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Apply for project establishment grants

This page contains application forms and guidance on applying for project establishment grants (PES), specifically EU applications to the Horizon 2020, ERA-NET COFUND, JTI-JU, Eurostars-2 grants, COST etc.

Project establishment grants (PES) are awarded continuously throughout the year from NTNU’s strategic funding and a block grant from the Research Council of Norway. NTNU employees must apply to the NTNU administration for PES grants. Before they are sent in, PES applications need to be approved by the department or unit leader.

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Application deadline #

Grant applications are treated as they arrive, so there is no application deadline.

Who can apply? #

Scientific staff may apply for grants on a topic encompassed by Horizon 2020 or other, peripheral projects. PES grants are not award to researchers for exploratory applications.

Application forms #

Download the PES application form for EU applications with deadlines in 2018 and 2019:

PES application form 2019-2010 (xls) (v17, 1 March 2019)

Remember to:

  • Contact your local EU advisor for help writing the application.
  • Send the PES application before the costs of your project have started running. (local link)
  • The head of department or unit must approve the application (link to chapter).

Help filling out the application #

The fields of the application form are explained on the form. Hold your mouse over the text in column B to see the description.

Applications must contain: #

  • The topic identity (Call Id. ex. SC5-13-2018).
  • A short description of the project’s goal, its type (TIA, IA, CAS, MSCA, etc) and what topic the application is for, with the application deadline.
  • A budget with personal costs connected to the application preparations.
  • Current and potential partners.
  • A clear description of the applications roll and responsibilities in the project. It must be made clear if NTNU is coordinating the project.   

Send the application #

When the application is completed and the head of department has approved it, it should be sent to your local EU coordinator. The EU coordinator with complete the process of sending in and filing the application.

What projects are supported? #

Projects in EU’s Horizon 2020, activities within framework programs such as Joint Technology Initiatitves (JTI/JU), ERA-NET COFUND, and §185 activities such as EUROSTARS-2, GMES and Galileo are all supported.

Expenses related to grant preparation for grants where NTNU is the coordinator, may also be supported with up to NOK 25.000,-.

Contact your EU coordinator for more information about grants for long-term initiatives.

What can be expensed? #

The following items can be included in the budget post of the application form:

  • Expenses related to searching for partners or establishing a project consortium.
  • NTNU employees’ travel expenses.
  • External assistance and guidance.
  • Search in patent databases and similar expenses.
  • Buying time for personnel. The salary of employees with tenure at NTNU is not covered.
    • Buying time covers the salary of temporary employees who cover the duties of the person who has been bought time.
    • An additional 25% should be added to the salary costs of the temporary personnel for indirect expenses. This only applies to personnel who are temporarily employed at NTNU (postdocs, PhD, etc), and not to external consultants. 

Size of the grant #

More information about the maximum amounts for your application (In Norwegian)

Payment of support #

When the application has been treated, you be receive an allotment letter with an internal project number. Your expenses may be charged to this project number.

The next step #

Remember that expenses must be accounted for as quickly as possible, and sent in by the end of the year. A PES report describing how the grant was used should also be sent in by the end of the year.

Also see #

Contact information #

EU coordinators at NTNU

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