Results of applications submitted for the 10 April 2019 deadline: Funding awards to Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents projects and International Mobility Grants

The Research Council has allocated NOK 3.3 billion to approximately 350 grant applications for Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents projects and International Mobility Grants submitted for the 10 April deadline. In all, 2 884 grant applications were reviewed, for a total of NOK 28.4 billion sought in funding.

NOK 2.4 billion in funding was available under the calls for proposals for the 10 April 2019 deadline. Funding was announced by the FRIPRO sheme and the following programmes: BEDREHELSE, BEHANDLING, DEMOS, ENERGIX, FINNUT, HAVBRUK2, HELSEVEL, IKTPLUSS, KLIMAFORSK, KULMEDIA, MARINFORSK, NANO2021, NORGLOBAL2, NORRUSS, PETROMAKS 2, SAMISK III, ROMFORSKNING, SAMKUL, SAMRISK, UTENRIKS and VAM II.

  • In addition to the funding amount available under the calls, the Research Council has expanded the framework for the targeted initiative on ground-breaking research under the FRIPRO funding scheme for Independent projects by NOK 550 million.
  • The funding framework for the other programmes has also been increased by a total of roughly NOK 300 million.

Applicants will be notified of the funding decisions via My RCN Web.

Please note that the application review process has not yet been finalised. An additional allocation for ground-breaking research projects and for challenge-driven research projects in the humanities makes it possible to award funding to up to 20 more grant applications. Moreover, some minor adjustments may be made that will facilitate funding awards to a few more grant applications. The final funding decisions will be announced in January 2020.

About the application assessment process

Grant applications are assessed by panels consisting of international referees. The referees in each panel are selected on the basis of the grant applications to be reviewed. All panel members participate in the assessment of all grant applications submitted to that panel. When necessary, the panels obtain additional assessment from specialists outside the panel. Each panel has prepared a ranked list of the grant applications that have received an overall mark of 6 or 7.

A total of close to 500 referees took part in 96 panels. The panels obtained additional assessments from approximately 250 external specialists.

After panel assessment, some grant applications were assessed in terms of their relevance to the programme to which the applications were submitted. This applies to applications for all research programmes but not to the FRIPRO scheme (see the list above). Only the grant applications that have received the best marks from the panels were assessed in relation to the relevance criterion.

The final decisions regarding the approval of grant applications were taken by the portfolio boards after reviewing the Research Council’s recommendations.

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Researcher Projects

  • Total funding awarded: NOK 2 786 million
  • Total funding amount sought: NOK 24 286 million
  • Grant applications assessed: 2 303
  • Grant applications awarded funding: 261
  • Percentage of applications awarded funding: 11.3 per cent
  • Gender distribution among project managers for all grant applications: 40 % women, 60 % men
  • Gender distribution among project managers for applications awarded funding: 41 % women

Grant applications allocated funding

Young Research Talents projects

  • Total funding awarded: NOK 432 million
  • Total funding amount sought: NOK 3 644 million
  • Grant applications assessed: 467
  • Grant applications awarded funding: 55
  • Percentage of applications awarded allocations: 11.7 per cent
  • Gender distribution among project managers for all grant applications: 42 % women, 58 % men
  • Gender distribution among project managers for applications awarded funding: 50 % women

Grant applications awarded funding

International Mobility Grants

  • Total funding awarded: NOK 44 million
  • Total funding amount sought: NOK 429 million
  • Grant applications assessed: 114
  • Grant applications awarded funding: 12
  • Percentage of applications awarded allocations: 10.5 per cent
  • Gender distribution among project managers for all grant applications: 39 % women, 61 % men
  • Gender distribution among project managers for applications awarded funding: 42 % women

Grant applications awarded funding