Support for Networking to Promote Gender Balance in Norwegian Research

Completed

Purpose

The purpose of this call is to provide funding for a meeting place where research institutions can stay up-to-date on the latest new ideas, methods and theories relating to gender balance in academia. The BalanseHub network will collect and share useful and essential knowledge from the research front and provide an arena for exchange of experience between the participating projects.

This call has two priority areas: A) coordination and management of the BalanseHub network, and B) participation in the BalanseHub network.

The main objective of the Programme on Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management (BALANSE) is to improve gender balance in Norwegian through new knowledge, learning and innovative measures. The programme supports the efforts of research institutions to bring about cultural and structural change that promotes gender equality and gender balance.

More information about the objectives and thematic priorities of the programme is available in the BALANSE work programme.

Important dates

05 Aug 2020

Date call is made active

16 Sep 2020

Application submission deadline

01 Jan 2021

Earliest permitted project start

01 Jan 2021

Latest permitted project start

31 Dec 2022

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates

About the call for proposals

A meeting place (the BalanseHub network) is to be established, consisting of a series of workshops to be held minimum four times per year over a two-year period.

This call has two priority areas: A) coordination and management of the BalanseHub network, and B) funding for participation and measures-based projects in the BalanseHub network.

Category A: Up to NOK 7 million for coordination and management of the BalanseHub network
This call for proposals is targeted towards actors that will be able to coordinate and lead the BalanseHub network in cooperation with the Research Council for a two-year period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. The network will collect and share useful and essential knowledge from the research front and provide an arena for dialogue and exchange of experience between the participating projects.

The BalanseHub coordinator will have two main responsibilities: a) coordination and management of the workshop series and BalanseHub activities (in cooperation with the Research Council); and b) analysis of the measures for and impacts on gender equality and gender balance that are generated by the network and in projects funded under the BALANSE programme, including:

  • insight into which measures actually lead to change;
  • specific impacts of adequate or inadequate gender balance;
  • summary of activities and recommendations for future efforts.

Category B: Up to NOK 1 million for participation in the BalanseHub network
This call for proposals is targeted towards research institutions seeking to participate in the BalanseHub network over a two-year period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. The network will collect and share useful and essential knowledge from the research front and provide an arena for dialogue and exchange of experience between the participating projects.

Grant applications must provide an overview of the institution’s own challenges and goals, and planned measures to address these effectively. Measures may encompass the entire organisation, a faculty, a department, a division, etc. The measures should primarily be targeted towards structural and cultural challenges related to e.g. management culture, organisational culture, organisational restructuring, etc. Grant applications must have the clear support of the institution’s leadership.

Funding will be awarded to one project to coordinate and manage the BalanseHub network and to 20–25 projects relating to participation and measures-based activities under the network.

Applicants must clearly specify whether funding is sought under Category A or B in the field for “Primary and secondary objectives of the project” in the grant application form. The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

Category A (coordination and management of the BalanseHub network):
Approved Norwegian research organisations may apply for funding individually or in a collaborative effort.

Category B (participation in the BalanseHub network):
Approved Norwegian research organisations may apply for funding.

See here for the list of approved Norwegian research organisations.

 

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner
The organisation listed as the Project Owner in the grant application must have approved the submission of the grant application to the Research Council.

Requirements relating to the project manager
Category A: To qualify as project manager, individuals must hold an approved doctorate or have obtained qualifications at associate professorship level before the date of the application submission deadline. In this context, current or previous employment in the Norwegian research institute sector in a position as forsker 1 (research professor), forsker 2 (senior researcher) or seniorforsker (senior researcher) is considered equivalent qualification.

Category B: There are no formal requirements for the project manager’s qualifications.

What can you seek funding for?

Please see the webpage on What to enter in the project budget for details and important information.

For Category A (coordination and management of the BalanseHub network), funding may be used to cover the following costs:

For Category B (participation in the BalanseHub network), funding may be used to cover the following costs:

  • operating expenses, including travel expenses related to participation in working meetings;
  • payroll and direct expenses related to implementation of measures in the specific organisation.

Calculating support
You may apply for support for up to 100 per cent of the budgeted project costs, limited to maximum NOK 7 million for Category A and NOK 1 million for Category B.

Funding will be awarded to one project to coordinate and manage the BalanseHub network and to 20–25 projects relating to participation and measures-based activities under the network.

Applicants must clearly specify whether funding is sought under Category A or B in the field for “Primary and secondary objectives of the project” in the grant application form.

Conditions for funding
To be eligible for funding, the project must start on 1 January 2021 and funding must be sought from the Research Council for 2021 and 2022. The latest permitted project completion date is 31 December 2022. Support from the Research Council to a research organisation is to be reserved for the organisation’s non-economic activity, and as such therefore does not constitute state aid. The Research Council requires a clear separation of accounts for the organisation’s economic and non-economic activities.

Reporting and disbursement of funding
Funding will be disbursed in arrears, and only actual expenses entered in the institution’s accounts will be covered. All projects must submit a final report in addition to the annual reports.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

Welfare, culture and society

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. 

General 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, the expenses to be covered and any own funding 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 must be submitted in Norwegian.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description of maximum five pages using the designated template (found at the end of this call).
  • A CV for the project manager, maximum four pages, including the list of publications. Use the designated template found at the end of this call.

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.

Assessment criteria

Grant proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Excellence

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

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

Impact

Potential
• 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.

Implementation

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.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • involve research organisations with a major gender imbalance, assuming all other factors in the grant applications are essentially equal.
  • will promote organisational and geographical distribution and ensure a well-balanced portfolio.

Administrative procedures

The Research Council will assess all grant applications administratively.