Funding for increased participation in EU projects (RETUR-EU)

Research institutes participating in EU projects do not receive full coverage for their costs from the EU. RETUR-EU is a rights-based scheme that to some extent compensates for this.

The EU funding policy is based on the fact that research organisations have significantly higher basic funding than Norwegian institutes. To ensure that Norwegian institutes can still afford to participate in EU projects, the Norwegian authorities have introduced a scheme for EU performance-based basic funding for research institutes – RES-EU. The scheme compensates for some of the gap between EU funding and actual costs.

Awarded support from RES-EU scales with the institutes' success rate in the EU and is awarded in arrears in three annual rates. The funding is considered part of the basic grant and shall therefore be used in accordance with the the guidelines for public basic funding for research institutes and research groups (Norwegian text).

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