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Project Establishment Support (PES) and Positioning funding (POS)

The PES2020 scheme is designed to relieve the cost burden related to the preparation of project proposals to HEurope.

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The PES scheme at UiB supports the following two categories:

  1. PES - Project Support for Researchers
  2. POS - Positioning Funding:
  • POS - For researchers who are positioning themselves towards a Horizon Europe application.
  • POS - Grants to fund strategic academic measures at Faculty level.
  • POS - KHT: Competence development for researchers and EU-administrative support staff at the Faculties.

1. PES-Project establishment funding (PES)

PES funding is granted to researchers who are in the process of writing an application to Horizon Europe.

A PES-grant will be transferred to the Faculties based on the number of HEurope applications that are registered from each Faculty by September 17, 2021 and December 6, 2021. The PES-grants are calculated based on the HEurope application category and the researcher´s role in the project.

PES-support related to HEurope applications will only be triggered if the submitted project proposal is formally approved (eligible) by the EU.

Unused PES-funds may be used the following year.

PES grants cover expenses in relation to:

  • Travel, accomodation and meeting costs. 
  • Procurement of external assistance and consultation. Ordering external consultation must be done by a purchaser at your institute. UiB has signed a framework agreement for pre-award services that come into effect on 1 September 2021. 
  • Compensation/refund for work done in relation to a spesific HEurope-application. The compensation/refund will go to the institute and not to the researcher.
  • Cost of partner search/establishment of project consortium.
  • Search in patent databases.

The Research Council of Norway offers free external consultancy services from PNO to HEU applicants for grant application review or for mentoring and concept development. If you need free consultation please contact Adviser Inger Nordgard by email: inn@forskningsradet.no  Send information about call/topic, application deadline, who is part of the consortium and draft proposal (if possible) so that the Research Council of Norway can find the right PNO-consultant for you. 

The Faculties will receive the following PES-grant amounts for each submitted and eligible Coordinator Proposal (in NOK):

MSCA DN 75 000
MSCA PF  25 000
MSCA RISE  35 000
ERC Starting Grant  60 000
ERC Consolidator Grant  60 000
ERC Advanced Grant  60 000
ERC Synergy Grant  80 000
ERC PoC  10 000
ERC Round 2 (interview) 25 000
Research Infrastructure  75 000
RIA/IA Clusters 100 000
CSA Clusters 100 000
Clusters round 2 (2-trinns søknader) 30 000
EIC Pathfinder 75 000
EIC Transition 75 000
CSA Widening participation and Spreading Excellence (incl. COST) 60 000
Reforming and enhancing the European Research and Innovtion system 60 000
European Partnerships (Cofund) 50 000
Partner applications (all types) 20 000

2. POS- Positioning funding

Please note: The deadline for using Positioning funding granted in 2021 is December 10, 2021. Unused POS-funds cannot be used the following year.

Positioning funding is divided into 3 categories:

1. POS - Positioning funding for researchers who are positioning themselves towards a Horizon Europe application:

  • Building relationships with leading European environments (networking) whose purpose is to identify potential partners for future HEurope projects.
  • Participation in arenas that contribute towards influencing the European research and innovation agenda (strategic work).
  • Short-term positioning to build new partnerships/join existing consortiums.

2. POS - Grants to fund strategic academic measures at Faculty level:

  • Participation in European strategy networks and forums.
  • Interdisciplinary events in Bergen, with participation from the EU Commission or other relevant EU organizations.
  • Study trips and delegation trips to Brussels.

3. POS - Competence development funding for researchers and the EU administrative support staff at the Faculties.

This includes participation at HEurope seminars, workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally. The course program for the competence activity for which funding is sought must be submitted with the application. Please note our framework agreement with consultancies that offer training towards Horizon Europe programs.

Application process for POS funding in 2021:

  • The Faculty application deadline for POS-grants for 2022: December 1, 2021. 
    NOTE: Faculties may set an additional deadline for POS-funding during spring/autumn 2022.
  • The faculties processes applications from their departments.

Final report:

  • Researchers who received POS funding in Category 1 are required to submit a final report by January 30th 2022. The report should be maximum 1 page and planned/submitted applications to Horizon Europe should be discussed in the report.
  • The reports are gathered at each faculty and sent to the Division of Research and Innovation in ePhorte. A standard POS-report has been created for this purpose.