About the CoE scheme
The SFF programme gives Norway’s best scientists the opportunity to organize their research in centres in order to reach ambitious scientific goals. The research should be innovative and have major potential to generate ground-breaking results that advance the international research frontier.
The centres should work with ambitious ideas and complex problems that require coordinated, long-term research activities within or across disciplines to achieve their goals.
- The research conducted at the centres must be innovative and have major potential to generate ground-breaking results that advance the international research frontier.
- The centres must work with ambitious ideas and complex problems that require coordinated, long-term research activities within or across disciplines to achieve its objectives.
Status and funding
The Centres of Excellence scheme is a national programme under the auspices of the Research Council of Norway. The Research Council of Norway provides the basic source of funding for the scheme.
High scientific quality
The goal of the scheme is to establish time-limited (5 + 5 years) research centres characterised by focused, long-term research efforts of a high international calibre, and where researcher training is an important aspect. High scientific quality is the main criterion for the selection of the centres.
A Centre of Excellence is a time-limited research centre affiliated with a research institution that is responsible for the activities. CoE host institutions can be universities, university colleges or research institutes that have an extensive basic research portfolio. A host institution for a centre may cooperate with one or more research institutions, organisations or enterprises in respect of the establishment, operation and funding of the centre and thus form a CoE consortium.
Calls and budget
The Research Council of Norway plans to launch calls for applications for new centres of excellence every fifth year. The annual budget framework is approximately NOK 350 million divided among the two generations of centres that are operating simultaneously. The Research Council provides funding for about 20 centres within this framework.
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