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FRIPRO allocations: NOK 253 million to 35 projects in mathematics, physical sciences and technology

The results for Researcher projects, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO mobility grants and Support for events are now ready. The Granting Committee for Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Technology (FRINATEK) has awarded NOK 253 million to 35 projects with start-up in 2016. The final results for FRIPRO Toppforsk will be available at the end of January.

All projects that are awarded funding will start during 2016. The projects each have a budget between NOK 3 and 9 million, and a project duration of three to four years. With this allocation, 11 % of the applied budget is granted.

In addition, approximately NOK 1 billion will be awarded to approximately 40 FRIPRO Toppforsk projects within the joint funding initiative, called Fellesløft III. The amount will be divided between the three FRIPRO activities.

Increased allocation

FRIPRO funding has increased in the state budget for 2016, and the Research Council of Norway is expecting further increases based on the Government's long-term plan for research. In addition, the allocation has been increased to avoid major future fund transfers at each year's end. Despite this, the FRIPRO success rate is somewhat lower this year compared with last year because of a 21 % increase in applications.

Processed and awarded applications

The FRINATEK Granting Committee processed 327 applications for Researcher projects, Young Research Talents and FRIPRO mobility grants, with a total applied amount of NOK 2.37 billion. The Committee granted 35 applications. The table below shows the distribution of application types and male and female project managers.

Application type Number of applications processed Applications granted
Total Female Male
Total Female Male No. % No. % No. %
Researcher Project 199 35 164 17 9 2 6 15 9
Young Research Talents 105 30 75 14 13 7 23 7 9
Mobility grants 23 6 17 4 17 2 33 2 12
Total 327 71 256 35 11 11 15 24 9


In addition, nine applications for Support for event were processed, and six granted.

FRIPRO Toppforsk

FRINATEK received 57 applications for FRIPRO Toppforsk. The universities have been sent application documents and assessments for all Toppforsk applications qualified for funding, that is applications that received an overall mark of 6 or 7. During December, the universities will inform the Research Council which projects they wish to fund. Applications qualified for funding submitted by university colleges, research institutes and regional health authorities have been ranked by the Granting Committees, and relevant institutions have been offered the opportunity of cofunding the applications through the joint funding initiative. Based on responses from the institutions, the Granting Committees will make a final decision at the end of January.

All FRIPRO Toppforsk applications not qualified for funding have been denied.

Application responses

Letters of funding or rejection will be available on My RCN web during December, together with the expert panel assessments. For FRIPRO Toppforsk applications that are still being processed, letters will be available after the Granting Committee makes their final decision at the end of January.

The application review process

Applications for Researcher projects, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO mobility grants and FRIPRO Toppforsk have been assessed by one out of fifteen international expert panels. Each panel also ranked the best applications – the ones that received an overall mark of 6 or 7.

A list of the expert panels may be found here.

In their final selection of applications for funding, the Granting Committee based their decision on the panels' assessments and ranking, with special consideration of the scientific quality and boldness in scientific thinking and innovation. The Committee also considered other guidelines described in the call for proposals.

In reality, only applications that received an overall mark of 6 or 7 were relevant for funding.

The distribution of marks was as follows for the application types Researcher projects, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO mobility grants and FRIPRO Toppforsk:

37 % of applications for Researcher projects, Young Research Talents and FRIPRO mobility grants received an overall mark of 6 or 7. Among these, 28 % were funded within FRINATEK's budget.

For more information on the FRIPRO application review process, see the FRIPRO web pages.

The Granting Committee, which is responsible for the application review process, consists of the following members:

  • Professor Gustaf Söderlind (Chair), Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Lunds universitet
  • Professor Anne Fiksdahl, Institutt for kjemi, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Professor Eirik Grude Flekkøy, Fysisk institutt, Universitetet i Oslo
  • Professor Gunnar Fløystad, Matematisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen
  • Senior Researcher Elisabeth Isaksson, Norsk Polarinstitutt, Tromsø
  • Professor Merete Vadla Madland, Institutt for petroleumsteknologi, Universitetet i Stavanger
  • Professor Peter Sestoft, Seksjon for software og systemer, IT-Universitetet i København 
  • Professor Anja Skrivervik, Laboratoire d'Electromagnétisme et d'Acoustique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Professor Eva Sørensen, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London
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Øyvind Pettersen Spesialrådgiver +47 22 03 73 55
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