Between 2009 and 2014 Norway will contribute EUR 1,79 billion to social and economic equality measures and cooperation in Europe.
The financial transfers will be made under the provisions of two different agreements:
- European Economic Area financing scheme (EEA Grants). Contributors: Norway, Island, Lichtenstein
- Norwegian financing scheme (Norway Grants)
The recipient countries are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The recipient countries are responsible for planning, implementing and following up projects and programmes.
The Scholarship Programmes
A part of the EEA/Norway grants is earmarked for specific funds, for example Scholarship Porgrammes for education and training. Such programmes are managed by national programme operators in respective countries.
Individuals and institutions of educations in recipient countries may apply for the financial support from the Scholarship Programmes, but in the majority of cases a Norwegian/EFTA partner must be a part of a project.
Norwegian participants can also benefit from these programmes, but they cannot apply directly. They must apply in cooperation with partners from the countries involved.
SIU is the national point of contact for the EEA/Norway Grants, which collaborates with the fund managers in other countries. SIU provides information and guidance, and facilitates cooperation with partners from the recipient countries.
You can find out more about the Scholarship Programmes by following these links: