Project Governance, social investments and social INNovation in CARE services in the Czech Republic and Norway (INNCARE) is funded through the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme of the Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to explore and explain the differences and similarities of the key stakeholders’ discourses and strategies in caring policies within the existing constraints and limitations in the broader framework of changes in the labour market, welfare state and in the economic and business cycle.
Through the Norway Grants and EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).
For the period 2009-14, Norway’s contribution is €1.7 billion. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, as well as Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with several Norwegian bodies, and activities may be implemented until 2016.
Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.