Svalbard Strategic Grant allocations 2022

The Research Council of Norway has allocated funding to 14 applications through Svalbard Science Forum's funding program Svalbard Strategic Grant (SSG).

The call in February 2022 had up to NOK 5,5 million for workshops and projects.  

Priority in this call were activities that contribute to: 

  • establishing new or developing existing scientific cooperation projects/ flagships in Svalbard; 
  • developing the existing four Ny-Ålesund flagship programmes; 
  • increased mobility and cooperation between research localities in Svalbard (Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund, Barentsburg, Hornsund and Bjørnøya/ Hopen); 
  • placing Svalbard research in a pan-Arctic and global perspective; 
  • Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data management that is compliant with Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS); and 
  • developing sustainable cooperation under the auspices of SIOS. 

Workshops and other activities that would benefit from a training module on data management were considered for additional funding from SIOS. 

The SSF received a total of 19 applications. 14 applications have been funded to a total sum of 5,413 million NOK. 

All applications were processed administratively by a panel composed of in-house staff and external experts with experience from Svalbard. The applications were evaluated based on the criteria and priorities in the call. The final funding decision has been made by the administration in the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the applications with the best grades were funded. 

Project number  

Project title 

Responsible institution 

337256 

Harmonization and monitoring of pharmaceuticals and personal care product (PPCP) pollution in Svalbard 

SINTEF OCEAN AS 

337228 

Subglacial multi-sensor probe development 

Institutt for geofag (UiO) 

337215 

Coordinating efforts to establish distributed acoustic sensing for cryoseismological research in Svalbard 

STIFTELSEN NORSAR 

337309 

The Future Svalbard Hydrological Monitoring Program 

NORGES VASSDRAGS- OG ENERGIDIREKTORAT (NVE) 

337325 

Svalbard Warm Arctic Paleoclimate Laboratory – Providing High Arctic Palaeoclimate time series through research collaboration 

UNIS - Avdeling for arktisk geologi 

337271 

PIECEMEAL: Cracking the diet of the Svalbard reindeer by integrating old and modern tools 

FAKULTET FOR MILJØVITENSKAP OG NATURFORVALTNING 

337229 

Network For meteORologiCal Expertise in Svalbard 

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT 

337306 

Arctic acoustic telemetry for fish and fisheries management in Svalbard 

NORCE Miljø/Klima VESTLAND 

337295 

Mobilizing the power of eDNA metabarcoding to investigate Arctic aquatic community composition in Svalbard's fjords 

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO 

337291 

Extending the paleo perspective on future Arctic climate change 

Institutt for geovitenskap (UiB) 

337239 

Increased use and reuse of local materials in construction projects in Svalbard 

SINTEF AS 

337227 

The Timanian Orogeny in Northern Svalbard 

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO 

337200 

Projects on Cultural Heritage in Svalbard – synergies, pan-Arctic perspectives, solving the pressing challenges, and sustainable development 

SINTEF AS 

337303 

Using SVALGREEN for research and higher education - interdisciplinary cooperation in a Pan-Arctic perspective combining SIOS and GIOS 

UNIS - Avdeling for arktisk geologi 

 

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