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NOK 18 million earmarked for research on Societal Security

Funding from the SAMRISK programme is available for Researcher Projects on the themes "Social Considerations: dilemmas and conflicts of objectives" and "Prevention and preparedness".

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15.02.2017 13:00 CET


30.1.2017: Information on Overseas Research Grants and extension of post-doctoral fellowships in connection with research stays abroad added to the announcement text.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 18 million.

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.

The SAMRISK programme is seeking grant proposals for research projects in two thematic priority areas:

  1. Societal considerations: dilemmas and conflicting objectives
  2. Prevention and preparedness

Below are requirements for research projects in the two thematic priority areas. In addition, the following applies for projects in both thematic priority areas:

The project must:

  • be interdisciplinary. It is important that humanities subjects and traditions are given a key role. Psychological, legislative and economic perspectives are also relevant in this context.
  • be based on the national and international state of the art in the areas the project intends to explore. The ways in which the project builds upon existing knowledge must be clearly explained. Grant applications that share a significant degree of overlap with ongoing research projects will not be given priority.
  • incorporate international cooperation with foreign research groups and/or researchers, for instance through research stays abroad, visiting researchers or links with relevant research projects. Specific plans for cooperation must be described.
  • have a plan for user involvement to increase the likelihood that the results will be utilised.

It is desirable that other partners / users are involved in the project where appropriate. The role of the partners must be specified in the project description.

Societal considerations: dilemmas and conflicting objectives

There is an ongoing need to balance societal security considerations with other objectives that are of fundamental importance for a society (welfare, health, the environment, freedom, protection of personal privacy, human rights, etc.). The knowledge base must be expanded to support informed decisions between different societal considerations in cases where conflicts arise.

Potential research topics to address include:

  • Identifying dilemmas and conflicts between societal security and safety and other societal considerations.
  • The significance and impact of the institutional framework, such as formal legislation and rules, on decision-making in cases where dilemmas arise.
  • Developing models as tools for compiling overviews of conflicting objectives and providing a basis for decision-making.
  • Identifying mechanisms that affect decision-making in situations that are highly complex and uncertain.
  • The roles of private actors and the impacts of these on societal security and safety.

Prevention and preparedness

A wide array of actors is involved in prevention and preparedness activities relating to societal security and each meets a different set of challenges. There is a need for more knowledge to determine the most effective strategies and methods that different actors can employ in order to equip society more optimally for dealing with serious events (risk, resilience, precautionary principle).

Potential research topics to address include:

  • Rational decision-making in prevention and preparedness activities (risk, resilience, precautionary principle).
  • The relationship between risk perception among the population, communication of information and prevention and preparedness measures.
  • The general public’s trust in different actors involved in prevention and preparedness activities.
  • Information-sharing between the different actors.
  • Challenges and opportunities associated with relations between the authorities, the media and service providers.