New research funds
Norad will manage a new fund for research and higher eduction called NORHED with an overall annual budget frame of NOK 150 million. This will eventually replace the two existing aid-financed support programmes in the field, Nufu and Noma, which will be phased out in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
NORHED is designed to stimulate South-North cooperation by strengthening institutional capacity and performance of higher education institutions in low and middle-income countries. This may include capacity building within system development, administration and infrastructure.
The main countries for long-term bilateral collaboration are: Burundi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in Africa; Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East Timor in Asia; and the Palestinian Territories in the Middle East.
Seed funding of NOK 150,000 to NOK 250,000 can be provided, depending on the number of institutions involved. The budget frame for individual projects will be NOK 7-18 million per project for up to five years. This will be further specified in each call.
Norad is aiming for a NORHED project portfolio in the range of 40-50 projects.