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ICT-related applications dominate February deadline

An additional 18 grant applications were received in response to the joint call issued by the IKTPLUSS initiative and the new Programme on Responsible Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (SAMANSVAR). Topics addressed by the SAMANSVAR programme include ethical, legal and security-related aspects of biotechnology, nanotechnology and neurotechnology research.

The SAMANSVAR programme encompasses all enabling technologies, including ICT. Research funding is allocated mainly via joint calls for proposals with other programmes to direct focus towards responsibility-related issues, ethical questions and safety and security perspectives in these technology research areas.

André Fossen Mlonyeni (left) and Helge Rynning, programme coordinators for the initiative on ICT and digital innovation (IKTPLUSS) and the Programme on Responsible Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility (SAMANSVAR), respectively, have high hopes for the proposals received for the 11 February deadline. (Photo: Brita Skuland) (Photo: Brita Skuland)

Internationalisation required

A total of nearly NOK 1 billion was announced in this funding round. The two IKTPLUSS calls and the IKTPLUSS joint call with the SAMANSVAR programme accounted for roughly one-third of this amount, or NOK 350 million. One of the objectives of the IKTPLUSS initiative is to facilitate development in Norway by 2025 of strong, internationally competitive research groups that can bring home substantial research funding from international sources such as the EU framework programme.

Applicants for both the IKTPLUSS calls as well as several other calls for this deadline were required to incorporate internationalisation activities in their projects. The referee panels that will be assessing the grant proposals will view projects incorporating one or more international partners in a favourable light.

Last-minute submissions

Seventy-five per cent of the grant applications were submitted on the deadline expiry date. One-half of the applications were received during the last two hours of the deadline, while 12 per cent were submitted during the last ten minutes.

The overview below lists the number of applications received by the various programmes and activities with calls in this round and the amount of funding presumed available.

 

Acronym

Programme/activity

Funding presumed available (in NOK million)*

Total number of applications

BIA

Programme for User-driven Research-based Innovation

200

20

CLIMIT

Norwegian RD&D CCS Programme

2

4

EU-STRA

EU Radiation Protection Programme

5

3

GLOBVAC

Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research

130

88

IKTPLUSS

ICT and digital innovation

250

154

IS-JSPS

Japan-Norway researcher mobility programme

-

7

IS-NAD

Specialist exchange with China

-

Pending

KREFT

Programme for Publicly-initiated Clinical Cancer Studies

15

5

KULMEDIA

Programme on the Culture and Media Sector

45

19

PES2020

Project Establishment Support directed towards H2020

42

68

PETROMAKS2/ PETROSAM2

Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research / Programme for Social Science Research Related to the Petroleum Sector

10

12

PUBL

Publication Grants – the Humanities and Social Sciences

1.3

22

SAMANSVAR / IKTPLUSS

Programme on Responsible Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility / ICT and digital innovation

100

18

STAMCELLER

Stem Cell Research Programme

27

30

SYKEFRAVAER

Research Programme on Sickness Absence, Work and Health

0.08

2

SYNKNØYT

Programme on Synchrotron and Neutron Research in Norway

1.5

8

VAM

Research Programme on Welfare, Working Life and Migration

57

64

 

Total

885.88

524

 

*See each call for proposals for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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