This application category is aimed at researcher-initiated projects of high scientific quality.
The principal investigator must have a doctoral degree and should hold at least 20% employment at the applicant institution by the time of submission.
Funding and duration
Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards up to 9 million NOK to projects in the application category Open Project support, of which 1 - 3 million NOK per year for up to three years.
PhD and / or postdoctoral fellows may be employed either for 3 years in a 100% position or for 6 years in a 50% position. The project period will be adjusted accordingly. If only running costs are awarded, the project period cannot be extended beyond three years.
The budget should be specified for each year in eSøknad. It is important to ensure that the budget in the application corresponds to the project objectives and content.
What is funded?
Research funding may be used for different purposes, for example:
- The salaries of research personnel:
- PhD fellows
- Postdoctoral fellows
Note! It is not possible to apply for researcher grants in the category Open project support.
Names of PhD and / or postdoctoral candidates should not be stated in the application. Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards max. 3 years (FTE) for a PhD or postdoctoral candidate. Candidates with previous funding from Helse Sør-Øst RHF cannot be employed. See Guidelines for PhD fellowships and postdoctoral fellowships.
- Support staff:
- Technical personnel, research nurses etc.
- Running costs:
- Equipment (total min. 100 000- max 250 000 NOK)
- Costly assays
- Database solutions, biobanking etc.
Appointment of PhD/postdoctoral fellows
Any PhD and / or postdoctoral fellows funded by the project should be employed by the applicant institution during the entire project period.
Helse Sør-Øst RHF provides funding for one research stipend for 3-12 months per PhD or post-doctoral candidate during the project period. Applications for grants to perform research abroad can be included in the application for Open project support. Total budget for the project is increased according to the current rate and duration of study abroad. Cf. Guidelines for overseas fellowships
Expectations of Open project support grantees
It is expected that grantees of large awards (more than 6 mill. NOK s during a three-year project period), will apply for funding from large, international funding sources during this period (such as ERC Grants, Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, EUs Horizon2020, Human Frontier Science, Novo Nordisk Fund etc.).
If the principal investigator has submitted such an application, this should be clarified in any applications for renewal of the support.
Any grants from Helse Sør-Øst RHF will be continued if international funding is secured.