Are you applying FRIPRO in the category "Young research talents" in 2016?

Then you should join UiS' Application program! The program includes several courses and workshops to support you in the application process. The courses are designed to be complementary, and should give a broad understanding of what characterize a good application, how applications are evaluated and what expectations the Research Council has. In addition to the courses, you will get individual feedback on your proposal drafts throughout the spring.

All courses will be held in english.

Application program for young research talents

The application program was established in 2014 to support young research talents applying FRIPRO in the application process. The three courses/workshops described below will be the main parts of the program, and participation in the program guarantees you a spot in all these courses. In addition, you will get feedback and comments on your project drafts from advisers in the research and innovation department throughout the spring. You will also get assistance with:

  • Budget
  • E-application
  • Formal criteria

The main theme throughout the program will be: “What characterize a good application?”

  1. 5. February - "The perfect application": In the first part we will  work through the main parts of the research council’s project description template and assessment criteria, as well as the specifics of "Young research talents" and "research project". We will look at examples of already evaluated UiS proposals.
  2. 7-8 March - Mock Review: This course is designed to help scientists to write better research proposals by developing their understanding of peer review and what funding organizations expect from a good proposal. Core to the course, is a ‘mock’ peer review panel, in which participants will play the role of reviewers. They will evaluate real proposals and “decide” which to recommend for funding. Peter Dukes from the British medical research council has many years' experience in grant writing, peer review and managing research funding boards. You will also have the opportunity to have your proposal draft reviewed! Detailed program.
  3. 14. April - Critical feedback: Finally, at the 14. April participants will have the opportunity to present their project proposal for an expert panel of experienced researchers with extended knowledge on the research council. Candidates will have 5-10 minutes to present your project, and then the panel will give feedback and ask questions to the presentation. You can attend as either presenter or observer.
  4. 26. april og 4. mai - Q&A and individual feedback on proposal. Question and answer (Q&A)- and frequently asked question (FAQ) session. You can also book time for individual feedback on your proposal. Read more here.

See details of the different parts of the program here.


Apply for the "application program" by filling out the application form AND sending your CV with publication list to Vibeke Bull. The application program has a maximum capacity of 12 candidates. Application deadline for joining the program: 1. February. You will get a confirmation of participation.




FRIPRO is Norway’s largest program for independent research, and allocated almost 1 billion NOK to 132 research projects in 2015. Because the main criterion for achieving a FRIPRO grant is scientific merit, it is also prestige associated with this grant. The category “young research talent” was introduced in 2013 to stimulate young eminent research talents.

Requirements and guidelines for «Young research talents»*
*there might be changes in the call for 2016.

  • Maximum 8 years since the defense of a doctoral thesis (not including formal leaves of absence)
  • Under 40 years old (not including formal leaves of absence)
  • Must have demonstrated independent research
  • Project leader can apply “young research talents” maximum three times.
  • Can apply 3-7 mill kr. over maximum 4 years.
  • You may or may not have a permanent position

Link to FRIPROs project categories and criteria


Sist oppdatert av Vibeke Hervik Bull (07.04.2016)

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