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Research funding / External funding


The Research Council of Norway is an important national source for funding for research projects. HiOA also has internal resources to promote research collaboration. Strategic resources and seed funding will help strengthen external financing opportunities.

HiOA’s regional role as a knowledge disseminator provides great opportunities for both regional and municipal cooperation.

  1. The Research Council of Norway
  2. Knowledge Oslo
  3. Collaborative funding for health and social  studies
  4. Other relevant sources

The Research Council of Norway

The Research Council is Norwegian research’s central body for research policy issues, research collaboration and funding (e.g. for research programmes, independent projects and network related initiatives). The faculties / centers can help with applications for such funding.

Knowledge Oslo

HiOA is a partner in the regional initiative, Knowledge Oslo, which is a cooperation association between institutions for research and higher education in Oslo and the Oslo municipality. The association was founded in 2009 on the initiative of Oslo Municipality, the University of Oslo, Oslo and Akershus University College and Norwegian School of Management BI. It is established in collaboration with over 30 other education and research institutions.

The association will work to position Oslo as a national and international knowledge and decision-making centre within in certain areas.

Knowledge Oslo is initiated based on the belief that close, comprehensive and purposeful cooperation on research and higher education can realize a great potential for economic, social and cultural development in Oslo.

Collaborative funding for health and social studies

The municipality of Oslo and several health enterprises and hospitals announce collaborative funding. Funding is granted to develop project applications and to initiate projects. Participation is required from both the field of practice and the university college.

The purpose of the projects must be to create a better cooperation on practical studies within health and social studies. It also facilitated for joint research and development work.

Other relevant sources

The Trust Fund Handbook

In the Trust Fund Handbook you can apply for more than 2000 research grants, subject-specific grants, overseas grants, etc.: The Trust Fund Handbook.


The national portal for public procurement in Norway: Doffin.

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences's selection of national sources of funding sources.