The Aurora Mobility Programme – Researcher Exchange for New Collaboration Between Norway and France

Important dates

02 Aug 2023

Open for applications

13 Sep 2023

Application deadline

01 Jan 2024

Earliest permitted project start

01 Jun 2024

Latest permitted project start

30 May 2026

Latest permitted project completion date

Important dates


The support provided through the AURORA mobility programme should contribute to establishing and expanding contact between research organisations in Norway and corresponding organizations in France. The purpose is to strengthen European research collaboration under Horizon Europe. 

Researchers from Norway may seek support for funding for short-term visits in France for the purpose of launching and developing new joint research projects. 

About the call for proposals

The objective of the Aurora mobility call is to increase researcher mobility between Norway and France. 

The budgetary framework for 2024 is roughly NOK 800 000. A maximum of NOK 100 000 may be sought per project. Projects may extend over one or two consecutive calendar years. 

The projects are funded jointly by Norway and France. Grant applications must be submitted to both countries to be eligible for review. Norwegian applicants are recommended to check that the French project manager will submit a grant application for a stay in Norway to the French AURORA programme administration (Campus France). For technical reasons the application submission deadline in France will this year be 22 September 2023. 

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

Who is eligible to apply?

The call is open to approved Norwegian research organisations applying jointly with research organisations in France. 

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner 

The organisation must be listed as the Project Owner in the application form and must have authorised you to submit the grant application. 

If the application is a cooperation between several organizations in Norway, the Project Owner must submit the application on behalf of all Norwegian participants. 

Requirements relating to the project manager 

To qualify as project manager, individuals must hold an approved doctorate or have obtained qualifications at associate professorship level (in Norwegian only) by the date of the application submission deadline. In this context, employment in the Norwegian research institute sector in a position as forsker 1 (research professor), forsker 2 (senior). 

Typically, scientific staff/groups of researchers (normally 2–4 persons) will submit grant applications for funding for short-term stays in France. Early career researchers (including doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows) must participate in the travel activities. 

What can you seek funding for?

Funding may be sought to cover travel and living expenses in France. Salary and purchase of equipment are not covered under the programme. 

The following rates apply: 

  • Funding may be sought in a single grant application for 2–4 persons persons. A maximum of NOK 20 000 may be sought per person per calendar year. The maximum amount of support available per applicant/grant application is NOK 100 000. 
  • The Research Council may award funding to cover up to 100 per cent of approved project costs. The Research Council will disburse funding in arrears, based on the reported documented expenses. 
  • Travel expenses and actual costs relating to hotel accommodation and per diem according to the government rates for travel abroad. The rates per diem may be reduced if funding is sought for longer stays/multiple project participants. 

If your project is granted funding, the following must be in place when you revise your grant application: 

Reporting and disbursment of funding 

Funding will be disbursed in arrears, and only actual expenses entered in the institution’s accounts will be covered. All reporting must be done electronically. 

Relevant thematic areas for this call

The programme is open to all subject areas and disciplines. Scientific staff/groups of researchers in the humanities and social sciences are especially encouraged to apply.



Practical information

Requirements for this application type

You may revise and resubmit your grant application form multiple times up to the application submission deadline. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as you have filled in the application form and included all mandatory attachments. After the deadline, it is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be processed. 

  • The grant application, including all attachments, must be submitted in Norwegian or English. 
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format. 

Mandatory attachments 

  • A project description of maximum 5 pages using the designated template, found at the end of this call. 
  • CVs for the project manager and all project participants in Norway, using the designated template, found at the end of this call. 

Attachments other than the mandatory and optional attachments specified above, as well as any links to websites in the grant application, will not be included in the application review process. 

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 to the application you upload to our system, so please make sure that you upload the correct file corresponding to the selected attachment type. 

Administrative procedures

Grant applications will first be assessed for scientific merit in France, and then by a Research Council administrative panel together with our partners in France. 

Importance will be attached to the following when reviewing grant applications: 

  • The exchange helps to establish new collaboration between the applicant institutions in the two countries. 
  • There are early career researchers involved in the project. 
  • The project team has described plans for any future collaborative projects, particularly under the direction of Horizon Europe. 
  • Whether the project manager or this project have received funding under the Aurora mobility programmes during the last two years (2022, 2023). Assuming that all other factors are equal, priority will be given to projects that have not received such funding in the last two years. 

Decisions regarding grant allocations will be published in December 2023. 

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