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Call: Nordic-Russian additional funding 2018

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
04.04.2018 14:00
Full call title

By invitation only: Call for proposals for continuation funding for joint Nordic-Russian research activities funded by The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research 2016-2017


The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The programme intends to promote multifaceted contacts in the fields of education and research in the interest of sustainable social and economic development in Russia and the Nordic countries. By funding Nordic-Russian cooperation between educational institutions and research organisations, the programme aims to improve the direct links between the institutions and organisations involved, and thereby initiate long-term partnerships.

To achieve the above goals, cooperative efforts are being directed towards multilateral cooperation on the training of highly qualified experts, the exchange of undergraduate and postgraduate students and university faculty, and joint research projects and promotion of innovation. NordForsk administers the research activities under the programme. The Russian activities under the programme are coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

The total budget for research activities under the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research for 2018-2020 is approximately NOK 4 million from the Nordic Council of Ministers, matched by an equal contribution from the Russian Federation in the form of own contributions (including in kind) from the participating Russian institutions.

For more information on the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme, see the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers: The Nordic-Russian Co-operation Programme in Education and Research

Thematic framework

The objective of this call for proposals is to support continuation of the Nordic-Russian cooperation projects under Nordic Centres of Excellence and research projects funded by NordForsk.

The proposed activities should strengthen the Nordic-Russian collaboration established during the joint Nordic-Russian research projects funded under The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research in 2016-2017. Genuine Nordic-Russian cooperation, high scientific quality and high relevance for users of knowledge are emphasised.

An overview of the Nordic-Russian research projects funded under The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research 2016-2017 is available at

Eligibility criteria

The maximum amount of Nordic funding that may be sought is NOK 1 million. Funding period: Start-up in 2018. Activities must be concluded by December 2020.

The funding will be granted for expenses related to Nordic-Russian research collaboration, e.g.

  • joint studies;

  • mobility and networking;

  • join data collection and comparative analysis;

  • joint use of infrastructures;

  • joint method development;

  • joint pilot projects;

  • joint conferences/seminars/workshops/courses;

  • joint dissemination activities and user involvement.

The Russian partners in the proposals are not eligible to apply for new funding under this call, but should instead document their own contribution with a Letter of Support (approximately equal to the amount of Nordic funding sought). The own contribution of Russian participants may include in-kind funding, such as personnel resources or access to certain infrastructures. The Russian contribution must be included in the project budget.

The formal main applicant must be the project owner of a joint Nordic-Russian research project funded under The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research 2016-2017. These are Birgitta Evengård, Umeå University; Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki; Noel Keenlyside, University of Bergen; Anne Maria Eikeset, University of Oslo; Øystein Holand, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB).

The applicant must have at least one Russian co-applicant committed to investing its own resources in the collaboration, and this should be confirmed by a Letter of Support attached to the application.

The eligible main Russian partner institutions:

  • Accredited higher education institutions in Russia under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation;

  • Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences;

  • Federal research institutes;

  • Universities participating in Project 5100;

  • Research organisations receiving Russian public funding;

  • Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University.

Network partners may be research institutes, non-governmental organisations, public agencies, or public and private organisations in the Nordic countries and Russia.

Proposals (in English) must contain

1. The scientific final report on the activities 2016-2017 submitted to NordForsk in March 2018 (no more than 2 pages);

2. A plan for collaboration (no more than 3 pages), outlining:

  • The main contents of the proposed cooperation;

  • The relevance of the proposed cooperation to the research topic;

  • Researcher mobility;

  • The expected outcome and impact of the collaboration on science and society (user relevance, policy development, etc.);

  • Plans for dissemination of results, including plan for contributing to open science based on Science Europe Principles on Open Access to Research Publications;

  • A description of gender balance in the project consortium, as well as gender perspectives in the proposed research. Please consult the NordForsk policy guidelines on gender policy;

  • A description of the relevant legal and ethical frameworks and procedures needed to perform the research;

3. Information on Nordic and Russian researchers involved in the collaboration:

  • a short CVs of Nordic and Russian Project leaders (no more than 2 pages per person, including only main publications);

  • a list of Nordic and Russian researchers participating in the project;

4. Information from the Russian partners (free format, 1-2 pages):

  • research being conducted, areas of specialty and expected contribution to the collaboration;

  • participants and merits;

  • information on whether there are existing contacts between the Nordic and Russian environments;

5. A Letter(s) of Support (confirmation about funding available from the Russian partner in the project);

6. A budget with specified description of the planned use of funding.

Processing of proposals

Applicants must submit their proposals electronically through the NordForsk application portal no later than 4 April 2018 at 14:00 (CEST).

The proposals will be scientifically assessed according to the provided evaluation criteria. NordForsk's guidelines on impartiality will be applied at all stages of the assessment process.

The funding decisions will be taken by the Nordic-Russian Committee, consisting of members appointed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Grant decisions will be taken in summer 2018.

Assessment criteria

The proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Based on the scientific report from 2016-2017, fulfilment of the objectives of the original joint Nordic-Russian research project;

  • Added value of the proposed continuation of the joint Nordic-Russian research activities;

  • Feasibility, including budget;

  • Gender balance and gender perspectives.

The Nordic-Russian Committee will assess the overall strategic value of the proposals.

Monitoring of the funded projects

Contracts with grant-holders will be drawn up as soon as possible after the funding decisions have been taken. NordForsk is responsible for administrative follow-up of the projects. The projects are required to provide a final report within three months after the project period has ended. The projects are expected to participate in joint programme activities, when relevant, as well as engage in efforts to disseminate the results of the collaboration.

Responsible advisor:

Kaisa Vaahtera, Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 91148694

Technical support

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