Funding announced for research for the transition to a sustainable, low-emission society

A stricter long-term climate target was agreed at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris to limit the increase in global average temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The need for a rapid transition is even more pressing if this target is to be met. Norway has set an ambitious political target to become a low-emission society by 2050.

The Large-scale Programme on Climate Research (KLIMAFORSK) works to build up knowledge that can be used to achieve key targets of climate policy and promote the transition to a sustainable, low-emission society. 

“Under this year’s call we are seeking to fund research that sheds light on social and cultural dimensions of society and drivers of change in society. We would like to see research on radical – i.e. rapid and fundamental – long-term solutions within an environmentally sustainable framework,” says KLIMAFORSK programme coordinator Brita Slettemark.

Ms Slettemark says that the programme will be accepting proposals for projects addressing instruments and measures for advancing the transition, with particular focus on industry, transport and the agricultural sector, environmentally sustainable land-use planning, and deployment of climate-friendly technology. Proposals addressing interactions between policy, the environment and society in the transition to a sustainable, low-emission society are also sought. This includes welfare in its broadest sense, national and global security, social and cultural changes, migration, population growth, technology development and other large-scale social change of particular relevance to the climate.

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NOK 107 million is available under this funding announcement, which is a collaboration with the Programme for Environmental Research for a Green Transition (MILJØFORSK) and the Research Programme on the Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL). NOK 97 million is earmarked for Researcher Projects and NOK 10 million is earmarked for Knowledge-building Projects targeting trade and industry and/or the public sector.

The deadline for submission of grant applications for Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects is 7 September 2016.

The KLIMAFORSK programme is seeking to reduce the climate footprint of funded projects, so applicants are requested to explain how they will reduce the climate footprint of their project in comparison with ordinary project implementation.

Innovation, environmentally hazardous substances and urban research
The KLIMAFORSK programme is also contributing funding to several other calls for proposals, among other things to ensure that climate research is incorporated into research in other areas as well.

“This is an important part of the Research Council’s approach to promoting research to solve major societal challenges,” Ms Slettemark points out.

The programme is providing funding to the following calls:

  • User-driven research-based innovation
    The KLIMAFORSK programme will put NOK 10 million into the pot for the call for proposals for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector to be issued by the Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation (BIA) with the deadline of 12 October 2016. An Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector is an R&D project designed to lead to innovation (value-creating renewal) for the companies participating in the project, and applications are to be submitted by companies. Applicants will have the opportunity to submit project outlines prior to the main call in order to receive advice on preparing their complete applications. The deadline for the call for project outlines will be at the end of August 2016. The KLIMAFORSK programme’s participation in the call will be targeted towards projects that promote the transition to a low-emission society.
  • Environmentally hazardous substances
    The KLIMAFORSK programme will be collaborating with the MILJØFORSK programme and two other programmes on a call for proposals focusing on the effects of hazardous substances on the natural environment. Remobilisation of hazardous substances as a result of climate change will be a key topic. The deadline for the MILJØFORSK call will be 7 September 2016.
  • Cooperation on urban research
    The KLIMAFORSK programme will also be collaborating with the initiative on research and innovation for cities of the future (BYFORSK). A joint funding announcement involving several programmes will be issued later in 2016.

More funding announcements to come
The KLIMAFORSK programme will also issue funding announcements for climate research projects within an open thematic framework, as well as for communication and dissemination activities, visiting researcher grants, overseas research grants and support for events in 2016. Click here for more information about these calls (in Norwegian).

Find the calls for proposals on the Research Council website under “Apply for funding”.



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