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International Cooperation

The Research Council has entered into cooperation with a number of countries both in and outside of Europe. These cooperations lay a foundation for many funding opportunities for Norwegian researchers.


The European research authorities have pooled their efforts in ten Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) and a Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan to tackle major global challenges. Norwegian researchers may apply for funding from all of these joint efforts.

The ERA-NET scheme aims to coordinate the national research programmes, primarily into joint calls for proposals. In an ERA-NET Cofund action, EU funding is combined with national funding. Norwegian researchers may apply for funding when the Research Council is one of the participants in the joint call.

EEA funding scheme

The EEA and Norway Grants currently finance – or is preparing agreements for – research collaboration with a series of European countries: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania. During 2017–2023 there will be calls for proposals that Norwegian researchers may participate in. 

Nordic cooperation

The Nordic Council of Ministers has established three research-funding bodies: NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research, in order to make the Nordic region leading within research and innovation areas where Nordic cooperation provides added value and enhances international competitiveness.

Cooperation with USA and Canada

The Research Council announces funding for various cooperation measures on its website. NSF Graduate Research Fellows can apply for grants for research stays in Norway.    



Cooperation with Russia

Bilateral research cooperation between Russia and Norway has long traditions over a broad range of areas; marine research, environmental research, polar research, and energy research. The NORRUSS programme is a social science research programme on Russia and international relations in the High North/Arctic.


India and Norway cooperate in selected fields and thematic areas through the Programme for Research Cooperation with India (INDNOR) as well as under the related Norway – Global Partner (NORGLOBAL) programme.




Prioritised areas of research cooperation with Japan include "energy and the environment”, “nanotechnology and new materials”, “seafood safety” and “polar and space research". The Research Council offers grants for Norwegian doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who want to conduct research at Japanese research institutions.


China is emerging as an increasingly important partner for Norwegian researchers. The Research Council’s cooperation with China prioritises research in the areas of climate, the environment, climate technology and welfare. Funding is available through the Programme for Research Cooperation with China (CHINOR).

South Africa

South Africa is Norway’s priority research and innovation partner country in Africa. Projects are financed via funding instruments at the Research Council as well as under the special programme South Africa – Norway Programme for Research Cooperation (SANCOOP) and the Norway – Global Partner (NORGLOBAL) programme.


Brazil is Norway’s priority research and innovation partner country in Latin America. Collaborative projects are funded by among other things the Latin America Programme, which encompasses social sciences, development research, research on environment and climate, culture and society, and energy and natural resources.

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