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Call: Research Training Courses 2009

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
11.03.2009 16:00
Call description

NordForsk invites applications for funding for research training (PhD) from institutions in the Nordic and the Baltic countries. The objective is to offer research training in fields that are difficult for the national research institutions to cover on their own.

The courses can be within all scientific areas, but areas where the Nordic countries are or have the potential to become internationally leading are prioritised. The research training courses usually take place in the Nordic or the Baltic countries, and should be specialised intensive courses (minimum 5 days) for PhD students and young researchers (at the post doc. level).

As a special effort Spring 2009, NordForsk provides 3,6 MNOK as earmarked funds for research training activities within the humanities and social sciences. Applications are invited from excellent Nordic research training environment within the humanities and social sciences, which aim to organise a joint research training course.

Economic framework


  • Up to NOK 400.000 can be granted to each research training course. The amount of funding applied for should correspond to the number of people involved in the network and the type of planned activities.
  • The grant can be spent on travel, accommodation and food for the course participants, organisers and lecturers. In addition NordForsk also covers administrative costs (up to 10 % of the grant), and the remuneration of the course organisers and lecturers.
  • NordForsk does not cover salaries, overhead, taxes (including ‘högskolemoms’) or similar costs. NordForsk does not cover equipment or publishing either.
  • Participation from the Baltic countries requires joint funding of at least 30% of the Baltic part of the concrete project activity costs. The joint funding should be documented in the budget plan as well as in the annual project reports.
  • All students attending a course may participate for free. However, students from the Baltic countries must pay 30% of their travel costs and students from other countries must pay their travel costs in full.
  • Other European countries are welcome to join the network but NordForsk requires these to pay their part of the project activity costs.
Call conditions


  • Research training institutions in the Nordic and the Baltic countries are eligible to submit applications. 
  • At least three countries should be represented, and at least two of them should be Nordic.
  • The coordinating institution must be from one of the Nordic or the Baltic countries, but research groups outside the Nordic and the Baltic countries can also participate.
  • NordForsk prioritises applications that include international top researchers;
    • that show how the research training course can contribute to making the Nordic countries internationally leading in a scientific field and why this scientific field is important for the future of the Nordic countries; that include more than three Nordic countries;
    • that involve research groups from the Baltic countries;
    • that have access to special equipment and other research infrastructure;
    • that have a multidisciplinary approach;
    • that involve both research and innovation and unite academia and business.
  • The research training courses must take place in the Nordic or the Baltic countries. Exceptions can be made from this rule in special cases, for example if the research training course is dependent on particular infrastructure that is located elsewhere.
  • The research training courses must have a project leader responsible for the course and the course is to be organised by an institution engaged in research training.
  • An organising group with representatives of all the participating countries must be responsible for the content of the course.
  • The research training course must qualify for PhD points (ECTS) in the participants’ countries. The application must therefore include a contact person in each of the participant countries. The contact persons should be established researchers connected to the national research training in the field. The contact persons are responsible for recruiting potential course participants and distributing information about the course to relevant institutions.
  • Lecturers do not need to be from the Nordic or the Baltic countries.
  • Lecturers are encouraged to be present during most or the entire course.
  • The applicant should ensure that all the institutions, groups and lecturers that are mentioned in the application have confirmed their willingness to participate.
  • NordForsk grants funding for research training courses only for one year at a time.
  • The organisers of research training courses that have previously received funding from NordForsk must mention this in their applications.

Applications are to be submitted electronically in a web-based portal found here.

See also General guidelines for applicants.

Max applied amount (NOK)
Decisions will be made by
June / July 2009
Responsible adviser

Erlendur Helgason
Phone: +47 90 11 10 12

Responsible adviser

Simone Heinz
Phone: +47 90 84 53 82

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