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Call: Research School within the Nordic Neutron Science Programme

The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
22.06.2016 14:00
Full call title
Call for a Nordic research school within the Nordic Neutron Science Programme to promote excellence and capacity-building through the education of a new generation of neutron users and specialists.
Maximum amount that may be sought (NOK)
Maximum NOK 8 million.

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 Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Research Council of Norway, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and the Swedish Research Council. The programme has a total budget of approximately NOK 60 million. The programme will run for five years (2015-2019).

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 excellence and capacity-building through education of the next generation of Nordic neutron users in experienced user groups as well as user groups new to neutron techniques. The Nordic research school will teach neutron techniques at the postgraduate level and is encouraged to interact with research groups in the neighbouring region and, in particular, the Baltic States. The Nordic research school organisation
  • The leader of the research school must be a senior researcher.
  • The research school will consist of a series of training courses at postgraduate level.
  • Course materials should be available upon request and free of charge for all participants.
  • Involvement from industry is encouraged.
The Nordic research school objectives are to:
  • Develop a Nordic neutron training and education programme and eLearning courses.
  • Increase the number of young neutron users.
  • Stimulate the use of neutron techniques in both new and experienced neutron research groups.
  • Interact with international research schools.
  • Initiate training for ESS capability using relevant international neutron sources.
The research school will enhance collaboration among the neutron training programmes in the Nordic countries through systematic coordination as well as promote information exchange between Nordic neutron research groups.
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 Nordic research school budget is maximum NOK 8 million over four years. The research school will consist of a series of training courses:
  • The cost of each course at the research school will be approximately NOK 500 000, including development and administrative activities. This may be increased if the need for higher costs is documented.
  • There is no participation fee for Nordic students.
  • Participants outside the Nordic countries must cover their own expenses.
Institutions/research groups are required to contribute own resources to the proposed research school. Own contribution may be in-kind and/or cash and must be specified in the budget form.
Eligibility criteria

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

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.

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.

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.
  • The quality and feasibility of the comprehensive four-year plan (including budget) for the research school, resulting in a Nordic education and training programme in neutron techniques.
  • Involvement of research areas new to neutron research with a concise plan of how to identify, introduce and engage user groups new to neutron techniques.
  • International cooperation and relevant collaboration with international training communities and binding agreement regarding the use of appropriate neutron sources.
  • Experience and quality of teaching and quality of the scientific team.
  • Involvement of young researchers.
The programme committee will assess Nordic added value. In addition, the application must include:
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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