The Faroe Islands have been an associated partner in European research programmes since 2010. As an associated partner the Faroe Islands have the same rights and obligations as EU member states and other associated countries.
Faroese researchers have been involved in a range of projects in research areas, such as environment, climate change, ecosystems, stock assessment and fisheries management.
The Faroe Islands were part of the Seventh Framework Programme, as the association agreement between the Faroes and the European Union was accepted in The Faroese Parliament on Wednesday, May 12 2010.
The Faroese research community had for a number of years expressed the wish to become an official part of the framework programmes, as a number of the research institutions have already some experience with the European programmes and wished to enhance the participation on a larger scale. As the agreement was accepted in the Parliament, Faroese researchers became part of the European research community on an equal basis as member states and other associated countries.
EU’s programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, runs from 2014 to 2020 and has a budget of nearly €80 billion.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, which is an EU initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
Horizon 2020 has three pillars – Excellent Science, Competitive Industries and Societal Challenges.
This pillar aims to raise the level of excellence in Europe's science base by supporting the best ideas, developing talent within Europe, providing researchers with access to priority research infrastructure, and making Europe an attractive location for the world's best researchers.
Funding schemes under Excellent Science:
This pillar aims to speed up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative small and medium-sized uropean enterprises to grow into world-leading companies.
Funding schemes under Industrial Leadership:
Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – provides support for research and development on information and communications technology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space
Access to risk finance – supports and facilitates access to sources of debt and equity financing by innovative companies of all sizes and by research centres and universities
Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises – supports small and medium-sized enterprises by providing direct financial support and indirect support to increase their innovation capacity
This pillar reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.
Funding is focused on the following challenges:
Faroese National Contact Points for Horizon 2020:
EURAXESS Faroe Islands is part of the EURAXESS network. The objective of EURAXESS Faroe Islands is to give on-line information and practical assistance for researchers moving to and from the Faroe Islands.
EURAXESS Faroe Islands has Service Centres and Local Contact Points in all public research institutions and in the industry.
EURAXESS Faroe Islands has two Service Centres. The National Service Centre is placed at the Faroese Research Council and a local Service Centre is established at the University of the Faroe Islands.
EURAXESS Faroe Islands has Contacts Points in all public research institutions. The Contact Points provide assistance to researchers coming to or leaving the institution.
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) is an EU funded scheme running from 2014 to 2020. It addresses the special challenges facing peripheral and remote communities in the Arctic and North Atlantic region. The programme promotes cooperation amongst the people living in the northern fringe of Europe and provides the opportunity for organisations from the programme area to work together on joint projects concerning common issues and problems.
The programme covers Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, and parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
NORAs secretariat in Tórshavn functions as the programme´s Regional Contact Point in the Faroe Islands.
Further information: Northern Periphery Programme
Source: euraxess.fo, sept. 2015.