Humanities Strategy
Call for proposals

Funds available for humanities researchers

UiB is planning to establish an interdisciplinary center for humanistic research. Within this framework, funds are available for two basic research projects with a deadline of 15 March.

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AVAILABLE FUNDS: In line with the humanities strategy UiB wants to strengthen and internationalize humanistic research. In this framework two funds have been made available for reserachers in permanent positions.

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The call for proposals is open to employees in permanent scientific positions. Two applications will be supported, and at least one of the projects will go to the Faculty of Humanities. The project will last for half a year. Researchers at the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Arts, Music and Design and the University Museum are welcome to apply for these funds.

In line with the humanities strategy, UiB wants to strengthen and internationalize humanistic research at the university. Studying the potential for establishing a center for humanistic research is related to this work.

Outstanding, curiosity-driven basic research and academic freedom will be the pillars for the center. Pro-Rector Margareth Hagen hopes the initiative will be well received, and that many will take the opportunity to apply for project funding:

"We are looking at possibilities for establishing a center for humanistic research and dissemination as proposed in the Humanities Strategy. As part of this, we are now announcing two grants for basic research. We hope this will encourage many of our researchers to apply and look forward to receive many interesting applications with exciting ideas for projects."


Maximum two applications will be funded. The funds shall be used for teaching buyout for up to 4 months in the autumn semester. The funds are available until 31.12.2019. In addition, applicants can apply for research funds, limited to up to NOK 150,000.

Applications will be judged and selected based on the following core criteria:

  • The quality of the proposed research project
  • Outstanding research by the applicant (shown by CV and publication list)
  • Active international cooperation
  • Plans for networking from which the academic environment will benefit
  • Plan for how the project will lay the foundation for research beyond the grant period.

Applicants must enclose a project description of a maximum of 5 pages describing the project. The project description shall contain the following points:

  • Project idea and state of the art
  • Goals and milestones
  • Problem and method
  • Activities and implementation of the project
  • Budget

In addition, the application must enclose:

  • the applicant’s CV and publication list
  • the applicant’s research plan for 2019-2021
  • Confirmation from the head of department that the teaching buyout can be organised
  • List of collaboration partners

Applications are assessed by a program committee chaired by the pro-rector.

A report describing the use of the funds is to be submitted at the Division of Research Administration by 10.01.2020.

Application deadline: 15 March 2019.