Corona virus - FAQ
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
As a main rule, the arrangements for working from home and online meetings will be extended until the end of January 2021, the Rector has decided. But there will still be some exceptions, so that NTNU’s campuses can be kept open in the new semester.
The university will remain open, with a blend of online and physical operations. But a higher proportion of operations than normal will take place online. The background for the Rector’s decision is that the Government has so far not eased the restrictions introduced on 5 November. The potential for infection is still high in many parts of the country, and there is concern that infection rates may flare up when students and staff return to the campuses after the Christmas holidays. The Rector will reconsider the situation in mid-January.
Working from home is the main rule
The main rule is therefore still that all employees must work from home if they can.The main rule is that meetings, courses and management gatherings must take place online, but exceptions can be made if necessary in the interests of the university’s activities.
However, to make it possible for us to keep our campuses open and ensure that important functions are taken care of, some employees must still be physically present. Those who have work that cannot be done from home must still go to their normal place of work. These include:
- Employees with research and teaching duties that require their presence on campus
- Employees who work in workshops, laboratories, cleaning and building operations.
- Employees with collaborative duties where physical presence enables necessary progress
- Employees who have problems in working from home because of factors related to their work environment.
Clarify with your line manager
Presence on campus must be agreed with your line manager.
For home office equipment, the principle used last spring still applies: The employer must make arrangements for you as an employee to move the equipment that you currently have at your workplace to your home office. Work is in progress on new guidelines for more permanent long-term arrangements for working from home.
Here you can read the full memo (pdf in Norwegian) from the Rector on “physical presence on campus – on working from home and online meetings during the coronavirus pandemic” – which was sent to managers at the university at the beginning of November.
Do you need more information about the coronavirus pandemic and the situation at NTNU? Stay up to date by following NTNU’s coronavirus pages.
Safety for all
Safety for all
For NTNU, the infection control rules in effect provide the guidelines for the actual level of return to campus.
Where full compliance with the infection control rules is not possible, the manager must work together with employees to create a staff rotation system that safeguards infection control and a fully justifiable working environment.
The basic infection control measures are:
- People who are sick must stay at home
- Good hand hygiene and cough hygiene, and more intensive cleaning routines
- Measures to reduce contact
NTNU will have high emergency-response capacity and will take the measures needed if the transmission situation worsens, such as reducing the level of reopening if necessary.
Mandatory course in infection prevention
All employees and students must complete the infection prevention e-course before returning to campus:
Face masks must be used on the Trondheim campuses in situations where social distancing is difficult
Face masks are now mandatory for everyone who visits cafeterias, sports centres and the NTNU University Museum in Trondheim. In cafeterias, face masks must be used in customer areas, but not when one is sitting at a table to eat.
The municipalities of Gjøvik and Ålesund have not adopted municipal regulations corresponding to those in Trondheim. However, NTNU recommends the use of face masks in work and teaching situations where social distancing may be difficult in Gjøvik and Ålesund as well.
If you become infected with the coronavirus, you should notify your line manager immediately.
It is the municipality in which you live that is responsible for the follow-up of infection control and you must follow the information that the municipality provides.
- Infection control and steps to reduce transmission
- Changes regarding sabbaticals abroad and the coronavirus
- Changes in the PhD Regulations due to the coronavirus
- Guidelines for fieldwork
- Guidelines governing physical presence on campus
- Guidelines for absence, home office, handling of operations at NTNU etc.
- Guidelines for work in laboratories and workshops
- Guideline for cleaning procedures after COVID-19 infection is confirmed in people who have visited NTNU’s premises
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has signalled that one can use public transport as long as both organizations and passengers comply with general infection control measures (in Norwegian). The Institute has also issued advice to passengers (in Norwegian), which must be followed.
Public transport and risk groups
Managers must provide for flexibility in attendance times so that rush-hour traffic can be avoided. Employees are encouraged to cycle or walk if they have the opportunity for this. Dependence on public transport does not alone provide a basis for working from home.
People defined as being at particularly high risk must work together with their human resources manager to clarify their need for working at home. Each individual is responsible for discussing this with their immediate manager.
No, it is sufficient that the departments have an overview of the students that are registered for the specific courses.
NTNU will facilitate campus attendance with a combination of digital lectures, group activities and academic meetings.
International master's students: All teaching activities will be digital as entry into Norway is not possible with current corona regulations.
Check Blackboard, your email or other channels used for information about your courses.
The final timetable is published on the courses webpage
Timetabling is a very complicated task, and it is drawn up only once for the autumn. This means that it will not be changed even if infection control becomes less stringent.
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) will continue paying loan and grant funding to students who must return home because of the coronavirus situation.
Students who have spent their own money in order to return home from abroad in connection with the coronavirus, may be eligible for a refund.
Do you need to cut short or postpone your exchange visit?
Contact the student adviser for your study programme and ask about the opportunities for returning to your studies here at NTNU.
If you are doing practical training or have been asked to help with extra shifts in connection with the coronavirus situation, you must consider whether you need to ask for an extended deadline for submission.
Each faculty decides which procedures must be followed for extending deadlines for submission. We encourage you to monitor the information that your faculty posts.
NTNU's Board decided on 12 March 2020, to authorize the faculty to give students the opportunity to make an assessment in the course even though compulsory activities are not approved.
The faculty may require students to attain approved compulsory activities within a specified deadline for the assessment result to be valid.
Information on the routines that the institutes should follow, regarding registration of compulsory activities, will be provided later.
Prepare for moving to Norway
Prepare for moving to Norway
Students from non-EU/EEA countries will require a valid student visa, obtained in advance, in order to be allowed into the country. EU/EEA citizens are not required to obtain a visa before arrival. In order to be eligible for a student visa you need to document:
Self-financed students must deposit the required amount to NTNU’s deposit account and submit the confirmation of deposit with their visa application.
Exchange students who are non-EU/EEA citizens, but who will be going to NTNU through an Erasmus+ agreement, may apply for a visa upon arrival in Norway, as long as they have a valid Schengen visa. Exchange students with an Erasmus+ scholarship do not need to transfer money to NTNUs deposit accound. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Exchange officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa applications are continuously being processed by the Directorate for Immigration (UDI) - see UDIs webpages for further information about visa application.
We unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodations/housing for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students, but if any options at the student villages open up you will be informed.
International Master's students from non-EU/EEA countries who have paid their deposit within the deadline are guaranteed accommodations.
Please note that you cannot complete the mandatory quarantine in shared accommodation. See the section below for more information.
If you have questions regarding accommodation, feel free to contact us by e-mail: email@example.com
The Office of International Relations is closed to the public, but we are available online.
All signing of contracts and necessary paperwork will be done digitally.
If you are either moving into an unfurnished apartment, need more furniture, kitchen utensils or whatever for your room or apartment, you can find free or reasonably priced stuff in Trondheim.
On Finn.no you can find a lot of furniture given away for free. Choose “Torget”, then “Møbler og interiør”. On the left side menu you choose “Trøndelag” under “Område”, then the option for “Trondheim”. Below you can choose “Gis bort” to only see what is given away for free.
Fretex: There are three Fretex secondhand stores in Trondheim.
They are located in Nardovegen 10, Fjordgata 40 and Rosenborg gate 9-11.
Other secondhand shops are Sirkulus, Transit, NMS Gjenbruk. Outside of the city centre you can find Brukom (at Heggstadmoen), NLM Gjenbruk (at Saupstadsenteret).
New national regulations mandate that anyone entering Norway from abroad must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours before your flight. You must arrange to take the test within 24 hours before boarding time on the first leg of your journey by plane, and make sure to have the test result in hand at the border control.
Furthermore, anoyne arriving to Norway who has been to the UK, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal or Brazil after January 15th 2021, will have to undergo a PCR test at the Norwegian border.
If you can document that you've had Covid-19 within the last 6 months and are now completely symptom free, you are exempt from quarantine. You need to indicate this in the arrival registration (see below), and bring documentation proving that you have had a confirmed case of Covid-19.
Read the following guide thoroughly
Official registration of arrival to Norway:
Before journeying to Norway, you must register with the Norwegian state. The registration must be completed less than 72 hours before arrival to Norway.
Please note that this registration is mandatory, and unrelated to NTNU's registration forms. You will be required to present a reciept of this registration at the border.
Regardless of whether you have previously filled out an NTNU-arranged arrival registration form, you will have to complete the official registration above before entering the country.
All students coming from abroad are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You are responsible for observing your own quarantine - please note that breaking quarantine rules may result in fines up to NOK 30 000,-
The only exceptions to quarantine requirement (except those who have had Covid within the lasst 6 months) are students from specified countries/regions in Europe with sufficiently low transmission rates ("yellow" areas - currently only Greenland and the Itä-Savo district of Finland). You can find more information about country/region status here.
If you will be staying in a private residence where you do not share any facilities such as kitchen/bathroom with others, indicate this in the official registration of your arrival and say so to border authorities when you arrive. You will be allowed to travel to your residence to quarantine there.
For everyone else, who will be staying in some kind of shared accommodations, Norwegian authorities have arranged designated quarantine hotels. You are allowed to travel to Trondheim or Ålesund before going into quarantine, even if you have a stop-over in another city. This means that if you are travelling through Oslo or another city in Norway and have a forwarding ticket to Trondheim or Ålesund on the same day, you will still be able to complete your journey and then go into quarantine. If you do not have a ticket for a domestic flight on the same day as you arrive, you must expect to go into quarantine at a hotel near Oslo Airport Gardermoen before travelling to your final destination. Students going to Campus Gjøvik will be required to quarantine at the quarantine hotel at Oslo Airport. Please tell border officials that you are an international student at NTNU and show them your ticket if necessary. You can take the train or bus to Gjøvik upon the end of your quarantine.
You will not receive, and will not require, a booking confirmation from the hotel in advance. If you are travelling with your spouse or family, they will be allowed to go into quarantine with you, but please note that they will have to cover the expenses themselves.
If you go into quarantine at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, you will be shown the way to the airport hotel by border officials.
At Trondheim airport Værnes, in the arrivals hall, you will be met by two officers from the Norwegian Civil Defence. They will assign you a quarantine hotel, either near Trondheim Airport, or in Trondheim city, and inform you about how to get to the hotel. Remember to keep you face mask on until you are in your hotel room.
If you are studying in Trondheim, and have any questions immediately after your arrival, contact the Trondheim Quarantine Hotel Coordination Office by telephone: +47 73 92 55 00 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you check in to your assigned hotel, tell staff at reception that you are a student at NTNU. You will have full-board accommodation at the hotel during the quarantine - in other words, you do not need to worry about food. The individual cost for this stay is normally f NOK 500,- per day at the hotel (5000,- in total). NTNU will cover this cost for our new students (both exchange and master's students). NTNU will cover the cost only once, for new international students, meaning that if you leave Norway and return, for whatever reason, you will have to cover the second quarantine hotel stay yourself. This also applies if you arrived in the spring or autumn of 2020 or earlier and decide to leave and re-enter Norway.
It should be sufficient for you to let the hotel know that you are an international NTNU student, and NTNU will take care of the rest.
Only expenses up to NOK 500,- per day at appointed hotels will be covered by NTNU. It is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation for your quarantine.
Note that the above information about quarantine hotels does not apply to students who have already arrived and moved in as of 15 November 2020.
If you can document that you are renting a private residence in which you live alone and do not share a kitchen/bathroom with any others, bring documentation of this (e.g. your contract), and a filled-out self-declaration form, and explain the situation upon arrival at the Norwegian border. You will be allowed to travel to your residence and quarantine there.
- Before leaving, familiarize yourself with the FHI's travel advice for travelling to and from Norway.
- You will be required to wear a face mask on the flight to Norway, and must keep the mask on until you arrive at your residence or hotel room for quarantine. It is also highly recommended that you take the COVID-19 test offered at the airport when you arrive. Please note that the 10-day quarantine is mandatory regardless of test results from the airport. In other words, you may not break quarantine even if the airport test comes back negative.
- If you first arrive at Oslo Airport or another airport in Norway before taking a connecting flight to Trondheim or Ålesund, let the immigration authorities know. You will be allowed to take the connecting flight. Upon arrival at Trondheim Airport, inquire about Quarantine Hotel at the Avinor information desk. If you are studing in Gjøvik, you will quarantine at Oslo Airport and can take the train/bus on to Gjøvik after your quarantine.
- It is important that you make as few stops as possible along the way, and maintain the minimum safe distance of 1 meter from other people at all times.
- You are required to familiarize yourself with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's official regulations for quarantine and isolation. Note that there is a difference between 'quarantine' and 'isolation', with the latter having stricter rules and only being neccessary if you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection.
While you are quarantined, you are not allowed on campus or in other public places (cafés, shops, etc.), and you may not use the hotel common areas (lounge, lobby, restaurant etc.). You are not allowed to use public transport while in quarantine. Please note that you will be asked to complete a new Covid-19 test on the seventh day of quarantine. You will be tested in your hotel room.
You are allowed to go outside for fresh air as long as you keep good distance from others and do not go to public or crowded places.
After 24 hours in quarantine, you will be required to take another Covid-19 test at the quarantine hotel. After 7 days in quarantine, you will be offered a new test - if this test comes back negative, you may leave quarantine.
If you experience any symptoms of respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, etc.) isolate yourself at home and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Any roommates will have to go into quarantine. On the municipality's webpages, you will find information on how to book a test Trondheim, Gjøvik or Ålesund. As you will not yet have recieved official Norwegian identification (BankID/MinID), you will be unable to book a test online - instead, please call the Corona helpline at:
- (+47) 905 09 052 - Trondheim
- (+47) 611 58 911 - Gjøvik
- (+47) 701 64 060 - Ålesund
Further details about completing quarantine will be provided by e-mail, including through the NTNU Quarantine Calendar, for which you sign up when you provide your date of arrival to NTNU.
If you at any point have questions regarding COVID-19, quarantine, isolation or when to get tested while in Norway, call the Corona hotline for your municipality on the number provided above.
Your visa decision letter states that you should report to the police station within 7 days of arrival in order to obtain your residence card. Due to the mandatory quarantine, this is obviously not possible - do not break quarantine to go the police station. You will have to register with the police eventually, but not within the first week.
Due to the pandemic, there are currently very few appointment hours available at the Trondheim police station, but the NTNU Office of International Relations will organize joint group appointments for new international students in late January/ early February. For students arriving during the Autumn semester, we will try to organize group appointments in October/ November as well. Dates and times for Trondheim appointments will be posted here.
Students at NTNU in Ålesund and Gjøvik will receive separate information regarding visa appointments at the police later.
This information applies only to International master's students, not exchange students.
Most new international students have already deposited money to the NTNU deposit account in order to document financing. These students will receive a cash card with NOK 60 000,- to cover expenses until they are able to open their own bank account in Norway.
In order to recieve a cash card, you need to deposit the money before arrival in Norway.
Instructions how to obtain your cash card will be posted here.
For more information on financing, see this page.
Students from non-EU/EEA countries staying in Norway for more than 12 months will automatically be covered by the Norwegian National Health Insurance scheme from the moment they arrive in Norway.
It is however important that you arrangee your own travel insurance before going to Norway. This should be done well in advance of your journey. Please note that there may be special circumstances concerning the corona situation in terms of insurance policies.
Students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).*
If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card,you must have private insurance.
*Exemption: Nordic citizens are entitled to medical care under the National Health Insurance Scheme without any insurance documentation.
For more information on insurance, see this page.
The 2021 spring semester starts January 11th, though activities and lectures for individual courses may begin later. On NTNUs e-learning platform Blackboard, you will find complete overviews of your courses and their learning materials, including any messages from course administrators/teachers. You log in to Blackboard with your NTNU credentials and password through NTNU's intraweb: Innsida.
Lectures may be online or in-person, depending on the course - this information will also be available in each course's page on Blackboard.
If you have courses with physical attendance, please follow the course digitally during quarantine, and if you experience any kind of sickness (in which case you are required to stay at home).
Please note that before going on campus, you must complete the online course in infection prevention.
The biannual Orientation week for international students will be a hybrid of online and physical (outdoor) meetings. The physical meetings will be held later in January/early February, when most or all arriving international students are out of the mandatory quarantine.
Read more about the Orientation week in:
1. Can I go into quarantine in another city?
You will be assigned a hotel for quarantine by immigration authorities when you arrive. If you wish to be quarantined near/in Trondheim or Ålesund, you must either travel directly there from aborad, or have a connecting flight from Oslo (or wherever your first point of entry to Norway is) to Trondheim/Ålesund on the same day you arrive. You will then be allowed to take this connecting flight and quarantine at a hotel in Trondheim/Ålesund. If you're studying in Gjøvik, you will be quarantined near Oslo and can take the train/bus to Gjøvik after your quarantine.
2. Can I book another hotel for my quarantine?
No. By decree of Norwegian authorities, anyone entering Norway from abroad will be assigned a quarantine hotel near the airport (or in the city) by immigration authorities. You will be required to complete your quarantine in this hotel.
3. I am coming to Norway with my husband/ wife. Will NTNU cover quarantine expenses for him/her as well?
When you receive booking confirmation and information about your hotel room, please let us know if you are bringing your spouse and it might be possible to upgrade to a double room. However, NTNU will only cover the NOK 5000,- cost of a single student, not any additional cost for family members.
4. What about food?
You will have full-board accommodation at the quarantine hotel - in other words, food will be taken care of. If you have special dietary needs, be sure to let the hotel staff know when you check in upon arrival.
5. What if my flight is changed and I have to change my arrival date?
Norwegian immigration authorities will ensure that you are placed in an appropriate hotel near your entry point upon arrival - in other words, even if your arrival time changes, you do not run the risk of losing your hotel room. However, for various reasons NTNU still needs to know when you will be arriving. So if your arrival time changes, please fill out the form you were sent to register your arrival time again.
6. I arrived in 2019 but will be going home for the Christmas holidays. Do I need to go into a hotel quarantine when I come back?
No, if you are already living in Norway, you can spend your 10-day quarantine in your own flat/room, as long as you abide by regulations for quarantine and keep as much distance as possible from your roomates.
7. I am coming to Norway on exchange with a friend from my home university. We are going to share an apartment. Can we quarantine together in this apartment?
No, unfortunately not. You will be required to complete quarantine in a hotel assigned by the immigration authorities upon arrival.
8. The semester starts on 11 January. Do I have to arrive in Norway 10 days before this date or can I start my quarantine later and still follow my courses?
You should try to arrive in Norway by 1 January to ensure that your quarantine is over in time for lectures. This might not be possible for everyone, however - tickets might be unavailable, visa applications can run late etc. If you know that lectures start before you are out of quarantine, contact your course supervisor and ask if digital options are available for the first lecture(s). Some courses might also start later (e.g. a week) after the semester starts. Check Blackboard to see when your courses begin.
As timetabling is a very complicated task, it is drawn up only once for the autumn. But academic communities can make adjustments, sucha as allowing larger groups of students, or combining smaller groups
In week 27, the draft timetable will be sent to the faculties, which will then share it with the academic communities. The phase up to week 32 will be used for adjustments and changes in close dialogue with the departments. The final timetable is announced in week 32.
When the timetable has been finalized in week 32, information will be available specifying the room assigned to you and the number of students there will be space for.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences are working on their own guidelines for this, and the HSE section is looking at the need to change central policy for work in laboratories and workshops.
Must students work in shifts?
It will be up to each member of the teaching staff to ensure that the way that activities are organized allows for good infection control. It is therefore not possible to make a general statement about this, other than that the 1-metre rule must be respected.
- The letter from the Ministry of Education and Research dated 12 May 2020 states: “At universities and university colleges, in principle there are no requirements for group sizes or registration of students and staff, as long as the infection control regulations are followed. NTNU will take account of this, and will not register attendance. For infection tracking, the municipality will relate to the individual and not to NTNU as an organization. The exception would be if the municipality wanted NTNU to introduce specific measures.
- Universities Norway (UHR) has asked the Ministry of Education and Research to consider whether the arts disciplines may have cohorts for those who cannot do satisfactory work without being closer than the 1-metre rule allows. We are waiting for a reply.
Some rooms will be updated with new technical equipment, but not all.
Some rooms will have a system for streaming/recording with chat (with a delay of about 10-15 sec, Panopto / Omnom), and some rooms will enable teaching with a digital real-time solution allowing questions from students (Zoom).
Yes, in autumn one can meet students in groups as large as the infection control rules allow. The size of the groups that can meet will depend both on the infection control rules and on the capacity of the rooms used for teaching.
The one-metre rule still applies, and places some restrictions on the number of people allowed in each teaching space.
We strongly recommend planning physical introductory meetings if possible.
All new students should get the opportunity to meet their class, or at least parts of their class, as soon as possible. As far as possible, this should take place on the campus to which the student belongs, but using other premises can be considered if it is difficult to find enough space on campus.
Will the students meet face-to-face afterwards? Will they sit together in smaller groups and have a shared experience, or will they be at home and watch it on a screen there?
The enrolment ceremony itself will be completely digital. It is up to the units whether the students watch it at home and meet others in the programme of study later, or whether students meet before the ceremony and watch it together. Both are possible.
The State is a self-insurer, which means that NTNU will generally not enter into special insurance agreements and so must cover any losses.
For more information, see message on Innsida: Reimbursements for corona-canceled travel and events.
For the full guidelines for the use of a home office, see Guidelines for absence and management of operations during extensive absence.
Restrict the use of VPN
Many people do not need to use VPN to work from home. You can use Outlook or webmail without being connected to VPN. The same goes for Blackboard, Innsida, Skype for business and Sharepoint.
It is very important that VPN is used only when needed. Turn it off when you are finished using the programs that require VPN.
Examples on services that require a VPN connection
Alternative to VPN
By logging into farm.ntnu.no, you are automatically on the inside of NTNU, and can use Paga, Basware, ephorte, etc, as if you were on Campus. This saves the VPN network too much traffic and you can work from your own machine.
Instead of using VPN to access NTNU programs (Paga and Basware, etc.), you can use Programfarm via farm.ntnu.no to connect. This saves the VPN network too much traffic and you can work from your own machine.
Teaching from home
It is recommended that digital teaching takes place on a home network. It will provide the most stable network. If you are going to show files or content, you should have these saved on C / your own machine before you start the lecture. Make sure that you use certified audio equipment as it affects the sound quality of your teaching.
The main rules are that employees in home quarantine have a home office and must perform their work duties from home as far as possible.
An employee on a work-related trip who because of suspected infection is quarantined abroad, at home, or somewhere else in Norway must contact their primary care doctor to get a medical certificate.
An employee who travels abroad for work reasons must, according to NTNU’s guidelines, self-quarantine when they return home. Based on a dialogue between the employee and their line manager, the employee should have an ordinary home office during the quarantine period.
If the person in quarantine has a job in which it is not possible to work from home, the employer must arrange for other tasks. If this is not possible, the employee must record ordinary working hours.
If, because of personal travel in Norway or abroad, an employee is quarantined during the journey or after returning home, this absence is not normally covered by the employer. The person must then either be able to provide a medical certificate in accordance with Section 1 a) above or consider taking holiday leave, compensatory time off or earned flexitime, or possibly unpaid leave.
This applies to journeys started from Friday 13 March. However, in consultation with the line manager, a home office can be agreed on where work tasks can be adapted to this.
Blackboard Collaborate is very well suited for online real-time teaching.
Prepare to teach online from home
- Bring your PC.
- Bring a headset if you have. If you do not have one, contact your local purchasing representative.
- Bring a network cable to avoid wireless connection.
- There is great pressure on digital systems and services - Consider downloading your teaching material locally on your portable unit.
NTNU will make a decision in the autumn of 2020.
At this stage, one should avoid incurring irreversible financial obligations related to work visits abroad in 2021. Here, NTNU follows the authorities’ recommendations and travel advice.
Can I apply for Horizon 2020 in the autumn?
Yes, you can, but note that most application deadlines under Horizon 2020 have been postponed.
NTNU researchers who are planning applications to Horizon 2020 must keep up to date on the changes at Funding & tender opportunities, and at the European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform.
NTNU researchers who are preparing applications for Horizon 2020 need to be especially careful when the consortium is assembled, and to have an open dialogue with partners about the possibilities of long-term commitment and deliverables throughout the project’s lifetime.
How should I relate to participation in my H2020 project?
In principle, Horizon 2020 projects that have been awarded are running normally, with the adjustments needed due to the coronavirus situation.
The European Commission encourages the consortiums to find practical solutions that make it possible to complete the project and if necessary to make adjustments. The Commission has signalled that “maximum flexibility” will be practised.
All NTNU’s Horizon 2020 projects are recommended to carry out a risk assessment of possible consequences of the coronavirus situation for the remaining activities and deliverables. This should take place jointly for the whole consortium and be organized by the coordinator.
Coordinators for projects led from NTNU have a special responsibility.
As far as we know, Horizon Europe will start as planned on 1 January 2021.
Will the Research Council of Norway’s deadlines be postponed due to the coronavirus situation?
Calls for new projects are generally taking place according to plan.
I have a Research Council project and am afraid of being delayed. What should I do?
For ongoing projects that are experiencing problems with implementation due to the pandemic, one must contact the Research Council directly.
They are flexible and have launched a number of measures.
If you have direct delays due to the coronavirus situation, changes will normally be granted.
Public defences will still be partially digital in the autumn.
Depending on the guidelines from the authorities, and possibilities for complying with infection control rules in the public defence room, presence at public defences in addition to the supervisor and candidate can be considered.
The faculty/department must carry out assessments for each public defence individually in consultation with the room owner and the PhD candidate.
Due to the pandemic, most new employees from outside Norway are currently prevented from entering Norway.
By agreement, they can work temporarily from their home country.