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NOK 160 mill. to global health and vaccination research – Call for full proposals

3-5 year projects are invited in all thematic areas of the Programme. Full proposals must be submitted by 18 April 2012, 13:00 CET, and will only be accepted from applicants who submitted a mandatory Project outline by 30 November 2011. It is expected that 15-20 projects will be funded.

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Søknadsfrist:
19.04.2012 13:00 CEST

Meldinger:

The full proposals must be written in English.
Projects should be of 3-5 years duration, except for young scientist grants that should be for a total of up to 4 person-years.
Full proposals must be submitted by 18 April 2012, 13:00 CET (electronically, using eSøknad)

Status:

Gjennomført

Antatt tilgjengelige midler:

NOK 160 mill. (30 mill.USD, 21 mill. EUR).

Føringer og viktige forhold for alle søknadstyper i utlysningen:

PROCESS FOR MANDATORY PROJECT OUTLINES
The submission of mandatory project outlines prior to this call for full proposals should serve to facilitate the application process through the provision of support and advice to applicants. It should also help to improve the quality of the projects and ensure that applicants do not put too much work into grant applications that are unlikely to be competitive, including those outside the scope of the GLOBVAC Programme’s sphere of responsibility.

Only applicants who submitted an outline by the stipulated deadline 18 November 2011 that was not rejected will be qualified to seek funding under this call for full proposals which has an application deadline of 18 April 2012, 13:00 CET.

Proposals for projects that are not based on an outline submitted by the 18 November deadline will be rejected. Proposals that are based on a submitted outline but that do not comply with the specifications designated for projects under the GLOBVAC Programme will also be rejected.

Feedback has been provided to each applicant on the degree to which the submitted outline adequately supports the GLOBVAC Programme’s priorities, and on aspects of the project that may need strengthening.

The Research Council’s feedback on a project outline does not obligate it any way with regard to the assessment of a potential full proposal. It is therefore the sole responsibility of the applicant to decide whether or not to submit a full proposal.

Please read and ensure that the project is in compliance with the “Specifications for proposals under the GLOBVAC programme” below, which applies for the full proposals.


SPECIFICATIONS FOR PROPOSALS UNDER THE GLOBVAC PROGRAMME
In order to be considered for funding under the GLOBVAC Programme, proposals must satisfy the following specifications:

THEMATIC AREAS

The Programme will support research that in general addresses health problems for poor people in low-income countries, and projects on product development in middle-income countries. Emphasis should be on the health-related millennium development goals (MDGs), i.e. on child and maternal health and communicable diseases.

The Programme has a wide scope, but will give highest priority to projects in the following thematic areas, and in particular in areas where Norway has established, or has the potential to establish, internationally competitive research environments, or has special competence and expertise.

1. Vaccine and vaccination research: Proposals are invited on all aspects of vaccine research, including epidemiology, diagnostics, discovery/vaccine design, development, evaluation/testing of vaccines, and delivery/implementation of vaccination strategies. In particular, research that can lead from pre-clinical to clinical testing, and participation in international product development, is encouraged, for example, in areas such as tuberculosis, HIV, MenA, diarrheal diseases and HPV.

2. Health systems and health policy research: Proposals are invited in all areas of health systems and health policy research, i.e. production and application of knowledge to improve how societies organize themselves in order to achieve health goals. This thematic area includes research on human resources, health services and health information systems.

3. Innovation in technology and methods development: The Programme will support research and innovation for the development of technology and methods of relevance for maternal and child health that can contribute to meet the needs for patients and health personnel in resource-constrained conditions in low- and middle-income countries where appropriate technologies are not available or non-existing. This includes developing products of high quality for prevention, diagnosis and treatment that is appropriate, accessible and affordable in resource-constrained conditions.

4. Implementation research: The Programme will support research on how to promote uptake of research findings into public health programmes, and to expand knowledge on strategies for implementation and wider scaling-up of effective health interventions and health services. Research must be based upon and linked to health implementation activities in low-income countries. Potential synergies with the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) are desirable.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Proposals will be judged according to:

Project quality: The programme will support internationally competitive research proposals;

Norwegian capacity building and national collaboration: Research capacity building at Norwegian institutions, including research training at PhD and post doc. level, should be an integral part of all projects. National collaborations taking advantage of complementary competence is encouraged;

Track record of the investigative team: The team should have the research expertise to deliver on project objectives, and to contribute to capacity development;

International collaboration: Collaborations and partnerships with highly qualified international groups are encouraged. In particular are consortia of leading research groups, and with co-funding from other agencies, encouraged;

Capacity building in LMIC: Projects with activities in LMIC should contribute to research capacity development in the context of the projects. This might include having partners and/or research activities in these countries, contributing to research training (PhD, post doc.) and leadership development (e.g. Project managers), providing small-scale research equipment and infrastructure, etc.;

Potential for impact: The Programme will support research activities that will contribute to the achievement of the health MDGs and other major global health endeavours;

General guidelines: For each application type, there are general guidelines that apply (see below). The special guidelines for this call will prevail over the general guidelines, should there be any discrepancies between these.


PROJECTS
Application type: Proposals should be one of the following types:

• Researcher Project: See general guidelines

• Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector: See general guidelines

• “Young Scientist Grant”: See general guidelines for Other Project Support  and special guidelines for “Young Scientist Grant”

  • These grants should support career development for promising young scientists holding a PhD or equivalent. The young scientist should be the Project manager, while at the same time being affiliated with a larger research project or group, either pre-existing or to be established through a separate proposal under this call. The young scientist should be the manager of a project or sub-project within this project/group that can be clearly identified through separate aims, budget, and milestones. A letter from the larger research project/group should demonstrate a commitment to provide the necessary infrastructure and support for the young scientist. There is no upper age limit, but no more than 8 years (subtracting time for legal leaves) should have elapsed since the PhD defence at the time of the application deadline. Expenses that may be covered are: Salary for the young scientist (postdoctoral or researcher grant, up to 4 person-years), overseas travel for a maximum of one year (Personal overseas research grant), and total running costs up to NOK 500 000 for the duration of the project.

Period: Projects should normally run for a period of 3-5 years, and should start no earlier than 1. October 2012. “Young scientist grants” should be for a total of up to 4 person-years.

Budget: Budget requests from this Programme should be indicated and justified. Projects with own/additional funding (e.g. EU-funding) and projects that can demonstrate sustainable commitments from own institution or other sources during and/or beyond the project period are encouraged. Partners/staff in low- and middle-income countries should be remunerated according to the pay levels at their institutions.

Scope: The scope and scale of the project should be realistic within the time frame and budget limitations of the project. Participation of PhD students and Post-Doctoral Fellows should be integral components of a larger project proposal. Proposals consisting of an individual fellowship only will not be given priority. (See special guidelines for “Young Scientist Grants”).

Capacity building: It should be demonstrated that the project can lead to research capacity building in Norway and, when applicable, in the context of the project amongst collaborative partners in low- and middle-income countries.

Track record of the investigative team: Applicants should briefly summarize their previous research in the area of the proposal, including funding received and outcomes;

International collaboration: Proposals must define tasks and funding for each of the international collaborators of the project. Collaboration agreements should be drawn up with key international partners (Click here for information on Collaboration agreements).

Dissemination of results: Scientific results should be made available to all partners in the project. It is strongly encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals that are accessible to scientists in low- and middle-income countries. Please see the Research Council’s principles for open access to scientific publications here. Plans for dissemination to stake holders and the general public should also be included.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING FULL PROPOSALS
Project proposals must be submitted electronically using eSøknad. All items must be completed. Proposals that are not in compliance with the guidelines will be rejected.

Deadline for submission is 18 April 2012 at 13:00 CET.

• The project description must be a maximum of 10 pages including footnotes and references (page format A4 with 2 cm margins, single spacing, 12 point font) plus appendices (Letters of collaboration, CVs and when necessary a detailed budget, see below), and must be written in English;

• A reference should be made to the project outline no. by including the following sentence at the start of the project description: “This full proposal builds upon project outline no. 2011-xxx”.

• The following application types are available for this call: Researcher Project, Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector, Young Scientist Grant;

• The thematic area that is most relevant to the project should be selected from the pull-down menu in eSøknad: 1. Vaccine (Vaccine and vaccination research), 2. Systems (Health systems and health policy research), 3. Innovation (Innovation in technology and methods development), or 4. Implement. (Implementation research).

• The proposal must include information on relevance to the call, objectives and potential for impact, research tasks, track record of investigative team, capacity building, international collaboration, and preliminary budget and costs;

• Activities should be clearly described according to a timeline, and could be organized into work packages when appropriate;

• Milestones should be identified that can be used to easily follow the progress of the project;

• Budget information should be detailed and clearly presented, and should, when necessary, be specified in the project description or in a separate attachment;

• Proposals should include considerations on ethics, capacity building and sustainability beyond the potential funding period from the Programme;

• All national and international collaboration must be documented through a letter of collaboration (maximum 1 page per letter) from each partner;

• Appendices should be limited to relevant information only. CVs of Project manager (maximum 2 pages) and key partners (maximum 1 page per CV) should be included (including only the most relevant publications). CVs for people who don’t have a key role in the project should not be included.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
• Outlines were reviewed by the GLOBVAC Programme Board, and written feedback was provided to each applicant by the end of February 2012.

• Full proposals must be submitted by the application deadline 18 April 2012, 13:00 CET.

• Evaluation will be based on scientific quality, relevance to the Programme goals and the guidelines of this call. International experts will be used in the evaluation of the scientific quality of the full proposals;

• The GLOBVAC Programme Board will, based upon the applications and the expert evaluations, evaluate and ultimately decide which projects will receive funding and the amount of the allocations.

This call text exists only in English.
 

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