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Call: Planning Grants in Societal security

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
11.03.2016 13:00

The objective of the multidisciplinary research programme on societal security is to develop new knowledge about and solutions for the many aspects of societal security affecting the Nordic countries. Given that today's societal security challenges are transboundary by nature, there is much to be gained from Nordic and international collaboration.

Societal security comprises the ability of a society to sustain vital societal functions and secure its population's life, health, needs and basic values under extraordinary stresses, known as crises. This research programme addresses questions of vulnerabilities, resilience and capabilities for crisis management related to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

The Nordic countries have cooperated closely in the area of societal security for decades. In recent years, this tradition of practical and problem-focused cooperation across national borders has been strengthened through several political initiatives, e.g. the Haga Declaration in 2009 and the 2011 Nordic Declaration of Solidarity.

A Nordic expert group appointed by NordForsk in 2012 was assigned the task of exploring the prospects for Nordic research cooperation in the field of societal security. Based on the recommendations of that group, the Nordic Societal Security Programme was established in April 2013.

Aim of the call and thematic framework

The aim of the Nordic Societal Security Programme is to develop new knowledge about and solutions for the many aspects of societal security affecting the Nordic countries.

The aim of this call is to support the planning of proposals for selected Horizon 2020 Secure Societies calls. Funding will be provided to cover expenses related to the preparation and submission of full proposals under one of the following Horizon 2020 Secure Societies calls:

Please note that applicants awarded funding under this call must provide verification of submission of a proposal under one of the above-mentioned calls. If verification is not submitted, the grant must be refunded to NordForsk without delay.

The Nordic Societal Security Programme is seeking innovative, high-quality, cross-disciplinary pre-proposals on topics of relevance to the corresponding Horizon 2020 Secure Societies call. When drawing up their pre-proposals, applicants should keep in mind the relevance of the project in relation to the thematic framework of the Nordic Societal Security Programme, which is further elaborated on in the Policy paper about Societal Security in the Nordic Countries.

Financial framework
A maximum of 10 pre-proposals will each be awarded a planning grant of NOK 100 000 under this call.
Procedure for submitting proposals
Proposals must be submitted electronically through the NordForsk Call and Application Portal no later than 11 March 2016 at 13.00 CET. Proposals must be submitted in English. Only attachments specifically requested in the application form are to be included.
Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding, projects must incorporate researchers from legal entities in at least two Nordic countries and at least one country outside the Nordic region. The applicant legal entity must be based in a Nordic country and the consortium must include a minimum of one other Nordic legal entity as well as one non-Nordic legal entity. The call is open to all eligible researchers and is not limited to those already receiving funding under the Nordic Societal Security Programme. Only one planning grant will be awarded per planned H2020 proposal.

Applications should contain the following information (no more than three pages)

  • A description of the research idea for the planned H2020 Secure Societies proposal;
  • A preliminary research consortium with the main participating researchers and institutions;
  • A letter from the main research institutions involved stating their intent to contribute to the planned proposal.
Assessment criteria
Applications for planning grants will be assessed on the basis of the planned proposal's potential for success under H2020. The following criteria will be used:
  • Quality of the planned research, relevance to the H2020 Secure Societies call and innovativeness;
  • Quality of impact;
  • Quality of the consortium, scientific merit and leadership competence of the consortium and project leader in relation to the planned proposal;
  • Given a high score on the above criteria, priority will be given to applications of relevance to the Nordic Societal Security Programme.
Assessment process

Applications for planning grants will be reviewed by the Nordic Societal Security Programme Committee.

NordForsk's guidelines on impartiality will be applied at all stages of the assessment process.

Max applied amount
100 000
Responsible adviser

Lone Jessen, Adviser
Phone: +47 901 98 037

Responsible adviser

Sóley Morthens, Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 974 15 820

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