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NOK 800 000 available for workshops in connection with the Svalbard Science Conference 2019

Svalbard Strategic Grant (SSG) provides funds for a one-time call for workshops in connection with the Svalbard Science Conference 2019 (SSC2019). This call aims to stimulate increased cooperation and coordination within Svalbard research and to support the Svalbard Science Forums (SSF) priorities.

Support for event Choose


The closing date for submission of applications for this call is 5 April 2019.

The call is only available in English.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 800 000 available to workshops of a maximum of NOK 100 000.

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

Norwegian institutions can apply for workshops to be held immediately post or prior to the Svalbard Science Conference in Oslo on 5-6 November, 2019.

The workshop must be held immediately post or prior to the SSC2019 at the same or a nearby location. Applications will be processed consecutively until the funds are exhausted or up until 5 April 2019.

A maximum of NOK 100 000 can be allocated to cover direct workshop costs.

Workshops participants are expected to take part in the Svalbard Science Conference.

The workshop application must include (may otherwise be rejected):

  • draft agenda including a dedicated session focusing on SSF’s strategic objectives
  • (tentative) list of participants
  • suggestions for how to continue the cooperation after the workshop in accordance with SSF's objectives

Workshops must be related to research in Svalbard. Representatives from all relevant research localities and institutions active in Svalbard should be invited.

The workshops must include a dedicated session focusing on SSFs strategic objectives:

  • increased cooperation within Svalbard research
  • increased coordination of activities
  • open sharing of data
  • reduced environmental impact (including use of new technologies and efficient use of existing infrastructure)

The funding scheme provides support for organisational costs (rent of meeting venues, room and board), limited travel costs for workshop participants and reporting/organisational costs. Requests for funding to cover travel and living expenses must follow the RCN guidelines for the application type Support for events.

The SSF secretariat reserves the right to attend all funded workshops with one representative and have the option of bringing a second representative from the RCN at own cost.


The project owner must deliver a final economic report and a short workshop summary. The short workshop summary must describe the outcome of the workshop and plan for continued work. The workshop summary report should also include detailed timetables, lists of participants, and clearly state that SSF funded the workshop. The workshop summary report will, after approval, be available online at SSF's webpage.

The reports are due three months after the workshop has been organised.

Assessment criteria (non-prioritized order)

  • international collaboration
  • national collaboration
  • dissemination and communication plan
  • relevance to call – priorities and SSF objectives
  • implementation plan and resource needs
  • project leader and project group
  • relevance to SIOS