Skip to main content
Email Print Share
NSF 10-073
Replaces NSF 09-064

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellows Nordic Research Opportunity

This document has been archived and replaced by NSF 12-006.

Penguin of the north image

Credit: Astri Luihn (http://www.luihn.com/); Bird: Uria lomvia ('penguin of the north')

The Division of Graduate Education and the Office of International Science and Engineering announce an international research opportunity for NSF Graduate Research Fellows. Available as a Supplemental Award, this special opportunity will enable Fellows to gain international research experience and establish collaborations with counterparts at Norwegian, Finnish, Danish or Swedish research institutions. The U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the
Research Council of Norway
(RCN), the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) and the Swedish Research Council (VR) will support research visits - on a competitive basis - between two and twelve months duration, depending on the host country. This international research opportunity is intended to enrich the Graduate Research Fellows’ experience through cooperative activities with leading Nordic scientists and institutions, thus enabling them to develop early-career collaborations with international research partners. Results of the research collaboration are expected to expand opportunities for innovation and add an international dimension to Fellow research projects. Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows who have completed at least one year of graduate study and who are studying at U.S. institutions are encouraged to contact potential Nordic host institutions for detailed information on current research activities at that site. Details for each participating country are provided below.

Norway

A list of potential host institutions in Norway may be found at: http://www.forskningsradet.no/servlet/Satellite?c=
Informasjonstekst&cid=1224066993924&p=1224066982949&pagename=internasjonale-stipend%2FHovedsidemal
.

Proposed activities at Norwegian Centers of Excellence and Norwegian Centers for Research-Based Innovation are strongly encouraged. Research visits between three and twelve months will be supported. A mobility supplement of NOK 12,500 per month is provided by the Research Council of Norway (double rate for those bringing spouses or dependents; the request for spousal or dependent accommodation must be included in the application). According to the tax convention between the U.S. and Norway, income from the Norwegian supplement under this program will be exempt from Norwegian income tax.

Finland

A list of potential host institutions in Finland may be found at: http://www.tekes.fi/NSFfellows and
http://www.aka.fi/NSFFellow. For the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Fellows are strongly encouraged to propose activities related to research projects funded by the agency. For the Academy of Finland, research activities may be proposed at Centers of Excellence and with Academy Professors. Research visits between three and twelve months will be supported. The Finnish host institutions are prepared to cover the Fellow’s living costs, typically as salary, as well as research-related costs in Finland. Salary paid by the Finnish organization will be subject to Finnish tax laws.

Denmark

A list of potential host institutions in Denmark may be found at:
http://www.dg.dk/en/centers-of-excellence-2/list-of-centers/. Eligible host institutions are the DNRF Centers of Excellence. Research visits between two and twelve months will be supported. In Denmark, support for the visiting Fellow’s research, education and additional living expenses will be provided by the Danish National Research Foundation through the Danish host institution. Anticipated support for additional living expenses will be approximately 9000 DKK per month.

Sweden

A list of potential host institutions in Sweden may be found at: http://www.vr.se/4.37eca2ee12a87a82021800045.html. Graduate Research Fellows are strongly encouraged to contact potential collaborators at the listed Swedish Centres of Excellence. Research visits between two and twelve months will be supported.  In Sweden, support for the visiting Fellow’s research, education and additional living expenses will be provided by the Swedish Research Council through the Swedish host institution.  Anticipated support for additional living expenses will be approximately 12,500 SEK per month. 

SUPPLEMENT AWARD INFORMATION AND ALLOWABLE COSTS

Graduate Research Fellows “on tenure”1 selected for the Nordic research experience will continue to receive their NSF stipend through their home U. S. institution. Awardees will receive NSF supplements of $5,000 to cover costs associated with the research opportunity, such as travel to and from the host country. The NSF stipend remains subject to U. S. tax laws. Fellows “on reserve”1 for any or all of the research experience period will not receive the NSF stipend while “on reserve,” but will be eligible to receive the NSF and Nordic supplements, including travel funds.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE

Anticipated Supplement Request and Consideration:

  • October 2010 - December 2010. Contact proposed host institution and secure a letter of collaboration that includes a plan for the stay in Norway, Finland, Denmark, or Sweden, and a biographical sketch of the responsible professor/researcher at the host institution.
  • January 14, 2011. Deadline for receipt of a Nordic research opportunity supplemental funding request from the Graduate Research Fellow through FastLane, as a supplement to the host U. S. institution’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program award.
  • February, 2011. NSF panel review of supplemental funding requests.
  • March, 2011. Final review of supplemental funding requests by NSF and the Research Council of Norway (for applicants proposing to work in Norway), the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation or the Academy of Finland (for applicants proposing to work in Finland), the Danish National Research Foundation (for those proposing to work in Denmark), or the Swedish Research Council (for applicants proposing to work in Sweden).
  • April 4, 2011. Announcement of supplemental Nordic Research Opportunity awards.

Successful applicants may commence their research stay as early as June 1, 2011 by mutual consent with the Nordic host institution, and no later than December 1, 2011. The research visit must be completed by the dates posted on the host country website.

All supplemental awards are subject to the availability of funds, review of the quality of proposals, and acceptance by the National Science Foundation and the Research Council of Norway, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, the Academy of Finland, the Danish National Research Foundation, or the Swedish Research Council.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT

The Nordic Research Opportunity is open to all NSF Graduate Research Fellows who will be active Fellows (on tenure or reserve) at a U. S. institution during the period of time proposed for the research activity in Norway, Finland, Denmark, or Sweden. NSF Graduate Research Fellows must have completed at least one year of graduate school before applying.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING SUPPLEMENT REQUESTS

Applications for supplemental funding to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Nordic Research Opportunity are submitted by the PI of the GRFP institutional award via FastLane, as a request for a supplement to the graduate institution’s current GRFP award. All Graduate Research Fellow applications from each graduate institution must be submitted as a single request for a supplement. Fellow access to FastLane (not the GRFP FastLane module) to upload text or complete sections of the proposal module will require the assistance of the GRFP Coordinating Official (CO), the student’s faculty advisor, or the Office of Sponsored Projects at the institution.

The request must include the following elements for each applicant:

  1. Name of Graduate Research Fellow, Fellow ID, Project Title, Proposed Nordic Host Institution, and Proposed Dates and Duration of Visit.

  2. Project Summary. A one-page summary addressing the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of the work to be accomplished in the time period proposed for study and research in Norway, Finland, Denmark or Sweden.

  3. Project Description. Limit: 5 pages. A concise, substantive summary of the proposed plan for research and general interaction between the Fellow and the proposed Nordic partners, including justification for the length of the proposed time period for the international research visit, and the expected mutual scientific/engineering benefits to be derived from the project.

The Project Description must include: the research objectives and methodology of the proposed project, the rationalsof Graduate Rhoons/phe host ccientistsand institutionsin the hest country and tdetailesof the proposed pollaboration The Ndscription must iddressithe expected mipactson the hesearch coreer cf the pFellow The roposed ptart=datesand tderation of Vhe visitimust be included ind sepported.by the Proposed plan for rresearch acd the edscription mf the reol of the Gordic nstitutions/ountry wn Nhe graduate itudent’s fhesei and moreer cfjectives A olan for rishsemintion of Vhe vrsults os sls,orequire d as ai anedscription mf the rroader Impacts

  • Nstrong>Pudget I and gudget IJstification .

  • <

    Swpplementalrytd pdcumentsS

  • Nhe uographical sketch of the rraduate R Fellow Ipplicant:.Limit: 52pages. /p>

  • <

  • <

  • <

    /li> /ul> /li> PROPOSAL DEVALUTION /strong>

    ASpplemental funding requests bor thei Nordic Research Opportunity ill be aeview d.by tanel tf Visciplinary Rnd inserdisciplinary Rxperit with iinternational research vxperience , uing the Intellectual erit /a> and

  • <

  • Sinal ruate Rhoons/paardees will rdependeon a reyment oetween tSF and the Research Council of Norway ,tSF and the RFinnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation or the cademy of Finland, rSF and the Ranish National Research Foundation, or tSF and the Rwedish Research Council.

    ELXPECTED DELIVERBLE

    AWth n tsixmonths wfter*completehoons/pVhe visitimo borway, Finland, Denmark, r Sweden, araduate ellows are sxpected mmo bubmittt reqort fo the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (irectory (se comtact pt the hational Science Foundation )that ietailesohe expecrence and eaccomplisheents of $he tiipt This ireqort ng requerecent os intadditionato andyestablish d by the Research Council oof Norway, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, the Academy of Finland, the Danish National Research Foundation, or the Swedish Research Council. <

    Tstrong>SCmtact pt the hational SScience Foundation :/strong>
    gtmulery@sf.gov//a>Tstrong>SCmtact at the lesearch Council of Norway (fCN),:/strong>
    tem@cn.no//a> Theorbj&osassh;rn Gilberg, phne : +47 22 03 74 33, eail< thg@cn.no//a>Tstrong>SCmtact at the linnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation o(TEKES),:/strong>
    peer*.wst lrtroahe,@ekes.fi//a> TErja Ämmälahti, phne : +35 85 05 57 74 22, eail<
    erja.ammalahti@ekes.fi//a>Tstrong>SCmtact at the lcademy o of Finland,:/strong>
    eeal.ikne n@ka.fi//a> TEinar Juneuni n, phne y+35 89 77 48 83 30, eail<
    einar.jneuni n@ka.fi//a>Tstrong>SCmtact at the lanish National Research Foundation,(DNRF) :/strong>
    mlm@g.dk//a>Tstrong>SCmtact at tthe Swedish Research Council tVR) : /strong>
    anntter.moh .wiklud,@r.se//a> Thoma irGst avsson tphne : +46 (0)8 546 44 338, eail<
    homa .Gst avsson@r.se//a>

    Ts name="gne">id="gne">1/a> a/sp

    Tstp>< ellowship PTnure otatiu in he irriod of ttime uring twhih Fellows artiveslyutilitz the followship Pward. AlFellowsIn o(Rserve)otatiu iostepne"sthe NSF aollowship Pupport fhile &rsainsng atfunll-ime tudent&at the lffiliate"dinstitution.Tnbsp; /sp /div> <

    /div> /div> /fote>r>
    div class="row hedden-sm"hidden-xs"> div class="col-md-45> /div> /iv class="cow hpad-top-10> div class="col-md-45col-sxs12 suttons > /i> /a>< div class="cseelleorop txonslyorop"N