France-Norway Hubert Curien Partnership 2022 ‘Aurora’ Programme

Mobility funding for researchers in Norway and in France, particularly those at an early stage of their research career, collaborating on bilateral research projects in any discipline.

The Hubert Curien Partnership (PHC) programme promotes the exchange of scientific and technical excellence between research teams in France and various partner countries through joint research projects and bilateral research visits.

The ‘Aurora’ partnership supports the reciprocal mobility of collaborators between France and Norway. The programme is jointly administered by Campus France and the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

Eligible bilateral project teams involve researchers from each country. In France, research groups must be affiliated with a higher education institution or research organisation in order to be eligible. In Norway, the programme is open to research organisations approved by the Research Council of Norway. The Norwegian project manager must hold an approved doctorate or have obtained qualifications at associate professorship level by the application deadline.

Collaborations will be funded for two years each, starting in the January following application, and may be in any discipline. Collaborations that have not received Aurora funding in the previous two years will be given priority.

Funding is available to cover the costs of the reciprocal mobility of collaborators between France and Norway. The programme focuses on early career researchers, and collaborations are expected to involve research visits by doctoral students and/or early career postdoctoral fellows.

The annual funding provided to French collaborators averages around €4,300 per project for travel costs and living expenses. RCN funds travel costs and living expenses for the Norwegian participants, up to a maximum amount of NOK 100,000 per project.

Applications must be submitted in parallel by both French and Norwegian teams via their respective administrators.

The joint deadline for applying to the 2022 programme is 15 September 2021.

Results shall be announced in December 2021 with projects to begin from January 2022.