Allocation from the Icelandic Research Fund for the financial year 2021

15.1.2021

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The Board of The Icelandic Research Fund has completed the allocation of grants for new research projects for 2021, the largest in the fund's history. A total of 402 valid applications were received by the Research Fund, 82 of which were funded, or about 20%.

The Icelandic Research Fund is the leading competitive fund in Iceland. The fund grants projects in all areas of science, from grants to doctoral students to excellence grants. Grants of excellence are awarded for major projects that excel in their field and have an international connection. In recent years, financial contributions to the fund have been around ISK 2.5 billion, but in accordance with the Science and Technology Policy Council's policy approved last year, funding was increased to ISK 3.7 billion in 2021.

The number of new projects and the total amount of allocations have never been higher. Grants for new projects amount to ISK 1.3 billion this year, but since the projects are generally for three years, the total cost will be around ISK 4 billion in the years 2021-2023. In addition to grants for new projects, almost ISK 2 billion will be paid to projects of previous allocations. The Research Fund will also support the participation of Icelandic parties in internationally funded projects.

Below is an overview of the breakdown between types of grants. Further analysis is found on the Research Fund's website. Amounts may change as a result of contract negotiations and information published may include typos.

Grants of excellence

A total of 31 applications for excellence grants were received and 9 were funded, or 29%.

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Kristín Jónsdóttir, Corentin Caudron, Thomas Lecocq Icelandic Meteorological Office Seismic tremor for real-time tracking of Natural Hazards in Iceland 34.285
Slawomir Marcin Koziel Reykjavik University-Department of Engineering Design-Oriented Computationally-Efficient Forward and Inverse Surrogate Modelling of High- Frequency Structures 47.455
Bjarni Bessason, Rajesh Rupakhety, Sigurður Erlingsson University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Seismic risk in Iceland 47.003
Hans Tómas Björnsson University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Role of Epigenetics in Disease Determined through Analysis of Machinery Disruption
54.679
Eiríkur Steingrímsson University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences The role of MITF in phenotype switching in melanoma 36.769
Sigurður Yngvi Kristinsson University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Early Detection and Intervention in Smoldering Multiple Myeloma: population-based screening and treatment 50.670
Viðar Örn Eðvarðsson, Runólfur Pálsson Landspitali University Hospital Adenine Phosphoribosyltransferase Deficiency: Mechanisms of Kidney Injury and Treatment Individualization 49.281
Valdimar Hafstein University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Symbiotic Living: Human-Microbial Relations in Everyday Life 50.415
Árni Daníel Júlíusson,Ramona Harrison University of Iceland-School of Humanities Power, Wealth and Pandemic in Two Valleys: Svarfaðardalur, Hörgárdalur and their hinterlands ca. AD 870–1500 42.116

Project grants

A total of 194 applications for project grants were received and 38 were funded, or 20%.

Physical Sciences and Mathematics (23%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Pavel Bessarab Science Institute-University of Iceland Stability of topological magnetic textures beyond skyrmions 19.883
Friðrik Magnus Science Institute-University of Iceland Amorphous multilayer magnets for spintronics 18.750
Benjamín Ragnar Sveinbjörnsson Science Institute-University of Iceland Brush polymers with cyclic and/or divalent side chains 18.750
Sveinn Ólafsson Science Institute-University of Iceland 2D Rydberg matter of Hydrogen 18.353
Gianluca Levi Science Institute-University of Iceland Ultrafast Charge and Energy Transfer in Sunlight Conversion 15.550
Olgeir Sigmarsson Science Institute-University of Iceland Hekla magma system 14.260

Engineering and technical science (19%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Mohammad Adnan Hamdaqa Reykjavik University-Department of Computer Science A Framework for Building Secure and Reliable Proof-Carrying Blockchain Applications 18.135
Antonios Achilleos, Anna Ingólfsdóttir,Luca Aceto Reykjavik University-Department of Computer Science Mode(l)s of Verification and Monitorability 17.908
Jón Tómas Guðmundsson Science Institute-University of Iceland Electron power absorption and plasma chemistry in capacitively coupled discharge 16.925
Páll Melsted University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Efficient algorithms for single cell RNA-Seq 16.298
Magnús Már Halldórsson Reykjavik University-Department of Computer Science Constrained Distributed Symmetry Breaking 13.085
Kamilla Rún Jóhannsdóttir Reykjavík University-Department of Psychology A reliable real-time fatigue risk management framework for ATC 4.388

Natural and environmental sciences (21%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Isabel Pilar Catalan Barrio Agricultural University of Iceland Herbivores in the tundra: linking diversity and function 20.546
Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Trapped in a degraded state? Tundra ecosystem responses to grazing-cessation 19.938
Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra University of Iceland's Institute of Research Centres The role of ecosystem stability for the ecological specialisation of marine top predators 19.770
Tómas Grétar Gunnarsson University of Iceland's Institute of Research Centres Ecological and evolutionary drivers of migratory behaviour in birds 18.363
Anna Guðrún Þórhallsdóttir, Jón Guðmundsson Holar University The effects of long-term grazing exclusion on carbon sequestration and soil carbon storage in grasslands 12.251

Life sciences (18%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Pétur Heidarsson Science Institute-University of Iceland Extremely disordered chromatin remodeling proteins: A single-molecule approach to mechanistic detail 20.523
Georgios Kararigas University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Role of CXCR4 in pressure overload-induced myocardial hypertrophy 19.888
Sigríður Rut Franzdóttir University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Pontin and Reptin in neuronal proteostasis 18.750
Petur Henry Petersen University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Transcriptional regulation of neuronal activity 18.750
Erna Magnúsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences A Rhox - code for mouse primordial germ cells 18.663
Sara Sigurbjörnsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences A zebrafish model for analysis of the role of Smoothened in osteoarthritis 15.306

Clinical studies and public health (20%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Unnur Anna Valdimarsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Reproductive mood disorders in women – etiology and impact 17.884
Emma Marie Swift, Helga Zoéga University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences The Birth-SAGA study: an epidemiological approach to uncovering determinants of negative birth experiences 17.848
Birna Baldursdóttir Reykjavík University-Department of Psychology Effect of School Based Ambient Bright White Light Intervention on Adolescents´ Circadian Activity Rhythms and Sleep 17.615
Magnús Gottfreðsson Landspitali University Hospital Improving the etiologic diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia requiring hospitalization 14.852

Social and Educational Sciences (19%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Guðrún Valgerður Stefánsdóttir, Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon University of Iceland-School of Humanities Bíbí in Berlin. Disability Studies and Microhistory – A New Academic Approach 19.081
Þórhildur Halldórsdóttir, Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir Reykjavík University-Department of Psychology Coronavirus: Impact on adolescent mental health problems & harmful behaviors 18.833
Thomas Brorsen Smidt, Guðbjörg Ottósdóttir University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Queer Refugees in Queer Utopias: Inclusions and Exclusions 18.738
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Liberalizing Abortion Rights amidst Global Backlash: Cases from Iceland and Ireland 18.350
Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Education Upper secondary education and the COVID-19 ban on gatherings: Crisis, challenges, and adaptability 17.289
Ásta Jóhannsdóttir, Kristín Björnsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Education Disability in the Time of Pandemic 17.285
Valdimar Sigurðsson Reykjavik University-Department of Business Administration Consumer Behaviour Analysis and Sustainable Healthy Food Promotion 7.284

Humanities and the Arts (21%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Margrét Eggertsdóttir The Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies The sacred and the profane. Comparative studies in the reception and transmission of popular and religious literature in late pre-modern Iceland. 18.750
Irma Jóhanna Erlingsdóttir, Ásdís Rósa Magnúsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Humanities The French Wave in Icelandic Theatre: 1960-2000 17.866
Einar Freyr Sigurðsson, Jim Wood The Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies Syncretism: A window into the interface of syntax and morphology 16.749
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson Iceland University of the Arts Exiled Musicians from Nazi Germany and Austria and Their Role in the Development of Musical Life in Iceland, 1935–1974 8.813

Postdoctoral fellowships

A total of 75 applications for Postdoctoral fellowships were received and 17 were funded, or around 23%.

Physical Sciences and Mathematics (21%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Muhammad Taha Sultan University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Tunable photodetectors for application in spectrometers 9.705
Kasper Elm Heintz University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Fast Radio Bursts: An Enigma and a Tool 9.538
Helgi Sigurðsson University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Polaritonic Neuromorphic Computing 8.865
Hera Guðlaugsdóttir University of Iceland-Science Institute The long-term climate impact after major high-latitude and equatorial volcanic eruptions 8.113

Engineering and technical science (20%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Anna Bergljót Gunnarsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Electrochemical ammonia production by electrode-electrolyte engineering 10.000
Atefe Darzi University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Quantification of the Reliability of an Operational Bayesian Earthquake Forecasting System for Iceland 9.870

Natural and environmental sciences (13%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Camilo André Ferreira Carneiro University of Iceland-Institute of Research Centres How can trophic interactions alleviate environmental change effects in the sub-Arctic? 9.595

Life sciences (67%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Jorgelina Ramos University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Age-dependent and sex-specific mechanisms of musculoskeletal physiology 9.873
Andrea Garcia Llorca University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Mitf mutations with impaired autophagy and retinal disease 9.705

Clinical studies and public health (20%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Þórir Einarsson Long University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Monoclonal gammopathy and kidney disease 8.715

Social and Educational Sciences (27%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Marco Solimene University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Houses in Bosnia and Shacks in a Roman Camp. Multi-sited House- and Home-making Practices Among Bosnian Roma Refugees 9.836
Jón Gunnar Ólafsson University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Media, Democracy and Fake News in Iceland 9.705
Inga María Ólafsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Mapping and tracking visual object representations through development 9.705

Humanities and the Arts (21%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Skafti Ingimarsson University of Iceland-School of Humanities Communist Lives: Approaching the Icelandic Communist Movement from a Biographical Perspective. The Role of Einar Olgeirsson. 10.615
Valgerður Pálmadóttir University of Iceland-School of Humanities Women bringing societies to a standstill Icelandic womens strikes and their international influences 9.575
Caroline R. Batten University of Iceland-School of Humanities Whole Holy Healthy Body and Self in Medieval Scandinavia 9.534
Hjalti Snær Ægisson Other The Bessastaðir Translations 7.455

Doctoral fellowships

A total of 102 application for Doctoral fellowships were received and 18 were funded, or around 18%.

Physical Sciences and Mathematics (31%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Rohit Goswami University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Magnetic interactions of itinerant electrons modelled using Bayesian machine learning 6.650
Mohammad Hussein Ali Badarneh University of Iceland-Science Institute Energy-efficient control of spin textures 6.480
Yorick Leonard Adrian Schmerwitz University of Iceland-Science Institute Energy Transfer in Semiconductor Quantum Dots Studied Using Nonadiabatic Dynamics and Reaction Path Calculations 6.355
Helga Kristín Torfadóttir University of Iceland-Science Institute The petrological architecture of the plumbing system below Oraefajokull volcano, Iceland. 6.480

Engineering and technical science (13%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Michelangelo Diamanti Reykjavik University-Department of Computer Science Agora: Unified Framework for Crowd Simulation Research 6.625
Bjarni Örn Kristinsson Reykjavik University-Department of Engineering Systems Analysis of the Interaction Between Air Transportation and Economic Activity: The Analysis of Iceland in a Global Context 6.625

Natural and environmental sciences (60%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Stephen John Hurling Agricultural University of Iceland Distribution, population dynamics and conservation status of Iceland's nocturnal seabirds 6.660
Quentin Jean Baptiste Horta-Lacueva University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Mechanisms of reproductive isolation between sympatric morphs of Arctic Charr 6.615
Tatiana Marie Joséphine Marchon University of Iceland-School of Engineering and Natural Sciences Ecological and social drivers of acoustic communication in killer whales (Orcinus orca) 6.333

Lifesciences (14%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Marta Sorokina Alexdóttir University of Iceland-School of Health Sciences Tracking trophoblasts in human placental development and preeclampsia 6.800

Social and Educational Sciences (17%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Paola Cardenas University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Social support, Acculturation, and Mental Health of Children and Young Adults who Seek Asylum in Iceland 6.625
Daði Rafnsson University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences The 5Cs as a behavioural analysis and intervention method in elite soccer 6.625
Eva Hrönn Árelíusd. Jörgensen University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Anthropological Study on the Experiences of Icelandic Adolescents of the COVID-19 Pandemic 6.480
Anna Kristina Regina Söderström University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Reading is succeeding: culture of reading in contemporary Iceland 6.330

Humanities and the Arts (19%)

Principal investigator Project accounting Title ISK (thousand)
Nikola Machácková University of Iceland-School of Humanities A Study in Textual Transmission: Egils rímur and the “Younger Egla” 6.825
Alexandra Louise Tyas University of Iceland-School of Humanities Community underwater archaeology: A collaborative archaeology project in Iceland 6.675
Jonas Koesling University of Iceland-School of Humanities The Sea in Early Icelandic Culture: An Eco-Cognitive Study of Human–Sea Relations in Mediæval Iceland 6.638
Ólöf G. Sigfúsdóttir University of Iceland-School of Social Sciences Rethinking Research in Museums 6.615

The information published may include typos.

Amounts may change as a result of contract negotiations.









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