Mandatory Project Outline Before Applying for Funding for Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)


This call for proposals qualifies you to submit a complete application for funding for centres for environment-friendly energy research. Applicants who have not submitted a project outline by the deadline for outlines are not eligible to apply for funding through the main call for proposals.

About the call for proposals

The project outline is mandatory and constitutes the first phase of the application process for the call Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME).

Only applicants who have submitted a mandatory project outline by the deadline for outlines are eligible to apply for funding under the final application round. It is possible to submit more than one application based on a project outline. It will also be possible to submit an application that is based on two or more project outlines. Applications that are not based on project outlines submitted by the deadline, will be rejected.

The application deadline for submitting a project outline is midnight on 10 May 2023.

The Research Council aims to start up six to ten new centres for environment-friendly energy research in 2024. The objectives of this call are linked to the Portfolio plan for Energy, Transport and Low Emissions (, the Norwegian energy and climate policy and and the Energi21 strategy (will be published in an English version soon, the document opens in a new window). 

Applicants must carefully read the main call for proposals (see link above) and the document Societal and Industry-oriented Research Centre Requirements and guidelines (the document opens in a new window).

One of the purposes of the mandatory outlines is to help prevent applicants from investing great efforts in preparing applications that will clearly not be competitive in the main call.  The project outline call can also contribute to better coordination and interaction between research organisations that plan to apply for an FME. The Research Council will therefore distribute a complete list with the titles of the project outline proposals and the names of the Project Owners and contact persons to the research organisations that have submitted an outline.

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

Who is eligible to apply?

Approved Norwegian research organisations may submit a project outline. See the list of approved Norwegian research organisations. See also the text of the main call for proposals.

Who can participate in the project?

See the main call for proposals.

What can you seek funding for?

There is no funding available under the call for project outlines.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

Energy, transport and low emissions

Environment-friendly energy

Practical information

Requirements for this application type

This is an open-ended call for project outlines and an outline can only be submitted once. It is not possible to make changes to outlines that have been submitted, so do not click the ‘send’ button until you have finished the outline and it is ready to be submitted.

  • The project outline must be created and submitted via My RCN Web. A dedicated template must be used, which is available for download at the end of the call for outlines.
  • The project outline must be written in Norwegian or English.
  • The project outline and contact information must not exceed five pages. It will not be possible to upload more than five pages. It must be uploaded in PDF format.

Applicants will receive an immediate automatic confirmation that the project outline has been received. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the submission has been confirmed.

The deadline for submission of the mandatory project outline is midnight 10 May.

Administrative procedures

The project outlines will be assessed by the Research Council's administration and applicants will receive a brief written feedback. The feedback will concern the formal requirements and whether a complete application based on the outline can be assumed to fall within the objectives and framework of the call.

No applications will be excluded on the basis of feedback on the project outlines. It is up to the applicant to decide on independent grounds whether they should prepare an application for the main call for proposals. An application submitted to the main call may be rejected if it does not meet the formal requirements set out in the call. Our feedback on the outline does therefore not entail any commitment to process the final application.

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