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NOK 54 million for Researcher Projects within Technology and Material Environments

Under this call, priority will be given to grant proposals addressing thematic priority area 2, “Technology and Material Environments”, in the SAMKUL work programme.

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10.04.2019 13:00 CEST


The status of this call is “planned”. The call will be made active 27 February 2019. The call may be subject to revision until that date. From that date and up to the submission deadline, you may create and submit grant applications. If the call is revised, we will provide notification here.

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 54 million is available for new projects within thematic priority area 2, “Technology and Material Environments”, in the SAMKUL work programme.

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

Purpose of the call

Under this call, the SAMKUL programme seeks to fund projects demonstrating how research on cultural phenomena can enhance understanding about, and help to deal with, current societal challenges in the area of “Technology and Material Environments”.

Projects must actively incorporate the work programme's PDF - 718 KB description of the thematic priority areas and the SAMKUL programme perspective in general. Technology and material environments are interwoven into cultural and societal prerequisites, while cultural and societal development are shaped by materiality and technological factors. Priority will be given to research activities which generate new knowledge about these interrelationships by analysing their historical, linguistic and communicative, religious, normative and aesthetic dimensions.

Topics and objects of study discussed in the other thematic priority areas in the SAMKUL work programme may be incorporated into projects within technology and material envirionments. In keeping with the message set out in the white paper on the humanities on research on major technological shifts, humanities environments are encouraged to participate actively in the thematic framework of the call, when possible in cooperation with researchers from the natural sciences, technology, medicine or social sciences. Multi- and interdisciplinary research will be beneficial in many studies in the area of technology and material environments. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged when this is fruitful for the research, due to the object of study. Priority will be given to proposals that feature active project management and good internal organisation, especially with regard to the integration of research fellowships and sub-projects into the project as a whole aa well as into the project’s overall thematics.

The SAMKUL programme is also planning to announce funding in spring 2020 for projects within thematic priority area 3, “Knowledge, Welfare and Diversity”. More information about this call will be available in late autumn 2019.

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.

In addition to guidelines outlined above for projects regarding thematic focus and perspectives, and assuming that the applications considered to be qualified for funding are comparable in terms of scientific merit, the SAMKUL programme will give priority to funding projects that:

  • Are clearly relevant for key societal challenges;
  • Have concrete, ambitious plans for communication and dissemination from the project to clearly defined target groups;
  • Include effective, realistic plans for scholarly publication;
  • Incorporate relevant international and national cooperation, with specification of the individuals involved and tasks under the project.

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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