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First allocations of SSF’s strategic funds

Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) has in total 3,8 million NOK available for Workshops and Support Funds in 2012. We received a total of 17 applications by the 15 February, 2012 deadline. The total amount of the applications was 4,85 million NOK. Seven of these applications have now been granted SSF support.

 

Supported workshops and projects shall contribute to SSF strategic objectives for research in Svalbard: Improved and more international cooperation, more open sharing of data collected in Svalbard and reduced environmental footprint through coordinated logistics and the use of new technology.

Assessment process and decision
The applications have been assessed by a panel consisting of members of the administration in The Research Council of Norway (RCN) and external national experts. On recommendation from the panel, RCN has decided to support the following workshops and projects:

SSF workshops

Project no. Title Project owner (administering Norw.
institution)
220016 Past, current and future research on kittiwakes in Kongsfjorden: The opportunity of an international integration Norw. Univ. of Science and Technology
220023 Svalbard Young Researchers Network University of Tromsø
220024 Develop joint future permafrost hydrology research in Svalbard The University Centre in Svalbard
220021 Barents Sea Ice sheet - insights into the climatic sensitivity of marine based ice sheets The University Centre in Svalbard


SSF Support Funds

Project no. Title Project owner
(administering Norw.
institution)
220015 Remote biosensor technology measuring valve gap and shell growth of bivalves for detecting accidental discharges in the Norwegian Arctic Akvaplan-niva AS
219999 Passive monitoring of endangered species in Svalbard: Distribution & relative abundance of Red Listed whales in a time of climate change Norwegian Polar Institute
220018 Shifting Climate States of the Polar Regions - coring campaign at Svalbard University of Bergen

 

Please note that some of the supported projects budgets have been reduced. The applications that are not mentioned in the lists above have not been funded. All applicants will receive a letter from the Research Council of Norway informing them about the decision. We kindly ask all applicants to refrain from contacting the Research Council until they have received the letters and assessments.

 

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