Optimisation Call 2022

SIOS seeks proposals of high scientific quality to develop the observing system and research infrastructure in the field of Earth System Science in Svalbard.

Click the links in the right-hand menu to read the full call text.

*** Change to call text *** For legal reasons, we have updated the call text (page 6) to clarify that payment of up to 50% of the granted funding will be made to the recipient up-front, and terms for the payment of the remaining funding will be agreed upon during the contract negotiation.


Opening of call: 21 October 2022

Deadline to submit a first-stage proposal: 16 December 2022

Opening of second-stage proposal submission: 16 January 2023

Deadline to submit a second-stage proposal: 28 February 2023

Announcement of successful projects: 14 March 2023

The proposed project duration can be up to 24 months, ending no later than 31 March 2025.

NOTE: You must be logged in your account with SIOS to submit any proposal. New accounts are approved by SIOS-KC during office hours (8:00-16:00 Norwegian time, Mon-Fri). Register a new account here.

Funding availability

The total available funding for this call is up to 4 000 000 NOK. Each successful project will be awarded between 500 000 and 1 000 000 NOK for direct costs1. In addition, a substantial in-kind2 contribution from the applicants’ institutions is expected.

1Direct costs are, for instance, salary, flight tickets, accommodation, consumables, equipment

2In-kind contribution is, for instance, project overhead, hours of the principal investigator, stay at own institution's field station

Details of the call

The purpose of the call is to stimulate cooperation within SIOS to develop the observing system and research infrastructure, and to position the SIOS community to respond to larger funding calls. Further details can be found in the call text (right-hand menu). 

Webinars for prospective applicants

SIOS is offering webinars for applicants to the SIOS Optimisation Call. The webinars will be held by our Observing Network Infrastructure Officer, Eleanor Jones, and will contain a brief presentation of the call and the application form, followed by the opportunity to ask questions. If you have specific questions you would like answered you may email them in advance to eleanor.jones@sios-svalbard.org. The webinars will be conducted using Zoom.

Webinar 1: Friday 4th November 2022, 10:00 (CET)

Register in advance for this webinar HERE

Webinar 2: Tuesday 22nd November 2022, 14:30

Register in advance for this webinar HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.