Funding for collaboration

There are many opportunities for funding for international collaboration with the University of Oslo. Here are some of the best Norwegian and European programmes for supporting collaboration in education and research.

Research Council of Norway (RCN)

International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research (INTPART)

INTPART is a highly competitive programme which funds cooperation between Norwegian research institutions and excellent partners in Norway's priority countries.

See list of INTPART projects awarded to UiO 2015-2019

Eligible countries: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South-Africa, USA, Canada and South Korea.

Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku)


The UTFORSK partnership programme aims to link educational activities with ongoing research cooperation between Norway and the BRICS countries and Japan, and from 2020 also USA, Canada and South Korea.

Eligible partner countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Japan, USA, Canada and South Korea.

From 2020 UTFORSK includes the former funding schemes InternAbroad, Partnership Program with North America, and the The Nordic Russian Cooperation programme.

New eligible countries in UTFORSK from 2020 is USA, Canada and South Korea.

UTFORSK projects awarded to UiO 2013-2018


UTFORSK Brazil was a joint programme between Diku and the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

UTFORSK Brazil projects awarded to UiO 2013-17

The Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART)

NORPART supports academic partnerships and two-way student mobility with an emphasis on Master and PhD level.

Eligible countries: Selected countries in the Global South and Norway

Nordic Russian Cooperation programme

The Nordic Russian Cooperation programme is managed by Diku on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The main objective is to promote cooperation in education and research between the Nordic countries and Russia. Since 2018 there are no active calls.

Eligible countries: Russia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)

The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED)

NORHED is a programme for capacity building in developing countries in cooperation with Norwegian higher education institutions. Projects include joint research, PhD training, and development of educational programmes in the Global South.

NORHED projects awarded to UiO

Eligible countries: Countries listed on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients

Nordic funding

The Nordic countries have several joint programmes for funding cooperation and mobility in research and education. The Baltic countries can participate in most of the activities.

NORDPLUS programme

Eligible countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Joint Nordic calls for proposals (RCN)

European funding

Horizon 2020

Norway participates fully in the EU Horizon 2020 programme for cooperation in research and innovation. UiO has been particularly successful in obtaining ERC grants. Read about UiO's Horizon 2020 projects and ERC projects.


Norway participates fully in the EU Erasmus+ programme for cooperation in education and training. Some Erasmus+ funding is managed by the Norwegian national agency Diku. The programme supports mobility and cooperation projects. Some activities are only for European countries, while others are open for partner countries outside Europe.

Eligible countries

EEA grants

EEA grants and Norway grants are programmes for cooperation between the EEA/EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

Eligible countries

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Published Apr. 28, 2016 1:12 PM - Last modified Jan. 8, 2021 1:01 PM