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Knowledge-Building Project for Industry

The following describes requirements for grant proposals submitted under this type of application. Any amendments or additions to the requirements below will be described in the call for proposals. Grant applications that do not satisfy all the requirements listed for the application type and/or stipulated in the call for proposals will be rejected.

Objective

To contribute to industry-oriented researcher training and long-term competence development in the Norwegian research community within topics that are crucial to the development of business and industry in Norway.

Comments

  • A Knowledge-building Project for Industry contributes to industry-oriented researcher training and long-term competence development in the Norwegian research community, and is designed around identified needs for new knowledge in Norwegian companies.
  • Participating companies can document that the knowledge gained from the project will be important to their future production or development of products or services.
  • The companies play an active role in the management of the project
  • The grant application is in keeping with the strategies laid down by the applicant institution
  • In most cases, the project encompasses cooperation with leading international specialist groups. 
  • The groups performing the research will document project results in scholarly publications.  
  • The project promotes the development of relevant educational programmes and other knowledge-disseminating activities.  
  • The project normally includes a doctoral-level educational programme. Support will not be provided for doctoral fellowship candidates who have previously completed a doctoral/Ph.D degree.
  • The support provided by the Research Council may not exceed a maximum of four times the total cash contribution from the companies. 

Expenses that may be covered

 Relevant project expenses incurred by the Project Owner and any other cooperating research institutions, including payroll expenses, one or more grants/fellowships and direct project expenses.

Applications will be accepted from

A research organisation (see Definition and specification of the concept “research organisation” PDF - 277 KB ), in binding cooperation with relevant users in Norwegian trade and industry. Support will not be provided for doctoral fellowship candidates who have previously completed a doctoral/Ph.D degree.

Application requirements

  • The Project Owner (formal applicant) must be a Norwegian research organisation and must supply the name of a designated project administrator.
  • The project is to be conducted by one or more research groups under the scientific leadership of a designated research group.  
  • The amount of funding sought from the Research Council may not exceed a maximum of four times the total amount that business and industry (Norwegian) contribute as cash financing to the project.  The project is required to have more than one partner from industry that is contributing financing.
  • Funding is not available as either direct or indirect state aid, i.e. companies/undertakings may not receive support to cover their project costs.
  • All projects awarded funding must publish their results.
  • Grant proposals and project descriptions must be submitted in English.  
  • The project description must be submitted using the designated template (download from the menu on the right hand side). All items of information on the template for project description must be completed. 
  • The project description is not to exceed 10 pages, including the list of references, unless otherwise specified in the call for proposals. It is not possible to upload an attachment that exceeds the page total stipulated. The page format must be A4 with 2 cm margins, single spacing and Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman 11-point font. It is permitted to use 9-point font for the list of references and any text on figures. Links in the project description to websites or documents will not be included in the assessment.  
  • Other special requirements may apply. For details, please see the call for proposals.
  • All mandatory attachments.

Attachments to the application
 

A Mandatory attachments

  • The project description (in English, must use the designated template).
  • CV including publications list for the project manager and any other key personnel (max. 4 pages per CV). (The page format must be A4 with 2 cm margins, single spacing and Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman 11-point font. It is permitted to use 9-point font for the list of publications.) Links that are listed in the CV will not be included in the assessment.
  • Each of the companies that is expected to contribute funding must provide a statement confirming the company’s interest in participating in the project. This statement is primarily meant to be submitted by the company, but may under certain circumstances be provided by the applicant institution. 

B Attachments that may be required in the call for proposals
Only the attachments requested in the call for proposals should be submitted. Attachments that have not been requested will not be included in the application review process.

  • Other attachments 
     

C Optional attachments

  • Proposals for three to five expert referees who are presumed to be impartial and qualified to review the grant proposal. 

Assessment criteria
 

Assessment of grant proposals

The Research Council views it as a prerequisite that all projects will maintain high ethical standards, and give adequate consideration to potential environmental impacts.
The Research Council considers it essential that research projects seek to promote the internationalisation of Norwegian research, to increase the recruitment of women to higher academic positions and within MST subject areas, to enhance the gender balance in Norwegian research and to ensure that gender perspectives are adequately integrated into research activities. Further information.
These elements will be taken into consideration when assessing and ranking grant proposals.

Assessment criteria for the grant application

  • Level of research
  • Scientific merit
  • The project manager and project group
  • Implementation plan and resource parameters
  • Benefits for the national knowledge base
  • Relevance and benefit to trade and industry
  • Strategic basis and importance
  • User participation
  • Quality of the application documents
  • Other socio-economic benefits
  • International cooperation
  • Dissemination and communication of results
  • Relevance relative to the call for proposals
  • Overall mark from the referee/panel

Additional assessment criteria may be specified in the call for proposals.

Definition of the assessment criteria:

 

Level of research

This criterion gives an indication of the extent to which the project will produce new knowledge of significance for the scientific development of the fields covered by the research. It must be evident that the project incorporates knowledge about the research front.

The level of research will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Status of the project in relation to the international research front.
  • The proportion of research in the R&D project.

Scientific merit

This criterion gives an indication of the essential, fundamental aspects of the research project.

The scientific merit of a project will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Originality in the form of scientific innovation and/or the development of new knowledge.
  • Whether the research questions, hypotheses and objectives have been clearly and adequately specified.
  • The strength of the theoretical approach, operationalisation and use of scientific methods.
  • Documented knowledge about the research front.
  • The degree to which the scientific basis of the project is realistic.
  • The scientific scope in terms of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, when relevant.

The project manager and project group

This criterion gives an indication of the qualifications of the project manager and project group.

The project manager and project group will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Project management
  • Expertise and experience within the field of research
  • Publication record
  • Experience with national and international collaboration on projects
  • Experience with supervision of students and younger researchers
  • The degree to which the project manager and project group are part of a research environment that has the competence and resources needed to ensure the success of the project

Implementation plan and resource parameters

This criterion gives an indication of whether the plan for project implementation is satisfactory, and whether the planned use of resources in the project is well-suited for the tasks in the project, based on assessment of the following elements:

  • Plans for project implementation, including breakdown into work packages/sub-projects, milestones and deliverables.
  • Need for personnel resources, as listed in terms of work time distributed by work packages, sub-projects or milestones.
  • Need for other resources (such as equipment, data collection, field work), distributed by work packages/sub-projects or milestones.

Benefits for the national knowledge base

This criterion gives an indication of the extent to which the project will contribute to long-term competence development in the Norwegian research community.

The benefits for the national knowledge base will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • The role of the project in maintaining/strengthening the knowledge base
  • The development of cutting-edge expertise
  • Researcher training
  • The importance for relevant educational programmes and other forms of knowledge management
  • The national status of the R&D institution in relation to the thematic research areas

Relevance and benefit to trade and industry

This criterion gives an indication of the anticipated potential of the expertise/knowledge developed in connection with the project to generate value added in Norwegian trade and industry.

The relevance and benefit to trade and industry will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • The need for this expertise among the participants from industry
  • The need for this expertise within Norwegian industry at large
  • The potential of the increased expertise to trigger new growth in Norwegian industry

Strategic basis and importance

This criterion gives an indication of how the project incorporates, and the role it will play in relation to, the project owner’s and partners’ strategic objectives and plans as well as the relevant research challenges (e.g. subject-specific evaluations, research agendas and technology roadmaps, strategic activities and business plans).

User participation

This criterion gives an indication of whether those who will be utilising the R&D results have demonstrated an adequate degree of binding commitment regarding their involvement in the management and implementation of the project.

Quality of the application documents

This criterion gives an indication of the extent to which the application documents are satisfactory as a basis for assessing whether a project should be granted funding. The information and plans that have been requested must be clearly described.

Other socio-economic benefits

This criterion gives an indication of the impact of a project on society outside of the utility value/commercial benefits for the partners in the target group. It should be assumed that the project will be successfully realised.

External effects may encompass:

  • Value creation in industry
  • Useful applications for the public sector
  • Useful applications for civil society
  • Dissemination of knowledge, diffusion of technology and knowledge-building within R&D institutions
  • Enhancement of the external environment

International cooperation

This criterion gives an indication of the extent and quality of the international cooperation activities set out for the project.

Dissemination and communication of results

This criterion gives an indication of the quality of the dissemination and communication plans for the project.

Dissemination and communication of results will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Plans for scholarly publication, dissemination and other communication activities.
  • Plans for popular science dissemination and communication activities vis-à-vis the general public as well as users of the project results, including planned use of channels and measures.
  • Plans for ensuring that important users (in industry, community life and public administration) are incorporated into/take part in dissemination activities for the project.

Relevance relative to the call for proposals

This criterion is used to assess the degree to which the project satisfies the guidelines and stipulations set out in the call for proposals.

Overall assessment of the referee/panel

This criterion indicates the overall view of the referee/panel, based on the specific criteria which they have been asked to assess.

Published:
23.12.2010
Last updated:
12.06.2018