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Who decides what in FRIPRO?

Here you will find information on who is responsible for and on who decides what in FRIPRO, both employees at the Research Council and others.

The Board for the Research Council of Norway

The Board for the Research Council consists of representatives for Norwegian research and development organisations and is responsible for the strategy and organization of FRIPRO. The board provides academic advice and ensures an overall management of the academic activities and research and development portfolio within their area. 

The Research Council of Norway

The Research Council is responsible for the calls for proposals, the evaluation process and follow-up of ongoing projects. We receive applications, allocate them to referee panels, acquire experts to participate in referee panels, organise panel and Portfolio Board meetings, assess applications for Personal Overseas Research Grant, and continuously work on improvement of FRIPRO as a funding scheme. Approximately 60 employees at the Research Council have tasks related to FRIPRO.

The Portfolio Board

Each Portfolio Board consists of researchers from Norwegian and foreign organisations. The Portfolio Boards have the final say on which applications are granted and which are rejected. The three boards are as follows:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Life science
  • Natural Sciences and Technology

The Portfolio Boards are responsible for completing the FRIPRO grant application review process within their areas of research, and to assist the Research Council with academic and research policy advice. Each board consists of up to twelve members, and the members should have a high scientific expertise, that combined covers the board's area of research in the best possible way. The boards should be gender balanced. Members for each board have not yet been appointed. More information will follow.

The referee panels

The referee panels consist of renowned, researchers with residence outside of Norway. Each panel normally consists of 4-7 researchers who evaluate applications within their area of expertise. During the past few years, there have been approximately 40 panel assessing the applications to one call for proposals. We expect the FRIPRO applications to be divided in 80-90 panels in 2019.

The panels make the academic assessment of the proposals and rank the best proposals within each application type in their panel. The Research Council emphasises a continuous renewal in the composition of each panel, and we recruit experts for one year at a time. An expert does not normally participate in a panel for more than three years in a row.

Written by:
Heidi Roggen Seniorrådgiver +4722037406
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