The EEA and Norway Grants contribute to strengthening contact and cooperation between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the 15 beneficiary countries. Bilateral partnerships between public and private institutions, NGOs and research institutions in the donor and beneficiary countries are widely encouraged. All programmes have funds set aside to facilitate such cooperation.
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Opportunities by country
In addition to programme and project support, funding is available in each country for developing bilateral cooperation and activities of bilateral interest with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The bilateral funds finance initiatives such as conferences, workshops, and study tours. They may also be used to finance initiatives of interest to both the donor and beneficiary countries.
Entities both in the donor countries and in the beneficiary countries are able to access and benefit from the fund for specific activities.
Donor programme partners
In more than half of the programmes, public bodies from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are involved as strategic advisers to the programme operators.
These public bodies take part in the programme planning and implementation, and they also help facilitate project partnerships.
News, results and projects
A new call for cultural diversity and exchange project proposals has been launched in Spain.
Aiming to strengthen civil society in Malta, a call for project proposals has been launched with a deadline for applications of 12 July 2013.
The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis) is a donor programme partner in scholarship programmes in nine beneficiary countries and in one research programme. “Cooperation is the key concept,” says Viðar Helgason, explaining the organisation’s role in fostering partnerships and innovation.