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The Polar Research programme (POLARPROG)

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The Polar Research programme (POLARPROG) is the Research Council of Norway’s most important funding instrument for achieving wide-ranging, high-quality Norwegian polar research. The programme’s broad scientific approach and mandate reflect an expanded responsibility to cooperate with related programmes, activities and instruments to achieve the programme’s objectives.

3.1 Primary objective

The POLARPROG programme will contribute to fulfilling Norway’s special responsibility to generate new research-based knowledge about the polar regions to the benefit of society.

3.2 Secondary objectives


Scientific secondary objectives

The POLARPROG programme will provide support for basic and applied research in all subject fields and disciplines to generate knowledge about:

  • processes that drive climate and environmental change in the polar regions, and their impacts on the natural environment and society;
  • sustainable industrial and social development;
  • geopolitical, international law-related and institutional conditions for policy development and sustainable environmental and resource management.

Structural secondary objectives

The POLARPROG programme will cooperate with other research funding instruments and target its own funding announcements and grant allocations to develop an effective project portfolio, and will work to:

  1. promote integrated perspectives and cooperation in polar research;
  2. promote creative thinking and innovation in polar research;
  3. enhance the international profile and contribution of Norwegian research groups;
  4. ensure continuity in polar research by recruiting young polar researchers;
  5. expand applicable knowledge in trade and industry and the public administration;
  6. facilitate dynamic, targeted communication activities;
  7. increase the accessibility and efficient use of data and research infrastructure;
  8. give priority to research related to Svalbard;strengthen research in and about Antarctica.

Geographic delimitations

The scope of the programme is limited to research activities in or about the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic as defined in the Research Council’s policy document Norwegian Polar Research (2014–2023). The geographic delimitations do not preclude research where the polar component is enhanced by including the area outside the defined polar regions, for example circumpolar studies that include a large part of Norway’s northern areas.

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

The POLARPROG programme accepts grant applications from Norwegian research institutes, universities, university colleges and other research environments, in addition to relevant actors in the private and public sectors.

The programme encompasses basic research, applied research and innovation activities of relevance to the polar regions. Key users of the programme’s research findings include researchers in other fields, the public administration, trade and industry, and the general public.



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Attachments: Work programme (in Norwegian) / Policy (in English)