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NOK 4 million to workshops and cooperation projects in Svalbard

The Research Council of Norway has allocated funding to three workshops and seven projects through Svalbard Science Forum's funding program Svalbard Strategic Grant (SSG).

The call in November 2017 had up to NOK 4 million for workshops and projects that promote the strategic objectives of Svalbard Science Forum (SSF), including coordination and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard.

The SSF received a total of 15 applications. Applications were processed administratively by a panel composed of in-house staff and external experts with experience from Svalbard. The final funding decision has been made by the administration in the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

Priority in this call was given to workshops or projects that contribute to the SSF strategic objectives (cooperation, coordination, sharing of data and reduced environmental impact) and that:

  • continue to develop existing, or establish new, scientific cooperation projects (or scientific flagships) in Svalbard
  • continue to develop the existing four Ny-Ålesund flagship programs
  • follow up the recommendations outlined in reports from previous SSF funded workshops
  • increase mobility between research bases in Svalbard

Allocations for Svalbard Strategic Grants 2018

Supported workshops:

Project number Title Owner and partners
285458 SVALHOLA - Svalbard Holocene Assembly on Glaciers and Climate

University Centre in Svalbard

Partners: University of Iceland, University of Bergen, The Arctic University of Norway, Bates College

285459

Workshop: Geese impact on aquatic ecosystems

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Partners: University Centre in Svalbard

285488

SVALBARD ROCK VAULT: Taking care of data and developing critical infrastructure for geoscientific research and education projects

University Centre in Svalbard

Partners: Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani


Supported cooperation projects:

Project number

Title

Owner and partners

283466

Spatial Distributions of Black Carbon and Mineral Dust in Air and Snow Surface Layers upon Svalbard Glaciers

Norwegian Polar Institute

Partners: University of Perugia, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, National Research Council of Italy Institute of Atmospheric Science and Climate, Institute of the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (Italy), Alfred Wegner Institute

283470

Kongsvegen: INitiation of a Glacier Surge (KINGSurge)

University Centre in Svalbard

Partners: Norwegian Polar Institute, University of Oslo, Aberystwyth University, University of St. Andrews, Swansea University, University of Ottawa, Telenor Svalbard, Norwegian Defence Reseach Establishment, Christian Albrechts University

283475

Strengthening cooperation on air pollution research in Svalbard

The Arctic University of Norway

Partners: Norwegian Institute for Air Research, University of Perugia, Alfred Wegner Institute, University of Valladolid, University Centre in Svalbard, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia)  

283477

Ny-Ålesund Atmosphere Flagship Program:
Further development and strengthening of the collaboration

Norwegian Polar Institute

Partners: Alfred Wegner Institute, National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia), Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Korea Polar Research Institute, Université Grenoble Alpes  

283482

Influence of coastal permafrost thawing on biogeochemistry and pollutants of the sea water

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

Partners: University Centre in Svalbard, Zubov State Oceanographic Institute of Roshydromet, Research and Production Association Typhoon

283500

Coal - the ice core of the warm past: using the natural coal archive on Svalbard to initiate a flagship for palaeoclimate research

University Centre in Svalbard

Partners: University of Nottingham, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia), Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani

283510

The Terrestrial Ecology Flagship in Ny-Ålesund: reinforcement and further development - activities for 2018-2019

Norwegian Polar Institute

Partners: University of Groningen, Ghent University, The Arctic University of Norway, National Institute of Polar Research (Japan), National Research Council of Italy, University of South Bohemia, Adam Mickiewicz University   

 

Please note that some of the budgets have been reduced. Applications not

listed above have not been funded. All applicants will receive a letter from the RCN informing them about the decision. We kindly ask all applicants to refrain from contacting the RCN until they have received the letters of notification.

The deadline for the next annual call for proposals to Svalbard Strategic Grant is October 10, 2018.

About SSF
The Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) promotes coordination of and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard. Their objective is to contribute to the development of Svalbard as a platform for international research cooperation in the Arctic.

The SSF organizes workshops and administers funding opportunities targeted towards the polar research community, while continuously working to increase data sharing and reduce the environmental impact of research activities. SSFs manages the RiS Portal (Research in Svalbard) which contains information relating to more than 3 200 Svalbard-based research, monitoring and educational projects.

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Written by:
Cecilia Ann Madelene Sandström
Published:
09.02.2018
Last updated:
03.10.2018