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Ecosystem effects largest individual thematic area for September deadline

Nearly NOK 1.9 billion in funding was announced in this funding round. A majority of the grant applications submitted sought funding under the joint call Ecosystem effects – natural responses to changes in climate and the environment (OKOSYSTEM), which was announcing NOK 240 million in funding.

The call for projects on ecosystem effects is a joint effort between the Large-scale Programme on Climate Research (KLIMAFORSK), the Polar Research Programme (POLARPROG), the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme (HAVKYST), and the programme Norwegian Environmental Research towards 2015 (MILJO2015). Projects awarded funding must enhance knowledge about natural responses to changes in climate and the environment and about the overall effect of these responses.

Per Backe-Hansen, Special Adviser to the programme for Norwegian Environmental Research Towards 2015 (MILJO2015), is very pleased with both the number and the range of proposals received. “This is an interdisciplinary call that responds to the needs of the research community,” he says.

“This will facilitate cooperation between researchers from many different areas on projects with a broader scientific perspective than we have previously sought. Proposals have come in from a wide array of research groups and we see that they represent a broad range of scientific approaches.”

“The budgetary framework of NOK 240 million makes it possible to grant funding for up to two nationally coordinated projects. These comprise projects with a budget of up to NOK 50 million. We have received a total of nine project proposals seeking funding of between NOK 30 and NOK 50 million,” Mr Backe-Hansen states.

Public Sector Ph.D. Scheme

A total of 21 applications were submitted under the Research Council’s new Public Sector Ph.D. Scheme. The scheme is modelled on the Industrial Ph.D. Scheme and provides funding for employees to pursue a doctoral degree in a subject relevant to the public institution’s area of responsibility. This call offered enough funding to finance 25 candidates.

Many submitted at the last minute

More than one in ten applicants did not submit their grant proposals until the final ten minutes before the expiry of the deadline. Applicants should note that the documents may be submitted and subsequently revised multiple times right up to the deadline. Applicants may also delete attachments or upload new ones.

The advantage of submitting applications earlier is that it leaves applicants with ample time to deal with any error messages and revise the application before its final submission.

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