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Svalbard Strategic Grant (SSG) – NOK 4 million for workshops and cooperation projects

Funding is available for workshops and cooperation projects that promote the strategic objectives of Svalbard Science Forum. This includes coordination and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard, initiation of pilot studies and/or planning of large projects and applications.

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Deadline:
10.10.2018 13:00 CEST

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Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 4 million in total is available for workshops and cooperation projects that promote the strategic objectives of Svalbard Science Forum. This includes coordination and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard, initiation of pilot studies and/or planning of large projects and applications.

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

This call is available in English only.

Funding is available for workshops and projects that contribute to SSF strategic objectives: cooperation, coordination, sharing of data and reduced environmental impact.

Priority in this call will be given to projects that contribute to:
• developing existing, or establish new, scientific cooperation projects (or 
​   scientific flagships) in Svalbard
• developing the existing four Ny-Ålesund flagship programs
• following up the recommendations outlined in reports from previous SSF funded
  workshops
• increasing mobility between research bases in Svalbard

See the definition of Ny-Ålesund flagship programs and a summary of recommendations from previous SSF-workshops at the SSF website.

All projects that receive funding must be registered and updated regularly throughout the project period in the database Research in Svalbard (RiS).

The application must be submitted by a Norwegian institution which will be responsible for the project, including reporting. A final academic and economic report as outlined in the reporting criteria must be submitted after the workshop/project is completed. Funds will be disbursed automatically at four-month intervals, provided the project is in compliance with the progress and funding plans.

Formal requirements for all SSG applications:
• the project description should be maximum 5 pages incl. references
  (Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri, 11 pt.)
• each CV should be maximum one page including maximum 5 relevant   
​  references

The application must include (may otherwise be rejected):
• description of how the project will contribute towards fulfilling the SSF’s 
  strategic objectives
• if relevant, how the project will contribute to the Ny-Ålesund flagship programs
• if relevant, how the project will initiate a new, or further develop, scientific
​  cooperation initiative in Svalbard
• scientific justification of the topic
• budget
• CV of project manager and partners of the project group where project role and
  home institution is clear as well as who is affiliated to a permanent research
​  base in Svalbard (Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund, Barentsburg, Hornsund).

Administrative procedures:
Applications will be processed administratively by a panel composed of in-house staff plus external expert(s) with extensive experience from Svalbard. The final funding decision is made by the Research Council of Norway's administration.