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Call for proposals for the research program ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ for 2021

Deadline 02 November 2020

This is an invitation to submit proposals to the research program ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ for the year 2021. The scientific basis is given by the program plan ‘Scientific program 2019 – 2023’ which you can find here

The overall objective of the program ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ is to establish and disseminate knowledge about the extent, distribution and transport of plastic contamination in the Arctic, and explore how it affects Arctic ecosystems on land, sea ice and in the ocean. An important aim is to produce knowledge for local and national environmental management, including international regulation for plastic pollution control.

The funding basis depends on the allocated funds earmarked for the ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ program. Due to ongoing multiyear projects1, there will not be room for any new projects or pilot studies in 2021. There is a possibility to apply for smaller amounts for organizing workshops for 2021. We stress the importance of funded multiyear projects must resubmit their adjusted proposals for 2021.  The leader group in ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ has the responsibility to ensure that the project portfolio is covering all themes of the scientific program. An overview of started projects and the program plan can be found under ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ here  and potential appliers are urged to read this to assess where the effort should be strengthened.

The call is open for continuation of ongoing multiyear projects1. The proposals should answer the objectives and approaches of the themes in the scientific program. Inter – and/or multidisciplinary approaches across several scientific disciplines and themes are prioritized. Projects must specify themes in their application.

·       Theme 1. Sources, distribution and trends in the environment

·       Theme 2. Environmental interactions and impacts

·       Theme 3. Societal impacts

Type of projects

  • Research project relating to an existing project(s) with external evaluation and funding. Consortia that have obtained external evaluation and funding (or excellent evaluation score, but no funding) from national or international research agencies (e.g. NFR, EU) can apply for additional work, where FRAM Centre funding gives a clear added value. Benefits for the FRAM Centre program must be described (e.g. adding FRAM Centre partners). Attachment of the external evaluation and funding information is required. Funding up to NOK 650 000 per year for already ongoing projects. Duration 1-3 years.

 

  • Workshop. Scientific meeting with relevant local, national and/or international networks to exchange information and/or data, develop standardized methods and QA/QC exercises, explore interdisciplinary approaches etc. Funding up to 50 000 NOK per event.

Targeted outreach projects to disseminate research results from the ‘Plastic in the Arctic’ program to relevant stakeholders from management, industry and/or the general public will be invited in addition to the above after the first year, when results become available (i.e. starting in 2021). PIs are encouraged, however, to include outreach activities within their research projects. Outreach activities have to be described with budgeted deliverables similar to research deliverables.

Proposals for multiyear projects must include the following information:

1.       The proposals must be written using FRAM Centers common application form.

2.       The application must be written in English

3.       Max number of pages is 6 pages.

4.       In order to be eligible for funding there must be at least 2 partners from the FRAM Center Institutes involved.

5.       Provide a detailed budget per year and per participating institution, specifying direct and indirect costs, as well as in-kind contributions. Projects with external financing should specify both external funding and FRAM Centre funding in the budget.

6.       Provide short CVs (max 4 pages) of PI and co-PIs involved in the project as attachments.

7.       Provide three (3) names for impartial and qualified experts to review the proposal (projects without external evaluation only).

Proposals for workshops must include the following information: 

1.       The proposals must be written using FRAM Centers common application form for Fram Centre flagships generic.

2.       The application must be written in English

3.       Max number of pages is 4 pages (please ingore the instructions on the main application form regarding 6 pages).

4.       In order to be eligible for funding there must be at least 2 partners from the FRAM Center Institutes involved.

5.       Provide a detailed budget.

6.       Provide short CVs (max 4 pages) of PI and co-PIs involved in the project as attachments.

 

Applications shall be delivered through the application web portal.

Evaluation criteria

The submitted applications will be evaluated according to

·       Scientific quality

·       Relevance to the programs scientific program

·       Cooperation between FRAM Center members

·       Cross and interdisciplinary

·       Link to higher education

·       Outreach

The scientific quality will be evaluated by an external committee. There will be published a list of applications at https://ifram.framsenteret.no/flagships/other-info-plastic-in-the-arctic/ (title, partners, applied finances). In project applications that apply for additional years it is important to give an overview of results in form of publications, Ph.Ds., master students, applications for additional external funding, and other relevant information. Projects receiving funding (both existing and new) shall deliver a popular science report for results and future plans. All publications and presentations showing the projects results shall make visible the FRAM Centre contributions.

Started multiyear projects

Already started projects must deliver a short version of their application for 2021 with updated budgets and plans/deliverables, with references to the original project plan. Funding will be awarded according to available funds by the FRAM Centre for 2021.

Deadline for submissions: November 02, 2020

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