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Call: Researcher Networks 2010

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
25.03.2010 17:00
Call description

NordForsk aims to bring together prominent research groups in the Nordic and Baltic countries in order to strengthen and increase the quality of research and research training on Nordic, European and international levels.

NordForsk researcher networks should aim to establish joint research training in a given field, to consolidate research as a basis for joint European or international projects, or to strengthen a given field of research in order to establish an excellent researcher network.

It is decisive that PhD students and young researchers participate actively, and that the networks result in constructive cooperation extending beyond the period of NordForsk financing.

The Call is open to applications in any field of research.

Economic framework
  • A NordForsk researcher network may receive up to NOK 300.000 per year for up to three years.
  • The applied amount should reflect the number of participants and type of planned activities.
  • NordForsk intends to fund 35 new researcher networks in 2010.
  • The network grant is a flexible grant scheme used to cover direct costs in relation to various forms of cooperation, including direct administrative costs (max 10 % of the grant).
  • The funding may not be spent on salaries, equipment, publications, taxes (e.g. ‘högskolemoms’), overhead or similar costs.
  • Research groups residing outside the Nordic region are welcome to join the network, however, the NordForsk grant will not cover their costs.
Call conditions
  • Established researchers at universities and other research institutions in the Nordic and Baltic countries are eligible to apply for support for NordForsk networks.
  • Participation from the Baltic countries requires that the Baltic country/ countries cover 100 % of the Baltic part of the concrete Baltic project activity costs. The funding should be documented in the budget plan as well as in the project reports.
  • 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 in a Baltic country, but research groups outside the Nordic and Baltic countries may also participate.
  • NordForsk encourages applicants to
    • include more than three Nordic countries
    • collaborate on special equipment and other research infrastructure
    • have a multidisciplinary approach
    • involve both research and innovation
    • unite academia and industry (or business)
  • The network should maintain a website on which information regarding the network's activities and results is provided on a regular basis. The website should be linked to NordForsk's website.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the NordForsk Application Portal no later than 16.00 CET on 25 March 2010. Applications have to be submitted in English.

Evaluation criteria

Relevance to the call

  • To what extent does the application increase the quality of research and training on a Nordic and international level? 
  • To what extent does the project result in constructive cooperation that can extend beyond the period of NordForsk financing?
  • To what extent do PhD students and young researchers participate actively? Research and network activity plan 
  • Scientific quality and feasibility of the research and activity plan (including creativity and innovativeness)
  • The probability of achieving synergistic scientific benefits and added value through Nordic cooperation, i.e. “Nordic strength”
  • Prominence and quality of the research training component. Industry contacts, new fields of research
  • How is the gender perspective taken into account in the composition of the participants in the activity?
  • Do the structure and details of the budget match the depicted project plan? Merits of the applicants, management and project organisation
  • Scientific experience of the project leader (experience in scientific collaboration, researcher training, publications, etc.)
  • Composition and scholarly competence of the coordinating group
  • Are all the relevant research groups involved? Is the network able to combine its expertise? Are the practical plans adequate?
Max applied amount (NOK)
Decsions will be made by
June/ July 2010. Granted networks are expected to start their activities during autumn 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