Support for Events

This call for proposals closes on 22 December 2022. It will not be possible to submit an application after that. More information on our Coordination and Support Activity calls will be published in 2023. 

Last updates

08 Dec 2022

All funding within climate research is now allocated for 2022.

07 Dec 2022

All funding within research-based innovation to facilitate innovation and restructuring is now allocated for 2022.

21 Oct 2022

All funding from POLARPROG is now allocated for 2022.

13 Oct 2022

Support for events promoting cooperation with the Research Council’s priority partner countries outside Europe, is now unfortunately closed for applications.

05 Sep 2022

All available funding for support for events within the topic MARINFORSK are now allocated for 2022.

15 Aug 2022

All available funding for support for events within the topic biodiversity and the environment are now allocated for 2022. 

11 Aug 2022

All available funding for support for events within the topic land-based food, the environment and bioresources are now allocated for 2022.

10 Aug 2022
All available funding for support for events within the thematic area Health are now allocated for 2022.


Support for events is available to approved Norwegian research organisations, companies, public entities, non-governmental organisations and groups of such entities in order to better equip them to organise conferences, workshops and seminars. Funding may also be granted for international conferences when the Norwegian applicant is the main organiser.

The event must serve as a meeting place for disseminating research results, exchanging knowledge, expanding the knowledge-base and/or establishing new scientific collaboration. Funding is available for both physical and virtual events.

About the call for proposals

Funding is available for support for events. This funding is intended to better equip applicants to organise conferences, workshops and seminars.

This call for proposals applies across a number of 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 thematic areas/research programmes may have special requirements and guidelines for this type of funding. Applicants are therefore advised to consult the relevant programme for information about any specific requirements and guidelines. For more information, see “Relevant thematic areas for this call” below.

  • You may only submit one application per event under this call.
  • The project description must indicate which thematic area/programme the event is relevant to and why, and must explain the anticipated benefits.
  • Applications must be submitted at the latest six weeks before the event is to be held. It is not possible to seek funding for events to be held more than 18 months in the future.
  • The event is required to be open to interested parties and relevant actors and must be advertised via appropriate channels.
  • Funding for events will not be granted for ordinary dissemination activities to be included in an ongoing project with Research Council funding.
  • Measures seeking to reduce environmental impact are encouraged.
  • It must be made clear that the event has received Research Council funding.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications will be accepted from approved Norwegian research organisations, companies, clusters and groups of companies, public entities and organisations that have been issued an enterprise number under the Register of Business Enterprises. See here for the list of approved Norwegian research organisations and the definition of public sector bodies.

Sole proprietorships and private persons are not eligible to apply for support for events.

Some thematic areas/research programmes may stipulate additional requirements. More information about this is available under the individual programme.

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.

Partners are not to be listed in the application under “Project partners”, but they may be mentioned in the project description.

What can you seek funding for?

You may seek funding for one event per application. The support is to cover costs that are necessary to carry out the event. The amount of funding you may seek per event is stated below under the individual thematic areas/programmes.

You may not apply for funding from more than one programme for an event.

More information about the budget can be found here.

De minimis aid

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.

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. A declaration form for de minimis aid must be submitted with the grant proposal.

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.

Reports and disbursement of funding

The Research Council will only disburse funding for events that are carried out. Funding will be disbursed in arrears based on an approved account report. A separate project account must be kept for the event. The Research Council has the right to request access to the final accounts and other information related to the event, including attendance figures. The funding provided may not contribute to a net profit.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

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

Democracy, administration and renewal

Public sector renewal and innovationTax Economics research

Energy, transport and low emissions

Environment-friendly energyTransport and mobility


AquacultureFisheriesFood - Blue sectorMaritime sectorOcean technology


Industry and services


Funding for increased international participation

Climate and polar research


Land-based food, the environment and bioresources

Circular economy

Enabling technologies

BiotechnologyResearch on ICT developmentNanotechnology/advanced materials

Education and competence

Practical information

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:

  • All items in the project description template must be completed. Responses to each item should be as concrete and clear as possible.
  • The applicant/Project Owner must come from an eligible category of institution.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope/satisfy the objectives of this call.
  • The application form must be fully completed.
  • The project description must provide answers to the items set out in the text of the call.
  • Grant applications and all attachments, may be submitted in Norwegian or English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.
  • The required attachments must be included using the designated templates.

Requirements relating to finances and budget:

  • The funding amount sought, expenses to be covered and any own financing to be provided must be in keeping with the framework of the call.
  • The budget must be formulated correctly to clearly indicate what the funding will cover.

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

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description of maximum 5 pages using the designated template.
  • A CV of maximum 4 pages for the project manager, using the designated template.
  • A preliminary programme for the event.
  • For enterprises: A declaration form for de minimis aid using the designated template.

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

In 2019 the Research Council introduced three new assessment criteria: Excellence, Impact and Implementation. These criteria have been designed to be applicable for assessing basic and applied research activities alike.


• The extent to which the concept is sound, credible and novel.

• The extent to which the project objectives are clear and relevant.
• The quality of the proposed deliverables from the project.


• The extent to which the expected effects are specified.
• The extent to which expected impacts on the system and societal levels are specified.

Knowledge sharing and exploitation
• The quality of the proposed communication and dissemination activities.
• The extent to which it is credible that the proposed outputs will contribute to the specified effects and impact.


Project Manager and project group
• The extent to which the Project Manager and project group are qualified and have the necessary expertise and are positioned to implement the project.
• The extent to which management structures and procedures are appropriate.

Plans and management
• The extent to which the work plan is clear and understandable, and the time table realistic
• The extent to which objectives and measures are coherent.
• The extent to which the project has the support of the leadership of the Project Owner and any partners, and the allocation of roles in the project is clear.
• The extent to which the budget is realistic and appropriate, and resources are allocated so that each of the partners can fulfil their role.
• The extent to which potential risks have been discussed.

Administrative procedures

Applications will be processed by the Research Council administration. The processing time is up to six weeks after receipt of the application.

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