Bilateral research cooperation

The Research Council has entered into bilateral cooperation agreements with a number of countries. These agreements lay a foundation for many funding opportunities for Norwegian researchers. We have drawn up roadmaps for research cooperation that detail the status of cooperation with each of these countries.

View roadmap for research cooperation

The Research Council's international calls for proposals

We announce several calls for proposals on international cooperation.

Go to calls for proposals

Japan

Priority topics: Energy and environment; space and polar research; nanotechnology and new materials; marine research; health, care, and welfare technology. The Research Council has signed a so-called Money Follows Cooperation Agreement with the Japan Agency for Science and Technology (JST). Read more about the agreement here: How does Money Follows Cooperation work? (forskningradet.no) We have an agreement with JSPS on the exchange of 2 postdoctoral fellowships annually. The Research Council is a member of the European network European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan for STI cooperation between European countries and Japan.

Contact for Japan

Canada

There is considerable collaboration between Canadian and Norwegian researchers in several fields. Keywords: Northern areas and polar research, fisheries and aquaculture, oil and gas, environment and climate.

USA

For Norway, the USA is the largest and most important single country for international R&D cooperation outside Europe. Topics: Climate and polar research, environment, security, health, energy, biological diversity, space research and social sciences.

Contact for Canada and USA

India

The research collaboration has so far focused on several topics, with calls within e.g. energy, climate/environment, polar research, health, social sciences and humanities, ICT and nanotechnology. In line with the Government's India Strategy from 2019, priority areas will be ocean space, energy, climate/environment, global health, and social sciences

Contact for India

China

Current topics: climate, environment and environmental technology, energy, aquaculture, agriculture, polar research, social sciences, and humanities. Since 2018, the Research Council has carried out annual joint calls with the Chinese R&D authorities. The topics are anchored in the Joint Action Plan, which is an agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, and this is regularly renegotiated.

Contact for China

Russia

Research areas that are particularly relevant: Polar, marine petroleum, society and the humanities, health, nuclear physics, space research, nanotechnology, aquaculture and marine technology.

Contact for Russia

Brazil

Research and innovation areas with potential for collaboration with Brazil: petroleum, renewable energy, environment and climate, marine, bioeconomy / food, culture / society.

Contact for Brazil

South Africa

Topics of relevance: Marine and aquatic research, maritime sector, and climate and environment, but also medicine and health, biotechnology, polar and space research, peace and conflict research, and development research.

Contact for South-Africa

South Korea

Particularly relevant topics: Digital enabling technologies, renewable energy, nanotechnology, hydrogen technology and energy storage, smart health. The Research Council signed an MoU with NRF (National Research Foundation of Korea) in 2017 and a "Money Follows Cooperation" agreement with KETEP (Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning) in South Korea in 2019. KETEP launched a call aimed at Norwegian Korean cooperation in 2020 and plans a new call in 2021.

Contacts South Korea