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Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support programmes on research in seven beneficiary countries. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective, is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.

The EU has pledged to increase investment in research and development (R&D) to 3% of GDP by 2020. Spending currently sits at 2%, which means Europe is lagging behind the US and Japan as well as more recent competitors like South Korea. Although there have been marked improvements in some of the beneficiary countries of the Grants, significant disparities remain.

Plugging this deficit, and creating an environment that encourages high-quality research and technological development, is crucial to keep pace with global competition and drive growth. The EEA and Norway Grants contribute to strengthen research capacity and application of research results. The funding may also pave the way for collaboration in other schemes, such as the EU’s Horizon 2020 flagship programme for research and innovation.

What is the objective of the programme?

  • Enhanced research-based knowledge development in the beneficiary states

What are the expected results?

  • Increased cooperation between donor and beneficiary countries
  • Strengthened research capacity in the beneficiary countries
  • Strengthened research allocations in the beneficiary countries
  • Increased application of results

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Romania.

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