External Funding Opportunities for Post-doctoral Researchers and Senior Staff

This is a non-exhaustive list of funding sources for Post-doctoral and senior staff. Check each program's official website to find out more about selection criteria and corresponding deadlines.


  1. European Research Council (ERC)
    • Starting Grant (StG) for promising early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years experience after PhD.
    • Consolidator Grant (CoG) for excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years experience after PhD. 
    • Advanced Grant (AdG) for established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements.
    • Timeline for future deadlines:
      • Starting Grant:  9 March 2021
      • Consolidator Grant: 20 April 2021
      • Advanced Grant: 31 August 2021
  • Synergy grants To address ambitious research questions that can only be answered by the coordinated work of a small group of 2-4 principal Investigators.
  • International Arrangement Funding
    Some national funding agencies especially target non-EU citizens regardless of their age and specialty. Selection criteria and conditions vary between programs.
  • Visiting Research Fellowships Some national or regional funding agencies offer grants to visit an ERC-funded project. Some of those projects might accept PhD students and young researchers.
  1. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)​​​
    • Individual fellowships (IF): Fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and last for one to two years.
    • Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE): Funding for establishing a program for short-term exchanges of personnel between academic, industrial and commercial organisations throughout the world.
    • Innovative Training Networks (ITN): They bring together universities, research institutes and other sectors from across the world to train researchers to doctorate level.
    • Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND): Provide organisations with additional financial support for their own researcher training and career development programmes. The extra funds are available for new or existing schemes for training researchers abroad and across various sectors. It supports doctoral programmes for PhD candidates, as well as fellowship programmens for experienced researchers.
    • European Researchers’ Night: Public events dedicated to bringing researchers closer to the public. They showcase the diversity of research and highlight the impact of research on our daily lives. The aim is also to motivate young people to embark on research careers. A broad array of activities are funded through this programme.
  2. The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) 
    The average COST Action support is EUR 130,000 per annum. Distributed between 25 Cost members on average. These bottom-up networks run for 4 years and help to build capacity. Through these networks, COST provides funds for organising meetings, training schools, short term scientific missions or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. It promotes global networking of national-funded research.


  1. Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project
    Application (Complete information only available in Norwegian). Call for 2020 has been cancelled.
  2. COVID-19 Emergency Call for Proposals: Innovation Project Involving Public-Private Collaboration (BIA-X) Extraordinary call with a deadline on 20.05.2020.

    Examples of relevant areas: solutions for dialogue with the population and long-distance follow-up and treatment of patients; use of health data for monitoring health services and public health in near real-time; preparedness related to managing health crises, including the development and production of equipment, medicines and diagnostic tests.

  3. Collaborative Project to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges
    Supported projects are to develop new knowledge and generate research competence needed by society or the business sector to address important societal challenges. The projects are to encourage and support collaboration between research organisations and stakeholders from outside the research sector that represent societal and/or industry needs for knowledge and research competence.
  1. Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19
    The application deadline is 16 June 2020 13 CEST


  1. For teaching: For periods between 2 days and 2 months.  

HELSEFORETAK (OBS! Priority areas 2016-2020)

  1. Helse Vest https://helse-vest.no/vart-oppdrag/vare-hovudoppgaver/forsking
  2. Helse Sør www.helse-sorost.no/helsefaglig/forskning
  3. Helse Nord https://helse-nord.no/forskning-og-innovasjon
  4. Helse Midt-Norge https://helse-midt.no/vart-oppdrag/vare-hovedoppgaver/forsknin


  1. Poland
  2. Romania
  3. Portugal
  4. The Baltics
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Additional opportunities: Countries that do not have research programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme (e.g. Bulgaria and Slovakia) may apply for funding for exchange and network-building.


  1. Kreftforeningen 
  2. ExtraStiftelsen Helse og Rehabilitering (Stiftelsen Dam)
  3. The Ola Thon Foundation offers several grants for research projects in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and medicine.
  4. The Norsk Farmasøytisk Selskap stipend offers financial support (NOK 15000-25000) for conducting theoretical and practical studies and work which contributes to the pharmaceutical sciences (Eligibility depending on membership).
  5. The Norwegian Women's Public Health Association (Norske kvinners sanitetsforening)
  6. The Nordic Cancer Union research grant (NCU) offers funding to support and stimulate collaborative cancer research within the Nordic countries. Researchers working in two Nordic countries or more must be involved in the project. NCU research grants are provided for one year.
  7. NOVONORDISK Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme - Up to 5 million DKK per grant available.
  8. NOVONORDISK Project Grants in Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine - Deadline 2 September 2020
  9. DIKU – NORDPLUS Higher Education grants about 4.2 million euro each year (in total) to networking activities, collaborations, and exchange of students and teachers within higher education. PhD students are only eligible if they participate as lecturers in intensive courses, etc.
  10. DIKU – INTPART program contributes to the establishment, building and development of strategic partnership of excellent quality through coupling strategies for higher education, research and innovation between Norway and Brasil, Canada, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Africa and the US.
  11. Peder Sather Grant Program supports projects carried out by researchers at UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from nine Norwegian universities. The Center offers grants of between $10K and $25K. Funds are made available for two academic years.  Grants can support activities such as workshops, mini-conferences, virtual intellectual exchanges, the undertaking of exploratory and pilot studies, activities such as PhD student exchanges, longer-term stays for Principal Investigators, the collection and analysis of data, and other core research activities. 
Published Nov. 25, 2019 4:06 PM - Last modified July 31, 2020 10:08 AM