The new guidelines for the STIM-EU stimulation scheme to encourage independent research institutes to seek greater participation in the EU Framework Programmes will make support available to a wider range of research institutes. Institutes that assume coordinator responsibilities or incorporate participation of companies will qualify for special rewards. No applications for funding are required.
The STIM-EU scheme is the Research Council of Norway’s most important instrument for promoting increased participation in EU projects among Norwegian research institutes. In 2014 the Research Council will be allocating a total of NOK 55 million to institutes taking part in EU projects.
“Research institutes succeed best in the EU of all the Norwegian actors,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science at the Research Council. “Even so, many of them are considering cutting back on their EU involvement because of the financial strain of the EU projects. The Research Council is looking for ways to remedy this.”
Significantly expanded scheme
“The STIM-EU scheme is designed to reward research institutes whose EU applications are successful,” continues Mr Hanneborg. “The scheme has yielded good results, so we are looking to expand it considerably in the years ahead. Wider participation of researchers in Norway in international research cooperation is essential to enhancing the quality of Norwegian research.”
The Research Council has signalled the need to bolster funding for the scheme substantially in future budgets. From this year’s NOK 55 million, an increase to NOK 150 million is sought for 2015, with additional increases throughout the duration of Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Main revisions to guidelines
Major changes to the STIM-EU scheme have been introduced in 2014 to enable it to be effective under Horizon 2020, among other things.
Key changes include:
- results-based allocations – no applications needed;
- expanded list of research institutes eligible for STIM-EU funding;
- special rewards for institutes taking on coordinator responsibility;
- scheme applies to parts of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme as well as Horizon 2020 (for 2014).
Special rewards will still be available for research institutes taking part in projects together with Norwegian companies.
See Revised guidelines for STIM-EU funding (April 2014) (PDF-145.5 KB) - available in Norwegian only.
For allocation in 2014
The Research Council will calculate the amount of STIM-EU funding the various research institutes are to receive based on the information in the EU contract database eCORDA. The Research Council is looking to allocate and disburse the entire NOK 55 million available for 2014 by the end of the year.
Research institutes receiving public basic funding will receive their STIM-EU funding as a supplement to their basic allocation, whereas research institutes not qualified for the basic funding scheme will receive a separate allocation letter.
Institutes are to submit a report on how they spent their funding roughly 12 months after receiving disbursements.