Nordic Research Infrastructure Networks: Cooperation on International Research Infrastructure Projects
Thematic framework of the call
A strong Nordic participation in large-scale international research infrastructure incentives, in particular relating to European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap projects, would enhance Nordic research cooperation substantially. In order to increase Nordic collaboration in this context, NordForsk is announcing a call for proposals for funding of up to eight Nordic networks.
The aim of the call is to support Nordic research infrastructure networks that strengthen Nordic cooperation on a specific, large-scale international research infrastructure project, including activities to increase joint Nordic use of international research facilities; provision of resources or services; and use of e-infrastructures and knowledge resources such as collections, archives, databases, etc. The network should build and expand Nordic competence and generate added value through exchange of experience with regard to best practice and efficient use of technologies and procedures, including potential harmonisation processes at the Nordic level. Finally, the network should aim to become a Nordic platform, thereby facilitating more coordinated Nordic participation in international research infrastructure projects.
NordForsk welcomes applications within all scientific areas.
The network must have partners from minimum three Nordic countries, and the Project Leader must be an established senior researcher based in a Nordic country: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, including the autonomous areas Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland Islands. The formal applicant must be an institution, organisation or other legal entity based in one of these countries. A NordForsk grant will be disbursed to the formal applicant, who will be responsible for reporting on all use of funding to NordForsk at the conclusion of the period.
Networks are encouraged to include partners from other countries, provided that they contribute to the network’s budget. However, a majority of the network membership must be based in the Nordic countries
- A NordForsk research infrastructure network may receive a maximum of NOK 500 000 to be used over a period of 1-3 years.
- The amount of funding sought should correspond to the number of network participants and the planned activities.
- The network grant should cover direct cooperation costs.
- The funding should primarily be used for networking activities such as travel and meeting expenses.
Special call conditions
- Describe clearly how the planned network has a solid basis in national research and research infrastructure priorities.
- Describe how gender perspectives and balance will be incorporated in the network setting
NordForsk has the right to request information from a network for communication purposes, primarily for use on the NordForsk website
Applications must be submitted in English.
Maximum amount of funding that may be sought: NOK 500 000.
Applications must be submitted electronically using the NordForsk Application Portal no later than 21 February at 12:00 CET. Proposals will be evaluated by the NordForsk secretariat in relation to the evaluation criteria below. Decisions will be made in the course of May 2014. Research infrastructure networks allocated funding are expected to start their activities late spring 2014.
The quality of the proposal will be assessed in relation to
- Relevance relative to the call for proposals
- Feasibility of the project plan and appropriateness of budget