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Young Research Talents

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 provide career opportunities for particularly talented young researchers who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent research of high scientific quality. The projects are to help to promote scientific renewal and development of disciplines and/or generate new knowledge about issues relevant to society.

Comments

Projects developed by one or more researchers at one or more institutions. The projects may be independent or affiliated with a research programme.

Expenses that may be covered

Relevant project expenses such as payroll expenses, one or more grants/fellowships, procurement of R&D services, networking measures, depreciation of equipment used under the project. Support will not be provided for doctoral fellowship candidates who have previously completed a doctoral/Ph.D. degree.

The grant is reserved for the non-economic activities of the research organisation.

Applications will be accepted from

Norwegian research institutions (university, university college, research institute or other institution at which research constitutes an important activity), and Nordic research-performing institutions funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, or Nordic research institutions that receive public funding from at least three Nordic countries, including Norway. See General application requirements.

Application requirements

  • The Project Owner (formal applicant) must be a Norwegian or Nordic institution (see “Applications will be accepted from”), and must supply the name of the designated project administrator. Any exceptions to this rule will be described in the call for proposals.
  • The project manager must have completed a doctoral degree, and a minimum of two years and maximum of eight years must have passed since the date of the successful defence of a doctoral thesis.
  • Any special requirements regarding the language in which the grant proposal is to be submitted will be specified in the call for proposals.
  • 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 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 figure text.
  • Links that are listed in the project description will not be included in the assessment.
  • Other special requirements may be stipulated in the call for proposals. Please read the text of the call carefully.  

Attachments to the application
 

A Mandatory attachments:

  • Project description
  • CV for the project manager including publications list (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.

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.

  • Letters of confirmation from partners.
    Note: Non-binding declarations of support are not to be submitted.
  • Recommendations and invitations relating to overseas research grants.
  • Grade transcripts or educational certificates.
  • Letters of recommendation from advisors for student research grants.
  • Other attachments.

C Optional attachments:

  • Proposals for up to three 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 application

  • Scientific merit
  • Boldness in thinking and scientific renewal
  • The project manager
  • The project group
  • Implementation plan and resource parameters
  • National cooperation
  • International cooperation
  • Dissemination and communication of results
  • Relevance relative to the call for proposals
  • Overall assessment of the referee/panel

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

Definition of the assessment criteria:
 

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.

Boldness in scientific thinking and scientific innovation

This criterion gives an indication of how likely it is that the research project will lead to significant advances in theory, methodology or scientific knowledge, as opposed to more incremental progress.
Relevant elements to be assessed in this context include: 

  • Bold hypotheses
  • High potential for significant theoretical advancement
  • Original methodology
  • Creative approach to expanding the current knowledge base in the field

The project manager

This criterion gives an indication of the qualifications of the project manager and will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Expertise and experience within the relevant field of research.
  • Ability to develop research ideas.
  • Demonstrated independence as a researcher, for instance through publications and mobility.
  • Experience as a project manager and/or supervisor.
  • Extent of contact with national and international research environments. Experience with national and international collaboration on projects.

The project group

This criterion gives an indication of the qualifications of the project group and will be assessed in relation to the following points:

  • Expertise and experience within the relevant field of research.
  • Extent of contact with national and international research environments. Experience with national and international collaboration on projects.
  • The degree to which the project group is affiliated with research environments that have 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.

National cooperation

This criterion gives an indication of the extent to which the project will make use of national research expertise and help to promote national network-building.

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:
26.08.2003
Last updated:
03.10.2017