Today, at the close of the Monitoring Committee meeting on Call 1 full application decisions, the Norwegian delegation announced that Norwegian organisations will not be able to apply for funding as project partners in Calls 2 or 3.
This is due to exhausted Norwegian funds after the approval of three small-scale and 14 regular projects in the first call for proposals of the 2021-27 funding period. However, Norwegian organisations are welcome to participate in projects as observers. What this means, concretely, is that that the Norwegian organisations' interest and participation in the project can be described in the application, but they will not be listed as part of the partnership, nor can project activities or results be dependent on their participation. Following from this, they will not be included in the project contract or partnership agreement.
This announcement applies to Norwegian organisations in the partnerships of approved expressions of interest in Call 1, small-scale project applications, and 'direct' full applications (those that have skipped or will skip the expression of interest stage in Call 2).
Opportunities to join North Sea Programme projects from Call 4 will be announced at a later date, pending further decisions on Norwegian funding by the national Norwegian authorities at the end of this year or early 2023. Approved Call 1 expressions of interest will be informed of this announcement directly through the Online Monitoring System.
This story was updated on 30 September 2022.