Basic Research Programme

The overall objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants are to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe and to strengthen relations between Poland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. 

The main purpose of the Basic Research Programme implemented by the National Science Centre is to enhance research-based knowledge development through research cooperation between Poland and the Donor States. On the Norwegian side, the programme is partnered by the Research Council of Norway. 

Basic research should be understood as ‘experimental or theoretical endeavours undertaken to gain new knowledge of the foundations of phenomena and observable facts, without any direct commercial use.’

Supporting collaborative research projects will foster long-term strategic partnerships and provide an important step for future collaborative projects on the European level, increasing participation in Horizon Europe. 

Three calls for proposals were designed under the Basic Research Programme : 

– the GRIEG call for Polish-Norwegian research projects covering all areas of basic research, including polar research and social sciences,

– the IdeaLab call for ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research projects targeting challenges facing European societies today and in the future implemented in cooperation between teams from Poland and the Donor States, 

– the SGS POLS call supports incoming mobility of abroad researchers who are residents and working outside Poland.