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Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet NFR)

Tips for you to apply for a pre-project in FORKOMMUNE

Research Program on Sickness Absence, Work and Health (SYKEFRAVÆR) The programme is announcing funding for research on the role that competence and skills play in promoting inclusion in working life, and the connections between insufficient skills and health. There is a particular need for studies that shed light on measures that can increase inclusion in working life for people with health challenges.
Deadline: 6 September 2017

Horizon 2020 – several Calls | Selected H2020 deadlines 2017

European Research Council (ERC) Frontier research grants

Advanced Grants: are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.
Deadline: 31 Aug 2017, call opens 16 May 2017

Financial support to submit a new ERC grant proposal The Research Council is offering up to NOK 500 000 in support to applicants who submit a new proposal within two years of submitting the original one.

Starting Grants  Upcoming call, Expected opening Summer 2017
Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader? The ERC Starting Grant could be for you.

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.

Individual Fellowships (IF): aims to help experienced researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. The host organization can  be universities and research institutes in addition to a company or other non-academic sector organizations.
Deadline: 14 September 2017

The COFUND: aims at stimulating regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development.
Deadline: 28 September 2017

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

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

3rd Health Programme – Supporting Member States in mainstreaming health promotion and disease prevention in health and educational settings. This action aims to communicate the potential of health promotion and disease prevention and health determinants in the Member States and to increase the commitment of public authorities to this topic. A workshop (and a conference) to update knowledge and good practice will be organised, with the participation of the main medical faculties and the Chief Medical Officers of all Member States.
Deadline: 15 June 2017

IMI published topics that are under consideration for inclusion for the next IMI calls:

  • Development and validation of technology enabled, quantitative and sensitive measures of functional decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease (RADAR-AD)
  • Fairification of IMI and EFPIA data
  • Development of sensitive and validated clinical endpoints in primary Sjögren’s syndrome
  • European screening centre: unique library for attractive biology
  • Exploitation of IMI project results

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 topic: Supporting Member States in mainstreaming health promotion and disease prevention in health and educational settings.
Deadline: 15 June 2017

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).


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.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation

Project grants within basic and clinical research in endocrinology and metabolism. The objective of this call is to support young and promising researchers as well as established scientists, to carry out research projects of 1 to 3 years’ duration. Additionally, the best application received in this call may be selected for the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s “Advanced Grant”.
Deadline: 1 June 2017


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: 21 June 2017

Pre-announcement: A call for research projects on the shifting preconditions for societal security in the Nordic countries: The overall context of this call is the relationship between societal security and the Nordic model of society. The call wishes to explore if and how the Nordic frameworks, regulations and institutionscontribute to secure societies.
Deadline: September 2017

The Norwegian Cancer Society

Pre-announcement: Open Call 2017 for cancer research projects within all research topics under the Norwegian Cancer Society’s aims.
Deadline: 1 June 2017, call opens mid April

Info meeting – Open call 2017, 24 April, Oslo. Registration is open!


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.
Deadline: 1 June (for research projects)

The LEO Foundation

The Leo Foundation The LEO Foundation supports international dermatological research projects and activities that address issues in disease understanding, disease treatment, disease awareness and patient wellbeing. Typical projects and activities are international studies, scientific symposia, science-based knowledge dissemination and awareness campaigns.
Deadline: several in 2017, starting on 3 February

Fellowships and Personal Grants

EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Fellowships
Research on the molecular mechanisms of life at all levels.
Deadline: throughout the year.

Top-up financing for outgoing MSCA fellows is intended to encourage more individuals from Norway who have received funding from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions to pursue researcher training or conduct a research stay abroad. The following MSCA schemes qualify for additional support: MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF) and MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Deadline: Open-ended

The Novo Nordisk Foundation
Postdoctoral fellowship program within endocrinology/metabolism at international elite research environments. The fellowship offers an opportunity to carry out a research project where a minimum of 3 years are dedicated to work at a university, hospital or other research institution abroad, followed by up to 1 year at a university, hospital or other research institution in a Nordic country.
Deadline: 21 June 2017

International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships within the Nordic Neutron Science Programme. The call is thematically open and supports fellowships within any scientific field using neutron scattering techniques, including instrument and method development
Deadline: 30 August 2017


Course in writing application for ERC Advanced Grants, 30 Mai, Tronheim

Course – writing application for ERC Starting / Consolidator Grants, 6 June, NTNU Tronheim

Information meeting about EØS funds in Tromsø, 1-2 June, Tromsø

Forum: “Health Research in a Connected and Participative Society9 June, Brussels

7th annual conference on Biobanking, 14–15 June 2017, London, United Kingdom.

Information meeting about EØS funds in Oslo with streaming, The Research Council informs about the research programs under the EØS funds and answers questions, 19 June, Oslo

BRAIN TUMOUR: RESEARCH AND SOCIETAL NEED, Brussels, European Parliament, 27 June

Sean McCarthy Course: How To Write The Impact In H2020 Applications, Norway’s Research Council, Lysaker, 31 August   

“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.

Conference organised by EATRIS: TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE 2017, 24–26 September, Prague.


Akademia-avtalen: Call for funds for field courses (PDF in Norwegian)
Deadline: 28 May 2017

UTFORSK Partnership Programme – four-year projects
The UTFORSK Partnership Programme supports project cooperation between higher education institutions in Norway and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa.
Information webinar: 25 April 2017
Deadline: 31 May 2017

Project Development Funds for Erasmus+ projects (Link in Norwegian)
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) invites institutions, organizations and companies who want to develop projects within the following six centralized measures under Erasmus + to apply for project establishment: 1) Knowledge Alliances 2) Sector Alliances 3) Capacity building, 4) Joint degrees, 5) Jean Monnet and 6) Sports.
Deadline: 1 June 2017 / 1 November 2017 (15:00)

NordForsk – Nordic Centre of Excellence – New learning and teaching environments and practices
NordForsk’s Education for Tomorrow is announcing NOK 25 million in funding for one Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE). The focus of the NCoE may be early childhood education and care, primary education or teacher education, or combinations of these contexts.
Deadline: 13 September 2017 (14:00)

Partnership Programme for North America (Link in Norwegian)
The program provides support for scientifically founded cooperation, aimed at long-term and institutional anchored cooperation relations with Canada and the United States
Deadline: 22 September 2017

NORPART The Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation – 2-year projects (Link in Norwegian)
NORPART supports academic partnerships and student mobility with an emphasis on Master and PhD level between higher education institutions in Norway and selected developing countries.
Information webinar: 31 August 2017
Deadline: 22 September 2017 (15:00)

Eurasia Programme
The Eurasia Programme supports project cooperation between institutions in Norway and Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Information webinar: 31 August 2017
Deadline: 22 September 2017 (15:00)

InternAbroad  (Link in Norwegian)
InternAbroad aims to facilitate increase use if internship mobility for students from Norway. This is the first call for this programme.
Information webinar: 31 August 2017
Deadline: 22 September 2017 (15:00)

UTFORSK Partnership Programme – two-year projects
The UTFORSK Partnership Programme supports project cooperation between higher education institutions in Norway and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa.
Deadline: 22 September 2017 (NB! Corrected deadline)


Scholarship for research stay abroad for PhD candidates and Post Doctors (Link in Norwegian)
The offer for a scholarship for research stays abroad applies to PhD candidates and Post Doctors in projects with full or partial funding for the Research Council for a minimum of 24 months. The research stays abroad may last for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months.

Globallink – Scholarships to Canada (Link in Norwegian)
Globalink allows for the Norwegian and Canadian master’s and PhD students can apply for CAD 15.000 to conduct research practice in a business in the partner country.

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.
Overseas research grants under the Industrial PhD Scheme
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.
Overseas research grants under the Public PhD Scheme (Link in Norwegian)
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

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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