The application deadline for NFR, free research grants, is now passed, and a total of 18 applications were sent from K2. This is about a third of the applications from MOF. It is an impressive effort from many. We will do an evaluation of the support the institute gave to the applicants. We will come back to that.
It is, however, a paradox that we are mobilising so much effort for funding with low acceptance rate, while many of us are not aware of other NFR research programs where the acceptance rate is much higher than in the free research grants. I will therefore strongly urge people to check other calls from NFR, to see if they may have projects that fit these calls.
The next application round is to The Norwegian Cancer Society, with deadline June 2. I encourage all who plan to apply to notice that the project money from the Cancer Society does not cover rent and administration costs which incur automatically on all externally financed positions. The faculty has agreed to cover these costs, but only if it is cleared in beforehand. It means that the institute, Siv, must get a message BEFORE the application is sent about all the positions that is being applied for. Rent and administration costs (contribution margin) on granted positions without pre-applied clearing must be covered by the applicant.