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Call: Research projects within the Nordic Neutron Science Programme

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
22.06.2016 14:00
Maximum amount that may be sought (NOK)
Up to NOK 7 million per research project.

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is presently under construction in Lund, Sweden. The facility will provide unprecedented neutron scattering capabilities for materials and biosciences in the Nordic region. It is imperative that the Nordic countries take full advantage of the scientific potential of the ESS.

To meet this need, NordForsk has established a new Nordic Neutron Science Programme (NNSP) in collaboration with the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the Research Council of Norway and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. The programme has a total budget of approximately NOK 60 million. The programme will run for five years starting in 2015.

The NNSP programme will strengthen the Nordic neutron community by introducing the use of neutron scattering to scientific disciplines new to neutron techniques and facilitating the consolidation of existing neutron user groups.

For more information on the programme, please consult the programme webpage.

Framework for the call

The main purpose of this call is to promote long-term excellence and capacity building in all areas of research using neutrons. This will be achieved by expanding the coming generation of Nordic neutron users to encompass both new user groups and neutron specialists.

The call is thematically open and will provide funding for research projects within all sciences using neutron scattering techniques. The call welcomes applications from established as well as new user groups.

When relevant, the proposed project is encouraged to seek contact with the new networks starting 1 June 2016 under the Nordic Neutron Science Programme.

Projects are open for industrial collaboration.

A goal is to include both new and established neutron user groups in the project portfolio resulting from this call.

Financial framework

The programme funding partners are the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Research Council of Norway, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the Swedish Research Council and NordForsk.

The budget for the call is approximately NOK 40 million. Projects will be funded for a timeframe of 3-4 years.

The projects are dedicated for funding of PhDs and in special cases Post docs. PhDs will be given priority. The funding can primarily be used for costs for PhDs (and in special cases Post docs). Costs for Senior Researchers must be funded by own institution. When relevant for the project, parts of the funding may be used for related project activities such as participation in international conferences, research mobility in and outside Nordic countries.

Funding may not be used for procurement of major equipment.

Institutions/research groups are required to contribute own resources to the proposed project. Own contributions may be in-kind and/or cash and must be specified in the project budget.

Eligibility criteria

The research project must involve partner institutions from all three funding countries (Denmark including Greenland and Faroe Islands, Norway and Sweden).

The host institution of the research project (Project Manager) must be a research institution based in one of the funding countries.

The Project Leader must be a Senior Researcher at the host institution.

Finland, including Åland, and Iceland are eligible to participate. Institutions from other countries, in particular the Baltic States, are encouraged to participate, but must fund their own participation.

In order to be eligible, proposals must be submitted in English through the NordForsk Call and Application Portal and comply with the call conditions.

Processing of proposals

Applicants must submit their proposal electronically through the NordForsk application portal no later than 22 June 2016 at 14.00 CEST. To access the application form you must register as a user on the NordForsk Call and Application Portal.

An international expert panel will assess the proposals using the assessment criteria below. The Programme Committee, consisting of representatives from the funding partners, will assess Nordic added value.

The NordForsk Board will take the final funding decision based on the recommendations submitted by the international expert panel and the Programme Committee. In the event of potential conflicts of interest, NordForsk's Guidelines on Impartiality will be applied.

NordForsk will initiate contract negotiations with the host organisation of the selected proposal. Expected start-up is Q1 2017.

Assessment criteria
A panel of international experts will assess the proposals according to the following criteria:
  • Relevance to the call
  • Scientific quality
  • Feasibility of the project proposal
  • Merits of the scientific team
  • Involvement of young researchers
  • International cooperation
The Programme Committee will assess Nordic added value. In addition, the application must include:
  • A description of the current gender balance in the project. If relevant, a plan for how to improve gender balance in the near future. Please consult NordForsk's Gender Policy.
  • A dissemination and communication plan.
  • A plan for open access to publications and data.
  • A description of the ethical aspects of the proposed project.
Responsible adviser

Unni Rørslett, Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 906 86 141

Responsible adviser

Jostein K. Sundet, Senior Adviser
Phone: +47 996 01 848

Responsible adviser

Ida Persson, Adviser
Phone: +47 407 24 571

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