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NEW RESEARCHER TRAINING SCHOOLS:

Better opportunities for talented young researchers

The Research Council of Norway has allocated funding for ten new national graduate-level researcher schools. The researcher schools will receive a total of NOK 218 million as part of the effort to enhance doctoral programmes.

Each national graduate-level researcher school consists of a network of institutions that contribute in various ways such as arranging joint courses or sharing laboratory facilities. The researcher schools comprise separate networks for training doctoral students. The Research Council will provide funding for a period of eight years.

Strengthening researcher training

“The Research Council wishes to invest more in talented young academics. The allocations to national graduate-level researcher schools are a means of improving the quality of researcher training. It means a lot both to the individual doctoral candidates and to the educational institutions as a whole,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science of the Research Council.

The national graduate-level researcher school scheme was launched in 2008 with an initial five programmes.

forskerskoler Each national graduate-level researcher school consists of a network of institutions that contribute in various ways such as arranging joint courses or sharing laboratory facilities. Areas that benefit most from collaboration

“We are working to strengthen researcher training in those areas that stand to gain the most from collaboration between institutions,” Mr Hanneborg explains.

“Thus, the researcher schools are to incorporate a network of subject areas. On their own, many of these groups are too small to offer a full-fledged doctoral programme. Cooperation between institutions is economically beneficial and leads to higher quality programmes.”

Different types of institution

All the new researcher schools have many different partners: from four to ten universities, university colleges and independent research institutes are working together in each network. Partners work together to arrange joint courses and meetings, provide supplementary capacity for student supervisory activities and share each other’s laboratory facilities in areas where this is relevant.

Each researcher school has a degree-conferring institution – either a university or university college – serving as the responsible administrative institution and project owner.

The inclusion of a variety of independent research institutes as partners gives this type of institution a more prominent role in the training of doctoral candidates as well.

Budget growth targeted towards young researchers

It is evident that young researchers have difficulty competing successfully against experienced researchers for funding of research projects under the regular programmes and initiatives.

As an additional measure for improving conditions for young researchers, the Research Council has recommended an increase to the budget from 2014. This is intended to provide support for outstanding young researchers at an early stage in their careers.

The new researcher training schools:

The Norwegian Research School in General Practice
Responsible institution: University of Oslo
Partners: University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, UNI Research AS

Research School for the Ph.D. students at the five pharmaceutical education institutions in Norway
Responsible institution: University of Oslo
Partners: University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science

Norwegian Ph.D. Network on Nanotechnology for Micro-systems - Phase 2
Responsible institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Partners: University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Vestfold University College, SINTEF

The Norwegian Ph.D. School of Heart Research
Responsible institution: University of Oslo
Partners: University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Bergen, University of Tromsø

Research School in Peace and Conflict
Responsible institution: University of Oslo
Partners: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Peace Research Institute Oslo


Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology
Responsible institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Partners: University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, University of Agder, University of Oslo, Norwegian School of Economics

International Research School in Applied Ecology
Responsible institution: Hedmark University College
Partners: Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Telemark University College, Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Karlstad University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University, Åbo Akademi University, Nord-Trøndelag University College

Research School of Computer and Information Security
Responsible institution: Gjøvik University College
Partners: University of Bergen, University of Oslo, University of Tromsø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

National Research School in Population-based Epidemiology
Responsible institution: University of Tromsø
Partners: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Bergen, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, National Institute of Occupational Health, Institute of Population-Based Cancer Research

Norwegian Research School of Neuroscience
Responsible institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Partners: University of Bergen, University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

 

Written by:
Ingvil Bjørn's/Else Lie. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann
Published:
17.12.2012
Last updated:
19.01.2013