HarSval project: Early Career Researcher call

The Bilateral initiative aiming at Harmonisation of the Svalbard cooperation (HarSval) is a multidisciplinary initiative which aims to strengthen the existing collaboration and foster new partnerships between scientists from Poland and Donor States (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) conducting scientific research in Svalbard. An offer is addressed to Early Career Scientists (undergraduate/graduate students and PhD. candidates) affiliated with Norwegian universities or research institutes. Proposals with a strong bilateral collaboration will be prioritised. (A similar offer is addressed to ECRs affiliated to Polish entities through a separate call announced by the International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice).

Funding is guaranteed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. https://eeagrants.org/

Example activities

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Short research stays and internships at Polish or Donor State institutions.
  • Participation in courses or workshops including the HarSval school of Polar Hydrology taking place in late-2024.
  • Presentation of scientific research resulting from Norwegian-Polish collaboration in Svalbard at national or international conferences.

Proposals with a strong Polish-Norwegian bilateral collaboration will be prioritised.

Scientific disciplines

HarSval is a multidisciplinary initiative encompassing cryospheric, oceanographic, coastal change, geohazards, ecological, geological, geophysical, geomorphological, paleogeographical, and cultural heritage studies, and related disciplines. Applications demonstrating strong Polish-Norwegian collaboration and a clear link to a scientific discipline covered by the HarSval initiative will be prioritised.

Submit an application

The funding is intended to cover expenses such as air fare, accommodation and registration fees incurred as a direct result of participation in the activity. All activities must take place before 31/12/2024 and during the time the applicant is a registered undergraduate/graduate student or PhD. candidate affiliated with a Norwegian university or research institute.

Applicants should complete the webform including a description of the project, the purpose of the activity, its contribution to strengthening bilateral collaboration, anticipated budget, and the contact details of relevant persons at both the applicant's home university/research institute (e.g. supervisor, department administrator) and partner university/research institute in Poland or Donor State (e.g. collaborator, coauthor, course organiser). Applicants must prepare a post about the activity for SIOS social media channels and, following completion of the activity, submit a short report or conference presentation materials.

Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts for expenses incurred such as flight ticket receipts and boarding passes, hotel receipts, and conference registration fee receipts. Funding will then be transferred to the applicant's university or research institute.

The call will remain open through 2024, or until all available funding has been allocated. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Apply here