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Current research funding announcements/deadlines (external)

  1. Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet NFR):

a) ERA-Net CoBioTech co-funded call for transnational collaborative research projects: “Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy”.

Deadline: for pre-proposals 2 March 2017

b) ERA-CVD European Research Area Network on Cardiovascular Diseases announces a second Joint Transnational Call: Mechanisms of early atherosclerosis and/or plaque instability in Coronary Artery Disease. Info from RCN is here.

Deadline: for pre-proposals 6 March 2017

c) National Node for International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF): A call for multinational research projects for pathway analysis across neurodegenerative diseases.

Deadline: 6 March 2017

d) ERA-Net NEURON: Call for Proposals for Research Projects on “Synaptic Dysfunction in Disorders of the Central Nervous System”. The call will accept proposals addressing the disease-related synaptic dysfunction with approaches ranging from understanding basic mechanisms of disease through proof-of-concept therapeutically-driven clinical studies in humans. Info from RCN

Deadline: for pre-proposals 14 March 2017

e) HELSEVEL announces four research-based evaluations in healthcare: Fritt behandlingsvalg, Omsorg 2020, Rituell omskjæring av gutter, Pakkeforløp for kreft.

Deadline: 15 March 2017

New f) FORNY2020 promotes innovation based on research results. The programme facilitates the commercialisation of results from projects conducted at publicly-funded research institutions and helps to bring the products and services to the market. Application process is coordinated by BTO. Please get in touch with BTO before 8 March.

Deadline: 20 April 2017

g) BEDREHELSE: NOK 40 million to joint Indo-Norwegian researcher projects on antimicrobial resistance.

Deadline: 26 April 2017

h) HELSEVEL: 55 million for research on health and welfare educational programs. Funding scheme is Institution-based Strategic Project.

Deadline: 26 April 2017

i) NFR is planning a joint call of the four programs BEDREHELSE, HELSEVEL, KVINNEHELSE, BEHANDLING. One P.I. may submit one application only, i.e. will have to choose between the four programs.

BEHANDLING: NOK 150 million for research on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation

KVINNEHELSE: Until 60 million to projects on women’s health.

HELSEVEL: 80 million for research on health and welfare services.

BEDREHELSE: Up to 100 million to research for better health

Deadline: 26 April

  1. Horizon 2020 – several Calls Selected H2020 deadlines 2017

Marie Sklodovska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Excellent and innovative research training plus attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility, no thematic priorities.

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE-2017): RISE gives support for mobility and exchanges of research and innovation staff, incl. managerial, technical and administrative staff between institutions in different sectors or with research institutions in countries outside of Europe.

Deadline: 5 April 2017

Societal Challenges (SC): Collaborative breakthrough research and radical innovation


SC1-2017 Health, demographic change and wellbeing:

The headline goal of the programme ‘Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing’ is better health for all. Its main policy objectives are to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, to promote healthy and active ageing, to promote market growth, job creation, and the EU as a global leader in the health area.

Deadline: 14 March 2017

Deadline: 11 April 2017

Spreading excellence and widening participation through engaging organisations of those countries which could commit more towards the EU research and innovation effort.


Pre-announcement Twinning WIDESPREAD-05-2017: The specific challenge is to address networking gaps and deficiencies between the research institutions of the Widening countries and internationally-leading counterparts at EU level. CSA Coordination and support action.

Deadline: 15 November 2017, planned opening 11 May


Horizon 2020 – Complementary Calls:

a) IMI 2 (Innovative Medicines Initiative 2) – Call 10:

Deadline: for stage one submission 28 March 2017

 b) The Third EU Health Programme is the main instrument that the Commission uses to implement the EU Health Strategy. Call for proposals for Pilot Projects on the following topics:

Deadline: 21 March 2017

c) COST Action: open Call – funding for research networks. Proposals should reflect the main characteristics of COST Actions, namely providing for knowledge sharing, creation and application, being open and output-oriented while aiming at strengthening the scientific and technological basis of the proposed topic(s).

Deadline: 7 September 2017


Read more (information and routines for application at UiB).

  1. UiB

PES (Project establishment support) and POS (posisjoneringsmidler) for Horizon2020 applicants (Norges Forskningsråd/UiB): open-ended during Horizon2020 Call period. You can apply for PES support by filling in PES application form (which is given on the above linked page) and sending it to Kristin.Hansen@uib.no.

On the following page the local contact points are listed where every call has a responsible research advisor. You can contact them or faculty advisors, Ramune Midttveit, Itana Sloper-Krivokapic

  1. Bergens Forsknings Stiftelse (BFS)
    a) Call for: Nominations – Recruitment Programme – Prequalification. Long-term funding to develop young national or international candidates with outstanding academic merit and research potential into successful research leaders. Candidates must be nominated by UiB faculties. Please contact Institute administration regarding the nomination process.

Deadline: 15 March 2017. MOF internal deadline 8 March

b) Call for Medical Visualization proposals within the fields of medical imaging, image analysis and medical visualization. UiB and HUS are hereby jointly invited to nominate a maximum of five strong research collaborations for project funding.

Deadline: for pre-qualification 6 March. Application deadline 2 May 2017

  1. The Novo Nordisk Foundation
    a) Call for Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia. The Foundation offers funding for up to two one-day symposia to be held in 2017. For each symposium, funding up to DKK 320.000 is available.

Deadline: 8 March 2017

b) Exploratory pre-seed grants: seek to support application-oriented research and to test new ideas that may lead to the development of new medical treatments, disease prevention, devices and diagnostic methods as well as new industrial biotechnology in the life science area.

Deadline: 6 April 2017

  1. NordForsk:
    a) New instrument for Nordic University Cooperation: Nordic University Hubs: The overall goal of the new funding instrument is to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of world leading research environments in the Nordic region.

Deadline: 3 May 2017

b) Preannouncement: Nordic Graduate Education Courses within register-based research: The aim is to support the next generation of researchers utilising data from Nordic registers in health and welfare research, by providing high-quality education and training as well as networking platforms.

Deadline: will be launched in the beginning of February 2017

  1. The Throne-Holst Foundation The Throne-Holst Foundation promotes research in human nutrition and related sciences.1-2 million SEK are available for Nordic researchers going abroad, or international guest researchers coming to Norway or Sweden.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

  1.  The LEO-foundation: grants for dermatological research projects. The LEO Foundation supports international dermatological research projects and activities that address issues in disease understanding, disease treatment, disease awareness and patient wellbeing.

Deadline: several in 2017, starting on 3 February

  1. JPND (Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research) launched a joint trans-national call for multinational research projects for pathway analysis. This call invites proposals for ambitious, innovative, multinational and multidisciplinary collaborative research projects to perform network analyses across diseases (Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases), in order to further elucidate the common underlying mechanisms involved. Info from RCN

Deadline: 6 March 2017

  1. 2nd Joint Transnational Call for European Research Projects on Systems Medicine (ERACoSysMed). The central aim of ERACoSysMed is to enhance the implementation of Systems Biology approaches in medical concepts, research and practice throughout Europe and Israel by structuring, coordinating and integrating national efforts and investments.

Deadline: for pre-proposals 17 March 2017

New 11. JPI HDHL (Joint Programme – a healthy diet for a healthy life) will launch a call “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)“. The aim of the call is to establish a transnational, multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.

Deadline: for Expressions of Interest (EoI) letters 31 March 2017

  1. ExtraStiftelsen

Issues related to health services in the municipalities and the interaction between various players in the health sector, including user involvement, will be given priority in the application process.

Deadlines: 15 March (health projects); 1 June (research projects)

13. Nordic Center, Fudan University

The Center announces a call for academic activities to organize workshops, seminars, etc. at Fudan University, China. Organizers of events can apply for funding between 2,000 and 7,000 euros

Deadline: 15 March 2017

Fellowships and Personal Grants


1.EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Fellowships

Research on the molecular mechanisms of life at all levels.


Deadline: throughout the year.


  1. The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP):.

Career Development Fellowships aims to provide funding to actions that aim to support junior to mid-career researchers (“fellows”) to train and develop their clinical research skills.

Deadline: 28 February 2017


  1. The Norwegian Cancer Society

Foreign Scholarships: A personal grant is awarded to a designated individual (researcher, doctoral fellow or post-doctoral fellow) to promote competence building and internationalization of Norwegian research. Overseas research grants are awarded under the auspices of a project funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society and may be provided for visits abroad lasting from two to 12 months.

Deadline: 15 March 2017


  1. Successful R&I in Europe 2017 – 8th European Networking Event: Participants are invited to become involved in established and new technology networks between researchers, entrepreneurs and multipliers related to Horizon 2020, 2-3 March 2017, Düsseldorf, Germany.


  1. Seminar “Big Data in Horizon 2020”, 2 March 2017, Oslo


  1. Webinar “Data management in Horizon 2020”, 2 March 10:00-11:00


  1. Health care forum “War on Cancer Nordics”, 8 March, Oslo


  1. GLOBVAC conference 2017; 13-15 March, Trondheim.


  1. Clinical Trials Day – International Training on Clinical Trials in Horizon 2020: Challenges & Best Practices, 15 March, Brussels


  1. Webinar on clinical trials for Horizon 2020 projects, 4 April 10:00-11:00.


  1. conhIT Business Meeting 2017: Europe’s leading industry event for healthcare IT, 26 April Berlin


  1. Sean McCarthy course: How to Write the Impact of a Horizon 2020 Proposal, 9 May, Oslo


New 10. Meet2Win the Oncology Business Convention, 11 May 2017, Bordeaux, France.


  1. “Shaping the future of pediatrics” is the first conference on the innovation in pediatrics in Europe. The conference will include sessions on –omics, Big Data, Patient empowerment, and The cycle of innovation in pediatrics. 20-22 September 2017, Rome, Italy.

Funding for cooperation in higher education

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD)

An EMJMD is a high-level integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, delivered by an international consortium of HEIs from different countries and. There is no limitation in terms of discipline. EMJMD proposals at application stage must present fully developed joint study programmes, ready to run and to be advertised worldwide immediately after their selection.

Deadline: 16 February 2017 (12.00)


Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances

Knowledge Alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning.

Advisory body: SIU

Deadline: 27 February 2017 (12.00)


The Nordplus programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers (Nordplus Horisontal)

The Nordplus programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers, invites Nordic and Baltic teachers, educators and their institutions to apply for programme funds for the year 2017. Institutions which are working within the field of teaching and education, you can now apply for Nordplus funding of transnational student, pupil or teacher mobility, as well as joint project and network activity between the educational institutions/organisations of Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden or Åland.

Deadline: 1 March 2017


Peder Sather Grant Program

The Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study supports projects carried out by researchers at UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from nine Norwegian universities. The Center offers grants of between $10K and $25K. Funds are made available for one academic year. Grants can support activities such as workshops, mini-conferences, virtual intellectual exchanges, the undertaking of exploratory and pilot studies, activities such as PhD student exchanges, longer-term stays for Principal Investigators, the collection and analysis of data, and other core research activities.

For more information, see http://sathercenter.berkeley.edu/

Deadline: 1 March 2017


Erasmus+ KA3: Support for Policy Reform – Initiatives for Policy Innovation

Forward-looking cooperation projects (FLCPs) are transnational cooperation projects aiming to identify, test, develop or assess innovative policy approaches that have the potential of becoming mainstreamed and giving input for improving education and training systems. They should provide in-depth knowledge on target group(s), learning, teaching or training situations and effective methodologies and tools that help policies to develop, as well as conclusions relevant for policymakers in education and training at all levels. Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the field of education and training or other sectors such as non-formal learning, including a.o. youth, other socio-economic sectors and/or organisations carrying out cross-sectoral activities.

Deadline: 14 March 2017 (at 12 CET)


E.ON Stipendienfonds

E.ON Stipendienfonds is a scholarship fund designed to promote and strengthen German-Norwegian academic relations in the field of energy sciences. This is achieved by awarding mobility grants to Master / PhD students and junior researchers. In addition, the aim is to organize workshops, conferences and seminars and further expand the existing alumni network.

Online application form

Deadline: 15 March 2017


Strategic Partnerships

Transnational Strategic Partnerships aimed to develop initiatives addressing one or more fields of education training and youth and promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how between different types of organisations involved in education, training and youth or in other relevant fields. Certain mobility activities are supported in so far as they contribute to the objectives of the project

Advisory body: SIU

Deadline: 29 March 2017


NEW Studententreprenørskap (STUD-ENT) (Link in Norwegian)

STUD-ENT aims to mobilize entrepreneurship among students, helping to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship culture in the higher education sector and increase the number of knowledge-intensive jobs in Norway.

Deadline: 29 march


Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence

The programme aims to promote the development of academic and research partnerships between the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and leading research universities and institutes around the world. The programme provides basic funding support to PhD candidates to undertake short-term research visits to CUHK from Norway, or from Norway to CUHK. The research visit shall last for at least one month and be completed between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.

Deadline: 5 April 2017


NEW International partnerships for excellent education and research (INTPART) (Link in Norwegian)

INTPART will fund partnerships between Norwegian higher education and research institutions and excellent partners from Brasil, Canada, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Africa and the USA.Special emphasis is on integrating higher education- and research, and may include business partners. INTPART is an SIU and Research Council collaboration.

(Final call for 2017 is announced shortly)

Deadline: 24 May 2017



Continuing deadlines


Nærings-ph.d. (Industrial PhD)

The overall objectives are to increase the recruitment of researchers to Norwegian industry, to boost long-term competence building and increase research efforts in business and industry and to enhance interaction between academia and industry.

Deadline: Continuing


Offentlig ph.d. (OFFPHD)

The overall objectives are to increase long-term and relevant capacity building and research in the public sector, increase recruitment of researchers to the public sector and promote greater interaction between academia and the public sector.

Deadline: Continuing


Funding for companies with employees seeking to pursue a doctoral degree

Funding is available for new candidates under the Industrial Ph.D. scheme, with project start-up in 2016. Grant proposals are not confined to particular thematic areas or industries.

Deadline: Continuing


Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector (FINNUT)

FINNUT is a long-term programme for research and innovation in the educational sector. The programme funds research on a wide spectrum from early childhood education and care to higher education and adult learning.

Deadline: Continuing


Mobility grants North America in educational research (UTNAM)

The aim of the mobility grant is to contribute to increased cooperation between Norwegian and North American educational researchers through supporting visits to Norway for the purpose of research or dissemination for top North American educational researchers. The scheme will also contribute to the dissemination of results of North American research to Norway and furthermore contribute to competence building in Norwegian research communities. Grants will be awarded for visits of shorter or longer duration.

Deadline: Continuing


NEW International bilateral research cooperation (INT-BILAT)

The Research Council supports travel to and participation in events that expand industry-oriented R&D cooperation with Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the US. The applicant must have an existing or recently concluded project funded by the Research Council.

Deadline: Open-ended application deadline. The call will remain active until all the available funding has been awarded (NOK 2 million).






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