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Call: Step2 TFI NCoE "Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change"


The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
17.06.2010 16:00
Full call title
Top-level Research Initiative: Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) Programme on Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change
Call description

The Top-level Research Initiative launches a call for Nordic Centres of Excellence on Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change.

The Top-level Research Initiative is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date. The initiative is a Nordic contribution towards solving the global climate crisis and intends to promote research and innovation within the region. For more information: www.toppforskningsinitiativet.org/no

The TFI sub-programme "Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change" aims to improve knowledge about society's capacities for adaptation, and the risks and opportunities that the effects of climate change may bring the Nordic region.

A NCoE within this call is expected to cover topic areas of one or several of the following keywords:
- Adaptation supported by effect studies
- Adaptation to the consequences of climate change concerning land, coastal areas, or cities
- Opportunities that climate change might open for the Nordic countries
Effects of climate change can include impacts on nature, ecosystems, society and economy.

The Programme is a combination of natural/ technical science and social science/ humanities, and interdisciplinary applications will be encouraged. Participants from industry, policy makers and societal actors should be included in the NCoE when relevant. Societal impact is important.

The aim of the Nordic Centres of Excellence Programme is to increase the scientific quality, efficiency, competitiveness and visibility of Nordic research through enhanced collaboration between Nordic countries. A NCoE consists of prominent research groups from at least three Nordic countries, forming a physical or virtual centre with common objectives and coordination.

The application procedure is in two stages and the deadline for applications to the second stage is 17 June 2010 (16:00 CET). It is not possible to send attachments in the electronic application system. If you want to add an attachment to your application, you can send it by e-mail to support@nordforsk.org with the project title and application id as reference. There is a limit to one attachment per application. Please note that evaluators can choose to read attachments but they don’t have to. You should therefore submit all necessary information within your application in the electronic application system.

Funding framework

- The budget of the present NCoE Call is 90 MNOK aiming to finance 3 - 4 NCoEs
- The duration of a NCoE is 5 years
- The general principle is that funded activities should support genuine Nordic cooperation, i.e., the Nordic funding should enhance relevant national activities and add important Nordic dimensions. A particular NCoE thus must have existing basic funding originating from national sources (including national budgetary funding of the host institutes, other public funding, or private funding) and possibly also international sources (e.g. EU). The NCoE funding will be supplementary and will be used for the activities with the specific aim of creating Nordic strength for research teams to adopt a leading role internationally
- The flexible scheme of the grant implies that eligible activities may be allocated to direct costs of the Nordic collaboration:
* Researcher and key staff training, including support for Nordic doctoral courses arranged by the NCoE
* Fellowships for visiting senior scientists
* Fellowships for post docs and PhD students
* In specific cases, part-time salary for researchers (20 - 50 % of full salary), not associated with mobility can be applied for
* Extra management and coordination costs within a centre, including network meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. Salary costs for a coordinator may also be included under this point, but should be kept as moderate as possible
* Miscellaneous costs for activities providing added Nordic strength to the NCoE
- Fellowships include both, short-term and long-term (full) fellowships. Fellowships are meant to increase mobility and knowledge transfer between countries, and it is therefore assumed that a researcher moves to another country than the country of residence or of affiliation when receiving the fellowship grant. Fellowship costs can also include a resettlement grant intended to meet the additional costs of living abroad for the researcher and possibly the family of the researcher
- Research groups from non-Nordic countries may participate in the consortium, but have to cover their project costs themselves. However, fellowships for visiting scientists, post docs and PhD students can be awarded to residents from both Nordic and other countries
- The funding from the NCoE Programme is not granted to cover running costs of the research units
- If a NCoE uses its programme funding to recruit PhD students or post docs, open calls for applications shall be organised
- The overhead rate for salaries is 20 %. In addition, maximum 10 % of the grant can be used to cover direct administrative costs. The percentage of 10 % is based on the grant excluding costs related to salary (salaries and 20 % overhead of salaries)

Call conditions

- The call is open to established researchers and research groups at academic institutions, research institutes or authorities within the Nordic region. The main applicant must be an institution, an organisation or other legal entity in one of the Nordic countries
- The proposal must involve collaboration between at least three Nordic countries
- Beyond the partnerships of the Centre, it is highly encouraged that the Centres involve and draw on their relevant European and international contacts
- Each NCoE is expected to cover parts of the keywords as described in the call text.
- The NCoE should maintain a website at which information is continuously provided on the activities and results of the NCoE. The website should be linked to the homepage of TFI www.toppforskningsinitiativet.org/no
- Applicants must provide a complete proposal according to the two following documents:
1) NCoE Programme Memorandum "Top-level Research Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment: Nordic Centre of Excellence Programme (NCoE) on Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change". The document describes the objectives, the organisation and structure of this NCoE programme
2) the TFI General Guidelines for Applicants (sub-programme I and II)
- It is necessary to read the NCoE Programme Memorandum and the TFI General Guidelines for Applicants (sub-programme I and II), which can both be found in the appendix below
- Applications have to be submitted before the submission deadline using the NordForsk Application Portal. Only complete applications will be processed
- Granted NCoEs are expected to start their activities by the end of 2010/ beginning of 2011

Evaluation criteria

The most important evaluation criteria are the scientific quality of the research plan, its relevance to the call topics and the international status of the senior researchers in the respective fields of research within the proposed NCoE, as well as the potential to further develop scientific excellence.

The proposals will be evaluated on basis of:

Research idea and plan
* the quality and feasibility of the research plan
* relevance of the research plan to some of the call topics
* scientific added value and originality, possibilities for major scientific break-through
* added value through Nordic collaboration and to Nordic society
* utilisation or implementation of the research results in society

Scientific merits and output of the leader and the senior researchers
* quality and quantity of scientific output
* international status and scientific leadership of researchers in their own field of research

Research environment
* critical mass appropriate to the field in question
* cooperation between the researchers of the different Nordic countries in the proposed NCoE
* premises, instrumentation, special equipment and other infrastructure
* activity, nature and volume of international cooperation
* mobility of the researchers
* interdisciplinary synergies

Researcher training
* demonstrated skills in researcher training
* ratio of students and supervisors
* organized and committed cooperation in relation to researcher training
* creative and innovative ideas
* practical and adequate arrangements/ plans including tutoring

Management and operation of NCoEs
* leadership qualifications of coordinator and team leaders
* a plan for the management of the Centre
* a plan on how to create and maintain cohesion between research groups of the NCoE candidate
* a plan on how synergetic benefits and added value through Nordic collaboration, may be achieved and utilised
* a plan for scientific and public dissemination
* a strategy how to accomplish long-term collaboration beyond the financing period of the Centre

For general criteria applying to all activities within the Top-level Research Initiative, please see the "General Guidelines for Applicants within the Top-level Research Initiative (Sub-programme I and II)".

Max applied amount
The budget of the present NCoE Call is 90 MNOK aiming to finance 3 - 4 NCoEs.
Time plan
The final funding decision will be made by the Programme Committee in October 2010 following external peer review. The TFI Secretariat will then conduct contract negotiations with the NCoEs and their host organisations. Granted NCoEs are expexted to start their activities by the end of 2010 / beginning of 2011.
Responsible adviser

Senior adviser Harry Zilliacus
E-mail: harry.zilliacus@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 948 38 681

Responsible adviser

Senior adviser Michael Andersson
E-mail: michael.andersson@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 941 68 547

Appendix
NordForsk, Stensberggata 25, 0170 Oslo, Tlf: +47 476 14 400, E-post: support@nordforsk.org, Organisasjonsnummer: 971 274 255