Jeg har nå søkt ERC Advanced Grants to ganger. I 2018 kom jeg på reservelisten og ble rangert som nummer 225, mens 222 fikk tildelt midler. Den eneste kommentaren jeg fikk var på metode. I 2019 fikk jeg prosjektetableringsstøtte fra NFR til å forbedre søknaden og spesielt metodene. Søknaden jeg sendte i 2019 mente jeg derfor var et hakk bedre. Men med ny komite fikk jeg andre kommentarer. Her er panelets hovedkonklusjon:
"The panel recognized the strong academic track record of the PI, extensive experience of working in the region and
contribution to advancing knowledge in the field through ground-breaking research. They acknowledged the excellent
capacity of the PI to deliver the proposed project.
The panel appreciated the ambition of the proposal and its potential in addressing an important societal question, noting
novel dimensions that have the potential to enhance understanding of the drivers of migration and violent conflict in
Africa. The appropriate design of the research programme, selection of case studies, and sensitivity to ethical and
security issues was observed and the involvement of African scientists commended.
However, the panel was not fully persuaded of the scientific case for the proposed focus and approach. It considered that
elements of the argument lacked precision and evidence, such that the ability to move beyond the state of the art could
be compromised by insufficiently demonstrating the significance of the proposed explanations over other factors. In this
respect, the panel noted that dynamics such as the differential rule of law in African states and the young profile of the
population were not sufficiently engaged with in the proposal. Some aspects of the research design would also have
benefited from further elaboration, notably with respect to the research team, sampling and analytical strategies and the
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