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Project Establishment Support (PES)

The PES 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 category:

PES-Project establishment funding (PES)

  • PES funding is granted to researchers who are in the process of writing an application to Horizon Europe.
  • PES-grants will be transferred to the Faculties based on the number of HEurope applications that are registered as sent in LEAR Liv-Grethe Gudmundsen´s project overview, and in Unit4.
  • 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.
  • Researchers cannot themselves apply to the Research Council for support for project establishment (PES) or positioning funds (POS) since UiB receives an annual framework grant from the Research Council to cover UiB's PES and POS expenses.

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
  • 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 a matching PNO-consultant can be identified for your application. 

The Faculties will receive the following PES-grant amounts in 2024 for each submitted and eligible Coordinator Proposal (in NOK):

Coordinator applications

Pillar 1

MSCA Doctoral Network

75 000

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship

25 000

MSCA Staff exchange

35 000


75 000

ERC Starting Grant 

60 000

ERC Consolidator Grant 

60 000

ERC Advanced Grant 

60 000

ERC Synergy Grant (UiB is coordinating institution) 

80 000

ERC Proof of Concept

10 000

ERC Round 2 (intervju)

25 000

Research Infrastructure 

75 000

Pillar 2

RIA/IA Topic budget up to 5m EUR

150 000

RIA/IA Topic budget >5 – 10m EUR

200 000

RIA/IA Topic budget  >10m EUR

250 000

RIA/IA round 2 (2-step proposals)

30 000

CSA (Coordination & Support Action)

100 000

European Partnerships (HE and H2020)

50 000

European Partnerships 2 (2-step proposals)


Pillar 3

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 Innovation system

60 000

Partner application

All schemes

2nd step



PES-Project establishment funding (PES)

No positioning money is available in 2024.