Who can apply?

All public and private Norwegian and Icelandic higher education institutions and research organisations can apply. Individuals may not apply.

Preparatory support grants are given to projects whose purpose is to develop joint applications in the field of Arctic science to international programs for research and higher education, such as Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, EEA funds, NordForsk, and others.

The call is based on an agreement between Iceland and Norway on cooperation in Arctic scientific research. The Arctic Research and Studies programme is financed by the Icelandic and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) administers the programme in collaboration with the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir).

Contact person at Rannís is kolfinna.tomasdottir@rannis.is

All information about the call for proposals is available at:

How much funding can you apply for?

The maximum allocation per project is 25 000 EUR.

Eligible activities that can be funded:

  • Costs for preparatory work
  • Mobility costs (up to 10 000 EUR per project)

The programme provides lump sums based on fixed rates for mobility costs and preparatory work. Please consult chapter 6 in the Programme Guide for details about the rates.

The preparatory support grant can be given for a maximum of 17 months.

See the Programme Guide for detailed information about the terms and conditions of the call.

How can you apply?

Apply electronically via Rannís' application system. See https://en.rannis.is/funding/research/arctic-studies/ for detailed information on application requirements and attachments.

Guidance and templates

See the Programme Guide for information on the Arctic Research and Studies programme and the call for proposals: https://en.rannis.is/media/arctic-studies/Programme-Guide-2023-2026.pdf