Partnership Opportunities

One of the two main goals of the EEA and Norway Grants is to increase cooperation and relations between the beneficiary and donor countries. Partnerships between entities from the beneficiary countries and their counterparts in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are therefore a fundamental part of the Grants.

Who can become partners?

A wide range of entities can participate as donor project partners under the EEA and Norway Grants. Generally, any public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial as well as non-governmental entities, registered as legal entities in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway can become a donor project partner. Examples of relevant partners include national directorates, universities, municipalities, hospitals, theatre companies, non-governmental entities and businesses.  Each project can have several partners involved. 

In some programmes, natural persons who are legal residents in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway are also eligible donor project partners. This includes programmes in the fields of education and culture, as well as scholarship components under any programme.
Eligibility criteria will differ between programmes and funds, and they may be more restricted in some programmes/funds. Make sure you read the call for proposals carefully or ask the programme/fund operator before applying, to make sure you are an eligible partner.

How to find partners?

The donor programme partners or in the case of the Active Citizens Fund, the Norwegian Helsinki  Committee and the Icelandic Human Rights Centre can assist you in finding a partner. They will have an overview of upcoming information meetings, partnership events, seed/travel funds and calls for proposals coming up in their field. In cooperation with the programme/fund operators, the donor programme partners and the Helsinki Committee regularly arrange matchmaking events which may be of interest.
Some of the donor programme partners and the Helsinki Committee have also established databases in which you can enter your information and express your interest in cooperation:

The donor state embassies are also deeply engaged in the EEA and Norway Grants and will be able to assist you in finding the right partner.

Visit the partnership guide for more detailed information on how to establish partnerships.