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GRANTS AWARDED UNDER JOINT FUNDING INITIATIVE:

NOK 450 million for Young Research Talent

Sixty-four young, talented researchers have been awarded a total of NOK 450 million to implement their research projects. The funding will come partly from the ordinary budget of the FRIPRO funding scheme for independent projects and partly from the joint funding initiative for young researchers between the universities and the Research Council of Norway.

Under the joint funding initiative, the universities and the Research Council will provide NOK 300 million in funding over three years to projects for 42 Young Research Talent grants. Additional funding for 22 such grants will be provided under the Research Council’s ordinary FRIPRO budget.

“Thanks to this initiative, our most promising young researchers will now have the chance to pursue their own ideas, refine their own research directions and establish their own research groups. We are forming the foundation for excellence in research for the future. This is a crucial investment for Norway as a knowledge nation,” says Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

Photo: Thomas Haugersveen/Statsministerens kontor Thanks to this initiative, our most promising young researchers will now have the chance to pursue their own ideas, says Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen. (Photo: Thomas Haugersveen, Statsministerens kontor) Clear priorities from the universities

The Research Council’s FRIPRO funding scheme for independent projects is an open competitive arena which encompasses all subject areas and awards grants based on scientific merit. The category for Young Research Talent was recently established to target applicants aged 39 or younger.

“The substantial budget increase from the Ministry of Education and Research, together with clear priorities from the universities, has enabled us to give the young talents a real boost this year, which is really good news. The grant applications have been thoroughly assessed by international referee panels in the various subject areas. The universities have been responsible for making the final selection from among the candidates who received the highest general marks (6 or 7). We are looking forward to following the progress of these young talents and their research in the years to come,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council.

Grants under the joint funding initiative

Below are the lists of the Young Research Talent projects selected by the universities to receive grants under the joint funding initiative:

Twenty Young Research Talent grant recipients at the University of Oslo

Ten Young Research Talent grant recipients at the University of Bergen

Seven Young Research Talent grant recipients at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Three Young Research Talent grant recipients at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

One Young Research Talent grant recipient at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences

One Young Research Talent grant recipient at the University of Stavanger

Of the 42 Young Research Talent grant recipients who were selected under the joint funding initiative, 26 are men and 16 are women. Of the total of 64 Young Research Talent grant recipients under the FRIPRO funding scheme overall, 38 are men and 26 are women.

Higher award percentage

The Research Council received a total of 351 grant applications for the category Young Research Talent for 2014. Including grants from the joint funding initiative, the award percentage is 18 per cent.

“The active cooperation of the universities with the Research Council through the joint funding initiative makes it possible for us to invest in even more talented researchers. I am certain this is an excellent investment for all parties,” says Mr Hallén.

This is the second time that the universities and the Research Council, with additional funding from the Ministry of Education and Research, have joined forces to increase the allocations under the FRIPRO scheme. The first time was two years ago, when NOK 600 million over three years was added to the total FRIPRO budget.
 

Written by:
Christian Lund/Else Lie. Translation: Connie Stultz/Carol B. Eckmann
Published:
05.02.2014
Last updated:
05.02.2014