UTFORSK Partnership Programme

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    Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research
    May for long term projects, October for short term projects
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)



The UTFORSK Partnership Programme is a new Norwegian instrument for strengthening the linkage between higher education and research in international collaboration, and to increase cooperation between Norway and Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa.

This scheme aims to promote international partnerships at the institutional level through the provision of funds to support student or staff mobility, intensive courses, joint teaching and supervisions, study programmes or degrees.

What is funded

Long-term project cooperation can be awarded up to NOK 2 million per project, over a project period of four (4) years. Short-term project cooperation can be awarded up to NOK 300 000 per project, over a project period of two (2) years.


4 years for long term, 2 years for short term


Formal eligibility requirements

The main partner institution in Norway must be an accredited Norwegian higher education institution, or an institution with accredited higher education programmes.

The main partner institution outside Norway must be an accredited institution for higher education, public or private, in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia or South Africa, providing accredited education programmes at a level equivalent to that offered at the Norwegian applicant institution

Applications may also involve cooperation with other institutions in Norway and the partner country, or other approved partner countries, as network partners. Research institutes and non- governmental organizations, public agencies or public and private enterprises; in Norway or in the partner countries may also be involved as network partners.

Applications must include a Letter of commitment from the main partner institution outside Norway, documenting interest in and commitment to the partnership by leadership at relevant level.

Applications must be written in the English language and be submitted fully completed, including attachments through SIU’s online platform for applications and reporting (Espresso) within the call’s final deadline;

The project activities described in the application must be implemented within the project period.



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