Research Visits to Norway

Funding for research visits to Norway (Visiting Researcher Grants) is intended to enable researchers from research groups outside Norway, including doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows, to come to Norway to conduct a research stay.

Funding for research visits to Norway may be allocated as part of a larger Research Council-funded project, such as a Researcher Project, or in connection with specific funding schemes for visiting researchers.

Funding is ordinarily only provided for research visits lasting from one to 12 months. The funding is to cover the visiting researcher’s costs of settling in and other extra costs in connection with the research visit to Norway.

Rates for Research Visits to Norway 

Rates for visiting researchers to Norway. These rates apply for 2020 and until further notice.

Month 1: NOK 55 000
Month 2–12: NOK 31 000

Disbursement of funding

Costs related to the research visit to Norway must be entered under “Other operating expenses” in the budget information in the application form. In cases where a research visit will extend across two calendar years, the entire funding amount sought should be entered under the first year.

It is the Project Owner (organisation in Norway) that applies for and is the recipient of funding awarded by the Research Council for research visits to Norway. The Project Owner is responsible for ensuring that the funding is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the funding allocation.

The actual costs associated with the research visit to Norway are to be specified in the final accounts that accompany the final report. Funding that has not been used for the visiting researcher's stay in Norway must be repaid in connection with final reporting.

Travel costs

In addition to the fixed rates above, the host institution may apply for funding to cover round-trip travel costs (cheapest mode of travel) for the visiting researcher.

The following rules apply for travel costs for the visiting researcher’s family:

  • If the researcher has children under the age of 16, the family’s travel costs may be covered regardless of the length of the research visit to Norway. The family members must reside together with the visiting researcher throughout the entire research stay in Norway.
  • If the researcher has children between the ages of 16 and 18, the family’s travel costs may be covered provided that funding for the research visit has been awarded for at least three months. The family members must reside together with the researcher for the entire research stay in Norway.
  • A family is defined as a researcher accompanied by a spouse, common-law partner or registered partner and any children. A common-law partner is a person with whom the researcher has lived in a marriage-like relationship for the past two years or shares a common address.

Measures due to the coronavirus pandemic
Research fellows and researchers who must travel to their home countries or must cancel their stay abroad due to the coronavirus situation must report this via My RCN Web as a project change request. They will not lose their grants, but funding that is not spent may be withdrawn.