Allocations from the KUF Committee

The Board annually set aside a sum that will be allocated by the Committee on Artistic Research and Development. Here you will find information about applying.


Application deadlines

1 April and 1 October

Guidelines for allocations from the KUF Committee (the Committee on Artistic Research and Development)

Revised after the KUF Committee meeting of 23 February 2015

Before applying

What is KUF funding?

Every year the Academy’s board sets aside a sum of money for artistic research and development (kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid og forskning, KUF) that is being allocated at the KUF Committee’s discretion. Calls for grant applications are made twice a year. The merits of each application are assessed pursuant to the Academy’s understanding of the term “artistic research and development”, defined as follows:

At the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, artistic research and development (artistic R&D) is understood as creative activity in the field of art and design that contributes to new insight, awareness or knowledge or that has an impact on the field. Such activity is based on art‑ and design-related practices, methods and reflections, and the results of the activity are to be shared with the professional community and society at large.


  • Artistic research and development and artistic practices represent ongoing processes and are therefore subject to a continuous re‑evaluation within the professional community.
  • Art- and design-related practices and methods may include educational activities that are relevant to the various departments at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
  • Artistic research and development includes creative activities or processes carried out by individuals or groups, whether artists or designers, also when collaborating in projects with participants from other disciplines and institutions.

Who can apply for KUF funding?

  • Academic staff working full-time or part-time (at least 50% of a full-time equivalent position) may apply for KUF funding.
  • Academic staff working part-time less than 50 % of a full-time equivalent position, and whose work plan includes time set aside for artistic research and development, are allowed to apply for KUF funding to finance conference and publication activities (but not to relieve themselves of any teaching duties, so-called frikjøp).
  • Emeriti may apply for publication funding.
  • Project managers/applicants may also apply to include temporary staff, part-time staff, external experts, previous employees and technical staff.


  • The application shall meet the aforementioned definition of artistic research and development.
  • The applicant’s own time allotted for artistic research and development in his/her work plan shall be spent on the project.
  • The KUF funding shall help cover expenses that exceed what the various departments are expected to cover.


  • The Academy encourages academic staff to apply for external funding, when applicable, and to combine such funding with KUF funding and the various departments’ own resources.
  • If an artistic research and development project is expected to run for several years, applicants are advised to split the project up and annually apply for smaller amounts as the project progresses.
  • Funding for relieving academic staff of their teaching duties (frikjøp) can only be allocated according to the terms of the applicant’s and project participants’ position at the Academy. Applicants may not apply for additional work hours above the full-time equivalent (expressed as a percentage) stated in their contract. Moreover, the dean must approve how academic staff are to be relieved of their teaching duties, in regard to both the work plan in general and the educational activities in particular.
  • Applicants must have fulfilled their obligations in regard to documenting and submitting results from previous KUF-funded projects (see section 3). Any failure to comply with this rule must be explained in the application.

Evaluation of the application

The KUF Committee will evaluate the project’s merits on the basis of the aforementioned definition of artistic research and development.

It will also count in an application’s favour if the project

  • is relevant to the Academy’s teaching (R&D-based teaching)
  • collaborates both with partners from other Academy departments and with outside professional communities
  • is a preliminary project for the Project Programme ( ) or similar large-scale projects.

What usually does not receive funding?

  • teaching activities
  • personal competence building
  • conference participation, unless this is part of the project the applicant is seeking funding for
  • activities that have already been completed
  • payments to external actors to write about KUF projects
  • receptions and representation

The application process

Application categories

KUF funding can be applied for in three categories: R&D projects, R&D conferences and R&D publications.

R&D projects

R&D projects include everything from minor preliminary projects to major collaborations.

Applicants may seek funding for

  • the purchase of project-related goods, services and technical assistance
  • travel and subsistence
  • relief from teaching duties (this must be agreed upon with the dean).

R&D conferences

R&D conferences refer to venues for sharing and discussing R&D-related information (seminars, workshops, symposia) that are organised by one of the professional communities at the Academy. It is presumed that these events include Academy employees who are participating in their capacity as experts in their field.

Applicants may seek funding for

  • the purchase of conference-related goods, services and technical assistance
  • travel and subsistence
  • relief from teaching duties in order to carry out major events (planning, execution, supervision and follow-up work).

R&D publications

An R&D publication may be a book, pamphlet, digital text, online publication or other results that stems from work on artistic research and development. Publication funding may be given for the multiplication of a finished product (manuscript, dummy, filmed production or performance) and presupposes that work on the publication has been completed. A publication shall be quality assured through being peer reviewed by at least one internal and one external expert in the field.

Applicants may seek funding for

  • proofreading, copy-editing, editing and design/layout
  • printing (cost estimations for printed materials shall be based on a print run of 200 copies)
  • expenses accrued from the use of artistic materials and the acquisition of rights.


A budget shall be set up in accordance with the Academy’s current guidelines.

  • Travel and subsistence expenses shall be budgeted on the basis of actual, cost-conscious modes of travel and economical subsistence expenses.
  • Remuneration to external experts (keynote speakers, lecturers, course leaders) shall follow the Academy’s current rates.
  • Remuneration to external actors in connection with the production of a text shall follow the rates used by the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFF).

Application procedure

  • Apply on an electronic form.
  • The dean shall write a statement about the project’s relevance to the department (the applicant pasts the statement into the application).
  • Applications are submitted electronically to
  • Application deadlines: 1 April and 1 October.
  • A formal reply to the application will be sent to the project manager/applicant no later than two months after the application deadline.

Obligations upon receiving funding


The project manager will receive information about the financial framework, budget reference number and a deadline for using the funds. If the project receives funding to engage substitute teachers, it is the dean who will allocate these funds.

The use of allocated funds shall be documented as follows:

These documents shall be submitted to the KUF advisor, who will certify them and forward them to the reimbursing body.

Allocation period

KUF funds are allocated for a certain period of time only, and the funds are waived if they are not used within the stated deadline.

Any requests for a deferred deadline must be submitted on a separate application to the KUF Committee well in advance of the deadline, so that the request may be discussed by the committee before the deadline expires.

Presentation and documentation

Everyone who receives funding from the KUF Committee shall

  • share the results of their work with the professional community and society at large in a suitable manner
  • register the project and its results at the research website CRIStin
  • submit material to the Academy’s digital archive KHIODA
  • fulfil the National Library’s requirements to legal depositing.

For any queries, please contact the KUF advisor and/or the Academy’s library.

Acknowledging the Oslo National Academy of the Arts

When presenting and disseminating the project, the financial support from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts shall always be acknowledged, independent of the size of the financial support or whether the support was provided indirectly.

The Academy’s logo shall always be included in information material, publications and websites. Printed publications shall include the acknowledgement “Published with financial support from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts”, and the Academy’s design manual shall be followed.