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NOK 250 million for Researcher Projects in the field of welfare, working life and migration

Funding is available under the VAM programme for projects on welfare, working life and migration. The call for proposals encompasses all the thematic priority areas set out in the VAM work programme. Applicants must be an approved Norwegian research organisation.

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10.04.2019 13:00 CEST


The status of this call is “planned”. The call will be made active 27 February 2019. The call may be subject to revision until that date. From that date and up to the submission deadline, you may create and submit grant applications. If the call is revised, we will provide notification here.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version. If information about this call on other webpages deviates from the text of the call, the text in the call (parts 2 and 3, including attachments) takes precedence.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 250 million is available for new projects on welfare, working life and migration.

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

Purpose of the call

Up to NOK 250 million is available for research in all thematic priority areas set out in the new work programme for the Research programme on Welfare, Working Life and Migration (VAM).

Projects are to generate knowledge about and seek solutions to societal challenges within one or more of the programme’s three thematic priority areas: 

  • Welfare, living conditions and inequality;
  • Achieving an adaptable, inclusive, and health-promoting working life;
  • Active citizenship, migration and the role of institutions.

Projects are to be based on national and international state-of-the-art in those areas of the VAM work programme relevant to the focus of the research.

Applicants are expected to have an overview of research in the field, and proposals that significantly overlap ongoing research projects will not be priorised. We are seeking projects that contribute to renewal of the research field in terms of thematic focus or methodological development.

The programme seeks to generate knowledge that forms the basis for research-based policy in the areas covered by the programme. Grant applications must indicate the societal challenges that the project aims to highlight.  It is also important that applicants clarify the benefit and relevance of the research in light of knowledge needs in society and the various sectors. It is similarly important that the application identifies knowledge gaps within the thematic priority areas set out in the work programme.

Applications must have specific plans for scholarly publication as well as user- and public-oriented dissemination activities.

Who is eligible to apply?

All applications for Researcher Projects must be submitted by an approved Norwegian research organisation. 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.

All project partners must be research organisations.

Changes in application types – How does this affect you?

The Research Council is in the process of changing its application types and 2019 is a transition year. The application types Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents and Mobility Grants share a common denominator in that they are all designed to promote renewal and development in research in all subjects and thematic areas. We will be coordinating all our calls for proposals for these three application types under a single application submission deadline. We will also be introducing the same application requirements and assessment criteria across all Research Council programmes and activities. For more information, see here: Research Funding in 2019.

Which factors are given priority when selecting projects to receive funding?

To be eligible for funding, grant proposals must satisfy all requirements relating to the project manager, grant application and attachments (see part 3 of this call). In addition, the projects must have been assessed as fulfilling the purpose(s) of the call.

Projects that incorporate the following will be viewed in a positive light:

  • a comparative perspective;
  • genuine international research cooperation which can also increase the likelihood of participating in EU-funded projects in the future;
  • activities promoting competence-building and recruitment;
  • an interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary approach.

Priority will be given to projects that are led by women project managers, assuming all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance relative to the call for proposals in competing grant applications are assessed as being essentially equal.

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