On 20th December, Poland signed a memorandum of understanding that will endow it with € 809.3 million under the third edition of Norway Grants and EEA Grants. One of the largest portion of the resources is intended to support research, and the National Science Centre has taken on the responsibility of its execution.
The NCN will cooperate with the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) in organising and running funding opportunities under the third edition of the Norway Grants. The organisation charged with the distribution of the funds for research will be the programme’s partner, the Research Council of Norway.
EEA and Norway Grants are non-repayable financial aid granted by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to over a dozen EU countries. In Poland, the body responsible for implementing the programme is the Ministry of Economic Development. The EEA and Norway Grants’ main objective is to reduce social and economic disparities in the EEA and strengthen bilateral relations between donor countries and beneficiary countries. Poland is the largest beneficiary of Norway Grants.
Sources: NCN, Ministry of Economic Development