Financial support for applicants

You can apply for financial support to find partners, networks and relevant calls for proposals, as well as for help to prepare a grant proposal.

We also provide supplementary funding to participate in projects and in forums that lay the foundation for future thematic-oriented calls for proposals.

Below is an overview of the largest financial support schemes the Research Council offers targeted towards increasing Norwegian participation in Horizon 2020. There are four different categories of activity:

  • finding relevant calls for proposals, partners and networks under Horizon 2020
    • Support for travel, finding relevant calls and new networks, and for profiling activities relating to the individual’s competencies
  • preparing an application for Horizon 2020 funding;
    • Project Establishment Support – for preparing applications for Horizon 2020 calls
  • participating in Horizon 2020 projects;
    • Implementing projects
  • participating in strategic processes and the design of future Horizon 2020 calls for proposals.
    • Influence future H2020 calls for proposals to promote national interests

Find relevant calls, partners and networks in Horizon 2020

The PES2020 scheme – support for travel and profiling activities

This scheme provides support for travel and profiling activities for actors who do not have an annual framework grant under the PES2020 scheme. Norwegian actors without an annual framework grant can receive 100 per cent funding for the costs of participating in H2020-relevant events that can provide greater insight into Horizon 2020 and help them to find new networks and project partners. Participation in relevant meeting places gives Norwegian actors the opportunity to promote themselves as attractive partners in future Horizon 2020 applications.

EU networks

The Research Council provides funding for the establishment and operation of EU networks. The overall objective of these networks is to increase participation of Norwegian actors in funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 by providing greater insight into the framework programme, enhancing cooperation between key actors, expanding learning and sharing of best practice and developing alliances. These networks play an important role in supporting the Research Council’s own efforts to increase Norwegian participation in Horizon 2020.

Support for preparing a project proposal for Horizon 2020

The PES2020 scheme – support for preparing applications

The PES2020 scheme provides financial support for the preparation of grant applications directed towards calls for proposals under Horizon 2020 or initiatives receiving funding from Horizon 2020.

Health research – support for participation in Horizon 2020 proposals

Two schemes are available:

  1. Support for national cooperation in areas of key strategic importance. Cooperation is to involve actors across institutions, research groups, disciplines, subject areas and/or sectors, and is to generate one or more applications for Horizon 2020 funding.
  2. Support for participants in proposals for EU funding in the thematic area of health that have been placed on the European Commission’s reserve list, and who are to reapply.

Financial support for submitting a new ERC application

This funding is provided to researchers whose grant application to the European Research Council (ERC) advanced to step two of the evaluation process but was not allocated ERC funding. The Research Council will provide up to NOK 500 000 in support if a new application is submitted within two years after the first proposal.

Plans for research infrastructure on the ESFRI Roadmap

National top-up financing for national consortia participating in the ESFRI Preparatory Phase.

The Research Council also provides free advisory assistance for Norwegian applicants preparing an application for Horizon 2020 funding, and we have a number of courses covering all phases of the project life cycle from identifying funding opportunities through project implementation.

Support for participating in Horizon 2020 projects

The STIM-EU scheme

Top-up funding for R&D institutes participating in Horizon 2020 projects.

The Research Council calculates the top-up funding based on the amount of EU project funding allocated to the institutes. Funding for coordinator responsibility and company participation is awarded separately. The funding is disbursed without the institutes having to submit an application.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) top-up funding

Top-up funding for MSCA fellows travelling abroad. This support is granted to researchers who are travelling out of Norway, either on an MSCA Individual Fellowship (postdoctoral level) or in connection with employment at an institution abroad that is part of an MSCA Innovative Training network (doctoral level).


Supplementary funding for Norwegian partners in projects addressing Horizon 2020’s societal challenge 2. NOK 5 million is available for Norwegian partners in EU-funded research and innovation projects under Societal Challenge 2, SC2 “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy”. The project must also be within the thematic scope of the Research Programme on Sustainable Innovation in Food and Bio-based Industries (BIONAER).

Supplementary funding in connection with calls for proposals in 2016/2017 under the EU programme, “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing”.

This call applies to Norwegian institutions participating in projects with funding from the EU programme, “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” awarded in connection with the 2016/2017 calls for proposals.

To be eligible for funding, project must be of relevance to the work programmes of the following research programmes:

  • Research Programme on Better Health and Quality of Life (BEDREHELSE)
  • Research Programme on High-quality and Reliable Diagnostics, Treatment and Rehabilitation (BEHANDLING)
  • Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL)


Supplementary funding for Norwegian partners in projects under Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” in Horizon 2020.

Projects must be within the thematic scope of the following programmes:

  • Programme on Democratic and Effective Governance, Planning and Public Administration (DEMOS)
  • Programme on the Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL)
  • Programme for Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector
  • (FINNUT)
  • Research Programme on Welfare, Working Life and Migration (VAM)

Access to loans and risk capital

Norwegian actors seeking to act as a financial intermediary or co-investor on the loan and equity side, and companies seeking direct loans, are eligible for PES2020 funding for the application process targeting InnovFin instruments. This call is issued in cooperation with Innovation Norway.

Support for participation to influence process and calls for proposals

The PES2020 scheme – strategic positioning

NOK 5 million is available under the PES2020 scheme for participation in strategic processes within the European Research Area (ERA). Funding is provided for Norwegian actors who would like to participate in European forums that serve as arenas for providing input to various initiatives within the ERA. Funding is available in research areas not covered by one of the national programmes under the Research Council.

Energy research

The Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX) provides support for Norwegian actors to participate in relevant EU (and IEA) forums to promote Norwegian priorities and advance the Norwegian research agenda, and to coordinate Norwegian actors in the direction of strategic processes related to the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).

Support for activities from the regional research funds (RFF)

Companies, institutes and public stakeholders in the three relevant regions may receive support for the development of R&D projects that can qualify for further funding from international funding schemes for research projects. More information about regional qualification support for EU projects is available on the webpages for RFF North Norway and RFF Inland Norway.