NER issues a Call for Proposals for Planning Grants within Energy Research 2019

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Deadline: 29 November 2019

Nordic Energy Research (NER) has issued a call for proposals for its “planning grants within energy research”.

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NER is seeking innovative, high quality, cross-disciplinary pre-proposals on relevant topics corresponding to existing international calls on themes relating to renewable energy, energy systems, sustainable energy transition and similar energy-related topics.

All Nordic countries have adopted ambitious climate goals, in some cases even beyond EU targets. In a common effort to achieve these, much can be gained from Nordic and international collaboration. NER aspires to facilitate this process by bringing researchers and other relevant actors together, with a vision of extensive Nordic cooperation in world-class energy research and development.


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  • To further strengthen the Nordic countries position within the EU, as well as within international research, NER intends to support Nordic researchers in the planning of proposals for international calls. Funding will be provided to cover expenses related to the preparation and submission of a full proposal during a specified research call.
  • The research consortiums are invited to submit their proposals to international calls such as the EU program Horizon 2020 (eg Energy efficiency , Smart and clean energy for consumers ) or initiatives related to the EU (eg ERA-net Smart Energy Systems, SOLAR-ERA .NET ) or other relevant calls with themes regarding renewable energy, energy systems, sustainable energy transition and similar themes in the energy area.

Grant Information          

  • Each pre-proposal may apply for a grant of NOK 50,000 during this call.
  • The funding available for this call is NOK 650 000.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, the following conditions must include:

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  • Proposals must be submitted in English and follow the structure in the application form available on the NordForsk Call and Application portal.
  • Only attachments are requested in the application form.
  • One planning grant may be awarded per planned proposal.
  • Proposals must incorporate participants from legal entities into at least two Nordic countries.
  • The applicant legal entity must be based in a Nordic country.
  • The participants must be based at institutions of higher education, other research institutions, public or private enterprises or other organizations with a strong research focus.
  • The project partners that will receive funding in the project must be eligible for de minimizes state aid under European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013.

Assessment Criteria

Applications for planning grants will be assessed on the basis of the planned proposal’s potential for success during the corresponding call. The following criteria will be used:

  • Quality of the planned project, relevance to the corresponding call and innovativeness.
  • Expected impact of the project.

How to Apply

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