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Call: Collaboration Projects Green Growth in an Era of Climate Change

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
15.03.2013 14:00
Who can apply?

The call is open to international consortia of researchers and research groups from various sectors, including institutions of higher education, e.g., universities and other research institutions, public or private enterprises, and other organisations with a strong research focus. The formal applicant must be a legal entity based in one of the Nordic countries (*). The consortium must involve partners from at least three Nordic countries.

(*) Nordic is defined here as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the autonomous areas Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands.


The Nordic Top-Level Research Initiative (TRI) is the largest Nordic-funded research programme to date within the fields of climate, energy and the environment. The initiative was launched by the Nordic Prime Ministers in 2008, and is supported by national institutions and agencies. The initiative promotes research and innovation at the highest level.

The overall aim of the TRI is to address major environmental, climate and energy challenges, with a view to societal relevance and implications as well as economic growth. Major importance is attached to a close partnership with industry and the public sector to ensure the application and utilisation of research results. The TRI also aims to provide a Nordic platform as a basis for increased international cooperation, both within the EU and beyond.

For more information on the TRI, please refer to

The aim of the call
The aim of the present call is to support the Nordic societies in developing new and sustainable solutions fostering green growth through: - Building further on strengths achieved within Nordic research cooperation on Climate, Energy and the Environment - Strengthening the cooperation between the various themes under the TRI - Consolidating the interaction between society, academia and industry within these fields
Thematic framework

The present call invites high quality and innovative research proposals, which combine a Green Growth perspective with the aims of the two TRI sub-programmes "Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change" and "Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere".

Applicants are welcome to submit proposals within this broad thematic framework, which incorporates the following mandatory components of cooperation:
- Relevance to Green Growth (as referred to in the 2011 report by the Nordic Prime Ministers' Working Group for Green Growth:; Priority item number 2, "Working together on Education, Training and research for Green Growth", is of particular relevance)
- Involvement of users of knowledge, including relevant industrial sectors
- Synergies with and links to relevant ongoing research projects/ initiatives in the Nordic countries
- Projects funded should take a multidisciplinary approach, and foster cooperation between natural sciences and humanities/ social sciences
- Projects funded should support open access to scientific data and tools, cf. Annex 1 For more information on the thematic framework, please refer to Annex 1 in the Appendix below.

The call is open to larger projects comprising collaboration of research teams from various sectors, including institutions of higher education, such as universities and other research institutions, public or private enterprises and other organisations with a strong research focus. Strong user involvement in the project is a pre-requisite. Projects should include various components of cooperation, such as research and pre-competitive activities, as well as networking activities and Private-Public Partnership projects, including academia-industry mobility.
Financial framework

Funding within the call is granted for Nordic collaboration as described and accounted for in the proposal. Applicants present the total budget of the described activities in the proposal, including a specification of the amount of funding requested from the TRI. The evaluation of the project plan includes an evaluation of the feasibility of the budget.

In order to secure the new projects a firm basis in ongoing research and innovation initiatives, own financial contribution of minimum 25 - 50 % of the total budget is required, either as in-kind contribution or from other external sources.

Any costs related to Nordic collaboration can be funded, with the exception of:
- Marketing costs
- Investment or product development within individual companies
- Consulting - Major investments in infrastructure and equipment

The call is funded through a common pot provided by the funding partners of the TRI, and governed by its Management Board. The budget of the call comprises 34 MNOK from the TRI. In addition, NordForsk has allocated 10 MNOK to the call for strengthening research-driven innovation and cooperation within the knowledge triangle on the themes of the call.

Projects that include cooperation with research environments in the Russian Federation can additionally receive top-up funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research, under the condition that this cooperation is presented in the application and the Russian partners submit an Expression of Interest including a confirmation of own funding available.

Eligibility criteria

- Researchers and research groups based at institutions of higher education, e.g., universities and other research institutions, or at public or private enterprises, or other organisations with a strong research focus, are eligible to apply for funding.
- The formal applicant must be a legal entity based in one of the Nordic countries, Nordic being defined as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the autonomous areas Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands.
- The formal applicant is the organisation which will enter into a contract with NordForsk (on behalf of the TRI) and will be responsible for the administration of the project. This is also the organisation to which the grant will be transferred. A pre-requisite for the grant is that the formal applicant signs a consortium agreement with the project consortium proposed in the application.
- The project consortium must consist of research groups or researchers from at least three Nordic countries in order to be granted funding. Projects are strongly encouraged to include partners from countries beyond the Nordic region, on the condition that Non-Nordic partners can document their financial contribution to the total budget of the project.
- A budget showing the anticipated total costs of the project, including a specification of the requested funding from the TRI must be submitted. The partners' own financial contributions (cash and in-kind) should also be accounted for in the proposal. Financial own contribution of minimum 25 %, but preferably up to 50 %, of the total budget is required, either as in-kind contribution or from other external sources.
- Funding will be provided for maximum three years.
- The project proposal must contain a plan on how to ensure open access to research results and a data management plan.

For more information, please refer to Annex 2 in the Appendix below.

In addition, projects must maintain high ethical standards, and take relevant gender and environmental aspects into consideration.

Evaluation criteria

- Relevance to the present call for proposals.
- Quality of the project plan, including scientific excellence and novelty, multi-disciplinarity.
- Quality of the consortium, including competence and relevant experience of the individual participants; balance and complementarity of the consortium as a whole; leadership skills and skills related to project management and operation; planned organisation of the project, including mobility, networking and support of researcher careers; international cooperation and networking.
- Feasibility and soundness of the project plan in relation to proposed resources (human resources, budget, schedule, infrastructure) and in relation to synergies with other relevant (Nordic, European and/ or international) initiatives.
- Expected results and impact, including applicability; market orientation; active industrial participation and relevance; relevance to knowledge users; expected scientific, economic, environmental and societal impact of the cooperation.
- Added value of the Nordic cooperation, including justification as to why the project should be carried out as a joint Nordic effort and how the results will benefit the Nordic countries.

Evaluation procedure

Proposals should be submitted electronically through NordForsk Application Portal ( no later than 15 March 2013 14:00 CET. Proposals must be submitted in English. No attachments are allowed, unless specifically requested in the application form. The application form is based on the eligibility criteria and evaluation criteria stated above, and can be found in its complete form at NordForsk Application Portal. In order to access the application form you must register as a user at NordForsk Application Portal and create an application draft.

Applications will be evaluated by international experts (peer review), and the final funding decision will be made by the TRI Management Board. The decision will be communicated to the applicants early summer 2013, and NordForsk on behalf of the TRI will sign contracts with the granted projects and their host entities shortly thereafter.

Max applied amount (NOK)
Responsible adviser

Head of EU-Nordic relations Marianne Røgeberg
Phone: +47 905 37 041

Senior Adviser Harry Zilliacus
Phone: +47 948 38 681

NordForsk, Stensberggata 25, 0170 Oslo, Tlf: +47 476 14 400, E-post:, Organisasjonsnummer: 971 274 255