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The Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF)

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The SFF scheme gives Norway’s foremost scientific circles the opportunity to organise their activities in centres that seek to achieve ambitious scientific objectives through collaboration and long-term basic funding. 

  • 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.

Projects with funding

At present, these projects have received funding from the SFF-programme. The overview provides access to summaries and other key information on all the projects under the programme. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Universities, university hospitals, university colleges and research institutes that have an extensive basic research portfolio may serve as host institutions for the SFF centres.



Overall budget:

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.