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Support for Networking Measures for Research on Climate and the Environment

Important dates

20 May 2020

Date call is made active

25 May 2020

Application submission deadline

01 Aug 2020

Earliest permitted project start

31 Dec 2020

Latest permitted project start

31 Dec 2022

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates


The objective of this call is to encourage Norwegian researchers to participate more widely in, and exert greater influence on, global research on climate and the environment.

About the call for proposals

Funding is available to establish new networks or to participate in existing networks targeted towards global environmental and climate issues. The network must have an international affiliation.

Funding is also available for positions in international research networks. The grant application must contain a brief description of how the position may be of interest to the Project Owner and other Norwegian research environments, and in what way other environments can/will be involved in the work.

Grant applications relating to research aims that fall under the area of responsibility of the Ministry of Climate and Environment will be given priority.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner

The organisation is to be listed as the Project Owner in the application form and must have authorised you to submit the grant application.

Requirements relating to the project manager

The project manager must either be coordinator of the network or its Norwegian representative.

What can you seek funding for?

For details and more information about what can be funded, please see What to enter in the project budget on the Research Council’s website.

Support from the Research Council is only available for the organisation’s non-economic activity. The Research Council requires a clear separation of accounts for the organisation’s economic and non-economic activities.

Support from the Research Council is limited to maximum 50 per cent of the direct costs associated with the operation and coordination of the networking measure. Funding to cover costs for R&D activities is not available under this call.

You may apply for support to cover the following:

  • Direct costs for operation of the networking measure such as materials, rent for premises and procurement of services. Seminars/workshops may be included as an activity under the network, but may not be its primary purpose.
  • Salary and payroll costs for the network coordinator. Support may be granted for actual salary costs (including social security costs), with an added overhead of 25 per cent to cover indirect expenses.
  • Travel expenses for the coordinator in connection with coordination-related tasks.

Travel expenses for ordinary participation in networking meetings, conferences or the like will not be covered.

Appointments to international research networks of national interest

Individuals appointed to take part in international research networks may receive coverage of up to 100 per cent of travel costs and payroll expenses related to such participation, limited to a maximum NOK 100 000 per year.

Conditions for funding

The project must start between 1 August 2020 and 31 December 2020, and funding must be sought from the Research Council for the period 2020–2022. The latest permitted project completion is 31 December 2022.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

Climate and polar research

Global climate challengesGlobal environmental challenges

Practical information

Requirements for this application type

You may revise and resubmit your grant application form multiple times up to the application submission deadline. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as you have filled in the application form and included all mandatory attachments. After the deadline, it is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be processed.

Applications must fulfil the following requirements:

  • The applicant/Project Owner must come from an eligible category of institution.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope/satisfy the objectives of this call.
  • The funding amount sought and the expenses to be covered must be in keeping with the framework of the call.
  • The budget must be formulated correctly to clearly indicate what the funding will cover.
  • The application form must be fully completed.
  • The required attachments must be included using the designated templates.
  • The project description must provide answers to the items set out in the text of the call.
  • Grant applications and all attachments, may be submitted in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description of maximum five pages. Use the designated template found at the bottom of this page.
  • A CV for the project manager. Use the designated template found at the bottom of this page.

Grant applications that do not satisfy the above requirements will be rejected.
Links to websites and documents, as well as other attachments than those specified above, will not be included in the application review process. There is no technical validation of the content of the attachments you upload, so please make sure that you upload the correct file for the selected type of attachment.


• The extent to which the concept is sound, credible and novel.

• The extent to which the project objectives are clear and relevant.
• The quality of the proposed deliverables from the project.


• The extent to which the expected effects are specified.
• The extent to which expected impacts on the system and societal levels are specified.

Knowledge sharing and exploitation
• The quality of the proposed communication and dissemination activities.
• The extent to which it is credible that the proposed outputs will contribute to the specified effects and impact.


Project Manager and project group
• The extent to which the Project Manager and project group are qualified and have the necessary expertise and are positioned to implement the project.
• The extent to which management structures and procedures are appropriate.

Plans and management
• The extent to which the work plan is clear and understandable, and the time table realistic
• The extent to which objectives and measures are coherent.
• The extent to which the project has the support of the leadership of the Project Owner and any partners, and the allocation of roles in the project is clear.
• The extent to which the budget is realistic and appropriate, and resources are allocated so that each of the partners can fulfil their role.
• The extent to which potential risks have been discussed.

Administrative procedures

Applications will be processed by the Research Council administration. When necessary, external referees will be asked to assess grant applications.

The decision regarding funding is expected to be announced by at the latest 6 July 2020.

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