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Partnership Program with North America

Grants to USA, Canada, and Norway IHEs for International
Collaborations and Student Exchange Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

09/25/19 12:00 Norwegian time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and Norway institutions of higher education for collaborations and joint projects to strengthen and promote international cooperation. Funding is intended for joint educational activities and student exchange programs. Partnerships involving cooperation with enterprises in the public or private sector are encouraged.

Activities may include all levels of higher education (Bachelor, Master, and PhD), all fields of education, and involve multiple fields and disciplines. The project may include funds for salaries and indirect expenses (including administration and overhead), limited to a maximum of 20 per cent of the total allocation. The funds may be shared between the applicant and the project partners.

The application may include higher education institutions, public or private enterprises, research institutes, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or other organisations in Norway, the US or Canada as partners. At least one partner must be an accredited higher education institution in the US or Canada.

Typical activities include:
- Project development: International project meetings. Joint development of subjects, curriculums, courses and degrees. Development of new teaching materials and methods, including digital content and tools. Dissemination activities.

- Implementation of cooperation between higher educational institutions: Student mobility. Student involvement in research or project activities. Joint lecturing and supervision, including guest lecturing. Joint student projects. Intensive courses, field courses and summer schools. Workshops and seminars. Courses, training and study visits for academic and administrative staff.

- Implementation of cooperation with enterprise in public or private sector: Student work practice, internships or trainee arrangements. Facilitation of student involvement in R&D projects and/or involvement in enterprise through student projects. Facilitation of student entrepreneurship or innovation projects. Guest lecturing, workshop and seminars that involve lecturers, supervisors or advisors from enterprises.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157547

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each project may be awarded up to NOK 300,000. The total funds made available in this call are approximately NOK 2 million.

Term of Contract:

This call for applications is open to two-year project cooperation, with a project period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Universities and University Colleges can apply.

- Main partner in Norway: Must be an accredited Norwegian institution for higher education or an institution with accredited higher educational programs.
- Main partner outside Norway: Must be an accredited Institution for higher education, public or private, in USA or Canada, which offer accredited education on the same level as the Norwegian applicant institution
- Network partners can be involved: At least 50% of the allocations will be given to projects involving network partners from public or private enterprises

Please note that investment in scientific equipment and infrastructure is not an eligible cost and may not be included in the application. The same applies to costs related to research activities not clearly linked to educational activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: September 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Norwegian time)

Applications must be submitted electronically through Diku's application and reporting system, Espresso.

Beware that the letter of commitment from main partner institution outside Norway must be attached. This is to document interest and commitment to the partnership from the leadership level in the partner institution.

If the application involves network partners from enterprises, the application must also include a letter of commitment from these.

If funding is awarded, the main partner institution in Norway will be required to enter into a contract with Diku.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions regarding the program or how to apply can be directed to:

Synne Lysberg, Adviser
+47 922 24 238

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.