EEA/Norway Grants Conference and Contact Seminar

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway share a mutual interest and responsibility with other European countries in promoting security, equality of opportunity, environmental sustainability and a decent standard of living for all in the European Economic Area.

Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing disparities in Europe and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe.

The Grants are targeted at areas where there are demonstrable needs in the beneficiary countries, and that are in line with wider European shared interests and goals.

Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain.


Focus on research, innovation and education
 
With governments across Europe struggling to respond to high unemployment levels, there is a renewed urgency in addressing the skills gap. Boosting transnational mobility helps students acquire new skills and strengthens future employability. The EEA and Norway Grants support student mobility through scholarship programmes worth €32.8 million in 11 countries. In Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, opportunities under the Grants will be presented for educational institutions at a event on April 26 and 27.

The aim with the EEA grants is to contribute towards social and economic cohesion, and strengthen bilateral relations between Norway and the newest EU countries. A part of the EEA funding is reserved for mobility grants and institutional cooperation between educational institutions.

The aim of the conference is to inform about the main lines of each programme, present possibilities for mobility and institutional cooperation, and establish contacts and initiate cooperation between educational institutions in Norway and other countries.

The target group is education institutions on all levels, in particular institutions within higher education.

Mobility grants can be given to students from all levels of education, academic staff, researchers, teachers and management in primary and secondary education.

Institutional projects of cooperation can involve different types of institutions: schools, higher education institutions, scientific communities and companies.

EWC's Executive Director is taking part in the conference.

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