Top demand for Research Council funding

“The number of proposals submitted is about what we expected,” says Nina Hedlund, Special Adviser for the application processing system. “Somewhat to our surprise, we find that many applicants still take a chance and submit their proposals at the last second before the deadline expires.”

A total of NOK 1.15 billion was announced in this funding round. Of this amount, NOK 517 million was to be allocated under the FRIPRO funding scheme for independent projects.

Most proposals submitted for independent projects

The FRIPRO funding scheme was the applicants’ clear favourite: Almost three-fourths of the proposals were submitted for this type of project. The Expert Money Committee for Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology (FRIMEDBIO) will be the busiest in the months to come, as it has 442 proposals to review.

Proportionally speaking the highest percentage of applicants are competing for FRIPRO funding in the social sciences, followed closely by the humanities. These fields have the least funding available in relation to the number of applicants.

The Research Programme for Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021) is among the programmes with the most funding available in relation to the number of applicants.

Overview of funding and proposals received per programme/activity

Programme/activity Acronym Amount available Number of proposals
Research Programme for Sustainable Food and Bio-based Industries and the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF)




NOK 9 + 45 million




Research Programme for Biotechnology for Innovation BIOTEK 2021 NOK 160 + 20 million 27
The Norwegian RD&D CCS Programme and the Programme for Clean Energy for the Future CLIMIT and RENERGI NOK 12 million 13
The Finance Market Fund FINANS-MARKED NOK 5 million 23
National Graduate-level Researcher Schools FORSKER-SKOLER NOK 160 million 29
Funding for Independent Projects in the Humanities FRIHUM NOK 72 million 178
Funding for Independent Projects in Medicine, Health Sciences and Biology FRIMEDBIO NOK 210 million 442
Funding for Independent Projects in Mathematics, Physical Science and Technology FRINATEK NOK 175 million 271
Funding for Independent Projects in Social Science FRISAM NOK 60 million 185
Research Programme on Health and Care Services HELSE-OMSORG NOK 80 million 75
The Aurora Programme grant 2013 for researcher exchange with France IS_AUR NOK 0.8 24
Institution-based Strategic Projects in Social Anthropology


NOK 12 5
Research Programme for Norwegian Environmental Research Towards 2015

MILJO 2015

NOK 12 + 53 + 0.3 million 72
Research Programme for Climate Change and Impacts in Norway NORKLIMA NOK 1.5 million 21
Polar Research Programme POLPROG NOK 12 million 1
Publication grants for national scientific journals for 2013 and for the period 2013-2015


NOK 3 million 29
Research Initiative on Knowledge-based Tourism Policy REISEPOL NOK 0.9 million 12
Programme for Space Research ROM-FORSKNING NOK 18 million 19
Strategic institute-based allocation in the area of food STRAT-MAT NOK 25 million 1
Programme for Synchrotron and Neutron Research SYNKNØYT NOK 0.35 million 3
Total   NOK 
1 146.85 million
1 441



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