Researcher grants

Guidelines and mandatory attachments for applications for research grants

Researcher grants are personal and cannot be transferred to others.

A researcher grantee must be employed by the applicant institution during the entire project period.

In case of any discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions, the Norwegian version shall take precedence.

Principal investigator 

The candidate must apply him-/herself as principal investigator. 

The principal investigator must have a doctoral degree and should hold at least 20% employment at the applicant institution by the time of submission. If not, a written statement must accompany the application confirming his / her employment at the applicant institution in time for project start. 


Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards researcher grants  for up to 4 years (FTEs) per candidate. These grants may be set up as a 100% position for 4 years or as a 50% position for 8 years. 


Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards ordinary researcher grants a lump sum as used by the Norwegian Research Council for postdoctoral fellowships. For 2017, the Norwegian Research Council has set the rate at 1 039 000 NOKs for postdoctoral grants, while the rates for 2018 will be revised (probably increased by approx. 3%) according to the state budget to be presented in the autumn. The lump sum includes salary costs, social and overhead costs as well as running costs. It is not possible to apply for funding of additional running costs. 

Research abroad

Helse Sør-Øst RHF provides funding to perform research abroad for 3-12 months per candidate during a project period. Applications for these grants can be included in the application, both for a researcher and a career fellowship award. The total grant awarded is increased accordingly depending on the current rate and duration of the stay broad.

To be awarded a grant for performing research abroad, the stay must be vital to the research project and must take place in an internationally recognized research group. Cf. Guidelines for overseas fellowships.

Mandatory attachments for applications for researcher or career fellowships

All documents must be converted to PDF format before uploading in eSøknad. The project description is uploaded as a separate PDF file, while all other attachments must be merged in a single PDF file. 

Submit the requested attachments only. Additional attachments will not be considered by the peer-review committees.

The recommended font is Arial 11 pt / Times New Roman 12 pt or similar, single spacing, min. 2 cm margins. For references and tables, a Times New Roman 9 pt or equivalent, single spacing, min. 2 cm margins may be used.

Note! The application and all uploaded attachments must be completed in English. 


Only CV of the applicant should be enclosed. Please include any statutory leaves (e.g. maternity leave). 

The CV should be maximum 2 pages and written in English.

List of publications

Only the applicant’s list of publications should be enclosed. 

Candidates who have had parental leave over the last five years may extend the period for publication list corresponding length of the leave(s). 

Each list must contain relevant publications from the last five years and should not exceed 3 pages. 

Project description

Please view template for the project description.

For this application category, the description of the applicant's individual research project is particularly important. 

The project description should be written in English. It should be max. 10 pages including figures, tables and list of references. 

Invitation from an international research group

If the application contains funding for overseas research, an invitation from the international research group should be included. Cf. Guidelines for overseas fellowships

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