Research Funding Opportunity with Norway

The long-term scientific and technological partnership between South Africa and Norway, co-funded by the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and implemented by both the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Research Council Norway (RCN), began in 2002 with the launch of the SANCOOP initiative for research cooperation on climate change, the environment, and sustainable energy. The SANCOOP program ended in 2017 and was followed by the SANOCEAN initiative which ran from 2018 to 2023. Improved knowledge-based policies and decisions for sustainable development in the fields of oceans and ocean space, climate change, and sustainable energy were the overall goals of the SANOCEAN programme which contributed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); increased opportunities to improve research cooperation within the selected thematic areas; and strengthened the quality of research and capacity building at both institutional and individual levels. Based on the successes of SANOCEAN, the two countries have agreed to continue the collaboration and expand the thematic areas of focus.

This announcement provides details on the first Call for Proposals under the renewed commitment for South Africa-Norway partnership.
The RCN will serve as the Secretariat for the first Call for proposals, and the call will follow the call requirements and administrative procedures described on the RCN call website.

More details below:

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