Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development 2021 - 2026, Norad, Norway


June 05, 2020

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Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development

Norad invites North-South-South university partnerships to submit proposals for projects on capacity development in higher education and research, through NORHED II.

General information

NORHED is the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development. NORHED aims to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries to produce higher-quality graduates, more and higher-quality research, and more inclusive higher education.

Higher education and research are priority areas of Norway’s development cooperation policy. Sound, strategic investments in higher education and research lay the foundation for development of countries’ intellectual resources, competent workforces, visionary leaders, gender equality, human rights and democracy.

Higher education institutions also play an important role in ensuring evidence-based policies and practices, which are key for the structural transformation required to achieve the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda).

Norad calls for university partnerships to submit applications for funding of joint projects for North-South-South academic collaboration that will contribute to the objective of the programme, as outlined in the NORHED Programme Document.

NORHED is intended to be responsive to the higher education sector priorities of developing countries and should be linked to government policies and priorities at national and/or regional level. Project proposals must be based on partner institutions’ identification of needs and contextual relevance.

The programme period is 2021-2026. Project proposals may be for either a three-year or a six-year period.


Programme intended impact

The intended impacts of the NORHED programme are:

  • Better qualified workforce
  • Applied sustainable solutions and practices
  • Evidence-based policies
  • Enhanced gender equality and inclusion

Intended NORHED outcome

Interventions under the NORHED programme are expected to enable partner institutions in developing countries to produce:

  • Higher-quality graduates
  • More and higher-quality research
  • More inclusive higher education

All projects supported under NORHED need to have a theory of change that clearly shows how the project will lead to the intended outcomes in the NORHED programme framework.

Project interventions that may be supported:

NORHED takes a holistic approach to capacity development of higher education institutions by supporting a range of intervention components that are considered interrelated and interdependent. Key components are framed as six broad project outcomes. NORHED fosters flexibility in project design based on different contexts and needs. Project-specific interventions should be combined in the best way possible to achieve programme outcomes and impacts.

The capacity development elements in NORHED projects should be based on a needs assessment at the relevant partner institution. Interventions should be proposed by partners based on jointly identified challenges and opportunities.


Intended capacity development outcomes (Project outcomes) are:


  • Programmes and methods: Strengthened quality and relevance of education and research programmes and methods
  • Systems: Strengthened education and research systems
  • People: Increased capacity and competence of staff and students
  • Gender and equity: Improved gender equality and inclusion of marginalised groups in education and research
  • Infrastructure: Improved institutional small-scale infrastructure and equipment for education and research
  • Outreach: Increased engagement with relevant stakeholders, and dissemination of knowledge.

Eligibility requirements for prospective partners:

  • Partners from developing countries must be higher education institutions accredited/recognised by in-country national authorities in countries registered as OECD DAC official development assistance recipients.

  • Norwegian partners must be HEIs accredited by NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).

Other relevant actors (both in Norway and developing countries) can be included as project partners in partnership with an accredited HEI as listed above.

NORHED projects shall consist of minimum one higher education institution in a developing country and minimum one Norwegian higher education institution. Projects with more than one partner institution in a developing country (North-South-South partnerships) are encouraged, in order to create and strengthen regional South-South academic networks.

The potential grant recipient shall be the Norwegian higher education institution, who will have the overall responsibility of the application.

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March 15, 2020
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