There were 1271 applications submitted to the FRIPRO scheme. Of these, 515 will be assessed by the granting committee for Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology (FRIMEDBIO), 413 by the granting committee for Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Technology (FRINATEK) and 343 by the granting committee for Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM).
FRIPRO funding was announced this year for the following application types (2015 figures in parentheses):
Researcher Projects: 806 applications (702)
Young Research Talents: 357 applications (297)
FRIPRO Mobility Grants: 86 (92)
Support for Events: 22 (27)
Funding was not announced for FRIPRO Toppforsk projects in 2016. A new call is planned for spring 2017.
The budgetary framework per project proposal for Researcher Projects was increased from NOK 3–9 million in 2015 to NOK 5–10 this year. For Young Research Talents the framework was increased from NOK 3–7 million to NOK 4–8 million.
Twenty per cent increase for Young Research Talents
Sixty more applications were submitted for the Young Research Talents application type than in 2015. This represents an increase of 20 per cent, which is the largest percentage increase in this round. Over 100 more applications were submitted under the Researcher Projects category than last year, corresponding to an increase of 15 per cent.
“The FRIPRO funding scheme has experienced steady, significant growth in the number of applications submitted under Researcher Projects and Young Research Talents over the past years, so this appears to be a trend,” states Øyvind Pettersen who heads the FRIPRO group at the Research Council of Norway.
“This rise in the number of applications is probably related to the significant increase in funding available experienced in the past years. Moreover, the FRIPRO funding scheme is now a well-established, well-known funding scheme for researchers in most subject areas. Many researchers are encouraged by their institutions to apply, and more of them now believe that it really is possible to win a grant,” Mr Pettersen says.
“More people have become aware of the Young Research Talents grants as well. The fact that between 16 and 19 per cent of the applications submitted have won funding in the past three years has had a positive impact on the response to this call, as more potential applicants see that there is a genuine chance of success. The scheme fulfils a real need among young researchers, providing them with funding that enables them to build up their own careers,” Mr Pettersen concludes.
NOK 150 million for services research
The Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL) announced NOK 150 million in funding for researcher projects in the areas of health and care services, social and welfare services, and the child protection service.
“We received somewhat fewer applications than last year. The short period between this call and the last application deadline in October may be one of the reasons why,” says Vidar Sørhus, HELSEVEL programme coordinator.
“The 66 applications we did receive encompass a wide range of service and thematic areas, so the situation is highly promising,” Mr Sørhus continues.
The Government has made it clear that development and change in the health and care services must revolve around patients' needs. The HELSEVEL programme will help to increase the utility and application of research in these services for the benefit of the patient.
Number of applications received for the May 2016 deadline
Below is a list of programmes and activities that issued calls for the 25 May deadline, with information on available funding and number of applicants:
* See the individual calls for proposals for further details.