Apply for funding
NordForsk allocates funding to cover expenses associated with implementing collaboration at the Nordic level, while most of the research activity itself is funded by national sources. The Nordic-level funding is intended to generate added value that enhances the quality, visibility and applicability of the research conducted.
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
NordForsk provides funding for research cooperation in the Nordic countries and does not award direct grants for individual research projects or fellowships.
Researchers affiliated with private or public universities, university colleges or other research institutions in the Nordic countries are eligible to apply for funding. Under certain circumstances, NordForsk will accept grant applications from private enterprises.
To be eligible for funding from NordForsk, projects must normally involve participants from at least three of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or autonomous areas (the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Aaland Islands). Additional project participants may be affiliated with institutions outside the Nordic region, given that the requirements for Nordic participation are fulfilled. Some of NordForsk’s funding announcements are also open to applicants from the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Any additional requirements relating to applicants will be stipulated in the individual calls for proposals.
What types of activities are eligible for funding?
NordForsk primarily provides support to cover expenses associated with implementing collaboration between participants from the Nordic countries. Support from NordForsk comprises supplementary funding for cooperation between researchers who are already receiving grants from national or other research funders.
Funding from NordForsk may only be sought for planned projects, not for activities that have already been carried out.
NordForsk issues open calls for proposals under which funding may be sought. Information about active funding announcements is publicly available on the NordForsk website, where you will also find a link to the entire text of the specific call on the NordForsk Application Portal.
All information on the portal is in English, and all grant applications – and subsequently all required reports – must be submitted via this portal in English.
How to apply for funding:
- Go to the NordForsk Application Portal to read the entire call text and any attachments (such as a programme memorandum, background documents, guidelines and the like). NordForsk’s general application guidelines may also be found here.
- You must log in to the portal to create a grant application. First-time applicants must register themselves as users.
- Once registered, new users will automatically be logged in and can fill in the online application form for the relevant call for proposals.
- The individual who creates the application will automatically be registered as the Project Leader. Normally, the party to the contract with NordForsk will be the institution with whom the Project Leader is affiliated, not with the Project Leader as an individual.
- As Project Leader you may share your password with other project participants to give them access to fill in and edit the application form.
- Applicants will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt via email upon submission of a grant application.
- Applications may be opened and edited after they have been submitted, but please remember to resubmit your application by the submission deadline! Only fully completed, properly submitted applications will be processed.
Funding may only be sought under open funding announcements, and only online applications submitted via the NordForsk Application Portal within the expiry of the submission deadline will be accepted. Attachments will only be accepted if specifically requested in the call for proposals.
How are grant applications evaluated?
Funding from NordForsk is awarded on the basis of external evaluation of grant proposals. NordForsk strives to ensure transparency in the evaluation process. Funding decisions may not be appealed.
To be eligible for funding from NordForsk the planned research cooperation must generate Nordic added value, i.e. it must enhance the value of existing research activities in the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Aaland Islands.
A complete set of evaluation criteria will be stipulated in the individual call for proposals.
General evaluation criteria include:
- Relevance relative to the call for proposals
- Quality of the grant proposal, including the quality and innovative aspects of the project plan
- Competence of the applicants and members of the project management team
- Research environment and researcher careers: activities must promote researcher training and improve career opportunities for younger researchers
- Feasibility of the project plan and whether expectations are realistic in relation to available resources (human resources, budget and timeframe)
- Potential project results (in the scientific, social, financial and environmental spheres, etc.)
All projects that receive funding from NordForsk must incorporate plans for user contact and dissemination of results, as well as maintain high ethical standards (good researcher ethics and adequate consideration of ethical questions of relevance to the project).
NordForsk seeks to promote the participation of both men and women in the activities it finances and to increase the participation of the underrepresented gender at any given time.
- Projects awarded grants from NordForsk are required to submit project reports (an annual progress report and a final report). Reports – like grant applications – must be submitted electronically via the NordForsk Application Portal. Only the Project Leader may submit reports to NordForsk and these must apply to the entire project.
- An electronic journal will be created for each project containing a copy of the submitted application, signed contract, progress report(s), final report and any relevant correspondence. Only the Project Leader has access to the journal.
- The online report form contains a copy of the project description, list of project participants and budget. This gives you easy access to project information when filling out the report and you can comment directly on items/activities described in the project plan. The level of detail of the report will be determined by the size of the grant, scope of the project, special terms and conditions in the contract, etc.
Please note that projects started up before spring 2009 must submit reports using these forms.
Confidentiality and publication of information on projects receiving funding
A summary of all projects receiving funding will be made publicly available on the NordForsk website. Applicants may request that the project plan, in part or in its entirety, is exempted from disclosure to the public if there is reason to believe that the plan contains patentable ideas or other confidential information.