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UiO:Nordic research funds 2019-2021

UiO:Nordic is announcing funding for two interdisciplinary research groups for the period 2019–2021.

The deadline is September 15 2018.

UiO:Nordic is a prioritized interdisciplinary initiative at UiO aimed at promoting new and relevant knowledge on the Nordic region and Nordic perspectives in an international context, partly through a critical focus on concepts and notions of ‘the Nordic model’. By analyzing historical conditions and change processes across social and cultural areas and comparing these with other countries and regions, the initiative will foster new knowledge on the sustainability, dilemmas and challenges of Nordic models. UiO:Nordic aims to develop new knowledge on the Nordic situation in an international context.

Ambitious research groups with a high standard of quality and the potential to secure future external funding are invited to apply. This announcement covers the entire scope of the initiative as described in the programme notes (pdf).


September 15 2018.


One may apply for funding for up to 3 years and a total budget of 5,5 M NOK.

The funding can be used inter alia for the partial redemption of management resources for the research group, recruitment posts, Professor IIs, visiting researchers, teaching collaborations, fieldwork, workshops and seminars.

The units that researchers are affiliated with are expected to contribute an equivalent amount (co-payment).

Assessment criterias:

  • The projects must be of high scientific quality and originality, and must aim to examine the Nordic countries’ historical conditions, challenges, paradoxes and future opportunities, and/or meetings with global challenges. Projects must have a clear link to the concept of the Nordic region and the perspectives implied in UiO:Nordic’s programme notes (pdf).
  • To what extent is the project ambitious in relation to go beyond the state of art in this particular research field? 
  • What  is the added value of this interdisciplinary research cooperation

The principal investigators' track records characterized by the ability to propose and conduct this type of research projects is relevant to the assessment of the project proposal and should be given emphasis together with the group members' experiences from international research cooperation.

Additional criterias:

  • A plan for developing the project, included plans for further external funding and participation in international networks, conferences etc should be presented
  • The project must have clear dissemination plans enclosed to the proposal
  • A description of the potential for teaching (supervising included) in relation to the initiative must be submitted.
  • A description of the opportunities for co-localization at the host unit or participating unit must be mentioned
  • The group must consist of at least four researchers. Participants from at least two faculties/centres at UiO must be involved in the research.

Other application criterias:

  • Ph.D.- and positions in research project should be connected to ReNEW activities and are to be announced accoding to the NORDFORSK call.
  • The project description must be a maximum of ten pages (maximum 2 pages should address the additional criterias), included an abstract of max. 300 words.
  • A three-year budget for the period must be submitted, giving a description of the financial contribution by the researcher’s unit in the form of reallocation/new funding from faculties/departments. The contribution may also be in the form of wage funds or working capital. Office space costs and other indirect costs are additional. This also applies to the project participants’ research hours and administrative support.
  • The application must specify which department will host the initiative, and describe the contributions of the various participants.
  • CVs for research group members must be enclosed to the applictaion
  • The project description and all enclosed documents must be written in English.

The proposals will be assessed by a panel coordinated by Haldor Byrkjeflot.

Published Feb. 21, 2018 3:29 PM - Last modified Mar. 7, 2019 3:08 PM