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Joint Indo-Norwegian research projects in the field of Geohazards and Climate System in Polar Regions

Deadline: 15.04.2015 17:30 IST


Applicants are encouraged to read the text of the call carefully and to comply with the requirements stipulated for the relevant application type and the call for proposals. Grant applications that do not comply with these requirements will be rejected.

This call for proposals will be made active six weeks prior to the submission deadline.

A copy of the proposal in the prescribed template along with the personal details in pdf format may be submitted by Indian PIs,as per details mentioned below

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The English-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

This call aims at fostering research collaboration between researchers from India and Norway.

Funding for joint Indo - Norwegian research projects with duration up to 4 years, including dissemination and network activities (e.g. workshops and conferences) is available. This call is obtained in collaboration between the Earth System Science Organization Ministry of Earth Sciences (ESSO MoES) and Research Council of Norway (RCN). This call is in accordance with the Memorandum of understanding signed between ESSO MoES and RCN on October 14th, 2014

Up to NOK 60 million in total will be available from the RCN for joint projects, NOK 30 million for Topic 1 andNOK 30 million for Topic 2. Funding is provided in collaboration between the RCN research programmes: INDNOR, KLIMAFORSK and POLARPROG. ESSO-MoES will provide matching contribution to successful Indian PIs. 

Applicants are encouraged to incorporate own and/or additional funding. Applicants are also encouraged to demonstrate sustainable commitments from own institutions or other sources during and/or beyond the project period.

Scientific part

Topic 1: Crustal deformation and related seismic hazards and risks in India and Norway

Seismic hazard refers to the study of expected earthquake ground motions at the earth's surface, and its likely effects on existing natural conditions and man-made structures for public safety considerations. Based on the number of destructive historical earthquakes as well as the current seismicity in the region, the seismic hazard close to the plate boundary along the Himalayan front is clearly significant as also manifested in earlier seismic hazard studies. In addition, the topographic conditions in the foothills of the Himalaya mountain chain is inevitably susceptible to slope instabilities related to both gravitational forces, but more importantly also to earthquake triggered landslides. The largest destructive earthquakes have occurred in the Himalayas, especially in the North Eastern part. There is a need for more knowledge on detailed seismic hazard and risk studies in the region for the society to be prepared for earthquake triggered landslides.

Crustal deformation of Stable Continental Regions also represent a seismic hazard both in Continental Indiaand in the Scandinavian Craton, especially seen in the perspective of the increased vulnerability of the society, built environment and not the least the concentration of population exposure in parts of these areas.Such deformation may occur naturally, but may also be caused by human activity. It is necessary toestablish a focused research effort to address these challenges.

To be eligible for funding, grant proposals should address one or more of the following topics:

Seismic hazard and risk assessment in NE-India

  • Seismic source definitions through seismological and seismotectonic analyses
  • Local site effects due to earthquake ground shaking
  • Landslide hazard and its link to earthquakes
  • Integration of source, path and site characteristics and assessment of seismic hazard and risk

Crustal deformation in Stable Continental Regions (SCR)

  • Seismic and seismotectonic case studies in India and Norway
  • Reservoir triggered seismicity in intraplate areas
  • Understanding earthquake behaviour using borehole seismology
  • Earthquake swarms
  • Earthquakes on extinct rifts
  • Improved earthquake locations using 3-D crustal velocity structures
  • Understanding the crustal deformation combining GPS and InSAR data

Topic 2: The climate system in Polar Regions including teleconnections

The physical processes affecting climate can cause considerable natural variability. As stated by IPCC (2013),even in the absence of external forcing, (e.g. changes in solar radiation, volcanism, change in composition of the atmosphere), periodic and chaotic variations on a vast range of spatial and temporal scales are observed.Much of this variability can be characterized by simple (e.g., unimodal or power law) distributions, but many components of the climate system also exhibit multiple states—for instance, the glacial–interglacial cyclesand certain modes of internal variability such as El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Movement between states can occur as a result of natural variability, or in response to external forcing. The relationship among external and internal forcing, variability and response reveals the complexity of the dynamics of the climatesystem.

There is a need for better understanding of the complexity of the climate system in Polar Regions with related teleconnections. Research funding is therefore now available for Indian and Norwegian research teams in collaboration on these important matters. To be eligible for funding, grant proposals should address one or more of the following topics:

The role of:

  • physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere with special emphasis on Arctic and Antarctic reflecting challenges such as:
    • the influence of stratospheric physical and chemical processes on climate variability and change.
    • the role of atmospheric black carbon and aerosols in the climate system.
  • coupled ocean – sea ice - atmosphere interaction in Polar Regions and their feedbacks to the climatesystem at regional and/or global scales reflecting challenges such as:
    • Southern Ocean circulation and the climate system.
    • better understanding the role of Antarctic sea ice in the climate system
    • understanding large-scale teleconnections between Southern or Northern high latitudes and the Asian Monsoon
  • fjord dynamics in the Arctic including the interaction with freshwater fluxes, hydrochemistry and biota;
  • glacial dynamics in the Arctic and Antarctic in a changing climate, such as estimates on mass balance,changes in ice volume as well as increased discharge to the ocean.

Administrative part

Who can apply

Joint project proposals must be carried out by established research groups from Norway and India. The Indian applicant(s) must belong to an eligible institution as defined in Section 4 of personal details.

Cooperation between the actual Indian and Norwegian research institutions should be outlined in the project description. To ensure adequate participation of all project partners and encourage long-term cooperation, the project description should also clearly describe specific in-kind and financial contributions by each partner, including the partner(s) from India, as well as their role in the joint project.

What types of activities are eligible for funding

The scope of the project should be realistically described according to a timeframe and budget limitations.The applications are to be written in English. Plans for publication in peer-review journals that are accessible in Norway and India are strongly encouraged.

Each proposal shall have two Principal Investigators (PIs), one Norwegian and one from India. Please notice that two identical copies of the project application shall be submitted, one is to be sent to the RCN by the Norwegian PI and one to ESSO MoES by the Indian PI. The Indian PI should send a soft copy of the proposal along with the personal details to ESSO- MoES (email:rdeas[dot]indonor[at]moes[dot]gov[dot]in) to be eligible for funding.

Application requirements

  • All grant applications are to be submitted in English
  • The project description must have a maximum of 10 pages, including footnotes and references, following the enclosed template with font "Times New roman 12 points". For references and figure text, font size 9 can be used.
  • Activities, including dissemination and networking activities, should be clearly described in the project description and according to timeline. Plans for access to data and data storage should be described.
  • The work should be organized in well-defined work packages with corresponding responsibility.
  • Milestones should be identified that can be used to easily follow the progress of the project.
  • Budget information should be detailed and clearly presented, specifying all relevant expenses such astravel costs, and should be specified in the project description.
  • Management structure and partner roles must be described.
  • Four year research project duration is set as a maximum.
  • CV's including publications list must not exceed 4 pages.
  • Communication and dissemination of research results to key decision-makers, the public administration and the public at large is of particular importance and will be emphasised.

Additional information

Undertaking and Endorsement:
The Indian PI has to give undertaking and endorsement from the Head of the Institution

Agreement on rights to and use of findings and partner obligations (collaboration agreement)
Will be regulated as per the MoU   between   ESSO-MoES and RCN.

Related documents:

  1. Reports from workshops in New Delhi
  2. Description of joint call
  3. Memorandum of understanding
  4. Template for proposal
  5. Personal Details


For proposals on Geohazards :
Dr. O.P.Mishra, Scientist, Prithvi Bhavan, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Lodi Road, New Delhi: 110003.
email: omp[dot]mishra[at]nic[dot]in

For proposals on Climate System Polar regions :
Dr. Vandana Chaudhary, Scientist, Prithvi Bhavan, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Lodi Road, New Delhi: 110003.
email: v[dot]chaudhary[at]nic[dot]in

Last Updated On 04/09/2015 - 15:35
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