The aim of the call is to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of excellent Nordic research environments. The call is initiated to support research-based university cooperation across the Nordic region, to increase researcher mobility, enhance capacity and competence building and thereby the excellence and significance of Nordic research cooperation.

The call is open to all themes and disciplines.

Two phases

The call is conducted in two phases. In phase 1, the Call Committee will assess the pre-proposals.

In phase 2, approximately 20 applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be assessed by an international expert panel and the Call Committee.

The funding decision will be announced in Q4 2023. All applicants will receive written feedback from the expert panel.

Funded activities

Activities that can be funded:

  • mobility and networking activities
  • guest researchers
  • PhD students and post-docs
  • workshops, seminars and conferences
  • research training (e.g. intensive courses, field courses, summer schools and joint courses);
  • communication and dissemination activities
  • other activities that promote the cooperational framework and are necessary for implementation of the collaboration

Consortium partners from outside the Nordic region must fund their own participation; however, expenses related to mobility may also be covered for international partners.

Budget and funding

Available budget is NOK 300 million, NOK 100 million from NordForsk and NOK 200 million NOK provided by the institutions.

The total NordForsk funding allocated to the call is maximum NOK 20 million annually and will be available for 5 years, 2024-2028.

Each university consortium may receive NOK 4 million in NordForsk funding per year. Each university consortium must provide resources equalling twice the amount of funding sought from NordForsk.

For more information visit the NordForsk Call website.