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Call for UiO:Nordic research funds 2020-2022

UiO:Nordic is announcing funding for up to three interfacultary research groups for the period 2020–2022.

Deadline: 15. November 2019.

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 analysing historical assumptions and processes of change across social and cultural areas, and comparing them with other countries and regions, the initiative will seek to gain new knowledge about the sustainability, dilemmas and challenges of Nordic models.

We want to develop new interdisciplinary perspectives. Research groups with good ideas and ambitions to do high-quality research on the Nordic, and who want to create genuine interdisciplinary collaboration between disciplines and faculties, are encouraged to apply. 

This announcement covers the entire scope of the initiative as described in the programme notes (pdf).


One may apply for funding for up to three years and with a total budget of 5,5 million NOK per project.

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 co-operating units will be expected to contribute an equivalent amount (co-funding).

Assessment criteria:

  • The projects must be of high academic 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 going beyond the state of art in this particular research field? 
  • What is the added value of this interdisciplinary research cooperation?
  • Societal relevance, generously understood.

The principal investigators' track records, not least in their documented experience in proposing and conducting this type of research projects, are relevant to the assessment of the project proposal and should be given emphasis together with the group members' experiences from international research cooperation.

Additional criteria:

  • 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 with the proposal
  • A description of the potential for teaching (supervision included) 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/centers at the University of Oslo must be involved in the research.

Other application criteria:

  • The project description must be a maximum of ten pages (maximum 2 pages should address the additional criteria), 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 the department that will host the initiative and describe the contributions of the various participants.
  • CVs for members of the research group must be submitted with  the application.
  • The project description and all enclosed documents must be written in English.

Ph.D.- and post.doc. positions in the research project should be connected to the Nordic network ReNEW’s activities and be advertised according to the NORDFORSK call.


The applications will be evaluated by an external evaluation panel coordinated by the director of UiO:Nordic. The board approves final allocation.


Published Aug. 27, 2019 2:24 PM - Last modified Aug. 27, 2019 2:27 PM