EU funding for Norwegian research and innovation projects

On 5 December, the PMI Norway Chapter local branch in Bergen put EU funding opportunities for Norwegian researchers and innovators on the agenda at an event sponsored by Knowit at Nøstet. The topic raised a lot of interest among the the Project Managers in the audience. Amir Spahic, Senior Project Manager at CESSDA ERIC in Bergen, was the key speaker. 

The presentation started with an overview of the EU project funding ecosystem and the political aspect. The EU has a total estimated budget of €120 billion to directly support research and innovation activities between 2014 and 2020. The main instrument is the 8th framework programme – Horizon 2020. This program alone has some €80 billion allocated and the next programme Horizon Europe (2021-2027) will have more than €100 billion available to support research and innovation activities. Although Norway is among the most successful Associated Countries in H2020, the potential for improvement is huge and opportunities are numerous. Norwegian researchers, companies and public entities were allocated more than €500 million for their participation in H2020 so far. Although the H2020 is more focused on world class science, considerable funds are available for R&D, testing and scale-upping of solutions for addressing various concerns of society. Those who have closer to the market ideas, might look for the funding opportunities elsewhere – like Eureka, Eureka Eurostars  or Innovation Norway.

The last section was about the common principles of EU-funded projects - project management methodology, trans-national collaboration, open access. The event was concluded with general tips for preparing good project proposals. You can access the presentation HERE.


Amir Spahic holds PMP and ACP certificates and has 14 years of professional experience in project management. Before moving to Norway in July this year he was a PMO head at the University of Zagreb FOI in Croatia. He was involved in the implementation of 33 EU-funded projects and is an active member of several EU project evaluation bodies.

After the event, the participants joined the pre-Christmas social event at Verftet to enjoy networking and a bit of traditional Norwegian "julemat". Many thanks to Amir as well as Katarina, Ivan and Pål for organizing the event.