PES2020 Support for the Establishment of Project Proposals Directed towards Horizon 2020


The PES2020 scheme helps to strengthen Norwegian participation under H2020 and improve returns in the form of project funding under the EU framework programme. The PES2020 scheme is designed to relieve some of the cost burden for Norwegian applicants related to the preparation of project proposals, and to raise the overall competence of Norwegian applicants with regard to participation under H2020.

Funding under the scheme will also help to enhance the quality of the proposals submitted, increase the number of proposals involving Norwegian participants and encourage the participation of new applicants in EU projects.

About the call for proposals

Support under the PES2020 scheme is to help to enhance the quality of the proposals submitted for EU funding. Applicants are encouraged to submit PES2020 applications to the Research Council at the earliest possible point, i.e. as soon as a planned project begins to take shape, and at the latest four weeks before the EU application submission deadline.

The PES2020 scheme provides you with the opportunity to receive guidance from the relevant National Contact Point (NCP) at the Research Council as well as from our external advisers with PNO Consultants. PES2020 applications that are submitted before an H2020 call for proposals has been published will not be processed and answered before the call in question has been issued.

Applications that are received later than four weeks before the relevant EU deadline will be rejected.

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

Who is eligible to apply?

All Norwegian actors who have a formal role in an H2020 project proposal are eligible to apply for funding.

Research organisations that have already received a framework grant under the PES2020 scheme are not eligible to apply. If institutions that have been awarded a framework grant choose to submit individual grant applications for support for project establishment and for travel/profiling, they may receive a maximum of NOK 500 000 in support from PES2020 per year.

If multiple Norwegian applicants are collaborating on the same H2020 project proposal, those applicants that do not have a framework grant are to submit a single, joint PES2020 application.

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner

The organisation listed as the Project Owner in the application form must have authorised you to submit the grant application. The Project Owner must satisfy the formal requirements for participating in an EU project proposal. 

What can you seek funding for?

The amount of funding awarded will vary according to the type of action, the applicant’s role in, and the budget of, the planned H2020 project. It also depends on the number of Norwegian actors seeking funding.

There is a ceiling amount for each type of action. The funding to be awarded to each application will be determined on an individual basis. The pledged PES2020 funding will be disbursed if the H2020 project proposal is formally approved as eligible. Extra support will be awarded if the H2020 project proposal receives an evaluation score that is over the threshold.

For H2020 project proposals with a two-stage submission scheme, 50 per cent of the PES2020 funding will normally be disbursed for each stage.

Resubmission of proposals
You may apply for support to resubmit a proposal for H2020 funding. In these cases, applicants are required to attach the evaluation report from the previous H2020 proposal to their application for PES2020 support. The amount of funding awarded will be significantly lower than for first-time proposals.


Type of action

Max. amount for H2020 proposals deemed eligible

Additional support for H2020 proposals deemed over threshold

Research & Innovation Action (RIA) Innovation Action (IA)

NOK 400 000

NOK 100 000

Coordination & Support Action (CSA)
Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI)
Pre-Commercial procurement (PCP)

 NOK 150 000

NOK 50 000

Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

Eurostars (Max. amount per application)

Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL)

COST (establishment of new networks) 

NOK 100 000


SME Instrument Phase 1* (no more calls for prososals during Horizon 2020)

NOK 50 000


SME 2b SME Instrument - EIC AcceleratorPilot Phase 2* (formerly SMB Instrument)

NOK 75 000


*) The same company may only receive PES2020 funding once over the two phases. After having completed a Phase 2 project with H2020 funding, companies will be eligible to apply for PES2020 funding again in connection with a new SME Instrument proposal for H2020 funding.

COORDINATOR - Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and the European Research Council

Type of action

Max. amount for H2020 proposals deemed eligible

Additional support for H2020 proposals deemed over threshold

MSCA Innovative Training Network (ITN)

 NOK 100 000

NOK 100 000

MCSA – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
MSCA – Co-Funding of regional, national and international programs (COFUND)

NOK 50 000

 NOK 50 000

MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF)

NOK 10 000

NOK 10 000

ERC Starting Grant
ERC Consolidator Grant
ERC Advanced Grant

 NOK 50 000

 NOK 25 000 
(for round 2)


Type of action

Max. amount for H2020 proposals deemed eligible

Additional support for H2020 proposals deemed over threshold


NOK 50 000

NOK 10 000

Work package leader

NOK 70 000

NOK 10 000

Multiple participants in one PES2020 application

Assessed on an individual basis

Assessed on an individual basis



(writing project proposals)

NOK 50 000


Conditions for funding

Support to research organisations or other entities that pursue both economic and non-economic activities may only be used for the organisation’s non-economic activity. Thus, it does not constitute state aid. The Research Council requires a clear separation of accounts for the organisation’s economic and non-economic activities.

De minimis aid

Support will be awarded to companies as de minimis aid. This means that companies (defined as an “undertaking” in the state aid rules) may receive maximum EUR 200 000 in de minimis aid over a period of three fiscal years.

Prior to disbursement of any de minimis aid, the Research Council will request written confirmation and an overview of all other de minimis aid that the company has received in the course of the three fiscal years in question. For companies that are a part of a group of linked enterprises, the ceiling amount generally applies to the group as a whole. For more information on de minimis aid, see the Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013.

Reporting and disbursement of funding

PES2020 funding will be disbursed in arrears once the Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) or equivalent documentation is available. The PES2020-support is disbursed as a lumpsum. The Research Council may, however, ask for documentation of incurred costs for the project.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

Practical information

Requirements for this application type

In the grant application form, please enter the project period and budget for the PES2020 funding being sought, and not for the planned EU project.

  • Grant applications and all attachments may be submitted in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description of maximum five pages. The designated template is available for download at the bottom of this call for proposals
  • If the applicant is a company, the most recent annual accounts must be provided.

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. There is no technical validation of the content of the attachments you upload, so please make sure that you upload the correct file for the selected type of attachment.

Assessment criteria

Grant proposals will be assessed on the basis of these criteria:

Each PES2020 application will in addition be assessed by the Research Council’s National Contact Point (NCP) for the relevant research area on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Has the applicant provided the required information?
  • Has the application been received by the relevant deadline?
  • Does the planned H2020 project comply with the guidelines of the relevant call for proposals?
  • Is the applicant the right type of actor in relation to the relevant type of action?
  • Does the applicant have the finances, expertise and capacity needed to win EU funding and to implement the planned research project in a satisfactory manner?
  • For applicants who have previously received PES2020 funding: does the applicant’s track record under H2020 indicate that the applicant should receive further funding?

The PES2020 scheme is intended to help to lower the threshold for Norwegian applicants interested in taking part in an H2020 project proposal. Requirements for obtaining EU funding are hard to satisfy. The Research Council therefore cannot provide support to applicants that do not have the necessary foundation for winning EU funding or implementing the planned project in a satisfactory manner. Applicants that do not satisfy the minimum requirements or that have not shown a positive development despite repeated attempts to win funding can therefore not expect to be awarded PES2020 funding.

Occasionally, the Research Council may demand additional information in order to pay the PES2020-support. Such demands may be a minimum score on the submitted EU-application, or mandatory guidance from a NCP while preparing the proposal.

Such demands may be raised in cases of doubt as to whether the applicant have the necessary funds to take part in the planned EU-proposal, the history of the applicant in terms of the EU framework programs, or the composition of the consortium.

The state aid rules have special requirements for companies receiving project funding under the Eurostars Programme. Companies that fulfil the definition of an “undertaking in difficulty” are not eligible to receive PES2020 funding to prepare Eurostars applications.

To determine whether your company is qualified to serve as coordinator of an H2020 project, we recommend taking the Financial Viability Self-Check on the H2020 website.

Administrative procedures

Applications will be processed by the NCPs. Normally applicants will receive written notification of the outcome from the Research Council by at the latest four weeks after receipt of the application.

Messages at time of print 3 February 2023, 15:05 CET

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