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Funding for independent projects: 103 projects awarded NOK 607 million

The funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO) at the Research Council of Norway has granted funding to 103 projects with start-up in 2014. Twenty-two of the projects are under the category Young Research Talents.

The 22 projects for Young Research Talents have been granted a total of roughly NOK 152 million from the ordinary FRIPRO budget. Ten of the project managers are women and twelve are men.

An additional NOK 300 million in funding will be allocated in January to Young Research Talents projects through the joint funding initiative for independent basic research established between the Research Council and Norway’s universities.

Photo: Sverre Jarild “We have high expectations for the Young Research Talents category,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science at the Research Council. (Photo: Sverre Jarild) “We have high expectations for the Young Research Talents category,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science at the Research Council. “It will be exciting to follow these top young researchers and their work. The allocations now and in January will provide them with the opportunity to explore their own ideas and launch their own research groups.”

Joint funding initiative to promote young researchers

“With their financial contribution to the joint funding initiative,” Mr Hanneborg continues, “the universities are demonstrating how important young, gifted researchers are to them. These institutions have shown a great willingness to dedicate a portion of their respective basic allocations to boost an area that is so essential to Norway’s future as a research and knowledge nation.”

The universities themselves decide which of the young researchers will receive funding from the joint funding pot, selecting from among the candidates whose proposals achieved very high scores in the FRIPRO application assessment process. Funding award decisions are expected to be taken in late January.

Three expert committees select grant winners

The 103 projects receiving funding under the FRIPRO funding scheme this round will start up in 2014 and will run in most cases for three or four years. The three expert committees under the FRIPRO scheme distributed the available funding as follows:

NOK 150 million to 35 projects in the humanities and social sciences

NOK 211 million to 34 projects in mathematics, physical sciences and technology

NOK 246 million to 34 projects in medicine, health sciences and biology

Distribution by type of grant application

The approved projects have the following distribution by type of grant application:

• 49 Researcher Projects
• 22 Young Research Talents projects
• 19 Personal Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships
• 13 Support for Events grants

A total of 1 239 applications were processed this round, for a total of NOK 8.1 billion sought in funding.

Written by:
Christian Lund/Else Lie. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann
Published:
17.12.2013
Last updated:
13.09.2016