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NOK 40 million for Collaboration Projects on Societal Challenges and Business Development for effective, safe and sustainable transport solutions

Funding is available under the Transport 2025 programme for research organisations, in cooperation with other actors, for projects to increase knowledge, expertise and innovation for effective, safe and sustainable transport solutions.

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10.04.2019 13:00 CEST


The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

NOK 40 million is expected to be available under this call for Collaboration Projects on Societal Challenges and Business Development in the transport sector (Application type: Other support).

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

Who can apply for funding?
Applications will be accepted from research organisations ( see the Research Council’s Definition of research organisation PDF - 292 KB ).
Thematic guidelines 
The purpose of this call is to increase knowledge, expertise and innovation for effective, safe and sustainable transport solutions for the future. The Transport 2025 work programme lays the foundation for this call for proposals. The work programme establishes the following three thematic priority areas: 
  • An innovative transport system that makes use of new technology or business models;
  • A sustainable transport system that helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution of the local environment;  
  • A transport system for future-oriented urban and regional development.
This call for proposals is targeted towards all four modes of transport – rail, air, road and sea. Please note that sea-related projects must address knowledge, expertise, technology and solutions that contribute directly to sea transport. Proposals contributing to maritime operations associated with offshore activities or fisheries are not eligible to receive funding under this call, but are covered under the Innovation Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF).  
The scope of the Transport 2025 programme does not encompass environment-friendly energy for transport or recharging infrastructure, both of which are covered under the Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX). Project proposals addressing these areas are not eligible for funding under the Transport 2025 programme. Furthermore, the programme does not provide funding for projects involving the development of physical infrastructure, such as concrete, asphalt and technical construction solutions, etc. 
Grant applications must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for funding under the Transport 2025 programme: 
  • The grant application must be of high scientific merit. 
  • The grant application must describe how the project incorporates the strategic objectives and priorities of the applicant company and any companies participating as partners. 
  • The grant application must include one or more partners from the business/public sector or non-governmental organisations. The partners/Each partner must have a clearly defined role in the project. This role is to be described in the grant application. 
Requirements relating to collaboration 
The research question being addressed will determine which partners will be relevant for solving the societal challenge targeted by the project. Projects are to promote and support cooperation between research groups and users of the research. The objective is to develop new knowledge, expand expertise and build competency groups that fulfil a need within society and the business and/or public sectors. 
Partners may come from the business sector, public sector or other organisations. It is important that the anticipated benefits of the project are based on the partners’ needs and this must be reflected in the project costs. There are no requirements related to the extent of the collaboration. The constellation of partners and user involvement are among the criteria that will be used by the referees during the application review process. More information about assessment criteria is available here.
Priority will be given to projects that: 
  • are led by women project managers, assuming all factors in competing grant applications are assessed as being equal.
The programme will assess grant applications in accordance with the general requirements and criteria for Collaboration Projects. This is the first time the Transport 2025 programme has issued a call for Collaboration Projects, and applicants should familiarise themselves with the project description template and the assessment criteria for this application type.
Conditions for funding 
Support from the Research Council to a research organisation is to be reserved for the organisation’s non-economic activity, and as such does not constitute state aid. 
Under this call, project costs may include costs for project partners. According to the state aid rules, support to an undertaking constitutes state aid. An “undertaking” in this context is defined as any actor that carries out an economic activity consisting of offering products or services on a given market. When an undertaking receives support to cover a portion of its project costs, either in the role as Project Owner or as a partner in the project, this support must be awarded in accordance with Article 25 of the General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid (Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014).
The Research Council will not be assessing the qualifications of candidates for doctoral fellowships included under the project. Individuals should therefore not be specified in the grant application, nor should their CVs be submitted. The Research Council will only provide support to fellowship candidates who have not previously completed a doctoral degree. Funding may be provided for doctoral research fellowships for a period of maximum three years within the project period. 
Applicants may specify the names of candidates for post-doctoral fellowships who will play a key role in implementation of the project. CVs must be submitted for all named individuals. Funding may be provided for post-doctoral research fellowships for a period of minimum two and maximum three/four years within the project period. Candidates may not be granted funding from the Research Council for more than one post-doctoral fellowship period.
Expenses for doctoral or post-doctoral research fellows may not exceed the fixed lump-sum rates for fellowships. When the budgeted costs exceed the Research Council rates, the difference must be covered by other sources, such as own financing by the educational institution and/or Project Owner.
It is not permitted to employ an individual for more than one contractual period in the same position at the same institution. Please refer to the regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident laid down by the Ministry of Education and Research.
Overseas research grants for fellowship-holders and extension of post-doctoral fellowships in connection with research stays abroad 
Applicants may include overseas research grants for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship-holders in the grant application. If the project is awarded funding, the Project Owner may also apply during the project period for overseas research grants and extension of post-doctoral fellowship periods corresponding to the length of the research stay abroad. See here for more information about the UTENLANDSSTIPEND scheme.
Professional development plan for post-doctoral research fellows
If the project includes funding for post-doctoral fellowships, a professional development plan must be drawn up for the post-doctoral fellowship period and submitted to the Research Council by at the latest three months after the post-doctoral research fellow is formally employed. The professional development plan must be signed by the employee and the line manager, and it must be updated in connection with any significant changes during the fellowship period. For more information, please see the document “Mandatory professional development plan for post-doctoral research fellows” found on this page (in Norwegian) and the information on Personal Post-doctoral Fellowships on the Research Council website. 
Archiving of research data  
The Project Owner (institution/company) is responsible for selecting the archiving solution(s) to use for storing research data generated during the project. The Project Owner must specify the planned solution(s) in connection with the revised grant proposal.