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Selection of projects for inclusion on the roadmap

Fiskestim After each major funding announcement under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure, the Research Council administration will assess which projects to be highlighted on the roadmap. The assessment will be based on three criteria, which must be fulfilled. Please go toTools for Research – The National Strategy for Research Infrastructure 2018-2015 for a more detailed description of criteria and terminology.

Criterion 1: The infrastructure has a national status and performs national tasks

The National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure only allocates funding to projects with certain characteristics of national importance. These are defined as follows:

  • Infrastructure that is of widespread national interest;
  • Infrastructure that will be limited to only one or a few locations in Norway, as a general rule;
  • Infrastructure that lays a foundation for internationally cutting-edge research;
  • Infrastructure that will be made accessible to relevant researchers and industries.

Criterion 2: The grant proposal has been assessed as excellent, both scientifically and strategically

The projects highlighted on the roadmap have been reviewed as “Excellent” after a thoroughly scientific review by international referees. They have further been considered to be of major strategic importance for Norwegian research by the Research Council.

Criterion 3: The project involves a large-scale, comprehensive research infrastructure

To be considered for inclusion on the roadmap, a project must not only be of great national importance, but must also entail a high investment level compared to other research infrastructures within the respective field.

Decisions at the ministerial level

The Research Council assesses grant applications for research infrastructure involving investment costs starting at NOK 2 million and up to a maximum of NOK 200 million in project funding. After consultation with the Ministry of Research and Education, research infrastructure involving investments that exceed NOK 200 million may be included on the roadmap, provided that the project proposal has been reviewed and assessed by the Research Council as having high scientific merit and strategic value.

Projects on the ESFRI Roadmap

The Norwegian roadmap also includes projects listed on the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures in which Norway has entered into binding agreements. All such projects have undergone a thorough review by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and are considered by the Research Council to be of major strategic importance for Norwegian research. ESFRI-projects that have received funding from the Research Council have been assessed on the same terms as other projects under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure. The decision on whether Norway should apply for membership in an ESFRI project is made at the ministerial level.


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