The Arctic Research and Studies Programme 2019-2020 has been extended until 31 May 2022


The Arctic Research and Studies programme 2019-2020 awards preparatory grants to encourage cooperation between Iceland and Norway in the field of Arctic Science. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis given availability of funds.

Preparatory grants are awarded for the initiation of joint grant project applications to international competitive funds. Maximum allocation of each preparatory grant is 25.000 EUR (with maximum 10.000 EUR for travel expenses, however mobility is not a necessary component of an application).

The maximum duration of project period has been extended to 27 months, from 7 February 2020 to 31 May 2022.

There is a requirement that at least one Norwegian and one Icelandic legal entity (university, research institute or other type of organization) jointly apply in order to be eligible for preparatory grant.

The programme is based on a Memorandum of Understanding concerning co-operation between Iceland and Norway in the field of Arctic scientific research. The Icelandic and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs own and finance the Arctic Research and Studies Programme. The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis) is responsible for the administration of the programme in cooperation with the Directorate for Higher Education and Competence (HK-dir).

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