International Cooperation

Norwegian Financial Mechanism

Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism, i.e. EEA and Norway Grants, are a form of foreign aid granted by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to new UE Member States. The funds are connected with the Polish accession to the European Union and the simultaneous accession to the European Economic Area (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Donor countries benefit from access to the internal market of the European despite the fact that they are non-EU members. Currently, the second edition of the grants is being implemented; it covers the period 2009-2014 The previous edition covered the period 2004-2009. 

The main objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants are: to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening the bilateral relations between the donor and the beneficiary states.

The recipients of EEA and Norway Grants are 15 EU countries: 12 countries that joined the common market in 2004 and 2007, as well as Spain, Portugal and Greece.

The total amount of the second edition of the Norway and EEA Grants amounts to EUR 1.788 billion. Allocation for Poland amounts to EUR 578.1 million, including management costs incurred by the Donors and the Polish side.

Generally, applicants may be private or public, commercial or non-commercial, and non-governmental organizations established as legal entities in Poland, as well as intergovernmental organizations operating in Poland.

Within the framework of the EEA and Norway Grants several programmes, i.e. theme areas, were indentified. Within a particular programmes calls for projects are to be organised.

When it comes to support areas, many theme areas of the first edition of the Norway and EEA Grants were maintained. First of all, the following shall be listed: protection of the environment (including renewable energy), cultural heritage, health, research and scholarships. Also there will be implemented a programme on Schengen area and home affairs, including the prison system and preventing violence. As in the first edition, much emphasis was placed on strengthening civil society. Also completely new topics were indentified, such as decent work and tripartite dialogue, as well as cooperation between self-governments aiming at regional development.


  • Polish-Norwegian Research Collaboration

Enhanced research-based knowledge development in the Beneficiary States through enhanced research cooperation between Norway and the Beneficiary States.

Programme operator:
The National Centre for Research and Development

Total grants amount:
€ 62,830,000.00

Research cooperation involving Polish and Norwegian institutions is needed to stimulate the development of research-based knowledge in both countries. With funding set aside for joint research, the programme is expected to strengthen research capacity and cooperation in Poland and Norway.Funding for joint research projects will allow Polish and Norwegian research communities to pursue common interests and search for solutions to societal challenges. The thematic priority areas of the programme are environment, health, climate change and society. The programme will also support the participation of female researchers in technical sciences. Activities under the programme will also enhance the capacity in management of research programmes.

  • Small Grant Scheme
    One of the challenges that the Polish scientific community faces is to increase the share of female researchers, both in terms of the number, and in terms of their professional role in technical sciences. Technical sciences are the least feminized in comparison to other areas of science. Therefore measures designed to tackle the challenge should take advantage of female researchers’ potential and support their career advancement.

    The Small Grant Scheme supports research projects implemented by female researchers in technical sciences, allowing them to strengthen their competences and their output, serving as a basis to be granted the PhD title, to graduate from post-doctoral studies or to be granted the title of professor.

    The Small Grant Scheme is small research projects conducted by Polish female researchers in technical sciences, directly related to their career advancement.The Small Grant Scheme will provide support for projects allowing women to complete doctoral or post-doctoral studies or to being granted a professor title in the areas falling into the scope of the following technical sciences: architecture and urban planning, automated technology and robotics, biocybernetics and biomedical engineering,  biotechnology, construction and machine operation, construction, electronics,  electrotechnology, energetics, geodesy and cartography, mining and engineering geology , computer science, chemical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering, mechanics, metallurgy, chemical technology, telecommunications, transportation, textile manufacture.
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