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What is a Donor Programme Partner (DPP)?


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Group picture of programme operators. Photo: Steve French/NIPH

Norwegian public institutions and expert agencies participate in developing national programmes. They also contribute with knowledge and experience in implementing the EEA Grants. This role is called Donor Programme Partner, DPP. The Norwegian Environment Agency, the Directorate of Health, the Research Council of Norway, Norwegian Institute of Public Health and other agencies are donor programme partners.

DPP tasks

The DPP’s role is to give advice to the programme operators in the partner countries during both the development and implementation phase of the programmes. In addition, the DPP contributes to building capacity through exchanges of competency and experience between Norwegian collaborating institutions and partners in the countries that receive grants. As DPP, it is also our responsibility to notify the Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) in Brussels if we suspect misuse of the grants. 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is Donor Programme Partner for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania and Romania within the programme European public health challenges under the EEA Grant period 20142021. 

Read more about the programme "European public health challenges".


Norwegian private businesses, researchers, municipalities, national, regional and municipal agencies, communities and non-profit organisations can establish collaborative projects with similar organisations in the partner countries. Projects will be funded through open calls under each programme.

An important goal for the EEA Grants is to fund projects that contribute to reducing health inequity in the EEA area. Many projects have already contributed to changes that have an effect after the project period is over. Some interventions have produced new knowledge to European health research and laid the foundation for knowledge-based decision-making to improve the health systems and public health work. 

Read about fifteen examples of health projects funded by the Public Health Programme 2009–2014 in the information folder “Working together to reduce health inequalities”.

Bilateral funds

These funds support measures that facilitate contact and collaboration across borders. This includes partner search and networking, conferences, seminars, study tours, exchanges and more.

The funds total euros 54 million.