Young research talent in focus under the FRIPRO scheme

Researchers aged 39 or younger who defended their doctoral thesis 2–8 years ago and who are currently conducting independent research of high scientific quality may apply for funding under the new category “Young Research Talent”.

The FRIPRO scheme’s funding announcement for 2013 will have a greater focus on scientific renewal in research projects and willingness to “think outside the box”.

The FRIPRO scheme – the Research Council of Norway’s main instrument for funding researcher-initiated basic research – is being revamped in key ways, including greater focus on young talent, creative thinking and scientific renewal. Specific guidelines regarding who can apply for funding and how grant applications will be assessed are currently being drawn up.

“A call for proposals with detailed requirements, guiding principles and assessment criteria will be issued on 16 April,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science at the Research Council.

Main components of the category for Young Research Talent

Young Research Talent will be one of four application categories under the FRIPRO scheme. Applicants in this category must satisfy the following criteria to qualify for funding:

  • The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent research of high scientific quality beyond his or her doctoral work.
  • As of the date of the deadline for submission of grant applications, 2–8 years must have passed since the applicant defended his or her doctoral thesis (this 2–8 year interval may be extended to compensate for formal leaves of absence or long-term sick leave in the interim between thesis defence and application submission).
  • The applicant must be 39 years or younger as of the date of the deadline for submission of grant applications (this age-limit may be extended by the addition of time to compensate for formal leaves of absence or long-term sick leave, regardless of when the leaves of absence/sick leave took place).
  • Individuals with permanent or temporary positions at universities, university colleges or independent research institutes are eligible to apply for funding.
  • This grant may be sought a maximum of three times.
  • This grant may be received only once.

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