Funding for British partners in Norwegian projects – and vice-versa

The Research Council of Norway has signed an agreement with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), paving the way for closer cooperation between Norwegian and British researchers in these areas.

The agreement enables Norwegian researchers to include funding for British partners in their grant applications to the Research Council of Norway. Likewise, British researchers may seek funding to cover costs for Norwegian partners in grant applications to the two British research councils. The agreement is intended to promote increased cooperation between Norwegian and British researchers.

Win-win situation

The British research councils will provide support for Norwegian partners for up to 30 per cent of the total project funding. The Research Council of Norway has not set a ceiling, but will leave it to the relevant funding bodies to assess whether the participation of British researchers enhances the project and whether the recommended amount of funding is reasonable based on the individual call for proposals and the objectives of the project.


“This is an agreement that will benefit British and Norwegian researchers alike,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway. He notes that an increasing proportion of funding for Norwegian research will be awarded for international cooperation in the future and that the agreement with the British research councils is one of many instruments encouraging this development.

 

“Another consideration is that we have seen that projects involving participants from other countries are often more visible and have a greater impact than purely national projects,” he says.

Untapped potential

“We are looking forward to working more closely with our British partners,” says Jon Holm, Director of the Research Council’s Department for Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

“British social scientists and humanities experts have been at the forefront of their fields for many years and have been highly successful within European research cooperation. Many Norwegian groups already work closely with British researchers, but we believe that there is much untapped potential in this area. We can learn a great deal from the British, and they can learn a lot from us in areas where Norwegian researchers are among the world leaders,” Mr Holm concludes.

Towards a common European Research Area

The new agreement is the result of cooperation under Science Europe and is based on the “Money follows Cooperation Line”, i.e. the idea that funding from national agencies should also be available to partners from other countries.

The overall target of this type of cooperation is to help to develop a common European Research Area (ERA).

Important collaboration

Along with Germany, Great Britain is Norway’s most important research partner in Europe. British researchers were involved in two-thirds of the Norwegian research projects under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme.

 

Great Britain has been highly successful in the EU research context. This excellent performance has also extended to the social sciences and the humanities, which are encompassed under the new agreement.

Associated companies:


 

Related news

Latest news

UiB and CMR in high-tech collaboration

Students from UiB last month joined an experiment with an ultra-high-speed camera. This was a part of the troubleshooting of the Field Kelvin Probe currently under development.

Hatteland Display at International Workboat Show 2016

Hatteland Display are highlighting its diverse portfolio of maritime displays and panel computers on its booth (#1658) at the International Workboat Show 2016 (IWBS 2016) this week.

Servogear Announces Upcoming Events

Servogear announces a busy end of November, beginning of December. They will be participating at important international exhibitions.

Teamtec and ANDRITZ Cooperation

ANDRITZ and TeamTec have signed a cooperation agreement for worldwide marketing of the SeaSOx exhaust gas cleaning system for the maritime industry. 

Export Credit Norway looking for Norway's Best Exporter

Export Credit Norway  has now opened the nomination process for the 2017 Export Award, searching the Norwegian exporter of the year. 

Global Economic Outlook

7 December, Oslo Chamber of Commerce invites to a session with insightful updates on the Norwegian and international economy.

Rebuilding for Hydrogen

M/Y “Che Guevara”, previously owned by Gaddafi, will be converted to run on hydrogen. Greenstat will lead the project and are seeking partners.

Scana training at Servogear

In week 43-45 Servogear  had the pleasure of having Mr. Sun Xiaojia and Mr. Tzuu Kin Tan from Scana staying in the Servogear hometown of Rubbestadneset.

Quality and Customer Satisfaction

Cost efficiency is important. But we can’t rely on cost-cutting alone. At Beerenberg we have asked ourselves the following question: What does it take for the market to continue to choose providers such as Beerenberg in th...