevant international programmes or initiatives.
  • Applicants are encouraged to incorporate Overseas Research Grants and/or Visiting Researcher Grants in their application. If the project is awarded funding, the Project Owner may also seek Overseas Research Grants for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows under the project, as well as apply to extend the post-doctoral fellowship period in connection with research stays abroad. More information on the fellowship scheme UTENLANDSSTIPEND.
  • The POLARPROG programme is seeking to reduce the climate footprint of funded projects, so applicants are asked to explain how they will reduce the climate footprint of their project.

Projects that plan to participate in international campaigns should be aware of the following:

  • If the project plans to participate in international campaigns such as MOSAiC, YOPP or the like, the application must specify needs related to logistics, infrastructure and personnel involved in this participation. Advance approval for the project is required from the host institution or the scientific steering committe for the campaign. Letters of confirmation (or endorsement letter) must be attached to the application.
  • Provided they have received a high enough ranking, projects seeking participation in MOSAiC will be invited to a negotiating phase to work out final plans for the expedition and participation on board and to coordinate common interests and cooperation between the participating Norwegian and international projects. This will also be essential in setting project start-up dates.
  • When assessing projects seeking participation in MOSAiC, importance will be attached to achieving maximum research value from the expedition days invested on board the cruise. This entails assessing the size and breadth of the research group; whether the data obtained will be of benefit to others (such as students, partners and in models); the extent to which the project will take advantage of the MOSAiC project’s full measurement programme; what the project itself adds to MOSAiC; the description of potential cooperation and coordination; and what kind of added value this will generate for the Norwegian partners.

Assuming all other quality-related factors are essentially equal, applications involving the following will be viewed in a favourable light:

  • Applications that incorporate recruitment positions.
  • Projects led by young project managers. “Young project managers” are defined as being aged 39 or younger on the date of the application submission deadline, and no more than eight years may have passed since the date of defence of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation (for approved doctorates). Time used in connection with specific statutory leaves of absence and/or long-term sick leave may be subtracted from the applicant’s age or the period following degree completion.
  • Projects led by female project managers.

Please also see the General application requirements and the general requirements for the application type Researcher Projects.

The grant is reserved for the non-economic activities of the research organisation. When a cooperating undertaking has parts of its project costs covered through the Research Council grant, this must be in accordance with Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014).