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The Research Council of Norway has initiated a Centres of Excellence (CoE) scheme with the intention of bringing more Norwegian researchers and research groups up to a high international standard. The centres are affiliated with Norway's top universities and premier independent research institutes.

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  • Over NOK 50 million in EU funding to Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

    The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) is the first Norwegian research institution to win a Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The funding from the EU backs a study to determine whether the Greenland ice sheet will melt more rapidly as Arctic sea ice shrinks.

  • International recognition for Norwegian research on civil wars

    How to bring civil wars to an end is a key concern in international policy. The Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) is a leading research environment in this field. Part of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the CSCW is carrying out valuable work that is gaining recognition worldwide.

  • Understanding ecological changes

    More than 150 years after the publication of Darwin’s The Origin of Species, we still know surprisingly little about why animals vary the way they do, and even less about how these changes affect fundamental processes in nature. A new SFF centre will take on the challenge of increasing our knowledge.

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