Project Partner

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Why become a partner in an EEA and Norway Grants project?

Entities from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein cannot apply for the EEA and Norway Grants directly. They can, however, become partners in projects initiated by organisations in one of the beneficiary countries. The organisation from the beneficiary country which is responsible for the project is known as the project promoter.

Partnerships under the EEA and Norway Grants offer a unique opportunity, funding initiatives where you may address European societal and economic challenges in cooperation with professional organisations from another European country. 


Why should I get involved?


As a project partner, you get the opportunity to cooperate with another organisation to pursue further innovation within your field, potentially pushing new boundaries. In addition, you gain international experience and cultural competence. For some, the project cooperation may serve as a stepping stone towards more extensive international participation and involvement in larger European cooperation projects. Working with European partners can also potentially create new business opportunities and increasing your entity's visibility in the European Union’s internal market of 500 million people.

Moreover, partnering under the Grants gives you access to potentially new and different knowledge, experience and facilities in your field. Meeting sister entities and colleagues from across Europe, discussing common challenges and sharing best practices, you and your entity get the opportunity to learn innovative approaches and new methodologies, and a chance to build an international network of professionals.


What does it take to be a project partner?


Project partnerships come in many forms and will differ depending on a range of factors, from the size of the project to the sector you are cooperating in. In general, however, a project partnership entails active cooperation between you and the project promoter in the planning and implementation of your project. 

You will work together with the project promoter in developing a project idea, applying for project support, and if your project is selected, you will implement the project together. Some examples of your involvement include:

  • You may work in cooperation with the project promoter to develop a common product, process or solution
  • You may act as an advisor in your area of expertise
  • You may provide unique knowledge

In general it can be said that the contribution of the project partner must be uniquely able to bring about the successful achievement of the planned project. It cannot merely be an off-the-shelf contribution.  


What are the resource requirements expected of me as a partner?


As a project partner, you will enter into a partnership with a project promoter. Together with the project promoter you will develop a joint project application that the project promoter will submit under a specific Call for Proposals.

The exact requirements expected from the partner will depend on the project and the type of involvement you have. It is, however, recommended that you set aside time for the following:

  • Planning and organising your involvement;
  • Necessary travel and accommodation;
  • Participation in cooperation meetings and possible site visits;
  • Fulfilling your administrative and financial requirements (such as reporting to the project promoter);
  • The actual performance of the tasks and activities agreed with the project promoter

Some projects will be more resource demanding, while others will be less, all depending on the nature of the project.


How to we determine the distribution of roles and responsibilities?


The project partner and project promoter will create a partnership agreement that regulates the cooperation between all parties during the project. A template for the partnership agreement can be found on the website of each published Calls for Proposals. 

It is very important that you and the project promoter take the time to draft an agreement you are both comfortable with. A good partnership agreement will describe in concrete terms your expected contribution to the project and provide a detailed budget which will ensure you get your costs covered. The partnership agreement will form a solid foundation for your cooperation and help you avoid potential obstacles further down the road.


How do we find and contact potential project promoters?


An already established cooperation is a great starting point. Do note that each Call for Proposals will have specific eligibility criteria for project promoters and project partners, and this will determine whether you can apply for funds under a given call. Most calls are, however, open to both new and well-established partnerships.

If you do not have an existing partner, you will have to actively look for a project promoter yourself. You can do this two ways (or a combination of the two):

  • You can research and identify a potential partner in the country you are interested in.
  • Or, you can attend one of our matchmaking events where we facilitate opportunities to find and meet with companies from the beneficiary states who are attending for the specific reason of finding potential project partners. Take a look to see if we have any upcoming events.


Have a look at EEA Grants official website to read more about what it means to be a project partner.