Call for proposals: UiT Aurora Centres funding program

UiT Aurora Centres funding program.

Deadline and submission: 15.06.20 at 13:00 CET to, Cc

Paulsen, Steinar Martin
Publisert: 26.03.20 16:31 Oppdatert: 18.06.20 15:48

The University board decided in the fall of 2018 to allocate funds for research groups that demonstrate excellence in their field of science, and that need to strengthen their capacity in order in order to succeed in the competition for larger external funding instruments. Research groups that plan to apply for Norwegian Centre of Excellence (CoE/SFF) or similar programs, including ERC Synergy Grants, are welcome to submit project proposals. The name of the funding program is Aurora Centres.

Based on the research group´s current strengths, applications are expected to evolve around a plan on how to further strengthen research capacity and quality. The application should contain detailed plans on how to build capacity with respect to scientific publishing, internationalization and research funding, and thereby building capability as principal investigators. A plan on recruitment of faculty member(s) that fits the capacity regime is welcomed as a part of the project suggestion. UiTs policies on gender balance and open science is expected be reflected in the project plan, likewise the Universities’ endorsement of the The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Taken together, the funding program should stimulate further development of already excellent research groups with a clearly stated ambition to compete for grants both at national and international funding arenas.

Eligibility: The funding program is for research groups that have demonstrated excellence in their research, and with ambition to organize and build research capacity, for the purpose of applying for center funding, like Norwegian Centres of Excellence, ERC Synergy or similar. Applications are expected from all UiTs faculties and units, who may submit up to two proposals each. The process of nominating candidates for full project proposal may vary depending on the faculty/unit’s strategic plan. Thus, no guidelines for recruitment of proposals are outlined as part of the call for project proposals.

Number of pages: The project description is not to exceed 11 pages, including the list of references. The page format must be A4 with 2 cm margins, single spacing and Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman or similar 11-point font. It is permitted to use a 9-point font for the list of references and figure captions. Links listed in the project description will not be included in the assessment. Proposals that does not follow the guidelines are rejected without further notice.

Available funding: The available funding for each project has an upper limit of NOK 30 mill per 4 years. The funding plan shall reflect an equal contribution (50:50) between the institution- and the faculty-level. The funding scheme is made up of PdH positions and cash. The number of PhD-positions taken into account in the funding plan will vary depending on the scope of the proposed project.


Deadline and submission: 15.06.20 at 13:00 CET to, Cc

The announcement will be official from May 04th. Adjustments of the call text and related document should thus be expected up to May 04th.

Templates & attachments:

  1. Proposal template
  2. CV & track record
  3. Budget and financial plan
  4. Evaluation criteria
  5. Call text
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