National budget 2021 and information about Horizon Europe

The national budget for 2021 contains items of particular interest for researchers using advanced digital tools, such as HPC.

First and foremost, a special provision for increased base funding of Sigma2 has found its way into the budget. Under this provision, the yearly average base funding for national e-infrastructure is doubled, from 25 MNOK to 50 MNOK yearly, pending an updated agreement including a similar increase by the four partner universities.

This increase is meant to address the growing needs of Norwegian researchers, while at the same time increasing the predictability of Sigma2’s long-term funding by reducing the dependency on competitive bi-yearly calls.

Horizon Europe programme

It is also of great importance that Norway with this national budget allocate funding for participating in EU’s Horizon Europe programme, the successor of the current Horizon 2020 programme, and in addition for participating in the new Digital Europe programme (DEP). A substantial portion of the funding for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and EuroHPC will come from Horizon Europe and DEP. With this, Norwegian researchers and institutions will be able to participate in EU's ambitious plans for super computing in Europe.

The Research Council of Norway (RCN) will have  a special launch event about the Norwegian participation in Horizon Europe on 26th of October. Read about this and sign up on the RCN event on their web-page (in Norwegian).

More information about the state budget can be found on regjeringen.no