EEA and Norway Grants

By supporting educational cooperation, the EEA and Norway Grants work to increase the quality and relevance of education at all levels throughout Europe. The Grants allow your institution to form close partnerships with Norwegian entities. 

    Please note that this information is meant for potential Programme Promoters in search of a Norwegian partner.

    What is supported?

    The education programmes/components in the EEA and Norway Grants fund a wide range of activities in the field of education including: 

    • Institutional cooperation at all levels of education 
    • Better quality and relevance of education and training 
    • Projects supporting synergies between research, education, and innovation 
    • Traineeships, apprenticeships, and work placements 
    • Youth entrepreneurship  
    • Adult participation in lifelong learning 
    • Professional development of teachers 
    • Study visits 
    • Higher education students and staff mobility 

    While the Grants do support mobility of students, individual students cannot apply directly for funding meaning that the initial application for funding must come from the institutions. Students seeking funding are encouraged to contact their home institutions to see whether they can participate in an EEA and Norway Grants programme. 

    Who can apply?

    Institution and organisation in one of the ten countries with an education programme/component may be eligible to apply for funding. The exact eligibility criteria are set out in the call text posted by the programme operators in each country. You may only apply for funding in your national country.  

    How to apply?

    In each beneficiary country there is a national programme operator (PO) that handles theadministration, calls for applications etc. If you have ideas for projects, you should check with yournational program operator to see if there are any active open calls or planned open calls for the future. These are the countries that still have planned calls within education: 

    For a full overview of active calls across all sectors funded by the Grants visit the EEA and Norway Grants webpage. 

    Finding a partner in Norway?

    A partner from one or more of the donor countries will normally be required or at least desired in the project. It is essential that you find a partner early in the process and to involve these as much as possible in planning process. Even if there is no current call in your country, you could start planning for a later call, thus having more time to find partners and to develop a good project.

    • Why choose a Norwegian partner?

      One of the two main objectives of the EEA and Norway Grant is to increase cooperation and relations between the beneficiary and donor countries. Partnerships are therefore a fundamental part of the Grants and it offers a unique opportunity to tackle common challenges in the education sector. Here are some other reasons to secure a partner:

      • Share knowledge and experience crucial to achieve quality education
      • Cooperate with institutions of high merit and quality
      • Create long lasting cooperation between your institution and a partner institution in Norway
      • Gain access to international networks
      • Increase your international experience and cultural competence
      • Build on synergies with Erasmus+
      • Increase your international experience and cultural competence
      • Build on synergies with Erasmus+
      • Use your project cooperation as a steppingstone towards more extensive international participation and involvement in larger European projects
      • Address commonly shared challenges in your country and Norway. Exchange of ideas and best practises are essential to further develop the sector in both countries.

      For inspiration you may want to check out the EEA and Norway Grants webpage and the webpage of the POs for previous projects examples.

    • How to secure a Norwegian partner?

      Finding a partner in Norway can be challenging and you should therefore prepare any inquiry thoroughly. Here are some ways to start your partner search:

      • Attend programme launches and match making events. These are published on the POs webpage.
      • Use the Norwegian institutions’ webpages to find and make direct contact with your preferred partner
      • Reach out to a personal contact in Norway from a previous project
      • Search for partners through existing corporations, e.g. Erasmus+ or similar
      • Send an inquiry to Diku with information about areas of interest or possible project ideas - please use this form

      Keep in mind that when contacting potential partners, you should be as specific and detailed as you can, e.g. what kind of activity do you envision, what is the subject area of interest, initial ideas, timeframe and so on. 

    • Budget and finances

      The Norwegian wage and cost levels are very high, but you should not see this as a problem when choosing a Norwegian partner. While it may seem like an unreasonable requirement to cover wages according to Norwegian standards this is taken into account in the allocation of the Grant. Savings can be made by organising events in the beneficiary a country as long as the activity is reasonable in relation to the project.

      Accounting needs to follow the relevant law and national accounting practices for the country in which the activity is taking place. For example, a Norwegian entity with offices in Norway follows the Norwegian accounting practices. As a project promoter you may however ask your partner to provide proof of expenditure in line with the beneficiary country accounting rules. Make sure to agree on these terms in the documentation needed in the partnership agreement.

      Here are some other tips on what to consider when budgeting with your partner:

      • Do not postpone difficult discussions about financial items with your partner. The agreement will be the basis for the project going forward.
      • Make sure that the budget fairly compensates your partners time in the project. The expectation is that your partners time should be fully compensated.
      • Time is a valuable resource. Remember to earmark funds for covering administrative staff such as project coordinators.
      • If necessary, earmark sufficient funds for translations.
      • Agree on how you and your partner will document project expenses. If you opt for an auditor’s report as documentation, the cost of this can be claimed as a project expense. This will have to be specified in the partnership agreement/budget.
    • Partnership agreement (contract)

      It is important to be thorough in the development of a partnership agreement which regulates the cooperation between all parties involved in the project. A good partnership agreement should explicitly describe your and your partner’s contributions to the project. The agreement forms a solid foundation for your cooperation and will help you avoid potential obstacles.

      When developing the partnership contract with your partner be sure to include the following:

      • The most important activities, including deliverables
      • Indicative timeline for activities and deliverables
      • The partners obligations
      • Reporting requirements
      • Conditions for audits on the project partners
      • Provisions on dispute and resolution
      • Termination policy
      • Method for calculating indirect cost, including the level of these
      • Currency exchange rules
      • Detailed budget
      • Detailed plan for financial transfers – when will the money arrive?
      • Arrangements and information on co-financing

      You may also want to consult the Bilateral Guideline from the EEA and Norway Grants.

    • Other tips for project promoters (project coordinators)
      1. Involve your project partners as much as possible in the project development process. This will help you establish a good work relationship and strong project.
      2. Use your partner’s knowledge and expertise when developing the grant application. Norwegian institutions and organisations may have valuable experience with writing proposals.  
      3. Ensure that all critical elements regarding the running of the project is known to and understood by your partners, especially elements concerning financial responsibilities and reporting. Contact the program operator and/or the Diku to make sure that you as project promoter (project coordinator) have the correct information.
      4. Consider contacting the Program Operator and Diku before finalising the Partnership Agreement.

    About the EEA and Norway Grants

    The EEA and Norway Grants are funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Grants have two objectives – to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically – and to strengthen the relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, in 15 beneficiary countries in Europe where the gross national income (GNI) is 90 % of the EU average or lower.

    The EEA and Norway Grants are allocated to five key sectors that are crucial for development in the beneficiary country and where there is an interest in cooperation with Norway:

    • Innovation, research, education and competitiveness
    • Social inclusion, poverty reduction and youth employment
    • Environment, energy, climate change and the low-carbon economy
    • Culture, civil society, good governance and fundamental rights
    • Justice and home affairs

    The concrete content and composition of each programme will vary between the different beneficiary countries. The formal conditions for projects may also vary somewhat from country to country according to national regulations, although the basic elements will be similar across all countries. The general description of the programme composition for each country is described in the Memorandum of Understanding and the Programme Agreements.

    The grant scheme consists of two financial mechanisms. One is funded solely by Norway (the Norway Grants), and the other (the EEA Grants) is funded by Norway together with Iceland and Liechtenstein. The two mechanisms are generally referred to as the EEA and Norway Grants. For Norwegian partnerships it does not matter which of the two funding mechanisms the programme/project gets its funds from.

    More information about the Grants can be found on the Norwegian Governement's webpage.

    More information about the Grants' regulation and examples of previous projects can be found on the EEA and Norway Grants webpage.