Welcome to UNIFOR!

UNIFOR is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by the University of Oslo.

UNIFOR offers a comprehensive service that includes asset management, business administration and accounting, as well as the processing of applications and distribution of funds on behalf of foundations.

We manage NOK 2.3 billion for more than 200 charitable foundations, primarily within research and higher education. The majority of the foundations are affiliated with UiO, NTNU, NMBU, the Academy of Music, and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences.

UNIFOR has a lean administration and low-cost levels. In order to achieve this, we make extensive use of electronic communications, cloud-based solutions and economies of scale in administration, auditing and board management. The fee paid by participating foundations goes solely to cover UNIFOR’s administrative costs.


Application processing

We assist the individual foundation’s board to achieve its purposes in the best possible way, whether through direct allocations of funds or payments to successful applicants.

Through our electronic application portal, we provide a safe and efficient application process, payments and reports on the use of allocated funds. The application process is easy to use for both applicants and those assessing the applications.


For applicants

All information about available funds is announced on UNIFOR’s website and on Facebook.

The announcements give details of eligibility and what is required to apply for funding. Additional information about the different foundations is available in the specific funds’ by-laws/statutes.

The funds are generally open to applicants from all countries, but funds specifically open to certain nationalities make this plain in their announcements. Foreign nationals who wish to apply for funds are required to be legal residents in Norway and have a national identification number or a D-number. Certain funds are open to International competition. In these cases it is not a requirement to be a legal resident in Norway or to have a national identification number or a D-number. All necessary details about the appllication processes are made available in the specific funds’ announcements.

Most of UNIFOR’s website is in Norwegian. It is possible to use the Google translate button on the bottom left of the page. However, please be skeptical about the accuracy of the resulting translations. If you find the translated text difficult to understand, please contact UNIFOR’s administration for an explanation.

You are welcome to contact us by phone or e-mail as listed below.

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