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Feasibility Study

1. About the feasibility study

The first step of any new exchange project supported by Norec is to apply for a feasibility study with your potential partners. During the feasibility study the partners meet to prepare and complete an application for an exchange project. The feasibility study must be completed and approved before you can apply for a Collaboration Agreement.

The feasibility study includes:

  • a digital introductory seminar conducted by Norec 
  • a partner meeting to identify the potential for collaboration between partners and develop an application for an exchange project to be funded by Norec (may be digital, physical, or a combination of the two). A physical meeting for up to two days may be supported by Norec.
  • other meetings with Norec, as needed
  • development of routines of communication and decision-making within the partnership
  • preparation of the activity report (A03) and financial report (A04) for the feasibility study
  • preparation of application for a Cooperation Agreement, to be sent to Norec

During the feasibility study, the partners will have:

  • learned more about Norec, the grants available, the Norec model and Norec’s values, and the commitments required for an exchange project.
  • developed the dynamics of cooperation between the different partners, helping them to get to know each other better. They should also understand the roles and responsibilities of each partner in undertaking such a project together.
  • identified the potential gains, opportunities and risks in the potential collaboration.
  • developed their project idea and learned how to craft a strong project description.
  • prepared an application for a Collaboration Agreement.

Deadline for applying for a feasibility study: 15 August.

2. Who can apply

Norec supports international partnerships, in and between Norec’s partner countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Norway.

We accept applications from:

  • Civil society organisations
  • Public institutions
  • Private sector companies
  • Multilaterial and global organisations

The applicants must be based in Norway or in one or more of the countries on Norec’s list of partner countries.

To apply, the applicant must:

  • be a legal entity
  • collaborate with a partner in one of Norec´s partner countries.
  • have the necessary professional and administrative expertise and capacity to implement the project
  • have a realistic project idea to be further developed in the feasibility study

Norec will assess the applicants’ capacity to:

  • guide and support their employees on exchange
  • work in a partnership with good cooperation
  • achieve their objectives
  • administer the project financially

3. How to apply

The application for a feasibility study consists of the following documents. The documents can not be password protected.

Use the guidelines (G01) as a guide before you submit your application.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

Send all documents to your programme adviser at Norec.

If you have not been in contact with Norec previously you can send the documents to

4. Reporting

Once the feasibility study has been completed, the partnership must report on the project’s expected results. The report comprises two documents – an activity report and a financial report:

Send your report directly to your programme adviser at Norec. Reports must be approved before Norec can process an application for a Collaboration Agreement for an exchange project.