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.
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.
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.
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|
*See each call for proposals for more details.