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Call: Research Projects "Education for Tomorrow"


The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
15.05.2012 14:00
Who can apply?

Researchers and research groups at universities and other research institutions in the Nordic (*) countries are eligible to apply for funding. The formal applicant must be an institution, organisation or other legal entity based in one of the Nordic countries.

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

Call description

NordForsk in collaboration with the Academy of Finland; the Swedish Research Council; the Research Council of Norway; the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland; and the Danish Council for Strategic Research is issuing a call for proposals for research projects in a newly established programme entitled "Education for Tomorrow".

The programme's main objectives are to strengthen educational research, contribute to a knowledge-based policy for the educational sector and achieve widespread dissemination of project results.

The Nordic countries and their educational systems share important aims, roots and cultural characteristics. The countries all have a strong tradition of public educational systems from kindergarten to universities, and beyond, into life-long learning.

The programme aims both to enhance the understanding of education and educational systems and to explore their role as factors in tomorrow's society.

The programme seeks a forward-looking view and encourages reconceptualisation of the notion of education.

Funding is available under this call for large-scale Nordic research projects.

For more information on the background of the programme, please consult the Programme Memorandum attached in the Appendix below.

Thematic framework

To be eligible for funding, research projects and activities must support genuine Nordic cooperation, and should employ a range of innovative research methods and multi-level analyses that can potentially accommodate the entire educational system. Projects should incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to ensure the development of new knowledge from different perspectives. Novel methodologies, comparative studies, classroom studies and new ways of utilising existing data sources, e.g. combinations of existing Nordic databases and new observations, are encouraged. Gender issues, ethnicity, regional differences and socio-economic and cultural components also comprise important aspects of the programme. Apart from Finland, the Nordic educational systems perform similarly in international evaluations such as the PISA surveys. However, there is marked variation in performance between the Nordic schools.

Research questions to be addressed include how to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the Nordic educational systems using various types of measurement. Can the characteristics and variations be accounted for through investigation of systemic issues or, perhaps, by observing what takes place within the schools or the classrooms? How are educational outcomes influenced by leadership and management issues? What is the impact of teacher education and professional development on educational outcomes? What kind of effects do new teaching and learning methods, such as the use of ICT, have on the educational outcomes? To what extent do current education and educational systems contribute to marginalisation? Furthermore, what are the links between changes in the labour market and drop-outs in upper secondary school and vocational training?

New insights are being sought in various areas such as:
- Teaching and learning: new contexts, contents and methods
- Leadership and management: new instruments and incentives
- Governance: internationalisation and multi-level governance
- Education and the welfare state
- Equity and equal access

The programme seeks to develop new knowledge from different perspectives. Thus, interdisciplinary projects and proposals that extend across more than one thematic area will be viewed in a particularly favourable light.

Financial framework

The call is funded through a common pot provided by the funding partners, and administered by NordForsk. The total budget for the call is approximately NOK 35 million, and the research projects may apply for individual funding of up to NOK 7 million. Approximately NOK 2 million is earmarked for studies focusing on drops-outs.

Funding is granted for Nordic research collaboration, and this shall be described and accounted for in the proposal.

Applicants are asked to provide a budget for the anticipated total costs of the project, including a specification of the amount of funding requested from NordForsk.

The evaluation of the research plan includes an evaluation of the feasibility of the proposed budget.

Funding from NordForsk may be used to cover costs related to the project such as salary costs, mobility and networking costs, publication and dissemination costs, and the cost of procuring smaller-scale equipment.

Eligibility criteria

- Researchers and research groups at universities and other research institutions in the Nordic (*) countries are eligible to apply for funding. The formal applicant must be an institution, organisation or other legal entity based in one of the Nordic countries. (*) Nordic is defined here as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the autonomous areas, Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands.
- Projects must have participation from at least three Nordic countries in order to be granted funding. The Project Leader must be a researcher based at a research institution in a Nordic country. The institution will enter into a contract with NordForsk and will be responsible for the administration of the project. This is also the institution to which NordForsk will transfer the grant.
- A budget showing the anticipated total costs of the project, including a specification of the requested funding from NordForsk ,must be submitted. The partners' own contributions (cash and in-kind) shall also be accounted for in the proposal.
- The proposed duration of the research projects is three to four years.
- Projects must maintain high ethical standards (good researcher ethics and adequate consideration of ethical questions of relevance to the project), and this must be described in the project proposal.
- Project proposals must include a description of relevant gender aspects of the research as well as of the project organisation.

Evaluation criteria

- Relevance to the call for proposals and to the aims of the programme
- Quality of the proposal including originality and innovativeness of the research
- Interdisciplinarity of the project including a description of how genuine, integrated interaction between different disciplines and fields of research will be achieved
- Competence of the applicants including scientific merits and output, academic leadership, and experience and skills related to project management and operation
- Expected results and impact including long-term scientific, societal and economic 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
- Feasibility of the project plan in relation to proposed resources (human resources, budget, schedule)
- Organisation of the Nordic project, including research environment, personnel and use of joint Nordic infrastructure
- Dissemination and communication plan

Evaluation procedure

Proposals shall be submitted electronically using NordForsk Application Portal no later than 14:00 CET on 15 May 2012. Proposals must be submitted in English. No attachments are allowed, unless specifically requested in the application form.

The final funding decision will be made by the NordForsk Board in September 2012 following external peer review. The decision will be communicated to the applicants, and NordForsk will initiate contract negotiations with the granted projects and their host institutions shortly thereafter.

Max applied amount (NOK)
7000000
Responsible adviser

Senior adviser Lotta Strandberg
E-mail: lotta.strandberg@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 928 36 522

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