Daily Archives: Friday October 23rd, 2015

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find

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The extended leader group has just discussed application strategies for 2016. A review of our project portfolio showed that K2 has had great success in the competition for the NRC and EU grants in recent years. In 2013, 5 of the 18 applications to the NRC was funded (28 percent), while the figure for 2014 was 7 of 19 (37 percent). The total percentage granted in 2014 was 11 percent. K2 has also had success with their EU applications. Of 24 applications 4 have been granted (17 percent), including 1 where Helse Bergen is partner and UiB third party and 1 project where UiB is coordinator. The funding percentages in the first calls in the H2020-program have been at 5 per cent or less.

To succeed in fierce national and international competition one must work systematically. We believe that the approach we have used for writing of NRC applications in recent years has contributed to our success and increased our competitiveness. Good research advisers have also been instrumental and in many cases had decisive impact.

Thus, there was a broad agreement to continue our application procedures consisting of:

  • Plenary proposal discussions
  • Budgeting help from the administration
  • Writing support from both research advisors and experienced colleagues

To take part in these “support services” it is necessary that applicants comply with deadlines. Participation is also an excellent opportunity to test and improve your own ideas and to help others improve their applications. To obtain funding it is often not enough to have a creative idea, a broad and multi-disciplinary approach to the problem is regularly required, including good plans for dissemination and research training. One can get input and ideas on all these areas in a structured process where everyone helps each other.
One thing is certain, -those who don’t apply will not get research money.
Good luck with this spring’s most important adventure.


Nomination of candidates to receive King Olav V’s Cancer Research Award for 2016

kreftforeningenThe Norwegian Cancer Society is now inviting to nominations of candidates to receive King Olav V’s Cancer Research Award for 2016. Please find enclosed the invitation to nominate candidates, the list of previous winners and guidelines for allocation of the Cancer Research award. The nomination must be submitted in English. The deadline for nominations is 10 December 2015. More information can be found on our website.

Best regards

The Norwegian Cancer Society
Åsmund Eikenes, PhD

UNs Secretary General’s IAP for the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health: Request for Applications

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (The Partnership) is soliciting applications for vacancies on the United Nations Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (Global Strategy).  Applications for members from all regions are required to be submitted no later than 18th November 2015. Continue reading