770 applications for the 5 September deadline

The Research Council of Norway received a total of 770 grant applications in response to 30 calls for proposals in this funding round.

Popular international grant

The Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Programme (IS-BILAT) received a total of 113 applications, the highest number of applications received under any individual programme. The programme provides funding to Norwegian researchers travelling to North America for a research stay, as well as to US and Canadian researchers who have been invited to work at Norwegian institutions. Like the previous funding round, the vast majority of applications submitted were for Norwegian researchers.

Photo: Photodisc  The Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Programme received the highest number of applications under any individual programme. The programme provides funding to Norwegian researchers travelling to North America for a research stay, as well as to US and Canadian researchers who have been invited to work at Norwegian institutions. (Photo: Photodisc)

“When the Leiv Eiriksson programme stopped accepting applications from individual researchers and instead required that the institutions seek funding on the researchers’ behalf, the number of applications submitted to the programme dropped. However, a larger percentage of the applications now fulfils the formal requirements so that fewer risk being rejected on formal grounds,” explains Merethe Sandberg Moe, Adviser at the Research Council and the contact person for the Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Programme.

Application processing for this autumn’s funding round will be completed at the end of November.

Seeks to increase energy efficiency in the maritime sector

Energy efficiency is a keyword in the largest-ever call for proposals issued by the Programme for Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF). A total of NOK 150 million will be made available in funding announcements with two separate deadlines this autumn.

The programme received 18 applications for funding for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry for the 5 September submission deadline. The applicants are primarily research groups that deal with technological topics, as well as some social science topics, of significance for the maritime sector.

17 October is the deadline to submit applications for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector. This call for proposals is targeted mainly at maritime manufacturing companies, which may seek funding for research activities such as demonstration projects – that is, full-scale testing of technology that is still in the research phase and is not suitable for lab-scale testing.

Both funding announcements are based on the revised MAROFF work programme which identifies the polar seas and the use and distribution of natural gas as priority areas of research. “The new element in our revised work programme is the increased environmental focus on research to enhance energy efficiency,” says Senior Adviser Kjell Røang.

New allocations to the programme will be used in part to promote a shift in transport from land to sea.

Few submissions at the last minute

The Research Council normally receives a large number of applications in the final hours before the deadline. This time it appears that the last-minute rush was less dramatic. Although 69 per cent of the applications were submitted in the final 24-hours before the deadline, only 11 per cent were submitted in the final hour. Many of these applicants undoubtedly took the opportunity to fine-tune applications they had already submitted and then re-submitted them right before the deadline.

Overview of available funding and number of applications received by programme/activity:

Programme/activity  Acronym Available funding* Number of applications
Sustainable Innovation in Food and Bio-based Industries (Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry) BIONAER NOK 24-30 million 12
New strategic programmes for Nofima (restricted call) BIONAER - 3
Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector in the areas of wood processing & wood-based industry  BIONAER/BIA  NOK 40 million
Innovation Projects for Industry in the agriculture-based value chain (with FFL/JA)  BIONAER/MATFOND-AVTALE NOK 30 million 33
Biotechnology for Innovation  BIOTEK2021 NOK 9 million 3
Norwegian RD&D CCS Programme  CLIMIT NOK 69 million 33
Knowledge Base for Research and Innovation Policy  FORFI NOK 15 million  15
 Commercialising R&D results FORNY2020 NOK 25-30 million 49
Maximising Value Creation in the Natural Gas Chain GASSMAKS NOK 4-8 million 14
Global Health and Vaccination Research GLOBVAC NOK 2 million 8
 
Aquaculture - An Industry in Growth HAVBRUK NOK 18.2 million 66
Oceans and Coastal Areas HAVKYST NOK 15 million 59
 
Leiv Eiriksson Mobility Programme IS-BILAT NOK 6 million 113
 
DAADppp mobility programme Germany-Norway

IS-DAAD

NOK 0.8 million 31
 
Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations MAROFF NOK 150 million 18
 
Foundation for Research Levy on Agricultural Products (FFL) and the Agricultural Agreement (JA) Research Fund MATFONDAVTALE

NOK 15-20 million

26 
Environment 2015 Programme – Norwegian Environmental Research Towards 2015 MILJO2015 NOK 3 million 2
Norway – A Global Partner NORGLOBAL NOK 30 million 3
Climate Change and its Impacts in Norway NORKLIMA NOK 48 million 46
Funding to promote Norwegian participation in EU environment and climate research NORKLIMA, POLARFORSKNING, HAVKYST NOK 11 million 12
Russia and the High North/Arctic NORRUSS NOK 12 million 19
 
Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences NOS-HS EUR 400 000 41
Optimal Management of Petroleum Resources PETROMAKS NOK 230 000 7
Publication grants - the humanities and social sciences PUBL NOK 1 million 18
Clean Energy for the Future RENERGI NOK 4 million 17
 
Regional research fund for western Norway RFFFVEST NOK 30 million 59
Regional research fund for the Oslo area RFFHOVED NOK 20 million 6
Regional research fund for inland Norway RFFINNL NOK 10 million 4
Safety and Security in Transport TRANSIKK NOK 30 million 15
Welfare, Working Life and Migration VAM NOK 22.75 million 31
 Total

 

  roughly NOK 638 million  

 

 

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