Important dates related to the calls and the evaluation process

15 DEC 2021

Date calls are made active

All calls for Researcher Projects open for application submission.

6 JAN 2022

Webinar about the application form (held in Norwegian)

2 FEB 2022

Application submission deadline

Application submission deadline for Researcher Projects 2022. See all calls.

JAN-FEB 2022

Signing contracts 2021-calls

Projects that have been awarded funding (2021-calls) sign a contract with the Research Council.


The projects awarded funding will be announced in the beginning of September

Important dates related to the calls and the evaluation process

About Groundbreaking research (FRIPRO)

New knowledge often arises in unexpected ways and in areas that cannot be predicted. Free, basic research is therefore important to scientific renewal and renewal in the field of practice and can form the basis for more applied research, business development and policymaking. FRIPRO aims to contribute to this, and we announce funding for basic and applied research projects in all disciplines where the ideas for projects originate with the researchers themselves.

Innovative and outstanding research for major advances

FRIPRO will promote

  • scientific quality at the international research front
  • bold and innovative research
  • career development and international mobility for young scientists

No one can know the exact results or future value of a research project, but we can always dream big and aim for research that can lead to significant advances in the field. Through FRIPRO, we are willing to invest in bold research with a high risk potential. We expect grant applications for such projects to have good risk planning and back-up plans.

For research organisations and career development

Through FRIPRO, we want to reach researchers at different stages of their career. We therefore announce funding every year via the application type Researcher Project [link] under the three calls Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal, Researcher Project for Young Talents and Three-year Researcher Project with International Mobility. In addition, project managers for Researcher Project for Young Talents/Young Research Talents may apply for funding for stays abroad of 3–12 months.

FRIPRO targets research groups, which means that only research organisations, potentially in cooperation with other research organisations, may apply for this funding. Companies and other undertakings cannot be partners but may deliver R&D services to the projects as sub-contractors.

Tough competition for FRIPRO funding

The expected proportion of applications granted funding is around five per cent in the coming years. This means that only the best researchers with especially good applications will make the cut. The projects’ ground-breaking nature and scientific quality (the assessment criteria Excellence – potential for advancing the state-of-the-art, and Excellence – quality of R&D activities) are most important when applications are selected for FRIPRO funding.

The portfolio boards make the decision

The portfolio boards for Humanities and social sciences, Life science and Natural Sciences and technologies make the final decision on whether to grant or reject FRIPRO applications.

Humanities and social sciences

Life science

Natural sciences and technologies

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