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The Research Council of Norway's Brussels Office

The Research Council’s office in Brussels assists Norwegian research and innovation stakeholders in establishing contacts and building networks within the EU system and helps to promote Norway’s interests in EU research and innovation programmes. The office also collaborates with Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) on a joint knowledge services hub.

The Research Council’s office is headed by Tor Ivar Eikaas and has an intern from the Research Council (currently Erna Wenche Østrem) in addition to local staff. The office is co-located with Swiss, German and Polish counterpart offices in a central part of the city, in close proximity to the European Parliament. It is also part of the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices (IGLO), a network made up of countries with similar offices in Brussels.

Feel free to contact the office if you need help in getting in touch with EU institutions, organising meetings, or will be working in Brussels for a limited period of time.

The Research Council’s National Contact Points (NCPs) (in Norwegian only) cooperate with the staff at the Brussels office and provide assistance in specific H2020 thematic areas. 

The Brussels office issues a regular newsletter, and you can subscribe to this by sending an email. Previous newsletters may be found here

Internship scheme

The Research Council’s Brussels office has a dedicated internship scheme for universities, university colleges and research institutes. The internship position is announced for approximately six months at a time. The objective of the scheme is to offer researchers and administrative personnel from Norwegian institutions the opportunity to experience working in their field within a European context and bring new knowledge home. The interns must have experience in working with the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, or corresponding experience from other international research cooperation.

Knowledge services hub (NorCore)

The Research Council has had an office in Brussels for 10 years. In 2016, the Council joined forces with Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) to establish the Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education (NorCore), with the aim of providing Norwegian stakeholders in the areas of education, research and innovation with more effective, better coordinated services. The NorCore office works to:

  • further European collaboration within research, innovation and education;
  • strengthen Norwegian actors’ ability to achieve their international goals;
  • support Norwegian participation in EU programmes;
  • serve as a bridge between the Norwegian system and stakeholders in Brussels;
  • contribute to the development of policy within research, innovation and education;
  • serve as a listening post for and advisor to Norwegian actors;
  • enhance Norwegian influence and support positioning activities.

Research Council of Norway Brussels Office

Rue du Trône 98, 1050 Brussels 

Telephone: +32 25 49 09 80

How to find us:

By train 
A five minute's walk from Bruxelles Luxembourg train station.

By metro 
Metro station Trône (with metro lines 2 and 6), five minutes down the Rue du Trône to no. 98.

By bus
Bus stop Place du Luxembourg.

By car
The office is located in the centre of Brussels, so we do not recommend to travel by car. We do, however, offer parking space for visitors. Please call + 32 2 549 09 80 to reserve a parking space.

By taxi 
Taxis from Zaventem Airport (Brussels' national airport) take about 20 to 60 minutes and cost approximately €35.
• Official Brussels taxi services: "Taxis verts": +32 (0)2 349 49 49) or "Taxis
   bleus
": +32 (0)2 268 00 00.

Written by:
Anne Riiser Special Adviser anr@forskningsradet.no
Published:
08.01.2018
Last updated:
10.01.2018