Enormous interest in Polish-Norwegian research cooperation

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (on the left) and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk signed the largest cooperation agreement of all time between Norway and Poland in June 2011. (Photo: Government.no)

The Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, funded under the scheme for EEA and Norway Grants, received a total of 269 joint project proposals for the November application deadline. This is almost four times the number received in the previous programme period.

“This is a tremendous success,” says Professor Eivind Hiis Hauge of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He is one of two Norwegian representatives on the programme board. “We see that many new research groups in Norway have established cooperation with Polish institutions in connection with this call for proposals.”

EUR 38.8 million to be allocated

The 269 applicants sought a total of NOK 1.56 billion, or approximately EUR 212 million. The amount available under the call for proposals was NOK 280 million, or EUR 38.8 million.

A total of 70 proposals was received in the last EEA funding round on Polish-Norwegian research cooperation in 2007. At that time applicants competed for available funding of NOK 50 million.

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