The proposal will undergo a national approval process in Poland, at the EEA office in Brussels (FMO) and in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the plans are set into motion.
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Signing the programme plan: Director of division Jesper Simonsen, the Research Council of Norway, and professor Krzysztof Kurzydlowski, Director of the National Centre for Research and Development, which is Poland's research council for applied social research. Photo: NCBIR
NOK 290 million over four years
NOK 290 million (EUR 36.8 million) is the framework for the new four-year period of Polish-Norwegian research cooperation. The research programme will be headed by a board with three Polish and two Norwegian board members. The Norwegian representatives will be appointed by the Research Council of Norway.
The general target of the programme is to increase research cooperation between Norway and Poland. Focus will be on the environment and climate, health, polar and social science research. EUR 3 million is earmarked for equality research.
Launch meeting and call for proposals
The parties are already busy planning the announcement of calls for proposals for grants from the fund and are also focusing on common meeting grounds.
Aleksandra Haugstad is the coordinator for the EEA agreements at the Research Council of Norway.
“According to plan, potential Norwegian and Polish partners are to gather for an initial meeting in Oslo at the end of April,” says Jesper Simonsen, director of the Society and Health division of the Research Council.
“During the previous period the research communities were hampered by a number of unnecessary bureaucratic issues related to reporting, documentation of costs and currency issues. We have spent much time and effort arriving at a common regulatory framework for the EEA agreements for research that Norway is a part of. The routines are now in line with what the communities are familiar with from EU projects,” Simonsen says.
Largest cooperation agreement of all time
In June last year Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk signed the largest cooperation agreement of all time between Norway and Poland. The NOK 290 million for research is a part of a package that secures Poland more than NOK 4.6 billion (EUR 578 million) in EEA funds up to 2014.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (on the left) and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk signed the largest cooperation agreement of all time between Norway and Poland in June 2011.
Within the framework of the agreement, the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) is the Norwegian programme partner for a grant programme totalling EUR 10 million. The purpose is to exchange students and employees between educational institutions in Poland and Norway. Support is to be broadly based and include elementary and secondary school, upper secondary school, vocational training, higher education and adult education.
In the 2009-2014 programme period the themes of carbon capture and storage (CCS), environmental monitoring and biodiversity, renewable energy and energy efficiency, health, judicial cooperation, cultural heritage and cultural exchange, and voluntary organizations will be given particular emphasis in Polish-Norwegian cooperation.
Almost half of the funds, somewhat less than NOK 2 billion, will go to green projects and programmes.
With a budget of NOK 120 million, the Polish-Norwegian research fund was the largest fund financed by the EEA funds in the last period. Poland's government contributed with more than NOK 20 million of the total budget.
The fund financed joint research projects between Polish and Norwegian researchers and institutions within the subjects of health and the environment and a number of research seminars and workshops.
“The programme has led to many high quality cooperation relationships,” says Jesper Simonsen. “We can refer to impressive lists of publications and good recruitment effects within environmental/polar and health research.”
The final report project catalogue for the programme period that now has been concluded, will be available before the summer.