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999 grant proposals received for the September deadline

A total of NOK 1.6 billion in funding was announced in this funding round. The research institute and university/university college sectors submitted the greatest number of application.

The majority of grant applications submitted in this funding round were for Researcher Projects (656 applications). A total of 64 per cent of the proposals had male project managers. The majority of proposals were submitted by the research institute and university/university college sectors (884 applications).

User involvement enhances quality

In this funding round, the Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX) received 132 proposals to the calls for R&D projects on environment-friendly energy and on “New concepts”. Of these, 64 were for researcher projects, 44 for knowledge-building projects and 24 were in response to the call for “New concepts – ground-breaking new ideas or methods in energy research”.

“The scope of the applications for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry reflects a strong interest from the industrial sector and other users of energy research. We have received 44 proposals for these projects this year compared with 40 last year and 30 the year before that. User involvement in knowledge-building projects is critical to ensuring that research is of high relevance and that research findings are effectively implemented,” states Ane Torvanger Brunvoll, ENERGIX programme coordinator.   

Ms Brunvoll is particularly pleased with the sharp rise in the number of knowledge-building projects relating to the thematic areas energy policy, sustainability and behaviour. A total of 14 applications were received in 2017 compared with two last year.

Expanding capacity

The Programme on Research-based Regional Innovation (FORREGION) issued its first call for proposals. A total of 31 applications were submitted to this programme, which seeks to promote greater value creation in the regional public and private sectors. According to programme coordinator Anne Solheim, this was roughly what the programme anticipated.  

“Applicants appear to have done a very thorough job with their grant applications,” she says, adding “many of the proposals focus on exciting topics of relevance to industry.” 

The Research Board for the Division for Innovation will review the applications at its meeting on 7 December 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after the final decisions have been taken.


Written by:
Thomas Keilman. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann.
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