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Call: Nordic Energy Research - Call for proposals for planning grants in energy research

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
30.11.2018 14:00

Nordic Energy Research (NER) was established as an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1999. NER seeks to promote cooperative energy research and policy development in the Nordic region, as well as develop new knowledge about and solutions for the many aspects of the energy area affecting the Nordic countries. The Nordic region has positioned itself as a leader within the field of competitive and sustainable energy solutions. The critical issues of global competition and energy system transition must continue to be addressed to maintain this position and to reach EU's energy and climate targets for 2050.

All Nordic countries have adopted ambitious climate goals, in some cases even beyond EU targets. In a common effort to achieve these, much can be gained from Nordic and international collaboration. NER aspires to facilitate this process by bringing researchers and other relevant actors together, with a vision of extensive Nordic cooperation in world-class energy research and development.

Aim of the call and thematic framework

To further strengthen the Nordic countries position within the EU, as well as within international research, NER intends to support Nordic researchers in the planning of proposals for international calls. Funding will be provided to cover expenses related to the preparation and submission of a full proposal under a specified research call.

The research consortiums are invited to send their proposals to international calls such as the EU programme Horizon 2020 (e.g. Energy efficiency, Smart and clean energy for consumers) or initiatives related to the EU (e.g. ERA-net Smart Energy Systems, SOLAR-ERA.NET) or other relevant calls with themes regarding renewable energy, energy systems, sustainable energy transition and similar themes in the energy area.

NER is seeking innovative, high-quality, cross-disciplinary pre-proposals on topics of relevance to corresponding international calls. Involvement of young researchers, female researchers and participation from the Baltic countries is encouraged, as well as cooperation with international networks when relevant.

Please note that applicants awarded funding under this call must provide verification of submission of a proposal under the corresponding call. If verification is not submitted, the grant must be refunded to NER without delay.

Financial framework

The total funding available for this call is NOK 800 000.

Each pre-proposal may at maximum apply for a planning grant of NOK 50 000 under this call.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding, the following conditions must be met:

  • Proposals must be submitted electronically through NordForsk Call and Application Portal no later than 30 November 2018 14:00 CET.

  • Proposals must be submitted in English and follow the structure set out in the application form available on the NordForsk Call and Application portal.

  • Only attachments specifically requested in the application form are to be included.

  • One planning grant may be awarded per planned proposal.

  • Proposals must incorporate participants from legal entities in at least two Nordic countries.

  • The applicant legal entity must be based in a Nordic country.

  • The participants must be based at institutions of higher education, other research institutions, public or private enterprises or other organizations with a strong research focus.

The project partners that will receive funding in the project must be eligible for de-minimis state aid under European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013. [1] [2]


[1] Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are eligible for de-minimis funding (The most common barrier for applicants is that project partners cannot receive more than 200.000 EUR total under this provision over 3 years if the partner in question conducts economic activity. Public institutions, universities and non-profit organization are exempt.)

[2] Please notice that Nordic Energy Research is currently awaiting an official clarification regarding the European state aid law. Legal framework for funding might therefore be subject to change.

Applications should contain the following information
  • A description of the research idea for the planned proposal (max 2 A4 pages).

  • A preliminary project consortium with the main participating organisations.

  • A letter from the main organisations involved stating their intent to contribute to the planned proposal.

Assessment criteria

Applications for planning grants will be assessed on the basis of the planned proposal's potential for success under the corresponding call. The following criteria will be used:

  • Quality of the planned project, relevance to the corresponding call and innovativeness.

  • Expected impact of the project.

Assessment process

Incoming applications will be assessed by the NER administration continuously and successful pre-proposals will receive funding shortly after they have been approved. The call closes when the total available funding has been distributed, or no later than 30 November 2018 14:00 CET.

Nordic Energy Research's guidelines on impartiality will be applied at all stages of the assessment process.

Responsible adviser

Karina Barnholt Klepper
Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 918 71 051

Technical support

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