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NOK 80 million for Researcher Projects on Technology and Material Environments

The SAMKUL programme is planning a call for proposals with an application submission deadline of 10 April 2019. Applicants must be an approved research organisation. 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


This call for proposals is currently available in an abridged version provided in order to inform applicants of our plans for the call. A full version of the call is expected to be published in January 2019. The call will become active 27 February 2019. You may then create and submit a proposal up to the deadline.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 80 million

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

Which application types are we planning to announce funding for?

The Research Council of Norway is in the process of changing the application types that we use. 2019 will be a transition year where we take the first step in this effort. The application types Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents and Mobility Grants have several features in common: they support renewal and development in research across disciplines and thematic areas, the project manager must hold a doctorate, and businesses may not be collaborating partners in the projects.

In light these common features, we will coordinate all calls for proposals for these application types under a single deadline: 10 April 2019. We will also be using the same application requirements and assessment criteria across all programmes and activities.

As a part of this, the SAMKUL programme is now planning a call for proposals for Researcher Projects.

For information on the differences between the three application types and the programmes and activities that are planning to announce calls for proposals for each of them, see here. For information concerning the distinction between these application types and the application types Knowledge-Building Projects for Industry and Collaboration Projects on Societal Challenges and Business Development, please see here.

Objectives of the call for proposals

The SAMKUL programme seeks to fund projects demonstrating how research with cultural perspectives can enhance understanding about, and help to deal with, current societal challenges in the area of “Technology and Material Environments”. In the broadest sense, technology and material environments are influenced by cultural and societal prerequisites, while cultural and societal development are shaped by materiality and technological factors. In this context, 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.

Projects must actively incorporate the work programme’s description of the thematic priority areas and the SAMKUL programme perspective in general. Multi- and interdisciplinary research should be employed when this is relevant for the object of study.

Information concerning programme-specific requirements for applications and the elements to be emphasised when selecting proposals for funding will be available at a later time.

Who is eligible to apply?

All applications for Researcher Projects must be submitted by an approved Norwegian research organisation. The organisation must be the project owner in the application form, and must have approved submission of the application. 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).

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