Funding for Research Stays in Norway for Visiting Researchers

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

21 Oct 2022

All funding from POLARPROG is now allocated for 2022.

13 Jun 2022

All funding from KLIMAFORSK is now allocated for 2022.

09 Jun 2022

All funding from MARINFORSK is now allocated for 2022.


The purpose of this call is to create a framework to encourage more international collaboration.

About the call for proposals

This call for proposals relates to funding for research stays at a Norwegian research organisation for foreign researchers who are employed at an institution outside of Norway. The Norwegian host institution must submit the application and serve as the Project Owner.

This call has an open-ended submission deadline, i.e. grant applications may be submitted at any time during the year, and will be processed on an ongoing basis.

Research stays are to have a duration of minimum one month, and maximum 12 months.

This is a joint call for proposals 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.

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

Who is eligible to apply?

It is the Norwegian host institution that is to submit the grant application.  

The host institution is normally an approved Norwegian research organisation. Any exceptions to this will be described below in the text for the specific activity/thematic area from which funding is being sought.

Who can participate in the project?

This call is open to grant applications for designated visiting researchers who are employed at foreign research institutions. The visiting researcher must have an approved doctorate or equivalent qualifications before submission of the grant application.

Please consult the relevant activity/thematic area below for information about requirements related to the project manager.

What can you seek funding for?

  • The Norwegian host institution may apply for funding for a research stay in Norway for a visiting researcher for a period of 1–12 months.
  • It is only possible to apply for the fixed rate for research stays in Norway for visiting researchers and coverage of travel expenses (cheapest mode of transport).
  • The grant application must be submitted no later than six weeks before the start of the research stay.
  • The visiting researcher must begin the research stay in Norway during the calendar year following the submission of the grant application. This means that if a grant application is submitted in 2021, the research stay must begin no later than 2022.

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.

Energy, transport and low emissions

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

Environment-friendly energy


Under this call, this thematic area is related to all areas the HAVBRUK programme.

AquacultureFood - Blue sectorOcean technology


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

Enabling technologies

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

Research on ICT developmentNanotechnology/advanced materials

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 funding under the VAM programme.

Cultural foundation of societyCulture, language and diversityCulture and natureScience and societyArt and cultureWorking lifeLabour marketLiving conditions and demographic changesFamilies and formative conditionsMigration, immigration and integrationThe welfare society's services and organisationWelfare benefitsCultural prerequisites, sustainability of and support for the welfare society

Please remember to select the topics most relevant to your project proposal in the grant application form.

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

  • 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 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.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description providing scientific justification and a plan for the visiting researcher’s stay, using the designated template;
  • A binding letter of commitment from an institution abroad and the Norwegian host institution;
  • A CV for the visiting researcher for whom funding is being sought, using the designated template.

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

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

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

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

Administrative procedures

Grant applications submitted to this call for proposals will be assessed according to the criteria for administrative review. The final decision regarding funding can be expected within six weeks after the application has been received by the Research Council.

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