Other EU-Initiatives

Information about relevant instruments and opportunities funded by bodies other that the EU Commission.


The Erasmus+ is the EU programme in the fields of education, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. It provides grants to staff mobility for teaching and training, student exchanges and other Erasmus+ actions.

Read more about Erasmus+ at UiO (in Norwegian).


COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) supports coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. I shall contribute to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. COST works by funding pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields. These networks, called 'COST Actions', promote international coordination of nationally-funded research. Hence, COST does not fund research itself, but supports networking activities.

COST Actions:

  • four year duration
  • minimum five COST countries
  • networking tools can be meetings, workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs) and dissemination activities.
  • open to researchers from universities, public and private research institutions, as well as to NGOs, industry and SMEs.
  • proposals can be submitted through continous open calls
  • researchers can also join an exsisting COST Action
  • open to international cooperation by allowing participation of researchers from outside Europe

Read more about COST on the COST home page and on the Research Council of Norway web site (in Norwegian) as well as in UKRO Factsheets (in English).

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and media sectors. Following on from the previous Culture Programme and MEDIA programmes, Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion (9% higher than its predecessors), will support:

  • Culture sector initiatives, such as those promoting cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking, and literary translation
  • Audiovisual sector initiatives, such as those promoting the development, distribution, or access to audiovisual works
  • A cross-sectoral strand, including a Guarantee Facility and transnational policy cooperation

The programme consists of two sub-programmes; the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector. Results are published on the Creative Europe Dissemination Platform.

Read more about Creative Europe on the European Commission web site and in UKRO Factsheets (in English).

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs)

The Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) are independent European joint programmes that finance research and infrastructure. One of the goals is better coordination of publicly funded research between participating countries. Research of excellent scientific quality shall be developed and data and expertise coordinated across member countries.

JPls are a voluntary country-to-country cooperation (not program-to-program as ERA -NETs are). In a JPI the participating countries engage themselves in a committed partnership, developing a strategic research agenda and common visions. Participation in JPls is decided nationally at government level. The participating countries fund their own share of participation in the collaboration.

Today there are ten Joint Programming Initiatives established, whose purpose is to compile and coordinate European research within a wide range of themes and challenges. Norway participates in all ten existing JPIs.

Norway has initiated the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans), which is a high-level strategic platform to provide a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. JPI Oceans covers all European sea basins with 21 participating countries.

Read more about the established JPIs on the Research Council of Norway web site (in Norwegian) and European Commission web site.

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs)

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) are public-private partnerships involving industry, research community and public authorities to pursue common ambitious research objectives. JTIs are implemented through dedicated legal entities – Joint Undertakings. Each JTI has specific measurable objectives and key performance indicators, which will allow closer monitoring and evaluation. Topics are bottom-up and funding is provided partly by the European Union, partly by Member States & Associated Countries. Other characteristics vary between the different JTIs.

The following JTIs have been launched to date (external links):


Read more about JTI on the European Commission web site and in UKRO Factsheets (in English).


ERA-NET actions aim at coordinating national and regional research programmes by developing joint activities or supporting joint calls for proposals. ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon 2020 supports public-public partnerships, including joint programming initiatives between Member States, establishment of networking structures as well as Union topping-up of transnational calls for proposals. Both research institutes, enterprises and individuals can find funding opportunities in these transnational calls.  With Horizon 2020, the focus of ERA-NETs are shifting from the funding of networks to the top-up funding of single joint calls for transnational research and innovation in selected areas with high European added value and relevance for Horizon 2020.

In addition to the joint calls they implement, ERA-NETs have developed over the past years a vast range of networking and other joint activities that contribute significantly to the impact of the ERA-NET scheme.

Read more about ERA-NET on the European Commission web site and in UKRO Factsheets (in English).

Private Public Partnerships (PPP)

Under Pillar II of Horizon 2020, there is also funding for the so-called ‘contractual Public-Private Partnerships’ (PPPs). Under these, there will be a range of topics with strong industry and market relevance focus.

Read more about contractual PPS at the European Commission web site


Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs). With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world.

Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 34 Eurostars Participating States and Partner Countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. In the 2014-2020 period it has a total public budget of €1.14 billion.

Read more about Eurostars (external link)

Published Dec. 17, 2014 9:48 AM - Last modified Sep. 25, 2015 11:31 AM