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Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet NFR)

a) ERA-Net NEURON: Call for Proposals for Research Projects on “Synaptic Dysfunction in Disorders of the Central Nervous System”. The call will accept proposals addressing the disease-related synaptic dysfunction with approaches ranging from understanding basic mechanisms of disease through proof-of-concept therapeutically-driven clinical studies in humans. Info from RCN.
Deadline: for pre-proposals 14 March 2017

b) HELSEVEL announces four research-based evaluations in healthcare: Fritt behandlingsvalg, Omsorg 2020, Rituell omskjæring av gutter, Pakkeforløp for kreft.
Deadline: 15 March 2017

c) FORNY2020 promotes innovation based on research results. The programme facilitates the commercialisation of results from projects conducted at publicly-funded research institutions and helps to bring the products and services to the market. Application process is coordinated by BTO. Please get in touch with BTO before 8 March.
Deadline: 20 April 2017

d) BEDREHELSE: NOK 40 million to joint Indo-Norwegian researcher projects on antimicrobial resistance.
Deadline: 26 April 2017

e) HELSEVEL: 55 million for research on health and welfare educational programs. Funding scheme is Institution-based Strategic Project.
Deadline: 26 April 2017

f) NFR is planning a joint call of the four programs BEDREHELSE, HELSEVEL, KVINNEHELSE, BEHANDLING.  One P.I. may submit one application only, i.e. will have to choose between the four programs.
BEHANDLING: NOK 150 million for research on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
KVINNEHELSE: Until 60 million to projects on women’s health.
HELSEVEL: 80 million for research on health and welfare services.
BEDREHELSE: Up to 100 million to research for better health
Deadline: 26 April

g) New Pre-announcement FRIPRO funds bottom-up, basic research with bold hypotheses. 4 types of research application: FRIPRO Toppforsk Researcher Project, Young Research Talents, FRIPRO mobility grant.
Deadline: 24 May

Horizon 2020 – several Calls | Selected H2020 deadlines 2017

Marie Sklodovska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Excellent and innovative research training plus attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility, no thematic priorities.

a) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE-2017): RISE gives support for mobility and exchanges of research and innovation staff, incl. managerial, technical and administrative staff between institutions in different sectors or with research institutions in countries outside of Europe.
Deadline: 5 April 2017

b) New Individual Fellowships (IF): aims to help experienced researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. The host organization can  be universities and research institutes in addition to a company or other non-academic sector organizations.
Deadline: 14 September 2017

Societal Challenges (SC): Collaborative breakthrough research and radical innovation

SC1-2017 Health, demographic change and wellbeing:
The headline goal of the programme ‘Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing’ is better health for all. Its main policy objectives are to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, to promote healthy and active ageing, to promote market growth, job creation, and the EU as a global leader in the health area.
•    SC1-PM-17-2017: Personalised computer models and in-silico systems for well-being
•    SC1-PM-16-2017: In-silico trials for developing and assessing biomedical products
•    SC1-PM-19-2017: PPI for uptake of standards for the exchange of digitalised healthcare records
Deadline: 14 March 2017
•    SC1-PM-03-2017: Diagnostic characterisation of rare diseases
•    SC1-PM-20-2017:  Methods research for improved health economic evaluation
•    SC1-PM-11-2016-2017: Clinical research on regenerative medicine
•    SC1-HCO-03-2017: Implementing the Strategic Research Agenda on Personalised Medicine
•    SC1-HCO-07-2017: Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD)
•    SC1-HCO-08-2017: Actions to bridge the divide in European health research and innovation
Deadline: 11 April 2017

Spreading excellence and widening participation through engaging organisations of those countries which could commit more towards the EU research and innovation effort.

Pre-announcement Twinning WIDESPREAD-05-2017: The specific challenge is to address networking gaps and deficiencies between the research institutions of the Widening countries and internationally-leading counterparts at EU level. CSA Coordination and support action.
Deadline: 15 November 2017, planned opening 11 May

Horizon 2020 – Complementary Calls

a) IMI 2 (Innovative Medicines Initiative 2) – Call 10
•    Understanding hypoglycaemia: the underlying mechanisms and addressing clinical determinants as well as consequences for people with diabetes by combining databases from clinical trials
•    How big data could support better diagnosis and treatment outcomes for prostate cancer
•    Improving the care of patients suffering from acute or chronic pain
•    Creation of a pan-European paediatric clinical trials network
•    Biomanufacturing 2020: Development of innovative high throughput analytical tools and methods to characterize cell culture fluid during development and commercial cell culture processes
•    Unlocking the solute carrier gene-family for effective new therapies
•    Enhanced patient voice in medicines lifecycle
•    Precision medicines approaches in autism spectrum disorders
Deadline: for stage one submission 28 March 2017

b) The Third EU Health Programme is the main instrument that the Commission uses to implement the EU Health Strategy. Call for proposals for Pilot Projects on the following topics:
•    Rare diseases – support for new registries
Deadline: 21 March 2017

c) COST Action: open Call – funding for research networks. Proposals should reflect the main characteristics of COST Actions, namely providing for knowledge sharing, creation and application, being open and output-oriented while aiming at strengthening the scientific and technological basis of the proposed topic(s).
Deadline: 7 September 2017

Read more (information and routines for application at UiB).


PES (Project establishment support) and POS (posisjoneringsmidler) for Horizon2020 applicants (Norges Forskningsråd/UiB): open-ended during Horizon2020 Call period. You can apply for PES support by filling in PES application form (which is given on the above linked page) and sending it to Kristin.Hansen@uib.no.
On the following page the  local contact points are listed where every call has a responsible research advisor. You can contact them or faculty advisors, Ramune Midttveit, Itana Sloper-Krivokapic.

Bergens Forsknings Stiftelse (BFS)

Call for: Nominations – Recruitment Programme – Prequalification.  Long-term funding to develop young national or international candidates with outstanding academic merit and research potential into successful research leaders. Candidates must be nominated by UiB faculties. Please contact Institute administration regarding the nomination process.
Deadline: 15 March 2017. MOF internal deadline 8 March

The Novo Nordisk Foundation

Exploratory pre-seed grants: seek to support application-oriented research and to test new ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatments, disease prevention, devices and diagnostic methods as well as new industrial biotechnology in the life science area.
Deadline: 6 April 2017


Pre-announcement: Nordic Graduate Education Courses within register-based research: The aim is to support the next generation of researchers utilising data from Nordic registers in health and welfare research, by providing high-quality education and training as well as networking platforms.
Deadline: will be launched in the beginning of February 2017


Issues related to health services in the municipalities and the interaction between various players in the health sector, including user involvement, will be given priority in the application process.
Deadlines: 1 June (for research projects)
New a) for the Norwegian Association for Asthma and Allergy (NAAF): 1 April (for sending a project outline)
New b) for the Norwegian Confederation of Sports (NIF): 1 May


The LEO-foundation: Grants for dermatological research projects. The LEO Foundation supports international dermatological research projects and activities that address issues in disease understanding, disease treatment, disease awareness and patient wellbeing.
Deadline: several in 2017, starting on 3 February

New “Civitan Norges Forskningsfond for Alzheimers sykdom” has an open call for applications. Up to 400,000 NOK are available for one or more research projects.
Deadline: 15 March 2017.

2nd Joint Transnational Call for European Research Projects on Systems Medicine (ERACoSysMed). The central aim of ERACoSysMed is to enhance the implementation of Systems Biology approaches in medical concepts, research and practice throughout Europe and Israel by structuring, coordinating and integrating national efforts and investments.
Deadline:  for pre-proposals 17 March 2017

JPI HDHL (Joint Programme – a healthy diet for a healthy life) will launch a call “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)“. The aim of the call is to establish a transnational, multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.
Deadline: for Expressions of Interest (EoI) letters 31 March 2017

Nordic Center, Fudan University: The Center announces a call for academic activities to organize workshops, seminars, etc. at Fudan University, China. Organizers of events can apply for funding between 2,000 and 7,000 euros
Deadline: 15 March 2017

Fellowships and Personal Grants

EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Fellowships
Research on the molecular mechanisms of life at all levels.
Deadline: throughout the year.

The Norwegian Cancer Society
Foreign Scholarships: A personal grant is awarded to a designated individual (researcher, doctoral fellow or post-doctoral fellow) to promote competence building and internationalization of Norwegian research. Overseas research grants are awarded under the auspices of a project funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society and may be provided for visits abroad lasting from two to 12 months.
Deadline: 15 March 2017


GLOBVAC conference 2017; 13-15 March, Trondheim.

Clinical Trials Day – International Training on Clinical Trials in Horizon 2020: Challenges & Best Practices, 15 March, Brussels

Webinar on clinical trials for Horizon 2020 projects, 4 April 10:00-11:00.

conhIT Business Meeting 2017: Europe’s leading industry event for healthcare IT, 26 April Berlin

Sean McCarthy courseHow to Write the Impact of a Horizon 2020 Proposal, 9 May, Oslo

New The international training event “Exploitation of EU project results with a focus on IP in the field of health and biotechnology”, 10-11 May, Prague

New eHealth Week 2017: the key to personalised sustainable care, 10-12 May Malta

Meet2Win the Oncology Business Convention, 11 May 2017, Bordeaux, France.

“Shaping the future of pediatrics” is the first conference on the innovation in pediatrics in Europe. The conference will include sessions on –omics, Big Data, Patient empowerment, and The cycle of innovation in pediatrics. 20-22 September 2017, Rome, Italy.

New Conference organised by EATRIS: TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE 2017, 24-26 September, Prague


1. Erasmus+ KA3: Support for Policy Reform – Initiatives for Policy Innovation

Forward-looking cooperation projects (FLCPs) are transnational cooperation projects aiming to identify, test, develop or assess innovative policy approaches that have the potential of becoming mainstreamed and giving input for improving education and training systems. They should provide in-depth knowledge on target group(s), learning, teaching or training situations and effective methodologies and tools that help policies to develop, as well as conclusions relevant for policymakers in education and training at all levels. Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the field of education and training or other sectors such as non-formal learning, including a.o. youth, other socio-economic sectors and/or organisations carrying out cross-sectoral activities.
Deadline: 14 March 2017 (at 12 CET)

2. E.ON Stipendienfonds

E.ON Stipendienfonds is a scholarship fund designed to promote and strengthen German-Norwegian academic relations in the field of energy sciences. This is achieved by awarding mobility grants to Master / PhD students and junior researchers. In addition, the aim is to organize workshops, conferences and seminars and further expand the existing alumni network.
Online application form
Deadline: 15 March 2017

3. Strategic Partnerships

Transnational Strategic Partnerships aimed to develop initiatives addressing one or more fields of education training and youth and promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how between different types of organisations involved in education, training and youth or in other relevant fields. Certain mobility activities are supported in so far as they contribute to the objectives of the project
Advisory body: SIU
Deadline: 29 March 2017

4. Studententreprenørskap (STUD-ENT) (Link in Norwegian)

STUD-ENT aims to mobilize entrepreneurship among students, helping to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship culture in the higher education sector and increase the number of knowledge-intensive jobs in Norway.
Deadline: 29 March 2017

5. NEW Announcement of student grants at Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare (RKBU) (a part of Uni Research Health)

RKBU offers three student scholarships to students from UiB, UiS or HVL who wants to work on specific research questions within the field of child and youth mental health. In order to qualify for scholarships the research project must have a scope equivalent of a elective/term paper in a master’s study, or the mandatory papers in medicine or psychology, and must have a research project leader as supervisor. Each scholarship is NOK 30.000, which is equivalent of six weeks fulltime work or 12 weeks part-time work. It is also possible to apply for halv a scholarship (NOK 15.000). The scholarships must be connected to research projects at RKBU.

For more information, please contact RKBU West by Head of Administration Cecilie Fjellbakk (55 58 84 22 / cecilie.fjellbakk@uni.no), or Senior Executive Officer Monica Berge (55 58 41 39 / monica.berge@uni.no).
Deadline: 1 April 2017

6. NEW Ja, takk begge deler! Hvordan bruke EU programmene til din strategiske fordel? Seminar i Brussel 3-4 mai

The Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education in Brussels is holding a seminar on the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus +. Here they want to focus particularly on Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and Erasmus+, on how these programmes can be used strategically, and how to see links and synergies between them. The target group for the seminar is Norwegian higher education institutions and preferably someone who works with strategic management and internationalization of research and education. Active participation of those involved in the seminar is expected.
When: 3.-4. May 2017 (Click here to find the program)
Click here to register
Registration deadline: 5 April 2017

7. Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence

The programme aims to promote the development of academic and research partnerships between the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and leading research universities and institutes around the world. The programme provides basic funding support to PhD candidates to undertake short-term research visits to CUHK from Norway, or from Norway to CUHK. The research visit shall last for at least one month and be completed between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.
Deadline: 5 April 2017

8. International partnerships for excellent education and research (INTPART) (Link in Norwegian)

INTPART will fund partnerships between Norwegian higher education and research institutions and excellent partners from Brasil, Canada, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Africa and the USA.Special emphasis is on integrating higher education- and research, and may include business partners. INTPART is an SIU and Research Council collaboration.
(Final call for 2017 is announced shortly)
Deadline: 24 May 2017


1. Nærings-ph.d. (Industrial PhD)

The overall objectives are to increase the recruitment of researchers to Norwegian industry, to boost long-term competence building and increase research efforts in business and industry and to enhance interaction between academia and industry.
Deadline: Continuing

2. Offentlig ph.d. (OFFPHD)
The overall objectives are to increase long-term and relevant capacity building and research in the public sector, increase recruitment of researchers to the public sector and promote greater interaction between academia and the public sector.
Deadline: Continuing

3. Funding for companies with employees seeking to pursue a doctoral degree

Funding is available for new candidates under the Industrial Ph.D. scheme, with project start-up in 2016. Grant proposals are not confined to particular thematic areas or industries.
Deadline: Continuing

4. Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector (FINNUT)

FINNUT is a long-term programme for research and innovation in the educational sector. The programme funds research on a wide spectrum from early childhood education and care to higher education and adult learning.
Deadline: Continuing

5. Mobility grants North America in educational research (UTNAM)

The aim of the mobility grant is to contribute to increased cooperation between Norwegian and North American educational researchers through supporting visits to Norway for the purpose of research or dissemination for top North American educational researchers. The scheme will also contribute to the dissemination of results of North American research to Norway and furthermore contribute to competence building in Norwegian research communities. Grants will be awarded for visits of shorter or longer duration.
Deadline: Continuing

6. International bilateral research cooperation (INT-BILAT)

The Research Council supports travel to and participation in events that expand industry-oriented R&D cooperation with Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the US. The applicant must have an existing or recently concluded project funded by the Research Council.
Deadline: Open-ended application deadline. The call will remain active until all the available funding has been awarded (NOK 2 million).

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