Funding for institutions

The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills is commissioned by national and international public organisations to administer international programmes at all levels of education. Several of the programmes are based on cooperation with employers and the business sector. 

The directorate was established on 1 July 2021, under the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The directorate is a result of the merger of the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku), Skills Norway, and Universell, as well as parts of Unit and the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD). The directorate will also be taking over selected tasks for the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

The directorate is the executive agency for the Ministry of Education and Research within the higher education and higher vocational education sectors, and is responsible for implementing the national skills policy. We advise the Ministry, we implement national policies, and we coordinate incentive schemes and management instruments.


The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills administers a number of programmes. Click here to see the overview (in Norwegian):

Amongst the largest programmes are: 

  • Erasmus+, the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. 
  • EEA Grants/Norway Grants, to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe.
  • Nordplus, the Nordic Council of Minister’s most important programme in the area of lifelong learning.

Are you interested in previous projects? Click here to search in our project database