The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), in collaboration with the Greenland Research Council (NIS), is launching a call for interest for a new funding opportunity, the Konrad Steffen Grant.

In memory of Konrad Steffen, one of the founders of the Swiss Polar Institute and its first Scientific Director, the Konrad Steffen Grant (KSG) builds on his legacy of collaborative research between researchers based in Switzerland and Greenland on environmental change in Greenland.

Funding will be available for up to two projects up to 50’000 CHF in total.

The KSG will provide seed money for collaborative research on the topic of Natural Hazards in Greenland. Projects will be selected according to the process outlined below. Through these initial projects we hope to foster exchange of expertise, networking, and future collaboration opportunities between Swiss and Greenlandic researchers to address some of the big challenges ahead related to natural hazards in Greenland.

Information & brainstorming event

An online information event will be held via Zoom on 16 December 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (registration).  During this event, SPI and NIS will explain the concept of the KSG and present more concrete potential topics, based on relevant research questions for Greenland (see full description here). Participants will be asked to brainstorm around these topics in smaller groups, and to suggest additional topics within Natural Hazards if applicable.

After the information event, scientists interested in participating in a workshop during which final project will be defined are invited to fill in a short form, outlining their ideas and potential contributions (deadline 10 January 2022). Workshop participants will be selected according to the complementarity of their expertise and potential contribution to ongoing research in Greenland.

Photo - Konrad Steffen Workshop 2022

Workshop

A two-day workshop will be held in Nuuk from 7 to 9 March 2022 to bring Swiss and Greenlandic scientists together and define the projects to be funded. The workshop is not intended to be competitive but rather a platform to maximize the opportunity for networking and allow the bottom-up collaborative development of projects with the most effective spread of available funding. The in-person workshop will result in a concise description of the projects including timeline and budget.

Participation will be restricted to 10-12 Swiss and Greenlandic scientists each. All travel costs for Swiss participants will be covered.

Projects

SPI and NIS will jointly approve up to two projects for a maximum total of 50’000 CHF to be used towards collaboration. Eligible costs include travel (max. 50% of the budget), field work, consumables and equipment. The maximum duration envisaged for the projects is 18 months.

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