Application results for the calls for Researcher Projects with deadline 10 February 2021

Did you apply for one of the Researcher Project calls in February? We have announced which applications have been granted funding.

This year’s deadline for submitting an application under the calls for a Researcher Project was 10 February. NOK 3.7 billion were announced divided between four calls: 

Applications have been submitted for a total of NOK 27 billion.

Last year, because of the low number of applications granted under the Ground-breaking Research (FRIPRO) topic over several years, the Research Council’s Executive Board decided to use the council’s provisions to increase the allocated budget for this topic by NOK 300 million in 2021. 

Applications results 24 June

The processing of applications for the Fellesløft IV joint funding initiative (Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project) will be completed in the autumn. All other applications have been processed.

The application results

Publication of results 

We have announced which applications have been granted funding on the front page of forskningsradet.no, in our newsletter and in a press release (in Norwegian). The application results will also be published in the call under which you submitted your application . 

Each individual applicant will receive an answer to their application in My RCN Web. Although we start sending the reply letters as soon as the results are published, many applicants may not receive a reply until after the summer holiday. We will also take account of the institutions’ holiday periods when we set the deadlines for revising granted applications and appealing rejections. 

Applications for a Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project, i.e. the Fellesløft IV joint funding initiative, will be announced in the autumn. 

What does the reply letter say?  

The reply letter contains information about the outcome of the application review process, feedback from the referee panel and, if the application has been assessed for relevance, a brief description of the factors emphasised in the portfolio assessments and what was decisive to the final decision. 

If you selected more than one topic in the application, it may have been assessed for relevance in relation to several topics. In such case, you will receive separate feedback for each individual topic.  

Improved written feedback from referees 

The application review process for Researcher Project was up for debate this winter, and we received much input on what could be improved. Many concerned the referees’ feedback on applications and their use of the scale of marks.  

In order to ensure that the referees’ use of this scale is as uniform as possible and that the written feedback on the application is as clear as possible, our case officers have followed up the referee panels more closely than before. We have specified to the referees that the panel’s feedback must be concise and reflect the panel’s overall assessment. The feedback is meant to state the grounds for the mark and not serve as a guide to how the application can be improved.  

The other input received in this debate cannot be assessed in relation to this year’s application review process, which was carried out soon after last year’s allocations and was planned in detail well before the application deadline. 

We will issue information about the changes planned for the calls for proposals in 2022 and 2023 this autumn.  

The application review process 

Applications are first assessed by a joint set of referee panels composed on the basis of the research content of the applications. The referee panels have assessed the applications regardless of which topic(s) the applicant has selected. 

The Research Council then considers the application’s relevance to the topic(s) selected by the applicant. The administration presents alternative ranked lists to the portfolio boards, which decide which applications will be granted funding.  

Applications under the topic Ground-breaking Research (FRIPRO) are exempt from the assessment of relevance. 

Read more about the application review process for Researcher Project 2021 

Referees and referee panels that have assessed the applications 

Results from the application review process 2016–2020 

Number of applications and percentage of applications granted per call for proposals in 2019-2020:  

 

2019 

 

2020 

 

Researcher Project for 

Applied 

Granted 

Applied 

Granted 

Scientific Renewal 

2,303 

12.2% 

1,694 

11.7% 

Young Talents 

467 

11.8% 

512 

8.4% 

Three-year with International Mobility 

114 

10.5% 

128  

10.2% 

In total 

2,884 

12%  

2,363 

10.8% 

Below is an overview of the results of the application review process for the former application types Researcher Project, Young Talents and Mobility Grants under what was then FRIPRO for the years 2016–2018 

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

2016 

 

Application type 

Applied 

Granted 

Applied 

Granted 

Applied 

Granted 

Researcher Project 

811 

7% 

767 

8% 

788 

8% 

Young Talents 

376 

9% 

398 

9% 

353 

13% 

Mobility Grant 

92 

16% 

70 

20% 

75 

20% 

Total 

1,279 

8% 

1,235 

9% 

1,216 

10%