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Programme on Nanotechnology, Microtechnology and Advanced Materials (NANO2021)

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Open-ended Support for events and networks under the NANO2021 programme Choose
Open-ended Personal Overseas Research Grants and Personal Visiting Researcher Grants for ongoing projects Choose
Open-ended NOK 2 million for pre-projects for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Choose
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NOK 65 million for Researcher Projects within nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials Choose
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NOK 25 million for Researcher Projects in the field of neutron research Choose


A list with the project titles of all applications under processing will be published on the Research Council website.

Please note that the project summary may be forwarded to the referees when they are asked to assess the grant application. The project title and the project summary should therefore not disclose sensitive information.


The NANO2021 programme is the Research Council of Norway’s large-scale research programme on nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials. The programme seeks to develop outstanding knowledge and sustainable solutions and innovations based on nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials to meet the needs of society at large.

The programme is responsible for monitoring and facilitating the use of Norway’s membership of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), including the Swiss-Norwegian Beam Lines (SNBL) and the European Spallation Source (ESS), and works in general to promote optimal use of national infrastructure and expertise.

The programme seeks to enhance knowledge and technology development to address societal challenges, primarily in the areas of renewable energy, environment and climate, and improving health and promoting new medical technology. The programme also works to increase value creation and innovation based on Norwegian natural resources, and to expand insight into the impacts of nanomaterials on human health and ecosystems.

The thematic priority areas of the NANO2021 programme entail an interface with various other Research Council activities. The programme will give priority to projects where the application of nanotechnology, microtechnology and/or advanced materials will have a significant enabling effect on the research to be performed.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a scientific priority under the programme and encompasses both RRI as a thematic area for research and RRI as an integral part of research practice.

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Universities, university colleges, research institutes and trade and industry



Overall budget:

Approximately NOK 134 million in 2019.