Geophysical Institute
Find a call

Funding opportunities for early career scientists

Where to find your own funding early in your career

Young researcher looking for funding

Main content




The FERD Career center at UiB offers career guidance and training courses for early career researchers


Find below the most relevant funding programs for early career researchers. Programs may not have open calls every year, and deadlines may be variable. For current open calls, visit the UFO site or contact the Research Coordinator.


Funding your own position or starting your own group: 

National and local funds

Name of programFunding agencyBudgetDurationYears after PhDAge limitDeadline
Young research talentsNFR3-7 Mio NOKMax 4 years2-7-open
TMS Starting GrantBergen Research Foundation8-16 Mio NOK (50% UiB)4 years2-739March


International/anywhere (you can take the fund with you)

Name of programFunding agencyBudgetDurationYears after PhDAge limitDeadline
ERC Starting GrantEU2 Mio €5 years2-7-Oct
ERC Consolidator GrantEU2,75 Mio €5 years7-12-Dec


Mobility and research training grants

Name of programFunding agencyBudgetDurationYears after PhDAge limitDeadline
FRIPRO mobility grantNFRsalary+ operation2 years abroad, 1 year Norway< 6 -open
Marie Curie PFEUsalary+ travel1-2 years< 8-Sept

Find more mobility funding at the Euraxess stipend data base

The International Center at UiB provides information and support for staff and students who plan to go abroad

Supporting your on-going PhD / Post Doc project with additional funding:


Name of program  Funding agencyWhat is funded Who can applyDeadline 
L. Meltzers Høyskolefond (Meltzer Grant)UiBTravel, small projectsUiB student, PhD, Post Doc, Researcher01.12.
UiB diverse grantsUiBEvents, teaching, ...UiB students, PhD, Post Doc, Researcher01.12.
UiB SPIRE grantsUiBSeed funding for international collaboration, guest researcherResearcher and Post Docs with at least 2 years at UiB ahead of them1-2x/year
UiB IdeaUiBDevelop business ideaStudents, PhD, Post Doc, Researcher1x/year
StudENTInnovation NorwayStart own companyStudents1x/year
Top-up financing for outgoing MSCA fellowsNFRExtra funding for MSCA candidates leaving NorwayFellows of MSCA PF or MSCA ITN projectsopen
Personal overseas grant PhD and Post DocNFRTravel, accomodation, travel stipend 3-12 monthsPhD/Post Doc financed by NFRopen
CHESS Research SchoolNFRTraining courses, travel stipends, moreCHESS PhDsvariable
World University NetworkUiBTravel + Mobility to WUN partnersUiB employees (also PhD)variable
ERASMUS+ECMobilityPhD students, Post Doc, Researcher (teaching or training)variable

Scan the EURAXESS database for other funding opportunities abroad