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Open Call 1: FAQ

Frequently asked questions on Open Call 1: Proposals for adding a Nordic dimension to ongoing research projects (supplementary grants)


1. Question:
Does the ongoing research project need to have a specific or main focus on sexual harassment?

Answer:
No. But the project proposed – on the basis of the ongoing project – must focus on sexual harassment in working life and with a Nordic dimension. For example: a project that deals with mental illness can propose a Nordic project that investigates the extent to which sexual harassment in working life is considered, when mental illness is studied.


2. Question:
We have an ongoing project, but with no external funding yet. Would the second open call be better?

Answer:
Yes, Open Call 2 will not require an on-going or funded project as the basis for the application. Open Call 1 is based on already reviewed and funded projects.


3. Question:
We have a project where the funding ended last year. Can we still apply for a supplementary grant in order to develop a Nordic dimension from the project?

Answer:
Open Call 1 is based on ongoing projects, to take advantage of the fact that the project has undergone scientific evaluation and has established an infrastructure or collaboration that the additional grant can be based on. This enables relatively easy organising and carrying out of the additional project.  If the on-going project has had any activities in 2021 (reporting, articles being published, etc) it is considered ongoing, even if the financing has ended earlier.


4. Question:
What are the rules about project start and ending for Open Call 1? Could we start with one person in 2021 and add more people next year?

Answer:
The projects are to start in 2021 – and end within 6 – 18 months. It is up to the project to decide how resources are distributed over time. If a project starts in December 2021, it must end from May 2022 and no later than April 2023.




5.Question:
We do not have all the staff required for the project yet, is it ok to hire a researcher for the project later?

Answer:
CVs of the participating researcher(s) are part of the application process. You may contract additional staff later, but the application will (among other aspects) be evaluated on the basis of the scientific expertise involved.


6. Question:
If the project is closely connected to practice: is it possible to fund a project leader, not working at a university or research institution?

Answer:
There are no restrictions concerning how to handle the budget regarding this. But a person with doctoral degree and affiliated with a university or research institution needs to be overall responsible for the project.


7. Question:
What is a “Nordic dimension”?

Answer:
A Nordic dimension means that the project contributes knowledge about several countries in the Nordic region or uses knowledge from several countries in the Nordic region to develop analysis, knowledge, theory or method. The project contains elements that contribute to the exchange of knowledge between several Nordic countries.

It can be achieved in many different ways, for example by:

  • Involving at least two Nordic countries in the proposal, thus contributing to trans-Nordic knowledge relevant to the topic. This means that ongoing projects that mainly focus on a national or local context need to broaden the relevance of their proposed study by including an explicit Nordic dimension in their project.
    or
  • A clearly defined Nordic dimension in the proposal, through empirical, comparative, analytical, theoretical, or similar approaches.
    or
  • If the ongoing research project already involves an explicit Nordic dimension, the supplementary grant can be used to strengthen or further develop such paths in the research.