Decisions taken on first NANO2021 call for proposals
The programme board of the Programme on Nanotechnology, Nanoscience, Microtechnology and Advanced Materials (NANO2021) has awarded funding to nine of the grant proposals received in connection with the 15 February 2012 submission deadline.
After an intensive assessment period in which 88 grant applications were reviewed, the NANO2021 programme board agreed at its meeting on 30 May to award funding to nine projects, for an overall budgetary framework of NOK 75 million. Five of these projects address the call’s thematic area of renewable energy, while four address the thematic area of improved health.
All in all, grant applications for over NOK 700 million were submitted, and a large number received very high marks in the assessment. In order to be able to provide funding to as many projects as possible, the programme board decided to add NOK 15 million to the original budget of NOK 60 million. This is the maximum increase allowed in prevailing Research Council guidelines.
The nine projects awarded grants by the programme board are:
|Advanced Cr-doped II-VI materials for medical lasers||NTNU|
|Biogas operated proton ceramic fuel cells with novel S-tolerant functional materials||UiO
|Bio-compatible cellulose nanostructures for advanced wound healing applications||PFI|
|Silicon based 3D mini- and microdosimeter||SINTEF|
|Nano-Materials for Improved Lithium Batteries||UiO
|Multifunctional nanoparticles for drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier||NTNU
NTNU = Norwegian University of Science and Technology
UiO = University of Oslo
PFI = Paper and Fibre Research Institute AS
|Development of Nano-Sized Ugelstad Beads for Clinical Sequencing and Point of Care Diagnostics||Life Technology AS|
|Robust ceramic membranes for production of hydrogen and aromatic compounds originated from biogas||Protia AS
|Carbon Nanotube Coatings for Spectrally Selective Solar Thermal Absorbers||Norut Narvik|
“We expect these projects to generate substantial knowledge and value creation in the areas of renewable energy and improved health,” says Vidar Skagestad, programme coordinator for the NANO2021 programme.
The other applications were outcompeted for the funding available under this call for proposals. All applicants will receive a letter with more detailed information.
Next call for proposals later this year
A new call for proposals will be issued under the NANO2021 programme with an application deadline in late 2012. The funding amount and target areas of the new call will be discussed by the programme board in September. Information about the call for proposals will be published on the programme’s webpages when it is available.
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