You are hereby invited to apply for project funding from Fram Centre’s flagship MIKON (“MIljøKOnsekvenser av Næringsvirksomhet i nord”: Environmental Impacts of Industrial Development in the North) with application deadline on 02.11.2020.
The main tasks of MIKON are to synthesize and generate knowledge about the environmental consequences of various types of industrial activities in the High North. The aim is to secure the knowledge base for sustainable and environmentally friendly development of such activities in the north. MIKON includes both existing industrial activities and future activities in the High North, for example (not exhaustive): building of wind power plants, oil and gas exploitation, marine traffic, water usage and regulation of lakes and rivers, tourism, mining, aquaculture, land use, fisheries, pollution, and other relevant human-generated stressors. In this context, environmental consequences include any effects on organisms, populations, communities, and all ecosystem levels, and on people, societies, and cultural heritage sites. The scientific plan for MIKON, which is available here, is the basis for the call.
The financial framework for the call will depend on the allocation given from the state budget. In 2020, the allocation to MIKON was NOK 9,110,000. In 2021, approx. NOK 6 million is already allocated to initiated multi-year projects and administration. This means that there will be room for 4-6 new projects with a total cost framework of approximately NOK 3,2 million in 2021. Those multi-year projects granted funding in 2020 or 2019 must also apply for funding in 2021. The maximum limit for individual projects is NOK 1 million.
Importantly, due to changes being made to the flagships at the Fram Centre in 2021, we will not be able to fund multi-year projects beyond 2021.
The steering group in MIKON will ensure that the project portfolio covers all sub-themes in the program and several types of industries. An overview of initiated projects is given under MIKON at www.ifram.no, and potential applicants are encouraged to look at this to assess which efforts can be strengthened. The applications must be relevant and related to one or more of the three sub-themes in MIKON (See scientific plan for more details)
• Sub-theme 1: Knowledge base for comprehensive management
• Sub-theme 2: Consequences for organisms and ecosystems
• Sub-theme 3: Integrated studies of environmental impacts
The project description must specify sub-themes and types of industrial activities the application applies to. Interdisciplinary projects and projects with user relevance will be prioritized. Where applicable, user relevance in applied projects must be ensured through participation from user groups, preferably in the form of co-financing. It is important to note that MIKON does not support the implementation of impact assessments, environmental risk analyses or monitoring.
Types of projects
1. Dissemination. Dissemination measures related to flagship projects or to financed national and international projects.
2. Preliminary projects / Incentives: Preliminary projects that develop good ideas for larger research projects. This includes financing of workshops that are arranged for the same purpose.
3. Partial financing of research projects. Additional support for projects that have already undergone external scientific evaluation (NFR, EU or equivalent), and which are supported by other sources. MIKON’s contribution can go to an independent and limited expansion of the project, and provide results that are relevant to MIKON’s sub-themes.
4. Small research projects: Delimited projects that in the short term provide results that are relevant to MIKON.
5. Full financing of major research projects: In 2021, MIKON will not be able to support multi-year projects but can still support large one-year-long research projects (up to NOK 1 million).
Projects must contain at least two institutions from Fram Centre. MIKON wants to contribute to the development of early-career researches (ECR, here broadly defined as up to 7 years post PhD defense) and therefore ECR are encouraged to apply as project managers. Applications that have not undergone an external evaluation by the Research Council, the EU research program or equivalent, will go through external scientific evaluation. After the external review, all applications will be assessed by MIKON’s management team and evaluated according to:
• Scientific quality
• Relevance according to MIKON’s science plan
• Management relevance
• Collaboration across the institutions in Fram Centre
• Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary
• International cooperation
• Link to higher education
Application must be submitted on the electronic application portal of the Fram Centre, which is found at https://ifram.custompublish.com/proposal.387631.no.html
• The application must be written on the Fram Center’s common application template found here Application form for Fram Centre flagships generic
• Application language: English
• Maximum number of pages: 6 pages
• Max four-page CV for key personnel (only project manager and any work package manager) attached to the application
• When other external evaluations exist (NFR or equivalent), they must be attached to the application.
Applications that do not satisfy these criteria will not be considered.
Deadline for submission of applications is 02.11.2020. An initial allocation of grants will take place by 15.01.2021, but The Ministry of Climate and Environment has a deadline of 15.02.2021 to provide a final financial framework for the flagships. Thus, final allocation of grants will only take place after the grant from The Ministry of Climate and Environment is received.
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