How does the ‘Money Follows Cooperation’ model work?

Researchers from Norway apply for funding in collaboration with a main applicant from another applicable country. Funding is allocated on a competitive basis and the projects are carried out in accordance with the Research Council’s applicable rules and procedures.

The MFC model simplifies funding of collaborative projects carried out in several countries by directly including foreign researchers in a national funding programme. This means that organisations that fund research can provide funding to projects that include research activities abroad.

Mutual broadening of access to national funding schemes

The Research Council’s practice for some time has been that we can cover the costs associated with the involvement of foreign researchers in our projects, with a very few limitations. Since many other countries have had a more restrictive practice, the Research Council has entered into agreements with a number of countries to ensure that such openness is reciprocal.

The terms and conditions will therefore be mutual: Together with a project manager from a collaborating country, Norwegian researchers will be able to submit project applications to a foreign research council. If the projects receive funding, the foreign research council will also fund the Norwegian researchers in the consortium. The same applies to researchers from institutions in collaborating countries that apply for funding from the Research Council of Norway, together with a Norwegian project manager.

No specific bilateral calls for proposals

The MFC model does not have its own bilateral calls for proposals, but opens for international collaboration through ordinary national calls. Terms and conditions will depend on the application type. Questions related to the Research Council's terms and conditions can be sent to the contact person for the respective calls for proposals.

The Research Council has so far entered into MFC agreements with the research councils of four countries: the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP). Application requirements for calls from these partners are set out on their respective websites.

Partners in the application

Applications submitted to us must include a description of the foreign partner’s role and budget in the section ‘Partners’.

About the individual countries:

Information about the agreement with Switzerland

Information about the agreement with the Netherlands

Information about the agreement with South Korea

Information about the agreement with Japan

Information about the agreement with Finland