Island and Norway: now eligible for Horizon 2020

May 19, 2014

Hat: Island and Norway become the first non-European countries eligible for Horizon 2020.

Funding Scheme: 2014-05-19

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

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Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme for 2014-2020 opens up for structures from Iceland and Norway, two non-European countries.


The decision, taken at a meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Committee, takes effect from the beginning of Horizon 2020 allowing these two countries’ researchers and companies to participate on the same basis as their counterparts in the EU. In return, the two countries will contribute financially to Horizon 2020, the biggest ever EU research and innovation programme with a budget of nearly €80 billion.

These two EEA/EFTA countries bring to Horizon 2020 and to the EU an excellent science base and clear strengths in specific fields. Norwegian scientists are addressing global challenges in areas such as the environment, climate change, oceans, food safety and energy research. Iceland has unique knowledge about geothermal energy production and its research capacities on climate change and marine biodiversity will also benefit Europe.


Norway has been associated to EU research and innovation programmes since 1987 and Iceland since 1994. Association of both countries takes place through an amendment to Protocol 31 of the EEA agreement1 and is effective retroactively to the beginning of Horizon 2020.

More than 2,350 Icelandic and Norwegian participants, including many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), took part in the last EU programme (2007-13). Icelandic researchers were involved in 217 projects, receiving funding of nearly €70 million. Norwegian researchers contributed to more than 1,400 projects, receiving a total of €712 million.

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