Centre schemes (SFF, SFI, FME, NCE)
The Research Council administers several funding schemes for establishment and operation of specially designated centres of research.
Specifically, these schemes comprise the Centres of Excellence (SFI) scheme, the Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFF) scheme, the Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) scheme, and the Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) scheme.
The Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF) was launched to enable research communities to establish centres dedicated to long-term, basic research of a high international calibre, aimed at enhancing the quality of research in Norway.
The Centres for Research-based Innovation scheme (SFI) aims to establish or strengthen Norwegian research groups working in close alliances with innovative enterprises. The CRI scheme promotes long-term research that fosters innovation and enhances industrial competitiveness.
The Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research scheme (FME) has been established to finance time-limited centres which conduct concentrated, focused and long-term research of high international calibre in order to solve specific challenges in this field.
The Norwegian Centres of Expertise scheme (NCE) encourages industrial innovation in a regional context, through cooperation between companies, researchers, university colleges and the public authorities. The scheme is established in cooperation with Innovation Norway and SIVA (the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway).
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