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Aurora mobility grants for researcher exchange with France

Scientific staff/groups of researchers at Norwegian institutions may seek funding for short-term stays in France to launch and develop joint research projects.

Personal overseas research grant Choose
06.09.2017 13:00 CEST


Grants for short-term stays in France for the purpose of launching and developing joint research projects with French researchers may only be sought for one calendar year (2018). The French researchers participating in the project must submit a corresponding grant application to Campus France. Please note that The Research Council’s deadlines are absolute and final. Proposals have to be submitted on September 6, 2017 at 13h00 at latest. The system is automatically closed to new submissions when the deadline expires.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The annual Norwegian budgetary framework is approximately NOK 800,000. Funding is normally granted to about 12 projects per year.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Eligibility and rates

Grant applications will be accepted from scientific staff/groups of researchers (normally two to four persons) for funding of a stay of limited duration in France within the framework of one calendar year (2018). Younger researchers (including Ph.D. students) from both Norway and France must be incorporated into the projects and participate in the activities abroad.

Applications will be accepted for funding to cover travel and living expenses. Other expenses, such as salary and purchase of equipment, are not covered under the programme.

The following rates are used as a basis:

  • Funding of stays in France of up to NOK 1,500 per 24-hour period (overnight accommodation and meals)
  • Funding of travel expenses.

These daily rates may be reduced if funding is sought for longer stays or for multiple project participants.

Assessment criteria

Evaluated by French experts:

  • General quality of the project

Evaluated by the French and the Norwegian administration:

  • Will the exchange contribute to establishing a new collaboration between the two institutions?
  • Are young researchers involved in the project?
  • Gender balance in the project. Assuming that all other factors are equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers
  • Do the project teams have any plans for research collaboration within European programs or H2020?
  • Have you or this project received funding from Aurora during the last two years (2016, 2017)? Assuming that all other factors are equal, priority will be given to projects not having received funding the two last years. 

Applications must be submitted in both France and Norway

Projects under the Aurora programme are funded jointly by Norway and France, and applications must be submitted to both countries for processing. Norwegian applicants must therefore ensure that the French project manager submits an application for a stay in Norway to the French programme administration (Campus France).


On the Norwegian side, the deadline is September 6, 2017 at 13h00. The deadline is absolute and final. It is possible to open, revise and resubmit an application that has already been submitted provided that the submission deadline has not yet expired. It is always the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be registered and assessed by the Research Council.
On the French side, the deadline is also September 6, 2017, but no specific hour.

Prioritised subject areas

The programme is open to all subject areas and disciplines. Scientific staff/groups of researchers in the humanities and social sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

Decision for funding

Decisions regarding grant allocations are taken by a Norwegian-French body. Therefore, Norwegian applicants are not entitled to submit a complaint regarding the application assessment process in accordance with the Research Council’s ordinary complaints procedures, nor will they be given access to the assessments of their grant proposal.

Reports and disbursements

Disbursement of the allowance: The allowance will be disbursed in arrears for the calendar year on the basis of the final report and project account report submitted. These reports must be submitted electronically by 20 January at the latest of the year following the activity. The report must describe the scientific benefit of the project and how the funds were used.