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NOK 2.25 million to workshops and cooperation projects in Svalbard research

The call in November 2014 had up to NOK 2.5 million for workshops and projects that promote the strategic objectives of Svalbard Science Forum (SSF), including coordination and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard. 

The SSF received a total of 15 applications. Applications were processed administratively by a panel composed of in-house staff and external experts with experience from Svalbard. The final funding decision has been made by the administration in the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

Priority in this call was given to workshops or projects that:

  • Continue to develop the existing four Ny-Ålesund flagship programs.
  • Establish new SSF flagship programs for scientific cooperation in Svalbard.
  • Follow up the recommendations outlined in reports from previous SSF Workshops (organized by SSF or by researchers with SSF strategic funding support).
  • Increase mobility between the research bases.

Two new SSF Flagship programs for Svalbard cooperation received funding: One ocean flagship on oceanography and marine science and one technology flagship on remote controlled and autonomous measurements platforms. See details below.

Allocations for Svalbard Strategic Grants 2015:

Supported workshops:

Project number


Owner (partners)


Workshop on Past marine sedimentary environments in the Kongsfjorden system, Svalbard: atmosphere, ocean and glacier linkages

Norwegian Polar Institute

Partner: VU University Amsterdam


Workshop on: Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Svalbard

University Centre in Svalbard

Partners: University of Silesia, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Sheffield,  University of Oslo


Plankton Research in Svalbard

University Centre in Svalbard

Partners: Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science, Norwegian Polar Institute


Taking the next step in Svalbard snow research

Norwegian Polar Institute


Ny-Ålesund Atmosphere Research Symposium

Norwegian Polar Institute

Partner: Alfred Wegener Institute, Potsdam


Supported cooperation projects:

Project number


Owner and partners


Remote Controlled and Autonomous Measurement Platforms Flagship

Northern Research Institute Tromsø AS

Partners: University of Warsaw, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Bergen, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, National Research Council of Italy, Warsaw University of Technology, University Centre in Svalbard, Andøya Space Center AS


Ocean Flagship

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

Partners: Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, University Centre in Svalbard


Terrestrial radar interferometry for monitoring tidewater glaciers in Ny-Ålesund and Hornsund

Northern Research Institute Tromsø AS

Partners: Norwegian Polar Institute, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Silesia


Please note that some of the budgets have been reduced. Applications not listed above have not been funded. All applicants will receive a letter from the RCN informing them about the decision. We kindly ask all applicants to refrain from contacting the RCN until they have received the letters of notification.

The deadline for the next annual call for proposals to Svalbard Strategic Grant is November 25, 2015.

About SSF
The Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) promotes coordination of and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard. Their objective is to contribute to the development of Svalbard as a platform for international research cooperation in the Arctic.

The SSF organizes workshops and administers funding opportunities targeted towards the polar research community, while continuously working to increase data sharing and reduce the environmental impact of research activities. SSFs manages the RiS Portal (Research in Svalbard) which contains information relating to more than 2 500 Svalbard-based research, monitoring and educational projects.


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