How do we work

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How do we work

The foundation aims to provide funding and support for long-term research and research-promoting activities, including research-based recruitment at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The foundation also supports comparable activities at other institutions in the country that are actively cooperating with UiT.

How to seek support from the foundation?

The foundation takes contact with potential partners, either through direct communication and/or through calls for applications. In both cases, the process of achieving funding takes several rounds distributed over a number of months. It is not possible to send applications to the foundation outside of announcement periods.

There are various ways to make suggestions to the foundation:

  • The foundation releases an annual call for applications for the TFS Starting Grant. A more detailed description of the two-step application process can be found here.
  • The foundation maintains a regular dialogue with UiT in which the university reveals their interests.The foundation may even make suggestions regarding the various priorities of UiT, such as placing an increased focus on the fields of nuclear medicine and mathematics.

The foundation has chosen a special advisory committee to assist in quality assurance, while assessments from independent, industry-specific experts are also utilized. The process is adapted to each project and is indicated in the call for applications and/or clarified with the individual applicant.

Guidelines for funding   ……………………………………………………………………….

  1. TFS aims to be involved in projects of high quality on an international scale.
  2. Project goals are qualified by independent, industry-specific experts.
    TFS aims to explore well-founded topics that are firmly established at UiT.
  3. Research efforts are conducted in cooperation with various institutions to secure the correct focus and expertise.
  4. TFS prioritizes projects that have a positive effect on a community or region.
  5. The support of TFS should make a clear difference in the outcome of the project, enabling actions that would have otherwise not been possible.
  6. No payment or rewards are required for TFS beyond the increased visibility of the foundation and its programs.

What role should the support of the foundation play?

TFS aims to explore well-founded topics that are firmly established at UiT. TFS support is therefore given exclusively as co-financing to subjects that the institution clearly prioritizes.

The support of TFS should make a clear difference in the outcome of the project, enabling actions that would have otherwise not been possible. The foundation prioritizes projects that have a positive effect on the community or region. TFS and its partners are responsible for identifying the effects that their support has on a project.

TFS intends to fund a limited number of large projects that are well-founded in UiT’s strategy. Projects should preferably contain themes of regional relevance based on high quality, impactful research that can be positively affected by TFS’s involvement.