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International funding schemes

There are a range of international funding schemes for basic research. Some of them are described on the Research Council's web pages about Funding for international research cooperation. A few others are listed below:


Name and link


European Research Council (ERC)

Starting Grants

For researchers 2-7 years after a completed PhD within any field of science

Consolidator Grants 
For researchers 7-12 years after a completed PhD within any field of science
Advanced Grants For exceptional established research leaders within any field of science
Synergy Grants

Collaborative research with at least two Principal Investigators. This grant should be relaunched in the ERC Work Programme 2018.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)


All: For researchers in all stages of their career, from all nations.

  Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Joint research training and/or doctoral programmes
  Individual Fellowships (IF) For experienced researchers undertaking mobility between countries
  Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

Cofunding of regional, national and international programmes for research training and career development

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)


All: For research relating to biology.

  Research Grants  
  Program grants

Research project with researcher in all stages of their careers

  Young Investigators' Grants Research project where all participating researchers have started their own research group/lab within the past five years
  Postdoctoral Fellowships

Three-year scholarship where at least two years are spent abroad

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)


RCN webpages about COST (in Norwegian)

Funds researcher networks where at least five COST member countries are participating

Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)


Projects within the humanities that involve collaboration between researchers in at least three member countries

European University Institute (EUI) in Firenze


RCN webpages about EUI (in Norwegian)and call for proposals

PhD scholarships within History, Law, Political and Social Sciences, and Economics


Written by:
Heidi Roggen Seniorrådgiver +4722037406
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