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107 new FRIPRO projects

The Research Council’s funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO) is awarding over NOK 870 million to 107 projects with start-up in 2019.

Allocations have been granted for projects under the three FRIPRO activities of Mathematics, Physical Science and Technology (FRINATEK); Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology (FRIMEDBIO); and Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM). In all, NOK 871 million will be distributed among 107 Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents and Mobility Grants.

A list of the projects awarded funding under the respective FRIPRO activities can be found by following the links below (Norwegian only):

FRIMEDBIO: NOK 404 million for 48 projects.
FRINATEK: NOK 250 million for 32 projects.
FRIHUMSAM: NOK 217 million for 27 projects.

Number of proposals awarded funding by application type:











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Information concerning funding earmarked for renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (ENERGI), follow-up activities to the evaluation of engineering science (ISP-TEKNOLOGI) and the IKTPLUSS initiative is available on the FRINATEK webpage.

34 Young Research Talents

This year’s funding round brings the overall number of FRIPRO Young Research Talents projects to 271 since the application type was introduced in 2013. A total of 377 applications for Young Research Talents grants were submitted this year. This is the sixth time that the Research Council has allocated funding specifically directed towards researchers at the start of their careers.

Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø (Photo: Stortinget) In 2019, 34 new Young Research Talents projects will be launched.

One purpose of the FRIPRO scheme is to help world-leading Norwegian research groups to increase their chances for success on grant applications submitted to the European Research Council (ERC). And now this support is beginning to yield results.

"Norwegian applicants have done particularly well this year in the competition for ERC Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants. This indicates that the competitive arenas are closely aligned and that we enhance the quality of Norwegian research by investing in Young Research Talents," states Iselin Nybø, Minister of Research and Higher Education.

The Research Council is also hoping that these grants will encourage more young, up-and-coming researchers to pursue an academic career.

Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director for Science and the Research System at the Research Council. "The idea behind the Young Research Talents grant is to give promising young researchers the opportunity and independence they need to develop their own ideas. This will strengthen the important societal mission of Norwegian research and research institutions," explains Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director for Science and the Research System at the Research Council.

Better gender balance among young researchers

Young Research Talents grants are also intended to improve gender balance in research. The proportion of women project managers in all funded Young Research Talents projects since 2013 is 42 per cent. The corresponding figure for FRIPRO Researcher Projects over the same period is 32 per cent.

"The higher the requirements for researcher experience in the various FRIPRO application types, however, the lower the proportion of women project managers. This may be due to sector-specific factors, but could also mean that more women are now opting to pursue a career in academia and that we are starting to see the impact of funding instruments such as Young Research Talents grants. Either way, we still have work to do to improve the gender balance throughout the entire career pathway," says Dr Hanneborg.

A total of 1 280 applications

The total amount of project funding sought for 2019 was approximately NOK 10.7 billion. That is more than the Research Council’s entire budget.

The distribution by number of proposals and funding amount sought under each respective FRIPRO activity is as follows:

FRINATEK: 390 applications received for a total of NOK 3.23 billion.
FRIMEDBIO: 503 applications received for a total of NOK 4.25 billion.
FRIHUMSAM: 387 applications received for a total of NOK 3.23 billion.

In all, the Research Council received 1 280 proposals for independent projects (FRIPRO). This gives a percentage of applications awarded allocations of just over 8 per cent.

"I am pleased that we can provide funding for 107 new research projects. But it is worrying that the percentage of proposals funded wasn’t higher," Anders Hanneborg concludes.

Applying for funding in 2020?

In 2019, most calls for proposals targeted towards research organisations will have a common application deadline of 10 April. At the same time, the Research Council has revised its application requirements and assessment criteria. The three FRIPRO activities, FRIHUMSAM, FRIMEDBIO and FRINATEK, will be consolidated and will announce funding together in 2019.

Overview of calls for proposals for research organisations, along with information about what is new in 2019. 




Written by:
Knut Dirk van der Wel Special Adviser +47 22 03 71 63
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