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Application types

The following application types are available in FRIPRO:

Please note: the application type Personal Post-doctoral Research Fellowship was announced as a part of FRIPRO for the last time in May 2014. FRIPRO Toppforsk was announced with application deadlines in May 2015 and 2017. No new call for proposals for these application types is planned. You may read about FRIPRO Toppforsk at the bottom of this page.

The application types have different purposes and target different groups of applicants. For Researcher Project, Young Research Talents and FRIPRO Mobility Grant, the focus is on the research and the researcher. These projects vary in size, last up to four years (exactly three years for FRIPRO Mobility Grant) and each application type can be seen as a stage in a researcher's career. Personal Overseas Research Grant and Support for Event differ from the other application types in that the grants are much smaller.

Proposals submitted to one of the first three application types must have very high scientific quality to succeed in the competition for funding. The idea behind the project needs to be very good, but it must also be well thought out and described, including in terms of the practical and financial implementation of the project. Projects may be subject-specific or interdisciplinary, and the project manager and other project team must have expertise and experience to carry out the project in a very good way.

Number of years since the completion of a PhD (or similar):

The application types for research projects target researchers at different stages of their careers, based on how long it's been since they completed their PhD.

The Research Council of Norway wishes to support bold research and this particularly applies to FRIPRO. Bold and innovative projects take chances, are creative and unconventional, and have the potential to significantly change the scientific insights in their research fields.

FRIPRO Mobility Grant

The application type FRIPRO Mobility Grant is aimed at researchers who have recently or will soon defended their PhD dissertation. It is for researchers who wish to spend two years at a research institution abroad and a final year at a Norwegian research institution. You may apply for funding for your own salary and indirect costs, moving expenses and operating costs. FRIPRO Mobility Grant is partly funded by the Research Council of Norway and partly by the Marie Curie Actions' COFUND scheme.

Quick facts about FRIPRO Mobility Grant

  • For researchers very early in their career.
  • To be the project manager of an application, no more than six years may have passed since the date of defence of your doctoral thesis at the application submission deadline. You must have submitted your dissertation by 1st November the year you submit your proposal, and the dissertation and defence must be approved before the project starts.
  • You may apply for funding to cover your own salary and indirect costs, and operating costs (supplies, travel, conference fees, depreciation of equipment, analyses etc.).
  • Project duration: 3 years – two years abroad and one year in Norway.
  • A Norwegian institution must be the employer during the entire project period.
  • Up to 14 mobility grants will be awarded for each call.
  • Success rate: 33 % in 2014, 16 % in 2015 and 20 % in 2016.

Read more about FRIPRO Mobility Grant here.

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type (FRINATEK, FRIMEDBIO and FRIHUMSAM).  

Young Research Talents

The application type Young Research Talents is aimed at researchers early in their careers. A typical project manager for a Young Research Talents project has completed a postdoc and/or held a research position after completing a PhD. He or she has distinguished him or herself with significant talents during graduate studies and as a doctoral and postdoctoral fellow or researcher. As a project manager for a Young Research Talents application you may hold a permanent research position (e.g. Associate Professor) or you may be without a position at a research institution when applying. To succeed in the competition for funding in this application type, it must be clear in the proposal that you have a particularly high potential for success as an independent researcher, supervisor and manager.

Quick facts about Young Research Talents

  • For researchers early in their career.
  • To be the project manager on an application, no less than two and no more than eight years may have passed since the date of defence of your doctoral thesis at the application submission deadline.
  • Applicants must be younger than 40 years old at the application submission deadline.
  • Grant amount: 4-8 million NOK.
  • Project duration: 3-4 years.
  • You may apply for payroll costs and operating costs (supplies, travel, conference fees, depreciation of equipment, analyses etc.).
  • Success rate: 10-20 % previous years.

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type (FRINATEK, FRIMEDBIO and FRIHUMSAM).

Researcher Project

The application type Researcher Project is aimed at established researchers. To succeed within this application type, the project manager and project team must be particularly talented, have good track records, and be among the best in their field.

Quick facts about Researcher Projects

  • For established researchers.
  • To be the project manager on an application, an interval of at least six years must have passed between the application submission deadline and the date of defence of your doctoral thesis or conferral of competence at associate professorship level.
  • Project manager and project group in the forefront of international research.
  • Grant amount: 5-10 million NOK.
  • Project duration: 3-4 years.
  • You may apply for payroll costs and operating costs (supplies, travel, conference fees, depreciation of equipment, analyses etc.).
  • Low success rate: 5-10 % in recent years. 

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type (FRINATEK, FRIMEDBIO and FRIHUMSAM).

Personal Overseas Research Grant

Personal Overseas Research Grant aims to encourage more project managers of Young Research Talents projects and research fellows project to conduct a research stay at a foreign institution during their project period. The research stay must last at least three months and the grant is given based on fixed monthly rates for up to twelve months. The research stay may be divided into several shorter stays if the fellow has children attending school or younger.

Quick facts about Personal Overseas Research Grant

  • Awarded only to PhD and post-doctoral fellows funded by the Research Council in ongoing FRIPRO projects and to project managers of ongoing FRIPRO Young Research Talents projects.
  • The project manager of the FRIPRO project must apply for the grant on behalf of the candidate.
  • Fixed rates per month. You may receive a grant for 3-12 months.
  • Ongoing deadline (you may submit your application at any time).
  • Short processing time (usually 4-6 weeks).
  • High success rate: applications are normally granted if the formal requirements are met.

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type (FRINATEK, FRIMEDBIO and FRIHUMSAM).

Support for Event

Support for Event is awarded to Norwegian research institutions hosting major international research conferences that rotate between different countries, and where Norwegian researchers are committed to organizing the event.

Quick facts about Support for Event

  • Up to 250.000 NOK.
  • Typically high success rate: 70-80 % in recent years.

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type (FRINATEK, FRIMEDBIO and FRIHUMSAM).

Project Establishment Support to submit a new ERC grant proposal

Project Establishment Support/Financial support to submit a new ERC grant proposal is available to researchers who submitted a grant proposal to the European Research Council (ERC) and advanced to stage two of the submission process, but who were not awarded an ERC grant.

Quick facts about Project Establishment Support

  • Funding to improve the basis for a new grant proposal to ERC, for applicants that advanced to stage two without receiving funding. Applicants must submit a new grant proposal to the ERC within two years after the application that advanced to stage two was submitted.
  • Up to 500.000 NOK.
  • You may apply for funding for measures that will contribute to improving your application (e.g. payroll costs for the Principal Investigator (PI), direct costs related to experiments and data collection, travel and conference-related expenses for the PI).
  • Ongoing deadline (you may submit your application at any time).
  • Short processing time (usually 4-6 weeks).
  • Applications are normally granted if the formal requirements are met.

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type.

For new applicants to the ERC, read about the Research Council of Norway's support for Horizon 2020.

FRIPRO Toppforsk

Please note: FRIPRO Toppforsk was announced with application deadlines in May 2015 and 2017. No new call for proposals for thise application type is planned.

The purpose of FRIPRO Toppforsk funding is to help to improve career paths for highly skilled researchers and enable dynamic research groups to reach the top of their field. To achieve this, projects will be given a more favourable financial framework and a longer project period than ordinary Researcher Projects under the FRIPRO scheme. When assessing grant applications, the potential of the project to develop an internationally prominent research group will be important.

Korte fakta om FRIPRO Toppforsk

  • For established researchers.
  • To be the project manager on an application, an interval of at least six years must have passed between the application submission deadline and the date of defence of your doctoral thesis or conferral of competence at associate professorship level.
  • You may not be or have been the leader of a Centre of Excellence (SFF) and/or an ERC Advanced Grant.
  • Project manager and project group in the forefront of international research.
  • Grant amount: 15-25 million NOK.
  • Project duration: 4-5 years.
  • You may apply for payroll costs and operating costs (supplies, travel, conference fees, depreciation of equipment, analyses etc.).
  • Low success rate: dependent on the number of received applications. 27 % in 2015.

Read the call for proposals for more information on this application type (FRINATEK, FRIMEDBIO and FRIHUMSAM).

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Written by:
Heidi Roggen Seniorrådgiver +4722037406 hero@forskningsradet.no
Published:
11.04.2014
Last updated:
04.09.2017