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About FRIPRO

FRIPRO is an open, national competitive arena that covers all fields of research. It aims to promote scientific quality at the forefront of international research, boldness in scientific thinking and innovation, careers for young research talents and mobility for researchers early in their career.

New knowledge is often generated in unforeseen ways and in unexpected areas. Broad-based, independent research is therefore a prerequisite for all other research. It is also essential for future industrial development and for policymaking. FRIPRO aims to contribute to strengthen Norway's national knowledge base by funding this type of research.

FRIPRO is an open competitive arena for all research areas and disciplines, where there are no thematic guidelines and no requirements relating to the applicability or immediate utility of the research.

The competition in FRIPRO is tough, and only the best researchers with particularly good projects and very well-written proposals have a chance at succeeding.

Vision: Quality and boldness in scientific thinking and innovation

FRIPRO should promote

  • Scientific quality at the forefront of international research
  • Boldness in scientific thinking and innovation
  • Careers for young research talents

FRIPRO should bring forth research of high scientific quality. In addition, we wish to encourage bold projects that will result in scientific innovation. FRIPRO does not finance continuance of ongoing projects with incremental progress, even though the research is of high quality and is well founded.

FRIPRO also supports research careers for young researchers and mobility for researchers early in their careers.

What is the target group for the FRIPRO funding scheme?

The target group for FRIPRO is particularly skilled researchers in various stages of their research careers, with the best research ideas.

Funding with special requirements

In addition to the main FRIPRO budget, funding is available for projects and international collaboration:

Funding under the climate policy agreement: In keeping with the broad-based political agreement on climate policy achieved in the Storting, funding is included in the annual FRIPRO calls for basic research projects in the field of renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS). Funding available for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents.

IKTPLUSS funding: The Research Council's initiative on information technology and digital research and innovation (IKTPLUSS) funds projects related to ICT. Read more about this in the annual calls for proposals. Funding available for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents.

ROMFORSKNING funding: The Programme for Space Research (ROMFORSKNING) funds projects related to the programme's thematic priority areas. Read more about this in the annual calls for proposals. Funding available for Researcher Projects, Young Research Talents and Support for Event.

Cooperation with Luxembourg: The Research Council of Norway and the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) have signed an agreement whereby the FNR will cover the project costs of Luxembourgian partners participating in FRIPRO projects. Read more about the agreement here. Funding available for Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents.

Quick facts about FRIPRO

  • The following application types are available in FRIPRO: Researcher Project, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO mobility grant, Personal Overseas Research Grant, Support for Event and Project Establishment Support for new application to ERC.
  • The deadline for the call for proposals for Researcher Project, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO mobility grant and Support for Eventis is in April/May each year, and funds are granted in December the same year.
  • FRIPRO Toppforsk was announced in 2015 and 2017, with a deadline in May. No new call for proposals for this application type is planned.
  • Personal Overseas Research Grant has no deadline. As a project manager for a FRIPRO project, you may submit an application for this grant at any time. The grants are only awarded to fellows financed by the Research Council of Norway as part of ongoing FRIPRO projects and to project managers of ongoing Young Research Talents projects in FRIPRO.
  • Project Establishment Support for new application to ERC has no deadline. Applicants that have submitted an application and advanced to stage to in the submission process, but who did no receive funding, may submit an application for Project Establishment Support at any time within two years after they submitted their application to ERC.
  • The success rates for the three research application types are usually between 5 and 15 %.
  • Only approved Norwegian research institutions can be the formal applicant of a FRIPRO proposal. Approved research institutions are universities, university colleges, research institutes and other research institutions with state funding:  Definition and specification of Research Institution PDF - 199 KB
  • FRIPRO is divided into three activities according to disciplines: FRIHUMSAM, FRIMEDBIO and FRINATEK. When you submit a proposal to FRIPRO, you must choose which activity to submit it to.

News

Go to our news archive for FRIPRO news. Please note that some news is only published in Norwegian on the Norwegian version of the news archive.

Published:
29.03.2010
Last updated:
31.08.2017