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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...

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.