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Ten Norwegian-Russian Svalbard projects received funding

The ten new projects will strengthen cooperation between Norwegian and Russian scientists in Svalbard. The allocation supports collaboration on use of new facilities, cooperation projects on polar research, sharing of data and networking through joint activities.

NOK 2.25 million to workshops and cooperation projects in Svalbard research

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

The Governor require electronic application and reporting through RiS

From 1 January 2015, the Governor will require that all applications for research and monitoring in Svalbard, and research reports, are submitted through the RIS Portal.

Arctic field Grant (AFG) allocations for 2015

An extra Christmas gift of fieldwork funding is now wrapped and ready for the 22 master students, 12 PhD students and 11 researchers from 10 different nations who have this year received funding from the AFG!

The RiS Portal: Open access to research in Svalbard

Arctic research is demanding. Project leaders have to stay updated on on going research activity while planning for new field activities. The planning phase requires hours of browsing journals, submission of formal documents and booking of facilities. If you are conducting research in Svalbard, the improved version of the RiS Portal (Research in Svalbard) has now made your work a lot easier.

Great interest in research cooperation in Svalbard

The Research Council of Norway just received applications to two calls. 18 applications were submitted to the call dedicated to enhance cooperation between Norwegian and Russian researchers in Svalbard in 2015-2017. 15 applications were received to Svalbard Strategic Grant for international workshops and cooperation projects in 2015.

Norwegian-Chinese cooperation yields more reliable thermal readings of Arctic sea ice

Arctic sea ice has diminished significantly in recent decades, particularly in summer. Researchers from Norway and China have collaborated on developing an autonomous buoy with instruments that can more precisely measure the optical properties of Arctic sea ice while also taking measurements of ice thickness and temperature.

We reached 2 500 projects in RiS!

The Svalbard Science Forum is proud to announce that we now have 2 500 projects registered in the Research in Svalbard database (RiS).

Applications for Arctic Field Grant 2015

Svalbard Science Forum received 81 applications in the call for proposals for Arctic Field Grant (AFG) in 2015. The total amount applied for was NOK 4,8 million.

Call for proposals - Svalbard Strategic Grant

NOK 2.5 million is available for workshops and cooperation projects related to research in Svalbard. The deadline for applications to Svalbard Strategic Grants (SSG) is November 26, 2014.

NOK 9 mill funding to promote cooperation between Norwegian and Russian researchers in Svalbard

The Research Council of Norway has issued a call for proposals for activities to promote research cooperation between Norwegian and Russian researchers in Svalbard. The application deadline is 26 November 2014. A survey shows that research groups find this type of funding helps to strengthen cooperation.

Call for proposals - Arctic Field Grant 2015-closed

The call for proposals for Arctic Field Grant (AFG) 2015 is now open. The deadline for next year’s field season is 1 PM (GMT+1) on October 15th, 2014.

Available places at SSF workshop

There are still a few places available for the next SSF workshop on New Technology for interested participants

Call for proposals - Svalbards Environmental Protection Fund

The deadline for applications is September 15th 2014.

SSF in Ny-Ålesund

14-18th of August the SSF will have office days in Ny-Ålesund and you are more than welcome to come by!

Fish moving north

Warmer ocean temperatures in Svalbard waters has resulted in new species moving into the food chain.

SSF office open all summer

At least one member of the SSF secretariat will always be on the island this summer, ready for helping you out.

Final hearing for Pyramiden land-use plan

The Russian coal company Trust Arktikugol is proposing a new area land-use plan for Pyramiden. The deadline for comments to this second round of public hearing is 15 June 2014.

Hearings: Start notice for two new planning processes

The preliminary hearings for a new coal mine at Ispallen near Sveagruva and a new land-use plan for Longyearbyen are now open for comments to the process.

2013 Annual Report and a new SSF information folder

We have published the 2013 Annual Report and a new information folder about the work and activities at the Svalbard Science Forum.

A treasure trove for research in Svalbard

A new version of RiS – the indispensable database for anyone performing research in or around Svalbard – is now launched, putting everything researchers and others need in a single place.

Centre of excellence in biological education opened at UNIS

The new centre is a collaboration between the biology department at UNIS, the departments of Biology and the department of Education at university of Bergen and the Institute of Marine Research.

The Italian multidisciplinary research facility

The Italian Station “Dirigibile Italia” is managed by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and host scientific activities performed by several Italian Agencies and Universities funded by national, international and European projects.

The logistical function in SIOS is clearer

To finalise the Logistics Plan of the SIOS Preparatory Project, there was a workshop held in Longyearbyen on January 27-29. The main conclusion from the workshop is that SIOS needs to build a system for logistics based on existing services and as a response to on-going logistic needs.

SSF Strategic Grants allocations fall 2013

The Norwegian Research Council has allocated funding to two workshops and three projects through Svalbard Science Forums funding program Strategic Grants.

Czech activities in 2013

The activities within the Czech Polar Programme and research base is presented in two annual reports. 2013 was the programme's seventh season in Petuniabukta.

Arctic Field grant reports from 2013

Svalbard birds in west Africa, gender distribution of reindeer, calving rates of glaciers, fungi on plant roots, arctic char, broken bones, polar bear problems and much, much more

Hearing – Protection against harmful foreign species

The Governor is proposing a new plan to protect Svalbard against harmful foreign species. The deadline for comments is January 20.

Arctic field Grant (AFG) allocations for 2014

An extra Christmas gift of fieldwork funding is now wrapped and ready for the 19 master students, 17 PhD students and 14 researchers from 12 different nations who have this year received funding from the AFG!

Permits needed for blood sampling

In order to do blood sampling from birds and other wildlife in Svalbard, your project will need two different permissions in advance: First one from the Norwegian Animal Research Authority and then a second one from the Governor of Svalbard.