Research funding under EEA and Norway Grants reaches NOK 1 billion

Researchers from Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Estonia are working with their Norwegian and Icelandic counterparts to solve pan-European societal challenges and strengthen research cooperation in Europe. The thematic scope of the projects encompasses the social sciences, humanities, health, the environment and climate. 

See a list of the projects here.

The role of the Research Council

The five bilateral research programmes with Eastern European countries are among the 150 programmes that have received a total of NOK 6 billion in funding in the period 2009–2014.

The Research Council of Norway is one of 25 donor programme partners and has served as an adviser to and observer of the research programmes.

Poland is the leading recipient

Polish research groups head 75 of the 145 projects.

The remaining projects are distributed as follows:

  • Romania: 23 (20 with Norwegian partners, three with Icelandic partners)
  • Czech Republic: 23
  • Estonia: 13
  • Latvia: 11

See a presentation of the five bilateral research programmes.

1 500 applications

Several of the programmes received a surprisingly high number of applications. Consequently, the percentage of project proposals awarded funding was lower than projected and desired.

“With 1 500 applications received and funding for only 145 projects available, it’s clear that such research programmes hold huge potential,” says Bjørn Tore Kjellemo, Director of the Department for Cooperation and Development Research at the Research Council.

“We would have liked to finance even more projects. We received many excellent proposals, but unfortunately didn’t have the means to fund them all,” says Aleksandra W. Haugstad, coordinator of the EEA and Norway Grants at the Research Council. “It’s therefore encouraging to see that some of the bilateral partnerships established in connection with EEA and Norway Grants calls but whose projects were not awarded funding in this round have been able to attract funding from other sources,” she adds. 

One of the Polish-Norwegian projects is studying the impact of climate change on brown bear populations. (Photo: GLOBE) Could encourage participation in Horizon 2020

Dr Haugstad hopes that the projects awarded funding will create lasting contacts and cooperation that can ultimately improve success under Horizon 2020 calls and in other collaborative arenas within the European Research Area (ERA).

During a presentation of the research programmes funded under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme in Brussels in June, Dimitris Corpakis of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation expressed great interest in the programmes and particularly their potential to increase the participation of the new EU member countries under Horizon 2020.

“It is a major challenge for the EU that joint European collaborative arenas and research funding still tend to favor EU15 participants,” Dr. Haugstad explains.

New funding rounds under discussion

Norway and the EU have recently agreed on Norway’s contribution to the next period of EEA and Norway Grants scheme.

“We will not know whether cross-border research cooperation will receive support under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme in the future until the bilateral MoU negotiations are concluded. A new funding period could start at the earliest in 2017, but would likely begin somewhat later,” concludes Aleksandra W. Haugstad.

The message from the research community is unequivocal: this form of cooperation works and should be continued. 


Related news

Latest news

Great interest in smart options

An increasing number of people become aware of how smart options can make the construction process more efficient and life for residents easier, says product manager NorDan Smart, Olav Hjørungnes.

Salmon Wellboat Sails Electric

The new MS SEIHAV has now gone on chart with the Norwegian salmon farming company Lerøy Seafood Group. A reliable and environmentally sustainable propulsion arrangement has been chosen for MS SEIHAV.

Servogear at Interferry 2016

It is almost time for the 41th annual Interferry Conference. From October 15-19, Servogear will be present in Manila.

Strainstall mooring monitoring for Hywind

Strainstall provides specialised mooring monitoring for pioneering floating offshore wind farm project, Hywind. Collaboration with MacGregor delivers fully integrated mooring solution to monitor the forces on the floating ...

NSM Signs contract with Embraer

Norwegian Special Mission signed a contract with Embraer to supply six (6) UNIFIS 3000 Navaids Flight Inspection Systems to be integrated into six Embraer Legacy 500 aircraft.

Designing the energy solutions for autonomous airships

The Stratobus project is a new concept for an autonomous airship, operating at an altitude of about 20 kilometers. It is led by Thales Alenia Space (TAS). CMR Prototech has been chosen by Thales Alenia Space to s...

Expanded collaboration with DNV GL - Business Assurance

Steinsvik and DNV GL - Business Assurance have signed a framework agreement on product certification of barges for aquaculture.

"Maud" Returns Home

CMR had two men working on the research ship "Maud", Harald Ulrik Sverdrup and Odd Dahl. Both helped Roald Amundsen to get his project through and this highly scientific expedition could be realized. Sverdrup was scientifi...

The impact of NORCOWE

"NORCOWE has been instrumental for StormGeo’s positioning in the [offshore wind] market, " StormGeo’s vice president Renewables Jostein Mælan declared at NORCOWE 2016.