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Call: Research Training Courses 2010

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
17.03.2010 16:00
Call description

NordForsk invites applications for funding for research training courses (PhD) from institutions in the Nordic and 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 may 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 Baltic countries, and should be specialised intensive courses (minimum 5 days) for PhD students and young researchers (at postdoctoral level).

Economic framework
  • Each research training course may be granted up to NOK 400.000. The applied amount should reflect the number of involved participants and type of planned activities.
  • The grant may be used on travel, accommodation and meals for the course participants, organisers and lecturers. In addition, the NordForsk grant may cover administrative costs (up to 10 % of the grant), as well as honoraria to the course lecturers.
  • The NordForsk grant does not cover salaries, overhead, taxes (including 'högskolemoms') or similar costs. Furthermore, the grant does not cover equipment or publishing.
  • Participation from the Baltic countries requires that the Baltic country/ countries cover 100 % of the Baltic part of the concrete Baltic project activity costs (including travel costs, also for students from the Baltic countries). The funding should be documented in the budget plan, as well as in the project report.
  • Participants from other European countries are welcome to join the project, but NordForsk requires such participants to pay their part of the project activity costs. - All students in the Nordic countries attending a course may participate for free.
  • Students outside the Nordic countries are welcome to join the courses, but NordForsk requires such participants to pay their own travel and accommodation costs.
Call conditions
  • Research training institutions in the Nordic countries are eligible to submit applications.
  • Participation must be from at least three Nordic countries or, alternatively, two Nordic countries and a Baltic country.
  • The coordinating institution must reside in one of the Nordic countries or a Baltic country, but research groups outside the Nordic and Baltic countries may also participate.
  • NordForsk encourages applicants to;
    • include international top researchers
    • include more than three Nordic countries
    • give students access to special equipment and other research infrastructure
    • have a multidisciplinary approach
    • involve both research and innovation, and to unite academia and business
  • The research training courses should take place in the Nordic region. Exceptions can be made from this rule in special cases, for example if the research training course is dependent on particular infrastructure located elsewhere.
  • All 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 from 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 from each of the participating 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 countries.
  • Lecturers are encouraged to be present during most part of the course, if possible.
  • The applicant should ensure that all institutions, groups and lecturers mentioned in the application have confirmed their willingness to participate.
  • NordForsk grants funding for research training courses one year at a time only.
  • Organisers of research training courses who have previously received funding from NordForsk must mention this in their application.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the NordForsk Application Portal no later than 16.00 CET on 17 March 2010. Applications have to be submitted in English.

Evaluation criteria
  • Relevance of the project for the discipline; choice of focus and level
  • Broad cooperation between the Nordic countries and/ or the adjacent areas
  • Scholarly competence of the project organisers
  • Scholarly competence of the course teachers
  • Quality of the scientific content of the course
  • A well-conceived course plan suggesting a reasonable promise of successful execution
  • The course merits support from Nordforsk
Max applied amount (NOK)
Decisions will be made by
June/ July 2010
Responsible adviser

Senior adviser Erlendur Helgason
Phone: +47 901 11 012

Responsible adviser

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