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Applications to FRIPRO scheme dominate for May deadline

Of the 1 835 applications submitted for the deadline, 1 442 were submitted to the Research Council’s FRIPRO funding scheme for independent projects.

A technical error necessitated a network-node reboot shortly before the cut-off time for submission of grant applications, resulting in a five-hour extension of the May 24 application deadline. The system stopped functioning for a full 15 minutes and had diminished capacity for close to an hour. “We are very sorry about this,” said Special Adviser, Nina Hedlund, who is in charge of the receival procedures for incoming grant applications at the Research Council. She emphasises that everything else with the process functioned smoothly, and that all applicants were able to submit their applications successfully.

“The incident put our internal contingency measures to the test; fortunately, we have good routines that enabled us to keep things under control in a difficult situation,” she states.

Another rise in FRIPRO Toppforsk proposals

Most of the applications submitted during this funding round targeted the FRIPRO open competitive arena, which received 1 442 applications – the highest number to date and an increase of 14 per cent on last year. The largest increase here was directed at Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM), which received 25 per cent more applications than the previous year.

This increase is in large part due to the many applications submitted for FRIPRO Toppforsk projects, where highly skilled researchers and dynamic research groups can obtain generous, long-term funding. There were 163 Toppforsk applications received. There was also a rise in the number of applications for Young Research Talents projects. A total of 406 applications were received for this application type, representing the highest number since it was introduced in 2013. There was a slight decline in the number of applications received for Researcher Projects and FRIPRO Mobility Grants.

Special Adviser Øyvind Pettersen, who heads the FRIPRO group at the Research Council, confirms that there is stiff competition this year for the Toppforsk funding available.

“It’s somewhat surprising that we have received nearly as many applications for Toppforsk projects this year as two years ago, given that we announced only NOK 500 million for this application type as opposed to NOK 1 billion then,” he says. “There may be some re-submission of applications originally submitted to the fourth funding round for Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF centres) in 2015–2016 here.”

According to Mr Pettersen, the higher number of applications for Young Research Talent projects illustrates the significance of this application type for those in the early stages of their research careers.

“In addition, the higher success rate for this application type, compared with Researcher Projects, may have contributed to the increase,” he says.  

Submit your application well before the deadline

The technical glitch that arose shortly before the application deadline underscores just how important it is not to wait until the last minute to submit grant applications. “By 10 am – three hours before the original deadline, we had only received about 1 100 applications,” says Nina Hedlund. “That means that 700 applicants had, at that late point, still not submitted their applications for the first time.”

The Research Council always recommends that applicants submit their applications well in advance of the deadline, not least to prevent difficulties in the event of unexpected technical problems. It is advisable to create applications at an early stage and submit them in an interim version that can be revised along the way. It is possible to update and re-submit grant applications as many times as needed all the way up to the expiry of the deadline.

Acronym

Programme/activity

Available funding (in NOK million)* 

Number of applications

ENERGIX

Large -Scale Programme for Energy Research

9.5

6

FINANSMARKED

Finance Market Fund

8.5

17

FINNUT

Programme for Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector

80

32

FORKOMMUNE

Research and Innovation in the Municipal Sector

3

91

FORSKKOMM

Programme for Science Communication Research

7

14

FRIHUMSAM

Independent Projects - Humanities and Social Sciences

250

377

FRIMEDBIO

Independent Projects - Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology

430

466

FRINATEK

Independent Projects - Mathematics, Physical Science and Technology

237

436

Fripro Toppforsk

FRIPRO Toppforsk projects in medicine, health sciences and biology (FRIMEDBIO), mathematics, physical science and technology (FRINATEK) and humanities and social sciences (FRIHUMSAM)

500

across all three FRIPRO activities

163

HELSEVEL

Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research

2.8

3

INTPART

International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

91

89

MILJØFORSK/

BIONAER

Programme for Environmental Research for a Green Transition/Research Programme on Sustainable Innovation in

Food and Bio-based Industries

4

10

NANO2021

Research Programme on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

41

61

NORGLOBAL-2

Norway - Global Partner

64

70

Total

 

1727.8

1 835

*Funding presumed available. See each call for proposals for more details.

Written by:
Thomas Keilman. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann.
Published:
06.06.2017
Last updated:
06.06.2017