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The Research Council implements the awards in June and August/September as planned

Published 09.06.22

The Research Council implements the allocations in June and August/September as planned, but the level of allocations is somewhat adjusted compared to what was originally announced. This was adopted at the Research Council of Norway's board meeting on Wednesday 8 June.

The economic situation in the Research Council comes as a result of one-off cuts from 2017 to 2021, reallocations of provisions in 2020 and 2022 and previously approved over-allocations.

The Board of Directors assumes the Government's initiative of 3 June 2022, which provides an opportunity to continue previous practice of active liquidity management until 2024, and that temporary halt in allocations from items with negative provisions ceases.

The Board of Directors adopted:

  • Reduce the allocation limits for allocations in June 2022 by up to 20% where co-financing is from items that have or may receive negative provisions through 2023.
  • Reduce allocation limits in August/September 2022 by 20% for Fripro and all other budget purposes with full funding from items that have or may receive negative provisions through 2023.
  • Reduce the allocation limits for other allocations in August/September 2022 by up to 20% where there is co-financing from items that have or may receive negative provisions through 2023

This does not imply lower allocations for research purposes over time, but lower allocations this year due to previous years' over allocations.

"Against the background of the financial situation, the board must already take some steps at this year's awards to bring the provisions towards balance. At the same time, I am pleased that we can now carry out awards both in June and in the autumn. This means that the applicants who have spent time writing applications will receive answers in the usual way," says Kristin Halvorsen, Chairman of the Board of the Research Council of Norway.

Voluntary displacement of ongoing projects

One important step to balance will be voluntary displacement of ongoing projects. The Research Council has already held meetings with UHR and FFA on this, and a letter will now be sent out immediately to the institutions asking for the project period to be extended where possible.

"We will immediately enter into dialogue with the institutions to establish displacements in the existing project portfolio with funding from items that have negative provisions in the current or coming year," says Mari Sundli Tveit, Ceo of the Research Council of Norway.
The Research Council proposes that the first payment to projects awarded in 2022 will be 1 July 2023.

FRIPRO (Ground-breaking research) and RES-EU (Funding for increased participation in EU projects)

It is now also clear that there will be an award at FRIPRO in September. Here, too, the level of allocations will be somewhat adjusted compared to what was originally announced. This is a necessary step to bring the deposits towards balance.

The Board also decided that the RES-EU scheme's payments will be continued in 2022 at the same level as for projects established in 2021. One change from previous practice is that payments will now take place at three equal rates, at the beginning of each of the years 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Read the full decision from the board meeting here

Waiting for an application result in June? Read more about the allocations

The Government is taking initiative to solve the challenges

Published 03.06.22 (English version published 07.06.22)

The Government has today taken an initiative with the Storting that will have a major impact on the Research Council's planned allocations in June and September. The Ministry of Education and Research writes on its website: "The Government is taking the initiative before the Storting to give the Research Council a temporary opportunity to move money across items in its budgets until 2024. This will allow for the implementation of the grants that the Research Council will make in the coming months, including basic, outstanding research (Fripro) in the autumn. "This may be an important measure to solve the short-term challenges, but not enough to solve the serious economic problems alone," says Minister of Research and Higher Education Ola Borten Moe."

The Government's initiative to the Storting is in line with the recommendations made by the new Board of directors of the Research Council to the Ministry of Education and Research.

The Research Council is now planning based on the signals in the Government's initiative with regard to all the calls for proposals awarded in June and September.

"I am very pleased with the initiative from the government, which will allow us to implement allocations in June and September as planned. We are now working, together with the Board and the Ministry of Education and Research, to ensure continued predictability and long-term research funding," says Mari Sundli Tveit, Ceo of the Research Council of Norway.

Board meeting 27 May

Published 30.05.2022

On Friday 27 May, a board meeting was held at the Research Council of Norway. At the meeting, the Board discussed previous one-off cuts, redistributions and over-allocations that affect the liquidity situation and the consequences for the long-term budget. At the meeting, the board discussed various scenarios for voluntary displacement of projects and possible solutions in the short and long term, and asked the administration to continue working on alternative models for how the situation can be resolved.

The Research Council implements most of the allocations in June as planned, but with somewhat adjusted allocation level

Published 23.05.22

In close dialogue with the Ministry of Education and Research, the Research Council's board and administration have made new clarifications about planned awards in June. Allocations from entries that do not have negative provisions will be completed. This means that allotments will be made in June for most calls for proposals, but with lower amounts than planned. We will return with the allocation level for the assignments in June as soon as possible.

Also in September, allocations will be made on the items that do not have negative provisions. We get a lot of questions related to FRIPRO and SFF, which have scheduled award meetings in September. These are items that have negative provisions and we are working on possible solutions to these calls and will return with information as soon as possible.

The Research Council's board and administration are now in dialogue with the boards of the Joint Arena of the Research Institutes (FFA) and the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) to jointly find good proposals for solutions. A joint meeting was held with the boards on Monday 23 May.

"I am pleased that we have already clarified that we can carry out most of the awards in June, even though the amount is lower than planned," says Kristin Halvorsen, Chairman of the Board of the Research Council of Norway. "It is now important that we continue to allocate funds so that Norwegian research environments are delayed to the least extent possible," says Halvorsen.

"At the same time, we know that there are now a large number of researchers who have applied for FRIPRO and are waiting for an answer in September. We are now working on possible solutions to this call, and will return with information as soon as possible," says Mari Sundli Tveit, CEO of the Research Council of Norway.

External mapping of the economic situation will be implemented as soon as possible

Published 20.05.2022

In the proposed revised national budget, which was presented on 12 May, the Ministry of Education and Research asks the Research Council's board and administration to look at how the economic challenges should be solved in order to limit negative effects. It has now been clarified that KPMG will review the figures, and this work has been initiated.

"It is important for the new board to work out good proposals for solutions that the Government can consider. I am therefore pleased that we are now able to initiate this review of the figures quickly," says Chair of the Board Kristin Halvorsen.

Temporary halt on new allocations from the Research Council of Norway

Published 18.05.2022

In the proposed revised national budget, which was presented on 12 May, the Research Council has been instructed to stop allocations to new projects until further notice in the areas where there are negative provisions.

The Research Council's administration is now reviewing, together with the new executive board, all the consequences for planned allocations. We will inform you of this as soon as possible.

Read the press release of first executive board meeting (in Norwegian only): Første møte for nytt styre i Forskningsrådet

 

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