Norwegian Artistic Research Programme

The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP) has national responsibility for promoting and stimulating artistic research in Norway. The programme supports projects which contributes to promote reflection and insight based on artistic practice.

This call is from 2021. Next call will be published by 1 July. The application deadline will be 22 November 2022.

Application deadline: September 24, 2021 within 12:00 PM

    Who can apply?

    • Accredited Norwegian institutions of higher education 
    • The application may include other partners, provided that a Norwegian institution of higher education is the project owner.

    What can you apply for?

    • Funds can be applied for projects with duration of up to four years. 
    • The application must be within three million Norwegian kroner.  
    • Costs for use of infrastructure and equipment can be included in the application. 
    • All applicants must support the application with own resources.  
    • The grant can not be divided between partner institutions
    • Applications for financing of Research fellows shall be done in a separate application form. This application must be submitted in Norwegian, more information here.

    How do you apply?

    Applications can be submitted in English or Norwegian. The Diku application system Espresso is to be used when submitting an application.

    • How to apply
      • Applications musts be submitted electronically through Diku's application and reporting system, Espresso
      • If you are already registered in Espresso, you can log in with your registered username (e-mail address) and password.
      • If you are new to Espresso, you must register a new user.

      In Espresso you will find an overview of Diku programmes with open calls and a link for how to register a new application. Click the link to the programme that you wish to apply for.

    • Content of the application

      See the application form in Espresso and full announcement for further information on what the application should contain, including requirements for attachments.

    • Do you need help?

      Diku offers application guidance until the application is delivered. We can answer questions, but not read the full applications. Guidance can be given on e-mail, phone or videocall. Please contact us to make an appointment.

    • Formal criteria the application must meet
      • All applications must be submitted by a Norwegian institution of higher education, which will be responsible for project implementation. There are no limitations as to which accredited Norwegian higher education institutions can apply. Other institutions can collaborate and be active partners in a project.  
      • A head of department or a dean should be identified as the project owner on behalf og the institution.
      • The institution must identify an artistic project manager (project coordinator) who will be professionally responsible for the project implementation. Qualifications equivalent to that of an associate professor and employment by the applicant institution during the project period is required. The project manager must take active part in the project activities and dedicated time in the project must be sufficient to take care of the project’s organisation and activities. This requirement concerns the actual project implementation period, and salary expenses for the project coordinator may be included in the budget. Consequently, it is not a requirement that the project manager is employed by the institution before project start-up. However, the requirement concerning formal qualification must be in place when the application is submitted. 
      • The project can have it’s outspring from one single institution, but may also have institutional partners. Central project participants and partner institutions shall be listed.  
      • The financial resources of the programme are limited. The programme board has therefore set a maximum amount for applications of three million Norwegian kroner. Applications should be sharpened and reduced, and the number of project participants and partners limited.
      • Please note that the text cannot exceed the length specified in the individual sections of the application form. Additional text to the application fields cannot be uploaded as attachments. 
    • Required attachments
      • A letter of institutional support signed by the project owner. In this letter, the institution (the project owner) must also confirm that quality control of the application has been carried out with regard to the project manager's time planned spent in the project, that there is a reasonable gender balance among the participants in the project, that relevant ethical and environmental challenges have been addressed and that the project has a realistic budget and activity plan. 
      • CV of project manager and all central project participants.
      • Letters of intent from collaborating institutions and partners. 
    • Assessment of application

      NARP calls for international peers for external expert assessment. 

      The expert assessment will conclude with either:  

      • Clearly worthy of support 
      • Worthy of support 
      • Not worthy of support 

      Applications that are previously rejected and resubmitted will be rejected again without external expert assessment if they are not extensively revised.  

      The expert assessment will be made available to the applicants after the NARP board decision. The programme board put great emphasis on the expert assessments. However, the board will also do an independent assessment of each application before the allocation is decided. There is great competition for the limited funds available and very few of the proposed projects will get allocations.  

      The NARP board is expected to decide on project funding by the end of January 2022.  Applicants will be contacted before the result of funded projects is made public.

    • Allocation of funding

      If funding is allocated, a separate contract between Diku and the applicant institution will be drawn up for the implementation of the project.

    How do you report?

    The project should be presented at the yearly conference Artistic Research Autumn Forum.

    The project results must be made publicly available. The project owner is responsible for applying for international publication of the project results in relevant publication channels.

    A yearly project report and accounting must be submitted. 

    Legal information

    • Right of appeal

      Right of appeal

      If you are of the opinion that an administrative decision regarding dismissal ("avvisning") or rejection ("avslag") suffers from procedural errors or significant flaws or deficiencies, you may appeal the decision. Below you will find more information about which administrative decisions and errors may be the object of an appeal, how to proceed in order to submit an appeal, and how such an appeal will be handled by Diku.

      Which administrative decisions may be appealed?

      Diku’s decisions regarding dismissal or rejection of applications for funding may be appealed. The same applies to decisions regarding dismissal/rejection of requests for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act (Act of 19 June 1970, No. 69). 

      Decisions dismissing an application/request are decisions by Diku to reject an application/request based on formal grounds, e.g. that it has been submitted after the application deadline, or that it is in breach of other formal/absolute requirements applicable to the application/request in question. Decisions rejecting an application/request are decisions which, pursuant to an assessment of the application, result in a partial or complete rejection of the application, e.g. due to the application being assessed as weaker than other competing applications (grant applications) or lacking a legal basis (requests for access to documents).

      On which grounds may an appeal be based?

      An appeal of a decision regarding an application for funding may only be based on an argument that the decision suffers from formal procedural errors, or that Diku’s discretionary assessment of the application suffers from significant flaws or deficiencies.

      The phrase ‘formal procedural errors’ include breach of the applicable provisions in the Public Administration Act (Act of 10 February 1967), and of Diku’s internal rules for processing applications as set out in the information provided in connection with a call for applications.

      The term ‘Diku’s discretionary assessment’ means Diku’s concrete professional assessment of the quality of an application, carried out on basis of the academic, strategic, geographic and political priorities reflected in the applicable selection criteria/priorities in the relevant call, and of the application’s relative strength as judged against other applications competing for the same funds/public goods. 

      The term ‘significant flaws or deficiencies’ (in Diku’s discretionary assessment) refers to instances where the decision is based on clearly irrelevant grounds/erroneous factual basis, is made on an arbitrary basis, is discriminatory or must be regarded highly unreasonable.

      We underscore that appellants may not supply new information or otherwise elaborate the information given in the original application when submitting an appeal (e.g. regarding the description/scope of the project, activities, qualifications, relevance to the objectives, etc.). If submitted, such additional information will be disregarded by Diku in processing the appeal.

      How does one proceed in order to submit an appeal?

      An appeal must be submitted to Diku within the appeal deadline, and be signed by a person authorised to represent the person/institution named in the relevant administrative decision. The appeal must identify the decision which is appealed, and specify the changes sought achieved through the appeal. The appellant should also clarify the ground(s) on which the appeal is based, cf. the Public Administration Act, Section 32.

      The deadline for appealing decisions is three weeks, calculated from the business day when the applicant received the decision, cf. the Public Administration Act, Section 29. The deadline expires on the same business day in the third following week. If that day is a public holiday, the deadline will expire on the next business day. 

      How are appeals processed by Diku?

      After Diku has confirmed receipt of an appeal, Diku will as soon as possible assess whether the grounds for the appeal may warrant a reversal of the decision. If the appeal is found to be of merit, Diku may reverse its initial decision in whole or in part. 

      If Diku does not find the appeal to be of merit, Diku will send a letter to the appellant setting out the reasons why the appeal has not led to a reversal of the initial decision. If the appellant wishes to uphold the appeal after receiving this letter, the appellant may request that the appeal be forwarded to the relevant body of appeal. Upon such requests, Diku will without undue delay forward the appeal. The appellant will then also be at liberty to supply the grounds for the appeal in light of the letter from Diku.

      The governmental entity responsible for the relevant programme will normally also be responsible for handling appeals received in connection with the programme. For most internationalisation programmes, this is either the Ministry of Education and Research or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

      All appeals will be sought processed as soon as possible, and Diku aims to send its written reply to all appellants within three weeks from receipt of the appeal. 

      See further: 

    • Public information and rights of access

      Public information and rights of access 

      Diku administer considerable public funds for quality enhancement in the Norwegian education sector. Administration of public funds carries with it a high responsibility, both with regard to correct and transparent use of the funds, and for ensuring a high return-on-investment ratio through efficient and goal-oriented use of the funds. This is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we invite the public to verify that we meet this responsibility in a proper manner. 

      Rights of access vis-à-vis Diku

      Apart from proactively publishing important information about the different parts of our organisation, we put high emphasis on providing every interested person with such rights of access as they are legally entitled to. The rules regarding rights of access for the general public is first and foremost laid down in the Freedom of Information Act (FIA), whereas persons who are party to a particular administrative case may also be entitled to access documents in the relevant case under the Public Administration Act (PAA).

        The starting point of these legal acts is openness and access. In particular cases, it may nevertheless be that exceptions apply for certain documents and information, temporarily (postponement of access) or permanently (no access).  Such exceptions may e.g. be grounded in legal confidentiality obligations, privacy rights or administrative rules put in place in order to secure a correct and efficient handling of cases.   

      Whether such exceptions apply will be considered upon our receipt of a petition for access. It is Dikus goal to provide as much access with regard to our work as possible, and that exceptions from the rights of access only shall be applied where they have sound legal basis and are considered strictly necessary.  

      The right of parties to acquaint themselves with case documents 

      As party to an administrative case, one will normally be entitled to acquaint oneself with the documents pertaining to that particular case, cf. the PAA, Section 18. Exceptions may however apply, cf. the PAA, Sections 18a-c, 19 og 20. 

      In order to ensure an efficient and secure handling of petitions for such access, we advise that such petitions are sent to us via e-mail to the case handler stated to be in charge. In the petition, you must provide the case reference number or other information enabling us to identify the correct case, state what role you have with regard to the case (party/party representative), and which case document you request access to. If you should have any questions relating to such matters, we kindly ask that you contact the case handler stated to be in charge of the relevant case.  

      Petitions for such access will be handled as soon as possible. In some instances, we may nevertheless need more time to process petitions. If so, we will provide you with a preliminary answer where we set out the reasons for the delay and when you may expect to hear from us.

      If any documents or information are subjected to access restrictions, our administrative decision letter will set out which documents/information is withheld and on what basis. If particular pieces of information are restricted, these will be censored.

      Administrative decisions that reject your request in part or in whole may be appealed, cf. the PAA, Section 21 and Chapter IV. For more information on how to proceed to appeal an administrative decision, and on how such appeal will be handled by Diku, please see the section on Right of appeal..

      Rights of access for the general public 

      Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, all natural and legal persons will as a starting point have a right to access documents produced and processed by Diku, cf. the FIA, Section 3. Denial of access may nevertheless occur in instances where there exists specific legal basis for this, cf. the FIA, Chapter 3. Such exceptions may apply for one or more documents in their entirety, or for particular pieces of information included in documents forming part of one’s request for access.

      In order to ensure an efficient and secure handling of petitions for public access, we advise that such petitions are sent to us either via our mailing list on eInnsyn, or via e-mail ( When submitting a petition, it is important to clarify which documents/cases the request for access concern, cf. the FIA, Section 28. If you should have any questions relating to such matters, we kindly ask that you contact our archive personnel.

      Petitions for public access will be handled as soon as possible. In some instances, we may nevertheless need more time to process petitions. If so, we will provide you with a preliminary answer where we set out the reasons for the delay and when you may expect to hear from us. 

      If any documents or information are subjected to access restrictions, our administrative decision letter will set out which documents/information is withheld and on what basis. If particular pieces of information are restricted, these will be censored. 
      Administrative decisions that reject your request in part or in whole may be appealed, cf. the FIA, Section 32. For more information on how to proceed to appeal an administrative decision, and on how such appeal will be handled by Diku, please see the section on Right of appeal.

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    • Conflicts of interest

      Conflicts of interest

      The rules regarding conflicts of interest are put in place to ensure that public administrative decisions are made on an objective basis, and that they are not influenced by illegitimate interests and personal bias.

      The rules shall secure that persons with ties to a particular case which may be questioned by those affected by the decision, shall refrain from partaking in the decision process. That a person declares himself, or are declared unfit due to conflicts of interest, will thus not mean that that person is worthy of blame. As such, the rules are a preventive measure, aimed at avoiding that the objectivity of administrative decision-making may be subjected to doubt. The rules regarding conflicts of interest are set out in the Public Administration Act (the PAA), Chapter II.  

      Procedures for avoiding conflicts of interest in Diku 

      As a public agency tasked with administration of the management of considerable grant funds, it is a high priority for Diku to ensure that our decision-making is solely based on relevant and correct facts, and reflecting sound professional judgements. In this vein, Diku require all persons asked to take part in our administrative decision-making processes to assess their own impartiality prior to commencement of their work, cf. the PAA, Section 8. 

      This requirement applies regardless of whether the person is an employee of Diku, or an externally sourced experts partaking in our administrative decision-making processes, and whether the decisions are made on an individual or collegial basis (committees, programme boards, expert panels, a.o.). All external experts are required to adhere to the same procedures as internal employees with regard to impartiality/conflicts of interest. 

      In cases of doubt, questions regarding conflicts of interest are resolved by a Head of Section, or if necessary, by our legal department. 

      Ties which amount to conflicting interests 

      The primary rules for assessing impartiality is the PAA, Section 6. The provision separates between ties/interests which are automatically deemed conflicting, (Section 6, first paragraph), and ties/interests which, depending on the circumstances in the particular case, may be held to constitute such conflicts (Section 6, second paragraph).

      The ties/interests automatically deemed conflicting, are all related to the connection between the person partaking in the decision-making and one or more parties privy to that decision (for more information on who is regarded privy, please see the PAA Section 2, letter e). This is normally easy to establish, as the ties/interest concern relationships such as kinship and the like.

      Although no such ties/interest exist, a person may nevertheless be deemed partial/conflicted if there exist «special circumstances» which are «apt to impair confidence in his impartiality». Diku apply a strict line when assessing whether such special circumstances shall be deemed present. 

      A person will also be held partial if his or her closest superior is deemed impartial (so called «derived impartiality», cf. Section 6, third paragraph).

      Consequences of impartiality

      Section 6 of the PAA makes it plain that all involvement in administrative decision-making is unlawful for a person deemed impartial (“shall be disqualified from …»). 

      In cases information resulting in impartiality come to surface when a person already is involved, that person must immediately remove himself from the task and hand the matter over to a person is impartial. The new case-handler must then assess the case anew so that any biases are in the partial persons assessments are properly neutralized.

      If someone with conflicts of interest has partaken in a decision-making process resulting in an individual administrative decision (cf. the PAA, Section 2, letters a) and b)), such as e.g. a decision regarding grant allocation, this will constitute a ground for appeal over the decision. Partiality/conflicts may result in the decision being held to be invalid, cf. the PAA, Section 41. For more information regarding the appealing decision, please see right to appeal. 

      See further

    About Norwegian Artistic Research Programme

    NARP is the only national funding source for artistic research in Norway, and therefore plays a central role in the arts education. 

    Artistic research as an artistic parallel to scientific research, is enshrined in the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges, cf. Section 1.1, as a joint purpose for higher education institutions in Norway. The subject area of art encompasses the whole arts field as it is manifested in Norwegian institutions of higher education. 

    Artistic research has been a statutory task for higher education since 1995. There is an ongoing discussion in the academic communities about what artistic research implies. For both research fellows and the project programme, projects must produce results at a high level and with national and international relevance. It it essensial that the artistic practice is at the core of the activities, alongside reflection on process, methods and context, and results must be made visible. The artist's own experience and insight is the starting point, as opposed to research on the arts, where the view from the outside is essential.

    The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme is a member of the organizations ELIA, AEC and SAR. In addition, the programme has established a co-operation on the Nordic Journal for Artistic Research - VIS and the summer academy SAAR.

    The programme board was previously responsible for the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. The fellowship programme is now being phased out as institutional Ph.D. degrees are established.  The research training component is organized through Norwegian Artistic Research School, run by Diku.

    The Board


    • The Board 2019-2022

      Appointed by Diku for the period January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2022:

      Members of the board:

      • Inger Stray Lien (chair of programme board)
      • Karmenlara Ely, Østfold University College, Norwegian Theatre Academy 
      • Christine Hansen, Independent artist
      • Martin Lundell, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Department of Design 
      • Asbjørn Schaathun, Norwegian Academy of Music, Composition, Music theory and Music Technology Department



      • Tone Åse, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Humanities
      • Geir Davidsen, UiT The Artic University of Norway, The Artic University Museum of Norway and Academy of Fine Arts
      • Gunnar H. Gundersen, OsloMet, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design
      • Amanda Steggell, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, The Academy of Dance
      • Siri Langdalen, Inland Norway University of Applied Science, The Norwegian Film School
    • Mandate

      The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme is from 01.01.2018 part of Diku - The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education. The programme board gets its mandate from Dikus board: 

      The programme board will work for universities and university colleges to accomplish artistic research at a high international level. The programme board will contribute to the further development of the Norwegian model of artistic research and promote the programme internationally. The programme shall function as a meeting place for the creative and performing professional arts communities in Norway. The programme shall also contribute to promoting reflection and insight based on artistic practice, and stimulate cross-disciplinary communication. The programme board is responsible for the announcement, allocation and follow-up of the Project programme. 

      The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme will help support the establishment of institutional Doctoral degrees in Artistic Research, and will operate the Norwegian Artistic Research School. The programme board will for a period, alongside the establishment of institutional Doctoral degrees in Artistic Research, continue to carry the responsibility for the Fellowship programme in accordance with guidelines from 2014, as long as fellows are active in the programme. This includes among others: admission of fellows to the Fellowship programme, common measures for the fellows in addition to the 20 credits included in the research school, to approve the Assessment Committees before the institutions appoint them, and to recommend the institution to approve or reject the final assessment of individual Fellowship projects. 

      The programme board makes decisions about NARP's professional activities within the administrative framework that applies for Diku. The programme board is quorum when at least four members, including the chair or deputy chair, is present. The programme board itself elects the deputy chair. Decisions are made by a majority of votes. In case of equality of votes, the chairman's voting is decisive. 

      The agenda for the program board's meetings shall be available in advance. For each board meeting a formal report with decisions and a list of participants will be made. The report is public, unless an exception has been made in accordance with a law or a legal document or resolution. Compensations will be paid in accordance with the current guiding rates in the government employee manual (“Statens personalhåndbok”). Diku functions as secretary for the programme board. 

      The programme board uses Norwegian as working language, but in announcements the Project programme will require all applications to be written in English, in order to use foreign peer reviewers not affiliated with Norwegian institutions.

    • Previous board members


      • Cecilie Broch Knudsen, chair
      • Professor Live Maria Roggen
      • Associate Professor Hans Knut Sveen
      • Professor Serge von ArxProfessor Ellen Røed
      • Professor Annette Arlander
      • Associate Professor Geir Harald Samuelsen


      • Professor Asbjørn Schaatun
      • Professor Geir Davidsen
      • Professor Jeanette Christensen
      • Professor , Martina Keitch
      • Inger Stray Lien
      • Associate Professor Christine Hansen

      2010 – 2014:

      • Professor Aslaug Nyrnes, chair
      • Rector Peter Tornquist
      • Professor Jeannette Christensen
      • Associate Professor Siri Dybwik
      • Professor Nina Malterud
      • Associate Professor Hans Knut Sveen
      • Professor Malte Wadman


      • Professor Wolfgang Plagge
      • Professor Kirsti Bræin
      • Professor Serge von Arx
      • Professor Mette L’Orange
      • Professor Trine Knutsen
      • Professor Mads Gamdrup

       2003 – 2009:

      • Professor Siri Meyer, chair
      • Professor Bjørn Boysen
      • Professor Anne Grete Eriksen
      • Professor Kristin Bergaust
      • Professor Nina Malterud
      • Professor Einar Røttingen (until 30.09.04)
      • Professor Tori Stødle (from 01.10.04)
      • Professor Malte Wadman


      • Associate Professor Rolf Alme
      • Professor Terje Hope
      • Professor Jon Arne Mogstad
      • Professor Tori Stødle
      • Professor Frøydis Wekre
      • Professor Jeremy Welsh


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