The International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research (INTPART) programme is administered collaboratively by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), and the first call for proposals was issued in spring 2015.
The call announced funding for three-year projects and 47 grant applications were received.
A total of 19 research groups have been awarded funding.
A list of the recipients is available here.
Gro Tjore, Acting Deputy Director General of SIU, is encouraged by the high quality of the applications received.
INTPART programme given a boost
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the first funding announcement. We are also happy that the Ministry of Education and Research sees the value of further expanding the initiative with increased allocations in the 2016 national budget proposal,” states Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.
The proposed addition of NOK 13 million to the programme’s funding lays a solid foundation for regular funding announcements in coming years, Mr Hallén believes.
“The SIU finds it encouraging that so many of the grant applications received were of such high quality. The partnerships that have been awarded INTPART funding will help to forge strong ties between higher education and research. The partnerships include doctoral and Master's degree students working together with the very best research groups in their fields. Norwegian students will receive supervision and instruction from researchers from the top universities in the world,” says Gro Tjore, Acting Deputy Director General of SIU.
“We look forward to our continued cooperation on the INTPART programme and are especially pleased that the Government is making it possible for us to expand our activities in the 2016 national budget proposal,” she adds.
All eight priority countries outside the EU/EEA are included among the participants, with North America representing the highest number.
Most of the partnerships are the result of a further development and strengthening of established collaborations. The projects cover a wide range of topics, from linguistics and economics to nanotechnology, medicine and carbon capture. They also span across many segments of the value chain, from pure basic research to activities of specific relevance to industry.
“We will use the experience we’ve gained from this first funding round to continue to refine the initiative for the next one,” says Merethe Sandberg Moe, INTPART programme coordinator at the Research Council.
“We are planning to issue funding announcements annually, with the next call planned for spring 2016 with an application deadline in May,” says the INTPART programme coordinator at SIU, Torill Wanvik.