Funding for Research Stays Abroad for Researchers


The purpose of this call is to encourage a greater number of researchers to conduct a research stay abroad and to increase international collaboration. International experience is important for building a career as a researcher. It increases expertise and expands networks, providing Norwegian research with greater opportunity to access the international research front.

About the call for proposals

Funding is available for research stays at a research organisation abroad.

This call for proposals applies across multiple activities under the Research Council. You may only apply for support from the activities/programmes that are listed in the call. Please note that some activities may operate with special requirements and guidelines for this type of funding. Applicants are therefore advised to consult the relevant activity for information about any specific requirements and guidelines. For more information, see “Relevant thematic areas for this call” below.

This call for proposals has an open-ended application submission deadline and applications may be submitted throughout the year as long as the call is still active. Applications are processed on an ongoing basis.

Applications for calls with an open-ended application submission deadline may only be submitted once. Please make sure your grant application is finalised for submission before you click on the “Submit” button.

Research stays abroad are to have a duration of minimum three months, and maximum 12 months.

At the time of submission of the grant application, applicants must not have studied or worked for more than 12 months over the past three years in the country where the international host institution is located. Exceptions may be made to this rule if the international host institution has equipment, facilities and expertise that are not available in Norway or other countries that would be appropriate for a researcher stay.

This call for proposals may not be used to spend parts of the researcher stay on Svalbard.

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

The call is open to approved research organisations. Any exceptions to this will be described below in the text for the specific activity from which funding is being sought.

Funding under this call will only be provided for stays abroad for researchers. Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship-holders affiliated with ongoing projects must apply for funding under the Research Council’s call for Personal Overseas Research Grants for Doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellows.

Who can participate in the project?

This call is open to grant applications for designated researchers. Please consult the relevant activity below for information about requirements related to the project manager.

What can you seek funding for?

  • You may apply for funding for research stays abroad for stays of 3–12 months.
  • It is only possible to apply for the fixed rate for research stays abroad, coverage of travel expenses (cheapest mode of transport), and coverage of documented costs for any fees required by the host institution abroad.
  • You may apply for support for a research stay beginning at the latest during the calendar year following submission of your application. For example, for grant applications submitted in 2019 the research stay must begin by the end of 2020. Applications must be submitted at the latest six weeks prior to the start of the research stay.
  • If you have children under the age of 16 and your family will be accompanying you, it is possible to apply for funding to cover the costs of one round-trip ticket for you and your accompanying family members.
  • If you have children under the age of 16 and your family will not be accompanying you, and if your stay abroad is at least four months in duration, you may divide the period into multiple shorter stays. In these cases, you may apply for funding to cover round-trip tickets to the institution abroad every other month during the research stay (to be rounded down). Research stays of less than four months do not qualify for funding for extra trips home to Norway.
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Relevant thematic areas for this call

All the thematic areas and topics listed below are relevant under this call. Special requirements and guidelines may be indicated in some of the thematic areas. In the grant application form, please select the thematic area under which the activity you are applying for support from is listed.


Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for Young Research Talent projects already receiving support under the FRIPRO funding scheme.

Energy, transport and low emissions

Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for projects already receiving support under the ENERGIX and CLIMIT programmes.


Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for projects already receiving support under the HAVBRUK and MARINFORSK programmes.


Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for projects already receiving support under the HELSEVEL programme.

Climate and polar research

Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for projects already receiving support under the KLIMAFORSK programme.

Enabling technologies

Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for projects already receiving support under the IKTPLUS and NANO2021 programmes.

Education and competence

Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for projects already receiving support under the FINNUT programme.

Welfare, culture and society

Under this call, this thematic area applies to funding for Researcher Projects already receiving support under the SAMKUL programme and for projects already receiving support under the VAM programme.

Requirements for this application type

Please note that it is not possible to revise and resubmit grant applications multiple times for calls for proposals with open-ended submission deadlines. It is therefore important that your application is completely finished before you submit it.

General requirements

  • The name of the researcher for whom funding for a research stay abroad is sought must be entered in the application form.
  • The grant application, including all attachments, may be submitted in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.
  • For applications affiliated with an ongoing project, you must enter the project number of the ongoing project in the application form under “Funding scheme” for the item “If applying for additional funding, specify project number”. The project manager for the ongoing project must be the project manager in the application for funding for a research stay abroad for a researcher.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description providing scientific justification and a plan for the research stay abroad, using the designated template;
  • A binding letter of invitation from an institution abroad;
  • A CV for the individual for whom the grant is being sought, using the designated template.

All the templates for attachments are available for download at the end of the call for proposals.

Grant applications that do not satisfy the above requirements will be rejected.

Links to websites and documents, as well as other attachments than those specified above, will not be included in the application review process.

Assessment criteria

Applications submitted to this call for proposals will be assessed according to the criteria for administrative reviews.

Administrative procedures

Grant applications will be assessed by the Research Council administration, and funding will normally be awarded if the application has satisfied the formal requirements stipulated in this call for proposals. Applications must fulfil the following requirements:

  • The applicant/Project Owner must come from an eligible category of institution.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope of this call.
  • The funding amount sought and the expenses to be covered must be in keeping with the framework of the call.
  • The budget must be formulated correctly to clearly indicate what the funding will cover.
  • The application form must be fully completed.
  • The required attachments must be included using the designated templates.
  • The project description must provide answers to the items set out in the text of the call.

All items in the project description template must be completed. Responses to each item should be as concrete and clear as possible.

The final decision regarding funding can be expected within one month after the application has been received by the Research Council.