Via the world’s largest research programme, Horizon 2020, the EU offers a variety of opportunities for funding and participation in research collaboration. The EEA provides funding for bilateral projects in which Norwegian research organisations can participate.
The EU's ninth framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, starts on 1. January 2021 with a proposed total budget of 94 billion euros. Norwegian actors can apply for funding on an equal footing with companies, public enterprises and research institutions in EU member states.
The EEA and Norway Grants scheme issues calls for proposals for bilateral projects in which Norwegian partners can participate. The main applicant must be from the country in question, but there is a requirement of at least one Norwegian partner in each project. Norwegian companies, public sector and research organisations are all relevant project partners.
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European Joint Programming Initiatives
Researchers from participating countries may apply for funding under the European Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), while the Eurostars Programme is for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) conducting R&D projects.
Research funding is available under 10 European Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), each with its own thematic area to address global challenges. Applicants for project funding must be affiliated with an academic institution, company/industry, the public sector or an NGO.
Norwegian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that carry out research and development may seek funding for R&D projects from the Eurostars Programme. There are two application submission deadlines per year.
Nordic joint announcements and bilateral agreements
The Nordic countries have their own joint calls for proposals that are open to researchers working in the Nordic countries. Norway cooperates bilaterally with eight priority partner countries outside the EU/EEA, with funding available for both fellowships and project funding. In addition, researchers and individuals from non-academic sectors can take part in networks to establish contacts, find partners for grant applications or participate in projects.
NordForsk announces funding through joint Nordic research programmes in all thematic areas. To be eligible for funding, activities must normally involve the participation of researchers from at least three Nordic countries or the autonomous areas.
Norway has research cooperation with eight priority partner countries outside the EU/EEA: the US, Canada, Brazil, Japan, China, India and South Africa, plus Russia. We issue joint calls in a number of research areas such as health and medicine, energy, climate, the environment, society and technology.
Mobility and networking
Researchers and employees in other sectors can take part in and launch international networks for professional cooperation and network building. If you are planning a research stay abroad, or your institution is planning to host a guest researcher, EURAXESS can provide useful knowledge and support.
Planning a research stay abroad?
If you are planning to carry out research abroad, you can take advantage of EURAXESS Norway’s tips and assistance for many of the practical aspects of your move. See the webpage Conduct research abroad on the Norwegian EURAXESS portal.
If you are planning a research stay abroad and wish to seek funding to cover the costs, perhaps in connection with a doctoral or post-doctoral fellowship, search the EURAXESS database for funding opportunities.
Host a research stay?
If you are planning to host a visiting researcher from abroad, see here for information about the role of hosts, including the recommendations in the “European Charter & Code for Researchers” regarding responsibilities and obligations of researchers, employers and funders with regard to working conditions, knowledge development and knowledge sharing, among other things.