495 applications as SAMKUL draws most interest

The other cultural and social research programmes that will now start reviewing grant applications are the Programme for Sámi Research II (SAMISK), which received 23 applications, and the Programme on the Culture and Media Sector (KULMEDIA), which received 16.

Social research addressing new challenges


The grant applications submitted to the SAMKUL programme in this funding round will shed light on societal challenges in the following areas:

  • Man and Nature;
  • Technology and Material Environments;
  • Knowledge, Welfare and Economy.

Tor Lund Larsen

“The number of applications submitted is far greater than we had expected,” says SAMKUL programme coordinator Tor Lunde Larsen. “The programme board had just drawn up a new work programme that revised the direction for the programme, which may partly explain the great interest. The objective of the application assessment process is to identify projects of high relevance to the SAMKUL programme’s thematic areas and perspectives that closely address current social issues and challenges.”

“The competition for funding will undoubtedly be fierce between the projects of the highest quality and relevance,” he continues, “since we will only be able to allocate funding to roughly 10 to 12 of the applications received. A total of NOK 100 million is available in this funding round under the SAMKUL programme.”

Wide range of topics for the SAMISK programme

Kari Morthensen

Kari Morthensen, SAMISK programme coordinator, says that the number of applications submitted to her programme was nearly exactly as expected.

“Previously the SAMISK programme had a finite programme period, but it is now defined as an open-ended programme, which means that the research community can expect annual funding announcements,” she says. “A quick glance at the applications this time shows that they address a wide range of topics, with somewhat more applications in the social sciences than the humanities. The SAMISK programme has NOK 15 million available for allocation in this funding round.”


192 applications for pre-projects and project outlines in health research


A total of 126 project outlines were submitted by the application deadline in response to a joint call issued by the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and Norad under the Funding Mechanism: Innovation in Education and Health to Help Combat Poverty (VISJON2030). In addition, 66 applications for pre-projects to develop innovation projects were submitted to the new Large-scale Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL).

Åse Marit Kristiansen
“The project outlines we received for the VISJON2030 initiative will help to determine the specific thematic areas and financial frameworks for the subsequent main calls for proposals to be issued by the three agencies, respectively,” says Åse-Marit Kristiansen, who is the Research Council’s coordinator for the call. “All of the main calls will be issued by summer 2016.”

Vidar Sørhus
HELSEVEL programme coordinator Vidar Sørhus was astonished by the large number of applications.

“This shows that the research and innovation community has been mobilised to pursue projects on these services. Pre-projects are intended to lay the foundation for complete grant proposals for Innovation Projects for the Public Sector. The call for these is planned issued with an application deadline of October 2016.”



Number of applications received for the February 2016 deadline


Below is a list of programmes and activities that issued calls for proposals for the 17 February application deadline, with information on available funding and number of applicants:




Programme/activity name

Funding presumed available

(in NOK million)*

Number of applications


The DEMO 2000 programme




Research Programme on Democratic and Effective Governance, Planning and Public Administration




Finance Market Fund




Large-scale Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research




Initiative for ICT and digital innovation




Programme on the Culture and Media Sector




Publication Grants – the Humanities and Social Sciences




Programme for Sámi Research II




Programme on the Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change




Research Programme on Sickness Absence, Work and Health




Research Programme on Welfare, Working Life and Migration




Funding mechanism: Innovation in Education and Health to Help Combat Poverty (in Norwegian only)








* See the individual calls for proposals for further details.


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