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Call: Research Projects "Nutrition, Learning and Health"


The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
15.05.2012 14:00
Who is eligible to 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, on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), hereby invites proposals within the Nordic globalisation initiative "Health and Welfare". This call constitutes a second part of the sub-project entitled "Nutrition, Learning and Health". The main objective of the sub-project is to generate better research-based knowledge about the connection between nutrition, learning and health among children and young people in the Nordic countries. In autumn 2011, the first phase of the "Nutrition, Learning and Health" sub-project was finalised. The report entailed compilation of an overview of the different Nordic approaches to and regulation of meals in schools and pre-schools, as well as of the present knowledge base regarding the effects and results of these practices. NordForsk has been asked to implement the second phase of the sub-project.

The aim of the call is to fund interdisciplinary research projects which study the conditions around meals in schools and pre-schools and their impact on learning in the Nordic countries.

Special emphasis should be given to topics such as:
- Different models for organising meals in schools and their impact on learning, e.g. learning capacity throughout the school day
- The connection between homes and schools with respect to the type of meals and food served in schools in Nordic societies
- The link between meals in schools and questions regarding exercise and sports, physical health, and pupils' notions of their physical appearances and bodies

Ethnicity, gender and socio-economic division are important in this context, and should be considered and assessed in the research projects. The granted project(s) are to culminate in a publication in the Nordic Council of Ministers' TemaNord publication series.

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

Financial framework

The total budget for the call is NOK 4 million, and the research projects may apply for individual funding of up to NOK 4 million.

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 two 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)
4000000
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