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Call: Joint Nordic-UK Migration and Integration Research Programme: A Call for Pre-proposals for Research Projects


The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
15.11.2018 14:00
Available budget

NOK 65 million is available under this call. The plans are to fund 5-6 Nordic or Nordic-UK research projects.

Project duration

Applicants should apply for funding for up to four years, with project start-up from 1 January 2020, and as soon as possible thereafter. NordForsk will manage the commissioning process on behalf of all funding partners.

Consortium requirements

Please see eligibility criteria.

Contact

Responsible advisers:

Siri Bjarnar, Senior Adviser
E-mail: siri.bjarnar@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 91316554

Lise-Lotte Wallenius, Senior Adviser
Email: Lise-Lotte.Wallenius@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 915 81 993

Technical support:
E-mail: support@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 905 51 520

Background

NordForsk, in collaboration with the Academy of Finland, the Swedish Research Council, Forte of Sweden, the Research Council of Norway, RANNÍS of Iceland, and the Economic and Social Research Council, Part of UK Research and Innovation is issuing a call for proposals for research projects under the Joint Nordic-UK Migration and Integration Research Programme.

The past decades have witnessed a significant increase in human migration for a variety of reasons worldwide. Both previous migration and the recent large influx of refugees to Europe have had significant economic, socio-political and cultural impacts on the Nordic region and the UK as well as in other European countries. European societies have been impacted to varying degrees as a result of forced and voluntary migration, but they all share similar opportunities and challenges in terms of integration and settlement, access to labour markets, health services, housing and education to name some examples.

Collaboration between researchers in the Nordic countries and the UK can create outcomes and impact of greater value for the countries involved than could be achieved through national activities alone. Examples of such added value could be building critical mass, networking, sharing data, infrastructures and resources, and enhancing scientific excellence as well as creating societal impact and contributing to research-based policymaking.

Aim of the Call and Thematic Framework

The aim of the programme is to stimulate the knowledge communities in the Nordic countries and the United Kingdom to cooperate in order to enhance opportunities and address challenges of migration and integration. The main objectives of the programme are to enhance Nordic and British research collaboration and to fund excellent research with impact within and beyond academia.

Research collaboration and knowledge-sharing between the Nordic countries and the United Kingdom can create new insights that build upon and further extend knowledge to better equip all actors to address the challenges of increased migration and to capitalise on the opportunities that this brings.

The programme encourages collaboration between established and early career researchers to build future capacity in the area. Increased international collaboration and researcher mobility will strengthen ties between the participating countries and the potential for evidence-informed policymaking.

The programme welcomes proposals from all research disciplines and encourages inter-disciplinary, intersectional and comparative approaches to both integration and forced and voluntary migration. Comparisons can be made within and between migrant groups and/or with populations in sending, transit and receiving countries. Intersectionality refers to how factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, class, faith, religion and sexual orientation might combine to affect experiences of migration and integration.

The call seeks to further theoretical and methodological innovation in studies of migration and integration, in relation to the targeted themes of the programme, listed below. Furthermore, ethical issues must be addressed appropriately. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate into the project design early, continuous and active engagement with stakeholders, such as policymakers, migrant communities and civil society.

Targeted themes

The programme focuses on the following targeted themes:

  • Drivers for migration and global, regional and local migration chains and patterns

  • Health and wellbeing among migrants

  • Social cohesion and inequality

  • Social and family relations

  • Histories of migrants, migration and integration

  • Migrant cultural heritages and contemporary cultural expressions

  • Politics and governance of migration and integration

Proposals must address one or more of these targeted themes.

Communication and knowledge exchange

The projects must have a detailed communication and knowledge exchange strategy. Where appropriate, the strategy should describe the processes by which research-based knowledge can feed into practice and policy in collaboration with stakeholders. The creation of new models of collaboration between research and practice is encouraged.

Financial framework

Applicants are invited to apply for funding to establish a Nordic or Nordic-UK research project with a budget of maximum NOK 13 million and a duration of up to four years. The intention is to provide funding for 5-6 research projects, subject to quality, under this call.

Applicants invited to submit the Call phase 2 will be asked to provide a detailed budget.

Funding may be used for:

  • Salaries and indirect costs (including overheads);

  • PhD (only in the Nordic countries) and post-doctoral positions;

  • Research-related costs (such as data collection and analysis, Open Access charges);

  • Project-related costs (such as collaboration with stakeholders, communication, dissemination and knowledge exchange activities and other relevant costs);

  • Travel/accommodation costs and mobility for the consortium partners;

  • Travel/accommodation costs for international participants;

  • Administrative expenses.

The research consortium is expected to contribute a significant amount of its own financing in addition to the NordForsk funding it receives. UK applicants are subject to the UKRI Full Economic Costing model where 20% of the full costs of a project are funded by the research organisation(s) applying. For applicants from other countries no fixed percentage is set. The contribution from the consortium partners must be documented in the budget specified in the application form (Call phase 2: Full Proposals).

Funding will be granted for Nordic or Nordic-UK research collaborations, as specified in the proposal. Partner institutions outside the Nordic countries or the UK may participate with their own funding. Salaries for applicants not affiliated to a research institution in the Nordic countries or in the UK cannot be claimed as part of the project costs, however travel and accommodation costs may be covered*.

*For UK teams the ESRC rules on the inclusion of international Co-Investigators will apply.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding from the Joint Nordic-UK Research Programme on Migration and Integration, the following conditions must be met:

  • Proposals must be submitted electronically through NordForsk Application Portal by the call deadline.

  • All proposals must be written in English and follow the structure set out in the application form available on the NordForsk Call and Application Portal.

  • The research project must include cooperation partners from institutions in at least three Nordic countries or two Nordic countries and the UK. Nordic countries are defined here as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands.

  • The host institution (Project Owner) for the research project must be a research institution based in one of the countries co-funding the call: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the UK. The project leader must be a qualified researcher at the host institution.

  • Individual researchers may only participate in one proposal under this call. However, research institutions may be affiliated with more than one application.

  • Researchers and research groups must be based at institutions of higher education, other research institutions, or other organisations with a strong research focus.

  • In addition, the full proposal (Call phase 2) must include a signed Letter of Commitment from each partner institution. Letters of Commitment must be signed by a person authorised to take on financial commitments on behalf of the institution for the entire duration of the project.

Applications that do not fulfil the above criteria will not be processed.

Submission of proposals

The Project Leader must submit the application form and the annexes on behalf of the research consortium electronically through NordForsk Application Portal.

Phase 1: Pre-proposals

Applicants must submit phase 1 proposals electronically through the NordForsk Call and Application Portal no later than 14.00 CET on 15 November 2018. To access the application form, the Project Leader must register as a user at the NordForsk Call and Application Portal.

The proposal must contain all supporting documents as requested below:

  • NordForsk pre-proposal form in application portal.

  • Preliminary research plan focusing on the project idea and its innovative potential (max four pages including references).

  • Description of the planned consortium (max one page).

  • CV, including a short list of max ten publications (max three pages for Project Leader and max one page for each key researcher).

Phase 2: Full proposals (by invitation only)

The invited applicants must submit a full proposal electronically through the NordForsk Call and Application Portal no later than 13.00 CEST on 3 May 2019.It must contain all supporting documents as requested below:

  • NordForsk full proposal form in application portal.

  • Research plan (max ten pages, including references).

  • Management plan (max two pages).

  • Communication and knowledge exchange strategy (max two pages).

  • An overall budget detailing the expected costs for the project.

  • A specification of how the costs will be distributed among the different funding sources, including funding sought from NordForsk. The project partners' own contribution (cash and in-kind) to the project must be documented (see instructions in the application portal).

  • Budget forms from each partner organisation.

  • Justification of Resources (max two pages).

  • CV, including a short list of max 10 publications (max three pages for Project Leader and max one page for each key researcher).

  • Description of research teams, and gender balance in the project consortium (standard template) Please consult the NordForsk's guidelines on gender policy.

  • Letters of Commitment.

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

  • A plan for contributing to open science based on Science Europe Principles on Open Access to Research Publications.

  • A description of gender perspectives in the proposed research.

Processing of proposals

NordForsk's guidelines on impartiality will be applied to handle possible conflicts of interest.

The process of evaluating the proposals will be administered by NordForsk. The process leading up to a funding decision includes the following steps:

Phase 1: Pre-proposals

  • Eligibility: Pre-proposals will be examined to check eligibility and adherence to the requirements of this call. Only applications which meet all the conditions set out in this call text will be eligible and will be included in the evaluation procedure.

  • Peer review panel: Eligible pre-proposals will be evaluated by an external, international expert panel. The panel will use the phase 1 assessment criteria described below.

  • Programme committee: The programme committee, comprised of representatives from the funding partners, will assess the projects' relevance to the call and the added value of the proposed research for the Nordic region and the UK. Based upon this assessment and the peer review, the programme committee will then recommend to NordForsk which phase 1 applicants to invite to apply to phase 2. The number of proposals invited to participate in phase 2 will be approximately two to three times the projected number of funded research projects.

Phase 2: Full proposals (by invitation only)

  • Eligibility: Full proposals will be examined to check eligibility and adherence to the requirements of this call. Only applications which meet all the conditions set out in this call text will be eligible and will be included in the evaluation procedure.

  • Individual expert review: Each eligible proposal will be evaluated by three individual international experts. The individual experts will use the phase 2 assessment criteria described below.

  • Rebuttal: Anonymised individual expert review comments will be sent to the Project Leaders for their responses. All Project Leaders will have the opportunity to formulate an 800-word rebuttal after receiving the reviewers' comments. The applicants will be informed in advance approximately when they will receive the individual expert reviews.

  • Peer review panel: The proposals will be evaluated by an international expert panel. The panel will use in their evaluation the individual expert statements and rebuttal comments from the applicants. The panel will use the phase 2 assessment criteria described below.

  • Programme committee: The programme committee will make a final funding recommendation based on the panel evaluation and criteria described below.

  • Funding decisions: Based on the recommendation from the programme committee, the NordForsk Board will make a final funding decision in autumn 2019.

The funding decision will be announced in late 2019. All applicants will receive written feedback from the expert panel.

NordForsk will initiate contract negotiations with the host organisations for the proposals selected for funding.

Assessment criteria

All eligible proposals will be rated using a scale 1-7 (1=poor; 2= weak, 3= fair 4= good, 5= very good, 6= excellent, 7= outstanding) based on the criteria described below, and a written statement will be provided.

Phase 1: Pre-proposals

International experts will assess the phase 1 proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Research idea and originality;

  • Relevance to the themes of the call for proposals;

  • Added value of the proposed research collaboration for the Nordic region and the UK;

  • Competence of the Project Leader and key researchers.

The programme committee will assess:

  • Relevance to the themes of the call;

  • Added value of the proposed research collaboration for the Nordic region and the UK.

Phase 2: Full proposals (by invitation only)

Individual experts and an international expert panel will assess the phase 2 proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality of the research proposal

  • Quality of the research team and, if relevant, measures to improve gender balance of the project team composition

  • Relevance to the themes of the call for proposals

  • Feasibility and rigour of the project plan in relation to proposed resources (human resources, budget, schedule)/ Value for money

  • Expected research results, societal relevance and potential for impact

  • Contribution to Open Science

  • Communication and knowledge exchange strategy (including cooperation between migrants/stakeholders and researchers)

  • How gender perspectives will be incorporated into the research and the organisation of the research project in line with the the NordForsk Gender Policy

  • Ethical aspects

  • Added value of the proposed research collaboration for the Nordic region and the UK

The programme committee will assess:

In addition, the programme committee will pursue a thematically balanced portfolio of the funded projects, whilst maintaining research scientific quality as the primary criterion.

Monitoring of the Research Projects

NordForsk is responsible for the administrative follow-up of the research projects.

NordForsk negotiates and signs the contract with the host institutions on behalf of the funding partners. This contract will set out the specific funding rates and details in accordance with NordForsk Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract. A consortium agreement regulates the relationships between the host institution and the other institutions involved in the individual research project.

The research projects are monitored through annual reporting consisting of a scientific progress report and a financial report. NordForsk will fund the research projects on a yearly basis based on the recommendation by the programme committee.

An external mid-term evaluation of the progress of the research projects will be conducted in 2022. Further detail of monitoring requirements will be made available to successful projects.

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