Frequently asked questions

Corona virus: Policies and procedures

Frequently asked questions


Campus

Campus

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:

  1. People who are sick must stay at home
  2. Good hand hygiene and cough hygiene, and more intensive cleaning routines
  3. 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.

Use of face masks

Yes.

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.

For more information see the chapter on "Measures in case of proven Covid-19 in student or employee" in the guidelines for infection control.

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.

There will be no charge for NTNU’s parking spaces at the start of the semester (more info for TrondheimGjøvik and Ålesund)

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.

Yes, it is okay as long as people adhere to the infection control measures regarding cough habits and hand hygiene, and stay at home if they have respiratory tract symptoms.

Students

Students

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.

Check the page on Innsida for about exam - for students.

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.

For information regarding the libraries, please see the university library's webpage.

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.

Read about what you can be refunded for and how to apply.

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

Online information meetings were held for new international degree students and exchange students, respectively, on June 18 (Master's degree students) and June 22 (Exchange students).

The meetings cover a vast variety of things students must prepare, and be aware of, before traveling to Norway. The meetings were recorded, and are available to view below (click the link).

Information meeting: International master's degree students
June 18, 13:00 GMT+1

Information meeting: Exchange students
June 22nd, 13:30 GMT+1

Students from non-EU/EEA countries will require a valid student visa, obtained in advance, in order to be allowed Norway. EU/EEA citizens do not need 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 not 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 NTNU's deposit account. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Exchange officer: exchange@st.ntnu.no

Visa applications are continuously being processed by the Directorate for Immigration (UDI) -  see UDIs webpages for further information about visa application.

PLEASE NOTE:
For students who require quarantine upon entry to Norway: You may have read that you will not need to quarantine in a hotel if you have other suitable housing, i.e. you can quarantine at home. 'Suitable housing' require that you share no facilities (bathroom, kitchen etc.) with others. 

In other words, any housing shared with others, including all Sit housing, is not suitable for quarantine. If your planned housing in Norway is shared with anyone else, you will have to complete your quarantine in a quarantine hotel before moving in.

We unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodations/housing for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students - however, if any options at the student villages open up you will be informed. International Master's students from non-EU/EEA are guaranteed accommodations if they have paid their deposit within the deadline.

Read more about housing here.
For a guide on finding private accommodations, see this page.

If you have questions regarding accommodation, feel free to contact us by e-mail: housing@st.ntnu.no

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.

Furnishings
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.

NTNU ReStore or The ReStore Facebook groupStudents that are moving out leave their stuff for those who move in.

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).
 

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

1. Students arriving from outside the EU/EEA/Schengen, or from a 'red' area in EU/EEA/Schengen, may not enter Norway before August 1st. Students arriving from 'green' areas in the EU/EEA/Schengen may enter before August.

2. In order to be allowed into Norway, you will need to document that you are a student at a Norwegian univeristy. EU/EEA citizens can do this with their NTNU admission letter. Non-EU/EEA citizens need to show their letter from UDI granting residence in Norway as a student.

2. NTNU will cover the 500 NOK/night quarantine hotel charge for all our international students who need to spend time in a quarantine hotel. We can not, however, cover any additional expenses that may arise as a result of Covid-19 and infection control measures (e.g. rent payments for unused accommodations etc.).

3. Up-to-date information on travel restrictions, rules and regulations can be found on the Norwegian government’s websites.

For those protected against Covid-19:

People who are protected against Covid-19 (fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months), and who can document this with a verifiable COVID-19 certificate that is connected to the EUDCC gateway, will be able to enter Norway freely, regardless of which country they are travelling from. 

These people are exempt from the duty to quarantine, testing prior to arrival, testing at the border, and the requirement of entry registration.

For those not protected against Covid-19:

Before journeying to Norway, you must register your arrival with the Norwegian state. The registration must be completed less than 72 hours before arrival to Norway. This registration is mandatory – you must present a receipt of it at the border.

Those arriving from a ‘red country’ must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours before departure (on the first leg of your journey). You must have the test result in hand at the border control. 

Those arriving from a ‘green country’ do not require a certificate of a Covid-19 test taken before departure, but must be tested upon arrival in Norway.

See the map on this page to check what countries are currently green or red.


Quarantine

In general, anyone arriving from abroad are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You may be allowed to leave quarantine earlier (e.g. after 7 days) if you test negative for Covid-19. You are responsible for observing your own quarantine - please note that breaking quarantine rules may result in fines up to NOK 30 000,-

A full Q&A explaining who needs to go into quarantine, where and for how long can be found here. Most students will need to quarantine for a number of days, however some will be exempt from quarantine. It is vital that you check which category you belong to and plan accordingly.

Quarantine hotel

You may be required to complete your quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel. Comprehensive information about the quarantine hotel arrangement can be found here.

If you will be sharing accommodations with others in Norway (e.g. any Sit housing or other housing where you share a bathroom or kitchen etc.), this housing is not suitable for quarantine, and you will need to quarantine in a hotel. In other words, you may only quarantine in your housing if you will be living alone, without any roommates or facilities shared with others.

If you are required to stay in a quarantine hotel, you will be quarantined at your first point of entry into Norway. In other words, if your journey includes a transfer at an airport in Norway (e.g. Oslo Airport), you will be placed in quarantine there, and may not travel onwards to Trondheim/Gjøvik/Ålesund before your quarantine is over. 

Therefore, for the time being, we highly recommend you try to book your tickets to go directly to Trondheim or Ålesund from abroad, so you may quarantine there. Students going to Gjøvik may quarantine near Oslo Airport and take the train or bus to Gjøvik when quarantine is done.

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 will receive three meals a day during your stay. 

Students travelling directly to Trondheim from abroad, who are required to quarantine in a hotel, will have to book a quarantine hotel room in advance to ensure that they have a room upon arrival. You will receive instructions on how to do so via e-mail. If you have not received instructions on how to book a quarantine hotel room, contact arrivals@st.ntnu.no

The individual cost for this stay is normally NOK 500,- per day at the hotel. NTNU will refund this cost for our new students. NTNU will cover the cost only once, for new international students who are required to quarantine upon entry. If you for any reason leave Norway and return, you will have to cover subsequent stays yourself.

All students must be prepared to pay the 500,-/night fee out of pocket and have the costs refunded by NTNU later. You may do this after quarantine by e-mailing the receipt to arrivals@st.ntnu.no with the title ‘Quarantine Hotel Refunding – [Your Name]’ and specifying how many nights you stayed. If you booked a quarantine hotel room in Trondheim, the hotel will not charge you.

Only the required charge of NOK 500,- per night at appointed hotels will be covered by NTNU. No other costs will be covered, and it is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation for your quarantine.
 


Upon arrival:

  • Before leaving, familiarize yourself with the FHI's travel advice for travelling to and from Norway.
     
  • It is highly recommended that you take the COVID-19 test offered at the airport when you arrive, even if you took one before departure for Norway.
     
  • 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.

During quarantine:

Everyone who is required to quarantine upon entry in Norway are required by law to familiarize themselves with the rules for quarantine in Norway

While you are quarantined, you may not:

  • Go to public places (cafés, shops, etc.)
  • Use public transport
  • Use the hotel common areas (lounge, lobby, restaurant etc.).

You are allowed to go outside for fresh air as long as you keep good distance from others and do not go to any public or crowded places.

You may be offered Covid-19 tests by the quarantine hotel staff at various points during your stay. Depending on various factors, you may be allowed to leave quarantine early, e.g. after 7 days, if one or multiple tests come back negative. The hotel staff will let you know more about this.

If you experience any symptoms of respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, etc.) isolate yourself and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. 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

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 and increased workload for the police due to Covid-19, 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 appointments for new international students in the autumn. Dates and times for Trondheim appointments will be posted here and e-mailed to you.

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 quarantined at your first point of entry into Norway. If you arrive at Oslo Airport, you will be given a quarantine hotel room there. If you wish to be quarantined in Trondheim, you must book a quarantine hotel room in advance, according to instructions you have received by e-mail. If you have not received instructions on how to do so, contact arrivals@st.ntnu.no.

2. Can I book another hotel for my quarantine? 
No.  You will be required to complete your quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel. Note that students going to Trondheim will have to book a room in advance – see question 1.

3. I am coming to Norway with my husband/ wife. Will NTNU cover quarantine expenses for him/her as well?
No. NTNU will only cover the NOK 500,-/night charge for our students. Others will have to pay for themselves. However, you will likely be able to quarantine together with them in a double/family room.

4. What about food? 
You will have full-board accommodation at the quarantine hotel - in other words, three meals a day. 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. However, a large influx of people are expected to the Trøndelag/Trondheim region this summer, so if you do not book a quarantine hotel room as instructed via the e-mail from the Office of International Relations, or you arrive on another date than you booked, complications may arise.

6. What if my country changes color shortly before my departure?
If you are going to Trondheim, you are required to book a quarantine hotel room in advance. However, if you did not book a room because your country was ‘green’, and it turns ‘red’ shortly before your journey, contact the quarantine hotel directly at groups.cl.trondheim@choice.no to inquire about getting a room.

7. I am coming to Norway on exchange with a friend from my home university. We are going to share accommodations while studying. Can we quarantine together in this accommodation?
If you are going to Trondheim and booking a quarantine hotel room in advance, you may request a double room to share with someone else arriving alongside you. If you are not going to Trondheim, inquire with the quarantine hotel staff upon arrival.

8. The semester starts on 16 August. Do I have to arrive in Norway 10 days before this date or can I start my quarantine later and still follow my courses?
Week 33 is the introduction week at NTNU, starting with the matriculation ceremony on August 16 and continuing with Fadderuka (freshmen week). It is highly recommended you try to arrive in Norway before August 13 to ensure you are out of quarantine by this time. Lectures will not start until week 34 (from August 23). 

It will, in general, not be possible to follow lectures digitally, so you should aim to be out of quarantine by August 23 at the latest in order not to miss out on lectures. Some courses may start lectures a bit later (e.g. a week). Check Blackboard to see when your courses begin.

Employees

Employees

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.

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

How to install VPN

If you have a Mac, we recommend using the VMware Horizon Client

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.

Research

Research

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. 

See information page about H2020 projects and the coronavirus on this page.

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.

Keep track of the Research Council’s website to be sure that there are no delays.

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.

Apply to make changes in the project via “My RCN Web”

If you have direct delays due to the coronavirus situation, changes will normally be granted.  

See more information from Research Council of Norway about coronavirus here.  

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. 

See more information about the appointment of new employees who are to work abroad here (in Norwegian).

The general infection control rules apply, and access to laboratories will take place in accordance with them.

Contact your own manager for approvals.

At present, the decision on Presence on and visits to campus and guidelines for Work in laboratories and workshops apply.