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Funding opportunities for early career scientists

Where to find your own funding early in your career

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For more information about the programs, click the links in the tables.

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 years2-839Feb
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?Feb
ERC Consolidator GrantEU2,75 Mio €5 years7-12?Feb


Mobility and research training grants

Name of programFunding agencyBudgetDurationYears after PhDAge limitDeadline
FRIPRO mobility grantNFRsalary+ operation2 years abroad, 1 year Norway< 6 (*)?Feb
Marie Curie PFEUsalary+ travel1-2 yearsno limit (**)no limitSept

 (*) PhD needs to be handed in 1st Nov of year of application the latest

(**) PhD needs to be approved at application deadline

Find more mobility funding at the Euraxess stipend data base


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 grantsUiBTravel, work shop support, ...UiB students, PhD, Post Doc, Researcher01.12.
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
ARQUS European University AllianceECMobility (Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padova and Vilnius)Student, Researchervariable

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

Scan the EURAXESS database for other funding opportunities abroad