Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO
Research Council of Norway
The BHO is placed in the Research Council of Norway (RCN), which is a funding organisation and an advisory body for the ministries and the Government about research.
In addition, RCN has a co-delegate in the Steering Group HRM. RCN is also responsible for the national EURAXESS-portal.
As the host of the BHO and of the co-delegate to the Steering Group, RCN uses both functions to work for“Better Careers and More Mobility”. This gives EURAXESS an integrated position into the policy aspect, where EURAXESS can be used as a tool for the realisation of “Better Careers and More Mobility”. Implementation of Charter and Code at the research institutions is also included here.
EURAXESS Services Centre
RCN hosts the only Service Centre too, supporting administrative staff at research institutions in their work with mobile researchers. Assistance is rarely offered to researchers directly by RCN. A couple of the main research universities are candidates for becoming regional EURAXESS Service Centres when it is time.
Local Contact Points
There are 32 LoCP located in research support units, personnel/HR departments and international offices of Norwegian universities and university colleges. Research institutes and industry will soon be invited into the network as Local Contact Points.
Structure of the national network
In the BHO/ESC there is one person working 100 % with EURAXESS. The co-delegate for the Steering Group is extra.
Three of LoCPs have staff dedicated directly to EURAXESS Services. Most of the institutions will have several employees providing services to mobile researchers, dedicating 10-50 % of their time to this task. The LoCP normally integrate support to mobile researchers into their HR/personnel function at different units/departments, which means a decentralised organisation of the services. The number of staff varies from just a few persons in small institutions to a great number in big institutions.
The whole network meets twice a year by invitation from RCN. The format of these meetings varies from conferences, seminars, study trips and work shops. In addition there are working groups like the Portal staff group, which work with strategically development of the portal, and the Group mirroring EUs HR-Strategy Group, which work with the implementation of Charter and Code and the realisation of “Better Careers and More Mobility”. Both groups consist of representatives from the LoCPs and other relevant stakeholders, like Rectors Conference, research institutes and organisations.
RCN aims at being a facilitator for bringing experience and challenges from the “grass root” level, i.e. the research institutions, up to a national and/or European level. There is interaction between the EURAXESS network members for this purpose on a regular basis, depending on the issue.
|Full time equivalent staff: Number of persons:
BHO/ESC: 1 BHO/ESC: 1
LoCP: Varies LoCP: Varies
Declaration of Commitment (DoC)
The BHO and seven of the Local Contact Points have signed the DoC. Signing of the DoC implies formalisation of the participation in the EURAXESS Services Network.
National funding of EURAXESS Services Network
RCN receives funding from the Ministry of Education and Research for its activities as BHO. The LoCP/research institutions do not receive any funding earmarked for EURAXESS, but they are free to allocate money for this purpose from their total budged which partly consist of governmental funding from the Ministry of Education and Research.
Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation/EURAXESS Services Centre:
- Research institutions (research support units, international offices, HR departments)
- Norwegian Ministry of Research and other ministries
- European Commission
- EURAXESS Services Network at European, national and local level
- Networks and bodies at national level (EURES, Enterprise Europe Network, etc.)
- Lobbying organisations
- Institution where the BHO is placed (internal)
- National authorities (tax administration, immigration office, social security etc)
Target groups of the Local Contact Points:
- Incoming and outgoing researchers at the local institution and their families
- EURAXESS Services Network at the local, national and European levels
- Local and national authorities (tax administration, immigration office/police, social security)
- Local and national networks and bodies (EURES, Oslo Chamber of Commerce, Expat Mid-Norway, etc.)
- Internal network—coordination of services/international staff support at different departments and institutes
Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee
There are regular meetings with the Steering Group delegate from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Steering group co-delegate from RCN. The BHO sometimes takes part in these meetings. Besides, there is an everyday co-operation between the BHO and the Steering Group HRM co-delegate.
All Norwegian NCPs and Program Committee members and the BHO are within RCN, but in different positions.The BHO has access to NCP forum and other relevant meetings/activities, where mobility and internationalization is on the agenda.
There is also an internal Mobility Group (IMG) with staff from different RCN departments, which meets on a regular basis to discuss mobility issues and co-ordinate activities. IMG reports to the RCN Co-ordination Committee for International Research Collaboration.