Rates for Funding of Research Fellowships

The table below shows the rates to be used when seeking funding for research fellowship positions in R&D projects.

The rates apply for person-years (full-time equivalents) in the 2020–2024 period, and are used in calls for proposals with deadlines issued as from 1 January 2020.

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
1 125 000 1 156 000 1 187 000 1 220 000 1 265 000

Research Council funding for research fellowship positions is awarded as a lump-sum allocation to the organisation responsible for employing the fellowship-holder. This funding is to help to cover salary, social security costs, indirect costs and general operating costs. The rates per person-year may be divided into 12 person-months or 1 628 person-hours.

The rates stipulated for funding may deviate from the costs that the organisation has calculated for the fellowship position in the budget.

  • Costs related to fellowships positions in the university and university college sector are to be calculated using the TDI full costing model. Please see the guidelines about the TDI model from Universities Norway (in Norwegian).
  • For health trusts, budget costs are to be calculated based on payroll costs, with additional overhead for social security costs and indirect expenses of relevance to the fellowship-holder’s activities in the project.
  • The institute sector may use approved hourly rates for R&D personnel to calculate the budget costs related to the fellowship position.

Any difference between the calculated costs for the fellowship position and the Research Council’s funding rates for these positions must be covered through own or other financing. This will be clarified in the individual call for proposals.

The rates do not apply for the following:

  • non-Norwegian doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows who are affiliated with a researcher project at a Norwegian organisation, but who will be carrying out their fellowship period at an organisation in their home country or another country.
  • cases where the research fellow receives funding directly from the Research Council, such as for Ph.D. fellowships at the European University Institute

It is also possible to apply to the Research Council for funding to cover:

  • other costs relating to the projects that the fellowship positions are affiliated with;
  • documented tuition costs for fellowship-holders taking part in programmes at universities outside Norway.