NORA.EU - EU-network for Horizon Europe
Earlier this year NORA became an RCN supported AI focused EU-network for Horizon Europe. The initiative, called NORA.EU, will help to mobilize and support researchers within the fields of AI, machine learning and robotics to come together in applications for Horizon Europe.
NORA´s unique position
NORA has since its inception worked towards bringing Norwegian AI researchers together alongside other societal and industrial actors. By becoming an EU-network for Horizon Europe, NORA will be able to amplify the Horizon Europe calls for Norwegian participation, facilitate the creation of consortiums and support relevant applicants through workshops, networking events and focused training programs and activities which will increase Norwegian participation in the Horizon Europe framework.
NOEA.EU is linked to NORA's general activities, among these the innovation ecosystem NORA.startup and NORA Research School. NORA.EU is part of a NORA's general purpose and activities to strengthen Norwegian research, education, and innovation in Artificial Intelligence. NORA.EU will also to a large extent link Norway’s AI environment to international environments.
Nationally, NORA.EU will be strongly supported by several NORA collaborations and initiatives. These include NORA.startup and NORA Research School. As an example, NORA's research support network is a network of 15 research coordinators / EU advisers at NORA's respective partners. The network is led by NORA's research coordinator. NORA.EU will work closely with the NORA institutions' EU advisers to build consortia and applications towards Horizon Europe.
Over the past year, NORA’s has built up NORA.startup, which is the NORA partners' innovation network where researchers collaborate with start-up companies. NORA.startup has just received status as support ecosystem from Innovation Norway and is now rapidly being built up as a national innovation ecosystem within artificial intelligence. NORA.EU and NORA.startup will naturally contribute to each other’s development.
Internationally, NORA.EU has close cooperation with several institutions, amongst other with CLAIRE. NORA hosts CLAIRE’s office for the Nordic countries and the UK.
- NORA.EU will undoubtedly be able to facilitate more and better applications for Horizon Europe from Norwegian researchers. We hope that NORA.EU will be able to promote Norway's interests in a field in rapid development, says NORA’s CEO Klas H. Pettersen.
NORA. EU event
Recently NORA held its first event abut NORA.EU. The topic was NORA.startup and NORA.EU where the aim was to inform about funding opportunities through the EU programs. There event was divided into two parts.
The first part was organized by NORA.startup in collaboration with Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Research Council. This session focused on R&D and Acceleration possibilities, as well as the application process in practice and how to prepare and write a good application. The second part was arranged by NORA.EU, in collaboration with The Norwegian Research Council, and served as The launch event for Network towards Horizon Europe.
There was great interest for the event, which included several renowned speakers within the AI community.
NORA.EU is organized so that it can be relevant for a broad spectrum of Norwegian researchers within AI, Machine Learning and Robotics and achieve maximum effect. NORA.EU has a Steering Group with broad representation from NORA partners, Innovation Norway and RCN. It also has several forums, such as International Forum, Industry Forum, Research Forum, Communication Forum and NORA.startup Forum, in order to be in close contact with researchers.
However, the success of NORA.EU will rely on cooperation with researchers and applicants to Horizon Europe. We therefore invite Norwegian researchers and other potential applicants to Horizon Europe to use NORA.EU services. If you have any questions please contact Research Coordinator Sachin Gaur, Innovation and Industry Coordinator Birte Hansen or Communication Adviser Anam Javaid.